Forget flowers! April showers bring swaps and stingrays!

Our next general MAS meeting will be Friday, April 17th at 7PM.  Two days later is our Spring Swap.  Tables are still available, get that spring cleaning done and make room for all the deals to be had.  Our speaker for April will be Jennifer Reynolds.

Jennifer Reynolds

Jennifer hails from Vancouver BC, where she spent over a decade as a Senior Biologist at the Vancouver Aquarium.  She will be presenting Freshwater Stingrays in the Wild and in the Aquarium. Learn more about the natural history of South America’s Neotropical Stingrays (Potamotrygonidae), and how it relates to keeping them in captivity. Jennifer discusses evolution, biology, captive husbandry (including tank sizes and dietary needs), and provides tips and tricks for dealing with picky or delicate rays, including newborn pups. The talk finishes with a case study of the rare successful reproduction of Tiger Stingrays (Potamotrygon tigrina) in her area at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Monthly auction to follow as usual.

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March MAS-Ness! (Auction and Meeting, only 6 days apart!)

AUCTION:
MAS Auction Sunday, March 15th (Wow, Ides of March already).  Great opportunity to do a bit of spring cleaning, reset some of those tanks and make some room for that dream fish that you’ve been wanting, but never had a place to put it.  If you’ve got room, all the better.  Plants and live fish will be on the auction block, starting promptly at noon, and running until the last bag is sold.

Viewing starts at 10, with the auction itself starting at noon.  New Berlin Ale House has a good Bloody Mary, so you can get your breakfast Connie style while awaiting the auction.  Bid early, bid often, and remember, we take plastic now!!!

MEETING:
Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in February’s meeting/workshop.  Thanks to Andy and Aquatics for being gracious hosts.  This month we’ll have a speaker again, Charley Grimes, and he’ll be presenting his infamous “Dead Fish” talk.  I’ve heard about it, but never seen it in person.

Charley Grimes

Charley

Charley is an avid fish collector, having taken several trips to South America and Mexico. In the spring, he often gets “Native Fish Fever” and collects locally in Indiana and in the southeastern part of the country.

His popularity is the result of his aquaristic skill and experience, his personality and sense of humor.

I got my first fish tank when I was twelve or thirteen years old. It was a 12+ gallon tank that I made from an old gasoline pump cylinder. Shortly after ‘cutting my teeth’ on some Mollies and Zebra Danios, I added my first cichlids, two Angelfish, two Green Severums, and two Festivums. Within six months, my quarter sized Angelfish had body size a lot bigger than a silver dollar and erased any doubt that Angelfish are true cichlids——-they ate all of the Molly fry, and then all of the Zebra Danios.

I learned three things during my first year of fish keeping:
1) I really like keeping fish
2) By and large, it is cichlids nature to eat fish if given the opportunity
3) I really like cichlids!!!

Except for my college years, I have always kept tropical fish, and, I have never been without cichlids. Our current home has a 600 square foot fishroom that I added onto the existing house. I currently have over a hundred tanks operating in my fishroom (I’ve had more, a lot more, but that was too much). For me, a hundred tanks is a good number; enough for both fun and projects, but not so many as to become burdensome. I have, by the way, been keeping fish for sixty years and still love it.

Oh, yeah, there’s another thing I learned 45 years ago:
4) Being around other aquarists makes a fun and rewarding hobby even more fun and more rewarding. Some of the nicest people in the world belong to the A.C.A.”

Charley Grimes

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MAS February Meeting – Feb 20th 7PM

It’s already February, Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter, but that just means more time to spend with your fish tank projects, so it’s all good.

This month in lieu of a speaker, we’re going to do a DIY workshop on building Breeder Pods. Ted Judy showed Andy how to make these several years ago and he uses his all the time. They are simple, effective, and inexpensive.

Breeder pods are great little tanks within tanks that you can use for a variety of purposes.  The #1 use is for holding baby fish or fry. This gives them a safe place where predators can’t get to them but doesn’t require setting up a separate aquarium since it can rest within the main aquarium.

You can also use it to hold injured fish until they heal, or separate pairs to reduce aggression.

Andy will be making a few units to put into the mini auction as well.  See his thread in the forums if you want to purchase materials, or collect them yourself to bring to the meeting.

As always, we will have standard meeting fare, including auctioning off HAP and BAP bags, make a little room in your tanks, who knows what will be up for grabs!?!

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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.

ken

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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