MAS January Meeting Friday 1/16/15 at Central Aquatics!

Regrets on the lateness of this posting, as information becomes available, I am updating it.

Our speaker for our January meeting (The first at Central Aquatics) will be Matt Schauer

Matt was born and raised in Central Wisconsin. When he was a child his parents owned a small shop in Mequon focusing primarily on freshwater tropical fish and exotic birds. They had 72 tanks in the store and another half-dozen at home. They left the business when he was 8 but some of the knowledge must have stuck with him. In ’06 he was given his first tank, a 75 gallon, by a friend whose former roommate had left it behind. At the age of 26 his passion began.  The intent was a nice looking planted community tank. Within a few months of its setup; the breeding of Badis badis, Corydoras  paleatus and Nomorhamphus liemi (Celebese Halfbeak), quickly had it cluttered with fry boxes and breeder baskets.  It wasn’t long before a few more tanks were added. He tapered off at 5 tanks until he moved from Wisconsin to Northern Illinois in 2008. In a new town with few friends he had little better to do than sit online shopping for new tanks and fish to play with.

Matt’s love for Silruiforms started early during his fish keeping when he saw his first Royal Whiptail for sale at a local shop. Before that he was not familiar with anything but  common plecos and corys with the occasional synodontis or other basic species being offered. This peaked his curiosity and he began scouring the internet astounded at all the species that existed. In 2010, with a catfish collection of less than 10 species he did something that changed his life, he attended the All Aquarium Catfish Convention.  He had loads of fun, learned a lot, and met some great people. Matt then started collecting as many species as he could; but due to space constraints, focused on the Callichthyidae and the Loricariidae types that remain small. By 2011 he bought out a cory breeder and acquired quite the collection of species. Even then he would have never thought  he would be attending subsequent Catcons with a healthy supply of tank raised fish to sell and trade.

Matt is currently running near 100 tanks, his main focus being Catfish. He is keeping more than 70 species of Silruiform and has been successful with more than 35 species of  corydoradinae and near 20 species of Loricariidae.

Matt’s Talk “K.I.S.S. Corys” will be a good follow up to Mark Soberman’s Corydoradinae Talk at the Fall Fish bowl. Matt will spend little time on introductory information and move quickly into spawning these little gems.

I would like to, on behalf of the entire board and the club, express our utmost thanks to Hoffer’s Tropic Life Pets for being such gracious hosts to our club for these many years.  You will be missed.

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2015 is rapidly approaching!

 

Important dates to ponder in the upcoming year:

Saturday, January 10th – Board Meeting, open to members as well, please RSVP with Tim Pilat

Sunday, January 11th – MAS Winter Swap – Vendors please contact Jerry Michels to arrange your tables

Friday, January 16th – MAS General Meeting – at Central Aquatics Directions To Central Aquatics

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MAS Christmas Party 2014

This year’s Christmas party will be held at the New Berlin Bowl on Sunday, December 14th at 1PM.  All paid members of the club are welcomed to sign up, the fee per adult (over 12) is $10, with children free with a paid adult admission.  A maximum family admission is $25.

Unfortunately, this year we will not be able to bring our own snacks/treats.  This is a rule for New Berlin Bowl, and we’d like to stay in their good graces.

If you missed us at Fish Bowl, but are interested in attending the Christmas Party, mail a check for your admission amount, with a note indicating:

  • Member number
  • Number of adult attendees
  • Number of children
  • Age and gender of children

To the following address, no later than 12/6/2014

Milwaukee Aquarium Society
Attn: Christmas Party
13125 W Scarborough Dr
New Berlin, WI 53151-6166

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Fish Bowl – Early registration ends Friday, October 24th

Save yourself $5.00, you know you’re going, why wait another day?  Friday’s meeting at Hoffers Tropic Life Pets was our last there, as they’re in the process of closing.  Our November meeting has been waived, since the fish bowl is smack dab in the middle of the month, and we’re hoping to maximize attendance at that.

This Friday is also your last chance to preorder T-shirts for the event.  we’re buying some for sale at the event, but your only guarantee is to order it in advance.  Don’t be left shirtless at the Fish Bowl.

Those interested in exhibiting at the swap, Jerry Michels is still the man when it comes to booking your tables. First come, first served folks.
Vendor tables:
$20/8-foot table
Reserve tables by contacting Jerry Michels at 262-623-6449 or jerrysfishroom@gmail.com

 

Keep your eyes on the forums, this page, and the Facebook pages for updates on the Christmas Party, I should have info yet this week.

