MAS Picnic – Members Only – not the jacket, a picnic!

Not our actual playground

Not our actual playground

July 23rd we are bringing back a tradition that predates my membership in the club.  Club picnic will be held on July 23rd.  There will be a $10 per family signup fee, so we know you’re serious, and to help offset the costs.  If you’re like me, you’ll more than handle that in the value of the meal.  This is a family friendly event, bring your kids.  There is a playground very near our picnic area.  We will have games as well (Bag-toss, Ladderball, Washers) and encourage you to bring some as well.

If you’re interested in attending, we need to know in advance, and we’re holding it to members in good standing of the club.  The good news is that you can sign up if you’re not a member, and you’ll get the benefits (Splash!, discounts at local stores, that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from supporting the club that supports you).

We will close out the signups on July 15th (So we can finalize our numbers with the caterer).  Please contact Rock @ MilwaukeeBombers@hotmail.com to express interest.

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June MAS General Meeting

Our June meeting will take place on Friday, June 17th at 6:30 PM.
THERE IS NO MEETING IN JULY, but there are fish room tours at the end of June, and possibly a picnic in late July, stay tuned for fast breaking developments

June 2016 speaker Joe Gargas

June 2016 speaker Joe Gargas

Joe Gargas, a native of the South Suburbs of Chicago, began his interest in Tropical Fish in the mid 60’s when a aunt gave him his first fish tank with guppies. His interested in tropical fish stayed and grew through the teen years which grew into walls of aquariums. In the late 70’s he became a Law Enforcement Officer in the South Suburbs of Chicago. During that time he worked extensively breeding Discus as well as other hard to breed species of fish making extra money in the process. Joe began writing for a number of Aquarium Fish Publications and had a column in one of them that ran for 7 years. He also began teaching a class that he put together at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago it was “Advanced Freshwater Fish Keeping” This was a 6 week 6 part course that he gave twice a year.

 In the early 90’s he was approached by the Wardley Corporation in Secaucus, New Jersey (An Aquarium Fish Food Company) and was offered the job as a consultant. At this time he began doing the PIJAC “Freshwater Fish” certification seminar throughout the USA and Canada and the UK speaking on all aspects of the aquarium hobby. In the mid 90’s the  Wardley Corporation was bought out by the Hartz Mountain Corporation and Joe was offered the job of the Director of Research for Wardley and he and his family were relocated to the Tampa Bay area where he lives today.

Joe lectured World Wide on behalf of the Wardley Corporation on all aspects of Tropical Fish Keeping and developed many products. He currently has a hatchery were he is breeding Discus, Rams and Angelfish selling to breeders and high end stores across the country and is currently an active member of the TBAS Tampa Bay Aquarium Society. Through his research and expertise he has helped aquarists/hobbyists keep their fish alive and remain in the hobby.

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 lobby, oh, and please silence your phones.  

This will be your last chance to sign up for the Fish Room tours on June 25th (Madison) and 26th (Milwaukee North)

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May MAS General Meeting

Our May meeting will take place on Friday, May 20th at 6:30 PM.

Jason LibasciOur speaker will be Jason Libasci, an active member of the GCCA and currently the Membership Chair as well as one the Webmasters for the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA). Jason has spawned over 125 species of cichlids and is one of GCCA’s Master Breeder’s. Jason’s fish room has only 10 tanks and he has achieved master breeder with an average of about 12 tanks. Jason is primarily interested in Cichlids although we would like to one-day work on breeding some Marine fish. Jason also enjoys Scuba Diving and has logged over 200 dives across the world (Although he has yet to dive with Cichlids).

His talk is titled: “Spawning my first 100 Cichlids and what I have learned along the way”

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 lobby, oh, and please silence your phones.  

2016 Memberships can be renewed at this meeting.

 

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April 2016 General Meeting – Speaker Anthony Tu

APRIL SWAP on 4/10!  Don’t forget.  Reserve your tables!

