Joe Cutler to speak at November meeting

Please join us Friday, November 16 for the last MAS meeting of 2018. In addition to our regular meeting, we’ll have a mini-auction, a drawing for door prizes, sign-up for the MAS Christmas party and election of our Board for 2019.

Admission is free, though we do hope you’ll sign up to be a member. Anyone signing up at our November meeting will receive membership for 2019. See our Membership page (drop down option under Meetings) for more information.

Our featured speaker for November is Joe Cutler, a National Geographic Explorer and ichthyologist who discovers and catalogues freshwater fish biodiversity in Central and West Africa. Joe is an experienced field biologist and has lead ten fish sampling expeditions over the past five years. On these expeditions he has sampled a range of habitats including Cameroon’s Volcanic Crater Lakes and Gabon’s great rivers, the Ogooue, Ivindo, and Ngounie. Joe is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz, and President of the National Geographic – San Francisco Chapter. His work in Cameroon was funded by National Geographic and his work in Gabon has been supported by The Nature Conservancy.

Joe will be speaking on Gabon’s Freshwater Fish Diversity – A Modeling Approach to Assess Impacts of Hydropower Dams in Gabon.

Doors open at 6:30. The first half hour is for introductions and catching up. Our meetings start promptly at 7:00. They are short and informal and our speaker begins immediately after. During the presentation, please  be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, only exit through the rear of the room, and please silence your phones. We close out the night with a drawing for a door prize and a mini-auction of donated plants, fish and hard goods. All meetings are held at the New Berlin Ale House. 

 

 

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Fish Bowl 2018

Fish Bowl 2018: Aquatic Gardens for Fish and Beyond

The Milwaukee Aquarium Society is proud to host Fish Bowl 2018, being held October 13-14, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee NW (Menomonee Falls).

This year’s event includes an aquascaping contest, plant bowl contest, fish auction, silent auction, vendors, hospitality room and a swap.

To register in advance or for more information visit Mkefishbowl.com

Be sure to check out our Events page for the full schedule of activities.

Also, MAS would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers for making Fish Bowl 2018 possible. We will not be holding a regular meeting in October, but we’ll back at the New Berlin Alehouse for our November meeting. Be sure to join us in November for 2019 Board elections and to sign up for the Christmas party.

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September already!?!

Your webslave webmaster has been busy, and remiss in his duties to get this posting out.  Please attend, please bring a friend.  If you don’t have any friends, we’re not picky, rent one.

Our speaker for September is Chuck Breiter, he will be speaking on Low Tech Planted Tank techniques.  Chuck has had over 45 years of experience with Tropical Fish. 35 of those years he has been directly involved in the retail pet field. He is a generalist in his experience, but, in the last few years has focused on cultivating aquarium plants using low tech methods that are conducive to the health of fish.
Currently, Chuck has 20 aquariums ( all without filters) and 2 outdoor ponds. He has been an active member of the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyist Club and Madison Aquatic Gardeners Club.

The presentation will discuss why live plants fell out of favor and why they are regaining so much popularity. The discussion will cover his personal experience and growth in the art of cultivating plants. It will also get into the benefits of an all natural low tech symbiotic plant/fish aquarium set up. It will include a discussion on substrate, water quality, and lighting. Further, the presentation will cover whether there is a need for higher tech methods , such as supplemental fertilization, CO2, and the use of
higher intensity lighting. There also will be a “how to” demonstration of any easy start, low tech aquarium set up. The discussion will be done in very practical easy to apply terms.  Included, will be a discussion on plants that have flourished under the all natural conditions and what would be good for the beginner.

 

The first half hour is for introductions and catching up.  Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please  be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, only exit through the rear of the room, and please silence your phones. 

 

 

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Get your plant on! August speaker Friday the 17th!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the picnic, it was a great time.  Your webslave webmaster has been busy, and remiss in his duties to get this posting out.  Please attend, please bring a friend.  If you don’t have any friends, we’re not picky, rent one.

Our speaker for August is Jen Williams, she will be speaking on Planted Tanks.

Her bio:I got my first tank when I was seven and went through the appropriate array of guppies, barbs and tetras through to my first encounter with keeping Cichlids when I was in high school and “Bubba” (a Melanochromis auratus with an extra dose of sassiness) paved the way to more. Years later, a craigslist ad I posted stating “Firemouth Cichlids, bring a net and a bucket” (as not surprisingly two had turned into what I swear was easily zillions), I was introduced to something I wasn’t expecting*a formidable former Army Lieutenant in my living room filling his bucket with fish, and telling me all about local fish clubs and planted tanks. Armed with a healthy dose of curiosity at what kind of characters would be at a plant and fish club meeting, I attended my first planted tank (GWAPA) gathering and was completely hooked. Serving on the Board in several positions (including President) I have also enjoyed participating in events with the other local clubs and the true friendships I have made in this hobby. To date I have a stack of ribbons from aquascaping contests, including most recently firsts in both categories at the 2014 Aquatic Experience/AGA Aquascaping Live! Invitational Competition in Chicago, IL for 75 gallon and nano entries. I am also an avid fan of Blue-eyed Rainbowfish and enjoy keeping and breeding them with the rest of my eclectic assortment of fish. To pay the electric and water bills that accompany 241 assorted gallons of aquatic madness, I work as a Graphic Designer*and also enjoy fast cars and purring cats.”

