Andy Hudson to speak at October meeting

Be sure to join us October 18 for our October meeting when Andy Hudson will present, “How to make $1 million in the Aquarium Hobby.” While he claims to be joking about the promise of that title, he will provide his own handy guide to raising and selling tropical fish and aquarium products from hobbyist to professional.

Expect to learn more about what fish are most profitable,  what supplies you will need, where to sell your fish and how to market your business.  He will also provide a basic overview of the aquarium market and some industry challenges.  Whether you’re just hoping to get rid of some extra fish or hoping  to start a career in the aquarium industry, this is one talk you won’t want to miss.

Our meetings are free to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts promptly at 7.  Following our guest presenter, we’ll have a mini-auction and all are invited to stay after for dinner and a chance to socialize with other members.

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Robert Shields to speak at September meeting

We’re excited to host Robert Shields at our September meeting, held September 20 at the New Berlin Ale House. He will be giving his presentation, “Into the llanos of Colombia in search of the “W” pike.”

Robert Shields has been involved in the aquarium hobby for more than 40 years and has been active in the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association since 1995. He is a wildlife biologist, specializing in birds, reptiles & amphibians and bats of California. He has kept and bred many species of cichlids, livebearers and killis over the years with an emphasis on dwarf cichlids of West Africa and South America. When the opportunity was presented to him to travel to Colombia and see the fish of his dreams, he jumped. Along the way to observe and capture fish, a land of beautiful birds, butterflies, insects, bats and warm people was found.

Our meetings are free to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts promptly at 7.  Following our guest presenter, we’ll have a mini-auction and all are invited to stay after for dinner and a chance to socialize with other members.

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Jay Wilson to Speak at August meeting

We’re excited to host Jay Wilson at our August meeting, held August 16 at the New Berlin Ale House. He will be speaking on the role of bacteria in a cichlid aquarium.

Jay is a 13-year Navy Veteran with a passion for water in a box and has A LOT of Energy. He has been keeping fish most of his life, but mainly cichlids for just over 7 years. He credits this hobby with saving his life and has given him purpose again and that is to share, raise awareness and help support research and conservation so we can keep this thing we love doing: Keeping fish safe and attainable for generations to come. What started with a YouTube video is quickly expanding into something he is honored to be doing.

Our meetings are free to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts promptly at 7.  Following our guest presenter, we’ll have a mini-auction and all are invited to stay after for dinner and a chance to socialize with other members.

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MAS June meeting: Christine Neumeyer on “A Journey Downriver: From the Amazon to Your Aquarium”

We’re proud to welcome Milwaukee’s own Christine Neumeyer to speak at our June meeting, held June 21 at the New Berlin Alehouse.

Christine’s presentation is titled, “A Journey Downriver: From the Amazon to Your Aquarium.”
Please join us to learn more about the ornamental wild caught fish industry with this informative and eye-opening lecture that will include captivating footage and photos accompanied by a firsthand narrative of a month spent in the state of Para and Amazonas, Brazil in November of 2018.

  • Glimpse firsthand how wild ornamental fish are
    collected
  • Discover what happens between the time they are
    collected & transported downriver
  • Join the fish on their journey downriver to the export
    facilities
  • Tour export facilities and gain insight as to how
    ornamental fish are cared for and treated before
    being shipped to the U.S.

Our meetings are free to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts promptly at 7.  Following our guest presenter, we’ll have a mini-auction and all are invited to stay after for dinner and a chance to socialize with other members.

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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 [email protected]

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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