Cara Wade to Speak at May meeting

Join us for our May meeting where Cara Wade will present “The Best of Both Worlds: Paludariums.”

In the realm of the aquarium hobby most of our focus is on submersed cultivation, whether of plants, invertebrates, or other livestock…yet many species available in the hobby are capable of living both above and below the surface, and have much to offer if provided an emersed habitat.  Paludariums are setups featuring both aquatic and terrestrial environments that showcase the dual aspects of these species.  Learn the basics of paludarium styles, design, construction, and planting techniques, as well as long-term maintenance issues for growing healthy plants and livestock below and above water!

Cara is a 20+ year veteran in the planted aquarium hobby, with a focus on lighting science and aquatic aroid cultivation.  In her spare time she enjoys exploring and documenting aquatic plants in nature, from dirty ditches in Central Texas to streams in South America and Southeast Asia, birding, and eating strange and spicy foods.

MAS meetings are free and open to the public and are held at the New Berlin Ale House. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Each meeting includes a mini-auction and all are welcome to share a meal after the meeting at the New Berlin Ale House

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April meeting to feature Tanganyikan shell dwellers

Join us for our April meeting when we will host Zoea Warnick speaking on Tanganyikan shell-dweller cichlids. MAS meetings are free and open to the public and are held at the New Berlin Ale House. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Each meeting includes a mini-auction and all are welcome to share a meal after the meeting at the New Berlin Ale House.

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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

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 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

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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