Sad news

It is with deep sadness that I am sharing with the Milwaukee Aquarium Society’s community the loss of one of our most beloved, long-term members, Ken King. A long-time member and leader of MAS, Ken’s lifetime contribution to our organization is unmatched.

Many will remember his passion for the hobby and for the Milwaukee Aquarium Society, where he served as a member of the Board and various officer roles. Most recently, Ken was the passionate leader of our PAP program, encouraging all members, new and old, to contribute to the club and its various events. In that capacity, he was also the maker and banker of the Fish Bucks, a fun and festive element to our annual Christmas party, which he planned with the support of his wife, Bonnie and son, Sam.

In addition to his work with MAS, Ken’s work with livebearers also earned him several honors from the ALA. 

I will personally always be grateful for his kind and generous nature, quick smile and happy laugh. Ken was one of the first people to welcome me to MAS and the one who convinced me that Fish Bucks are more valuable than gold. 

On behalf of MAS, our deepest sympathies go out to Bonnie and Sam, also dearly loved members of our fish family.

Friends of the King family are invited to attend a celebration of life honoring Ken on March 24th from 12 to 5, at the Community Center, 205 Park Street, Iron Ridge, WI 53035. Attendees may bring a dish to share if they would like. MAS will be organizing car pools for anyone wishing to attend. Please post in the forum, on Facebook or email me at President@MilwaukeeAquariumSociety.com

I have also created a post in the Forum, where friends are encouraged to share their memories of Ken. We will be creating a special tribute to his memory.

Alissa Kiedrowski, President, Milwaukee Aquarium Society

We will still be holding our regular March meeting, which will feature Jeff Michels speaking on the cichlids of West Africa. Doors open at 6:30; meeting starts promptly at 7. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to attend. There will be a mini-auction following the meeting.

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March events

March meeting

Our regular meeting will be held Friday, March 15th at New Berlin Ale House. Our featured speaker will be Jeff Michels, who will be presenting on  West African Cichlids. Doors open at 6:30, the meeting starts promptly at 7. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to attend. Immediately after the meeting we will hold a mini-auction.

March Swap

Our next swap will be held Sunday, March 17 at the New Berlin Ale House from 10 until 2.  More information on the vendors and what they will be selling is available on the MAS events page. Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids under 12.

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Ken Boorman to speak at February meeting

Join us on Friday, February 15 for our February meeting featuring Ken Boorman.
Originally from Australia and now living in Chatham, Ontario, Ken has kept fish for over 50 years. A good part of this time he has dedicated exclusively to collecting, keeping, and breeding several families of Australian and New Guinea native fishes in his numerous home aquariums. He has been a member of the Australian New Guinea Fishes Association for many years and is currently the North American President for that group. He is also President of the Chatham-Kent Aquarium Society and has been active in CAOAC. 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.
The meeting will be held at the New Berlin Alehouse. Doors open at 6:30; meeting starts at 7 p.m Mini-auction to follow.
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Next MAS meeting: January 18

We’re keeping it local for our January meeting and have invited Mary Hollebeck as our speaker for January to discuss a program to reintroduce sturgeon into Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. We’ll also have a short meeting and our very popular mini-auction featuring BAP and HAP bags, as well as donations. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts promptly at 7. Also, remember it’s time to renew your membership to MAS. Be sure to check in with Lisa when you arrive.

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January Swap

Plan now to attend Fish-O-Ramma on January 6

MAS is kicking off our 2019 series of events with our January swap, being held on January 6 at the New Berlin Bowl, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin. Doors open at 10:00 AM and the swap ends at 2:00 PM. Be sure to arrive early for the best selection, as sellers often sell out of the most popular items. It’s a great way to pick up new tips and ideas. Admission is $2 and children 11 and under are free with paid adult admission.

Interested in selling?

Vendors who want to sell their fish, plants and/or aquarium supplies can rent table space.  The cost for renting space is $20/8-foot table and you may rent multiple tables. Sellers do not split their sales with MAS. Contact Jerry Michels at (262) 623-6449 or jerrysfishroom@gmail.com with questions or to reserve you space for an upcoming swap.

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MAS Member Christmas Party

Just us for a celebration of another great year with MAS. We’ll start at noon, have a nice meal, white elephant gift exchange, goodie bags and the infamous Christmas party auction where only FishBucks are accepted. Cost is $10 per person or $25 for a family. Contact us for more information, but be sure to RSVP by 12/1 in order to join the fun.

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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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