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October 2014 MAS General Meeting

The September General Meeting of the Milwaukee Aquarium Society will be held at Hoffers Tropic Life on 76th st. and Good Hope rd. on Friday October 17th at 7:30 pm.  This month’s meeting will feature Ken Boorman.  He will be speaking on Australian Rainbow Fish.

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Ken, is originally from Australia, but is now living in Chatham, Ontario with his wife Lisa and their daughter Kathleen. Ken has kept fish for around 50 years. A good part of this time he has dedicated exclusively to collect, keep and breed Australia and New Guinea native fishes in his numerous home aquariums. These fish belonging to several families. He has been a member of the Australian New Guinea Fishes Association for many years and is currently the North American co-ordinator for that group. He is also President of the Chatham-Kent Aquarium Society and is active in CAOAC where he is presently Vice President. He will be familiar to many people as the person who operates Lisa’s Lair Bookstore. He is well-read on most aquarium and terrarium subjects.

Those of you interested in more, he will be presenting on Saturday to MAAH, the other talk will be “Aquarium Fish from Down Under

The Fish Bowl is only 34 days away, are you registered yet?  Will you be participating in the aquarium decorating contest?  Kids 12 and under can enter the Kids Decorating contest free.

BAP, HAP, and donation bags are auctioned off at every general meeting, there are some great finds, and they folks who grew or bred them are happy to chat about them.  Board Elections are this month.  Remember that you CAN write in Rob McLure for President.  -R

We will meet at Trysting Place following the meeting for bite to eat, and a beverage or two.

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September 2014 MAS General Meeting

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The September General Meeting of the Milwaukee Aquarium Society will be held at Hoffers Tropic Life on 76th st. and Good Hope rd. on Friday September 19th at 7:30 pm.  This month’s meeting will feature Liz Marchio.

Liz has been keeping fish all through childhood but never seriously until 2000. She has worked in every fish-specific aquarium store in Columbus, Ohio where she became involved in the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFÉ). During that time she bred and maintained many fish taxa but most notably livebearers, small cichlids, rainbowfish, and shrimp. While living in Columbus she maintained 200+ gallons of aquaria and earned HAP and BAP awards in CAFÉ.

In 2010 she completed her degree in Zoology at Ohio State University then obtained her Masters of Science in 2012 at Southeastern Louisiana University studying Ichthyology. She is now working on her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. Currently she keeps wild-caught livebearing fishes from the highlands of Mexico.

Liz will be presenting a talk entitled “Forest Fishes of the Peruvian Amazon” which will feature her recent international fieldwork and study abroad in the Madre de Dios region of Peru.

Those of you interested in more, she will be presenting on Saturday to MAAH, the other talk will be “Fieldwork in Belize” which will cover another country south of the border, its ichthyofauna, and fieldwork for my Master’s degree thesis which included discerning two potential species of Belonesox livebearers. If you’re interested in international fieldwork and taking a peek into the more scientific realm of ichthyology, these talks are not to be missed.

Liz’s current studies are how the public and biological sciences interact. Once her talk is over, feel free to come and tell her your fish-related stories!

Her website is www.lizmarchio.com and e-mail is elizabeth.marchio@gmail.com

The Fish Bowl is only 65 days away, are you registered yet?  Will you be participating in the aquarium decorating contest?  Kids 12 and under can enter the Kids Decorating contest free.

BAP, HAP, and donation bags are auctioned off at every general meeting, there are some great finds, and they folks who grew or bred them are happy to chat about them.  Nominations for the board will be taken at this meeting too.  it’s a big one.

We will meet at Trysting Place following the meeting for bite to eat, and a beverage or two.

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August 2014 MAS General Meeting and news

The August General Meeting of the Milwaukee Aquarium Society will be held at Hoffers Tropic Life on 76th st. and Good Hope rd. on Friday August 15th at 7:30 pm.  This month’s meeting will feature Cavan Allen with an exciting talk on Planted Aquaria – more details to come!  We are gearing up for the first Annual Milwaukee Fish Bowl in November and I’m certain more details on that event will be forthcoming shortly as well!

On a personal note your webmaster will be traveling to the Washington D.C. area this October to attend the PVAS All Aquarium Catfish Convention!  This is an event that only takes place every other year, and features the top names in the world of Aquarium Catfish. I am very excited to meet and hear talks from the world’s leading experts like Ian Fuller, Hans Evers, Julian Dignall, and Ingo Seidel!  If anyone in MAS is interested please talk to me- Rob McLure or visit the website http://www.catfishcon.com.aacc14-logo

BAP, HAP, and donation bags are auctioned off at every general meeting, there are some great finds, and they folks who grew or bred them are happy to chat about them.  We will meet at Trysting Place following the meeting for bite to eat, and a beverage or two.