Our March  meeting will take place on Friday, April 15th at 6:30 PM.  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 lobby, oh, and please silence your phones.  

Anthony Tu – April 2016 speaker at MAS

Anthony Tu is a graduate of San Jose State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He has been involved with the tropical fish hobby for more than 30 years. At twelve years of age, he started to breed beta fish, which he received as a gift from a neighbor’s pond in SouthEast Asia. His passion for African Cichlids began in 1995 when he joined his local fish club, the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association (PCCA). He has also been a member of the American Cichlid Association since 2000. He has specialized in the keeping and breeding of Cyphotilapia.

He currently maintains more than 12 variants of Cyphotilapia. In April 2008, he was awarded as a Master Breeder from the PCCA,his local fish club. Anthony has given many talks at major fish clubs throughout the United States, Mexico and Asia, and recently at Aquarama 2015 in Singapore.

Anthony’s talk will be “Introduction to Frontosa” (3D experience)

2016 Memberships can be renewed at this meeting.

 

BAP and Donation auction to follow the presentation.  We generally go out and grab a bite and a drink or two at Mulligans following the meetings.  Non-members are welcomed, and, importantly, welcomed to become members.

 

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The Running River Rainbowfish thank you

Dear Milwaukee Aquarium Society

On behalf of the Australia New Guinea Fishes Association, I would like to thank you for your donation to the Running River Rainbowfish Funding effort. ANGFA is extremely grateful for your contribution and your willingness to go the extra step to support the conservation of our native fishes. We will keep you informed as the project progresses via email and our publications. Thank you once again.

Sincerely,

Michael Jones
Secretary ANGFA Inc.

ANGFA Thanks

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March 2016 MAS General Meeting – Rusty Wessel in town

NOTE: Our March Auction date has been moved to May 15th
Our next swap is April 10th

Our March  meeting will take place on Friday, March 18th at 6:30 PM.  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 lobby, oh, and silence your phones, in case I forget to mention it.  

rusty head
Rusty maintains over 8000 gallons of freshwater aquariums in a state of the art fish house constructed specifically for fish. The 90 plus aquariums predominantly contain cichlids and livebearers, which he successfully raise and breeds. Rusty’s specialty is Central American fishes. He has taken his hobby to a point where he has successfully collected fish from the countries of Africa, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama , Mexico and Uruguay, from 1983 to the present, for over 150 trips to this date. Considered by many to be the ultimate collector, he has introduced many new species of fish to the aquarium hobby. If it lives in the water, chances are that Rusty has either caught it or been bit or stung by it. Dr. Robert Rush Miller, emeritus professor of the University of Michigan named a beautiful and elusive cichlid discovered during one of his expeditions to Honduras, after Rusty in the June 1996 edition of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine, Theraps wesseli.

Rusty is as well a prolific author and photographer, his writings or photographs have appeared in a wide distribution of specialized publications, like Aquarium Fish Magazine, Aquarist and Pondkeeper, Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlid News, Ad Konings’ Cichlids yearbooks, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium and Tropical Fish Hobbyist.

In the organized hobby, Rusty is currently the “Back issue Sales Person” for the American Cichlid Association and a speaker participant for the ACA/Zoo Med Speaker’s Program. He is past chair of the ACA board of trustees (1990) and past convention chair (1992). In addition, he is an active solicitor for the “Guy Jordan Endowment Fund” (A fund set up under the ACA to grant endowments for cichlid research).

On the local level, he is currently treasurer for the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers. Rusty has been awarded with the greatest honor the American Cichlid Association gives to its distinguished members, the ACA fellowship in 1997.

Rusty will be speaking on: “Fishes of the Maya:  A slide and video presentation on the Fishes of Southern Mexico, Guatemala and Western Honduras including its cichlids and livebearers”

2016 Memberships can be renewed at this meeting.

BAP and Donation auction to follow the presentation.  We generally go out and grab a bite and a drink or two at Mulligans following the meetings.  Non-members are welcomed, and, importantly, welcomed to become members.