The first half hour is for introductions and catching up.  Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please  be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, only exit through the rear of the room, and please silence your phones. 

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Fish Bowl registration is NOW OPEN

Get signed up for the aquascaping contest, get registered, order your shirts, now is the time.  Tell your friends, hell, tell your enemies, tell EVERYBODY!

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June meeting – June 15, 2018 Speaker:Anton Lamboj

Anton Lamboj

Anton Lamboj was born 1956 and has been an aquarist since the age of ten. Around 1980, he began to take a special interest in the cichlids of West and Central Africa. This interest eventually led, in 1988, to the beginning of his academic education at the University of Vienna, an undertaking made while continuing to work full-time. He was awarded his Master’s degree in 1993 and his Ph.D. in 1997; both works were focused on the systematics of West African cichlids.

In addition to his “day” job, Anton Lamboj has worked as a lecturer at the University of Vienna since 1998. He teaches general biology of fishes, with the biology of perciform fishes as a more specialized goal, as well as instructing on didactics. Additionally, he works on the systematics and evolutionary biology of chromidotilapiine cichlids using morphological and anatomical methods, coupled with ethological studies and molecular methods.

Over the years, Anton Lamboj has made 13 field/collecting trips to Africa. In his works he has collaborated with several leading scientific institutions (e.g., the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Central in Tervuren). He has authored over 100 papers (both academic and hobbyist) in six languages, including two books. The above accomplishments, coupled with the numerous presentations he has made in various countries, are indications of his scientific and aquaristic competence when discussing western African cichlids.

His speech will be on Characins and barbs from West Africa.

The first half hour is for introductions and catching up.  Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please  be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, only exit through the rear of the room, and please silence your phones. 

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May the Cory’s Be With You

The first half hour is for introductions and catching up.  Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please  be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, only exit through the rear of the room, and please silence your phones. 

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Spring has SPRUNG! Speaker & Swap info!

Our April meeting will be on Friday, April 20th at 6:30 PM.  Our speaker will be John Lyons, his talk will be “Conservation of the Mexican Goodeid livebearers: the critical role of the aquarium hobbyist”.  John is a fish biologist and ichthyologist with over 32 years of experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Union College, Schenectady, NY, and his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he serves as the Curator of Fishes at the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum and as a Fisheries Research Supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, both in Madison. As curator, he has conducted conservation-oriented work on freshwater fishes throughout Mexico since 1986. A long-term focus has been the goodeid fishes and their associates in central Mexico. He serves as the Chair of the North American branch of the Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and is an honorary member of the Mexican Ichthyological Society (SIMAC). He is extremely proud to have had a goodeid recently named after him, Xenotoca lyonsi.

The first half hour is for introductions and catching up.  Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please  be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, only exit through the rear of the room, and please silence your phones. 

Before all of that, we’ll have a swap, on April 15th.  The swap will begin at 10 (No early admissions) in our new format “Now with Herps!”  Our swap has been expanded to include some tables devoted to reptile enthusiasts.  We will take the entire room for this swap, all of us under one roof.  For admission of only $2, we’re well on our way to being fully booked, 37 tables of non-stop shopping for your Sunday.  The posted end time is 2PM, but people tend to sell out, so earlier is better.

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Book your rooms for FISH BOWL 2018

We have a new venue, and this year it’ll all be under one roof! We’re moving on up to the Radisson Menomonee Falls (A few minutes north and west of Milwaukee proper, but really a nice establishment, and parking is free).
Hotel, restaurant, conference, pool, one stop shopping!  We have a block of rooms reserved at a special rate of $109 for our members (Book through the link below).  Note the dates will default to the 12th, you can change it to what nights you want, but please click carefully.

We’ve got three speakers lined up already, and a few in negotiations, Chris Biggs, Rusty Wessel, and Heather Burke are all locked in for out October festivities.

FishBowl 2018

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March 2018 Speaker – Josh Wiegert

Joshua Wiegert is a well known aquarium author and speaker, having penned the “Conservation Corner” in FAMA and later AFI for many years.

More recently, he is the author of the Bottom of the Tank in Tropical Fish Hobbyist. His feature articles have been included in many magazines over the years, and he has traveled throughout the US and beyond speaking at various aquarium clubs.

He is best known, however, as the owner of Batfish Aquatics and is a solid fixture at large aquarium conventions. With Batfish Aquatics, he imports and sells a large variety of unusual aquarium fishes.

His talk will be on Plecos for the Planted Aquarium.

The first half hour is for introductions and catching up.  Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please  be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, only exit through the rear of the room, and please silence your phones. 

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