P.S. Rock Smith is unstoppable!

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June 2014 MAS General Meeting

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SPECIAL NOTE: There will be some fish from the Box Swap with Capital Cichlid Association going into the auction at the end of the meeting – Show up and find out what
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June’s general meeting will be Friday, June 20th at Hoffer’s Tropic Life, 7:30 PM as usual.  Our guest speaker will be Dave Fraguglia . David has been keeping fish off and on for thirty years. His first tank was a six gallon hex with a couple angel fish and corydoras cats. From that point on he was hooked. Through the years he’s kept a little bit of everything. Briefly, he worked in a wholesalers business while in junior high and highschool, furthering his desire to explore the hobby more deeply. Currently he is the editor of the Cichlid Blues a bimonthly magazine of the PCCA, an active member of the American Cichlid Association and travels 3-4 times around the country to conventions and other fish related events. A couple of years ago David had an opportunity to jump on a plane and fly half way around the world and jump into Lake Malawi, how could he pass that up?

BAP, HAP, and donation bags are auctioned off at every general meeting, there are some great finds, and they folks who grew or bred them are happy to chat about them.  We will meet at Trysting Place following the meeting for bite to eat, and a beverage or two.  Another reminder, there will be NO meeting in July, but there may potentially be a field trip as a club, show up at the meeting for details.  If you can’t make the meeting, check in on the forums after the meeting.

P.S. Rob McClure is a ninja

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May MAS Meeting

May’s general meeting will be Friday, May 16th at Hoffer’s Tropic Life, 7:30 PM as usual.  Our guest speaker will be Bill Shields from the the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society.

Bill Shields, a lifelong aquarium fish hobbyist who started keeping fish at the ripe old age of six, grew up in South Florida in the 1950′s. During his youth, Bill’s entrepreneurial streak had him collecting guppies and mollies from the town park’s pond and trading them with the local fish store for other fish and supplies. After college and various jobs, Bill finally started working “officially” in the pet trade as a salesman, store manager and then, finally, general manager of three Docktor Pet Centers in the Harrisburg, PA area. During this time, an invitation to attend and join the Susquehanna Aquarium Society in 1974 became his formal introduction into the organized portion of the hobby. Not long after joining, he became Vice-President , President, and then member of the Board of the Directors; later he was named Hobbyist of the Year in 1976. After joining the American Killifish Association (AKA) in 1974, he realized he had jumped to the next level of the hobby.
After a hiatus from the pet trade–during which he was an elephant handler and midwife for 37 Asian elephant births– Bill’s avocation became his vocation. His aquarium fish expertise earned him a position as a professional fish breeder at 5 -D Tropical Inc, an ornamental fish production and import/export facility, in Plant City, Florida where he worked from 1995 until retirement in 2010. Finding no organized fish club in Tampa, FL, Bill’s life came full circle as he and eight other fish keepers founded the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society (TBAS; website: tbas1.com ) in 1992. Bill remains active with the TBAS and other hobbyist organizations. He has served on the committees for two national AKA conventions, in 2000 & 2006, as well as the 2009 North American Native Fish Association (NANFA) all held in the Tampa area. In addition, Bill manages the annual Aquarium Beautiful Competition for the Florida State Fair. And as a bucket list trip travelled to Iquitos Peru in 2009 with seven of his long time fish friends .

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BAP, HAP, and donation bags are auctioned off at every general meeting, there are some great finds, and they folks who grew or bred them are happy to chat about them.  We usually go to Ruby Tuesday’s after the meeting for a bite to eat, and a beverage or two.

 

P.S. Andy Hudson is my hero

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April MAS General Meeting

“A New View on Lake Victoria”
Matt McGee is a PhD student with Peter Wainwright at UC Davis. Matt works with stickleback and recently, Victorian cichlids. Matt will talk about the Victorian cichlid extinction, including new evidence on why some cichlids have recovered, why others have not, and what this means for hobbyist cichlid conservation programs. He will also share some Victorian breeding tips from the legendary Seehausen lab, and talk about some rare, peaceful, and colorful species that shatter some common myths about Victorian cichlids.

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BAP, HAP, and donation bags are auctioned off at every general meeting, there are some great finds, and they folks who grew or bred them are happy to chat about them.  Thanks to everyone for a successful  auction, don’t forget there’s a swap just around the corner.

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