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Punxsutawney Phil says it’s going to be an early Spring! Let’s celebrate by talking FISH!

Our February meeting will take place on Friday, February 19th at 6:30 PM.  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 lobby, oh, and silence your phones, in case I forget to mention it.  

Ted Judy will speak on The Genus Pelvicachromis
Ted Judy

This talk is an overview of the genus Pelvicachromis. All ten species of the genus are discussed, as well as closely related fish that are yet to be scientifically described. The slide show includes the presenter’s photographs of over 20 different Pelvicachromis species/geographic variants, as well as video of the amazing behaviors of these fish. The captive husbandry of the fish in this genus is discussed in detail, as well as strategies for spawning them and raising the offspring.

Memberships can be renewed at this meeting for 2016
BAP and Donation auction to follow the presentation.  We generally go out and grab a bite and a drink or two at Mulligans following the meetings.  Non-members are welcomed, and, importantly, welcomed to become members.

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Splash! 2016 is coming

Those who have content they’d like to submit for inclusion in the next edition of the Splash! should send them to me either via the forums, Facebook, or you can email me your content at MilwaukeeBombers@hotmail.com (Official MAS email addresses will be sorted shortly, but this will hold us for the interim). 

Only appropriate content, and inclusion is at the advice and discretion of both the editor and the board, should a question arise. Those who have articles to submit for HAP, BAP, now is your chance.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

R

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MAS – December/January

December 6th is our Christmas Party for members who have signed up and paid.  There is no general meeting in December.

Our January speaker is Amy Kretlow, Invasive Species Outreach Coordinator, with the Wisconsin DNR. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BS in Conservation of Environmental Sciences. During her studies she had the opportunity to do research on the feeding patterns between yellow and blue walleye from Ontario Canada. For the last two summers she has worked for the DNR, monitoring lakes and streams/rivers for aquatic invasive species in the Lake Michigan Basin. Amy now educates folks about invasive species and the law that pertains to them. In her spare time she likes to fish out on Lake Michigan, hike in the kettles, or just spend time with her family.

Per Amy, here’s her talk description:
In 2009 and recently updated in 2014 the State of Wisconsin enacted, chapter NR 40, Wis. Admin. Code -Wisconsin’s Invasive Species Identification, Classification, and Control Rule. This law regulates the transportation, possession, transfer, and introduction of certain plants and animals. In this presentation I will have an overview of the law and how it pertains to the aquarium trade.  I will identify some of the prohibited/restricted species and discuss safe alternatives. I will also explain how the spread of Invasive Species can be controlled. Resources will be provided.

As usual, there will be the first mini-auction of 2016, and we will get together after the meeting at Mulligan’s

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MAS November Meeting

First, there is no meeting in October.  I repeat, no meeting in October.  We strongly encourage our membership to attend the MAAH Catfish Cataclysm

Our November meeting will take place on Friday, November 20th at 6:30 PM.  The first half hour is for introductions and catching up.  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 lobby.

Andy Hudson (Narwhal on the forums) will feature a presentation, discussion, and hands-on  examples of starting a marine tank.  The goal is to take the mystery out of making the switch to salt, and hopefully encourage club members to explore the possibilities.  The differences between keeping marine fish, and reefing, and the pitfalls and perils of salt will also be part of the discussion.  Contrary to popular belief, MAS  would love to include those of a ‘saltier’ nature in the club.

  • The elections of the 2016 board will take place at this meeting.
  • Memberships renewed at this meeting will be good through the end of 2016 (Cards will be at the meeting).
  • Time is be running out to get signed up for the 2015 Christmas Party (Paid members)

BAP and Donation auction to follow the presentation.  We generally go out and grab a bite and a drink or two at Mulligans following the meetings.  Non-members are welcomed, and, importantly, welcomed to become members.

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