April General Meeting

The next general meeting of the MAS will be Friday, April 19th, 7:30 pm at Hoffers Tropic Life.

Stephan Tanner 2009 Florida    Stephan Tanner pic

This is one you don’t want to miss!  Dr. Stephan Tanner  will be joining us for the April meeting to talk about Pleco nutrition.  Even if Loricariids aren’t your thing I highly suggest you come to this meeting.  Having seen another of Dr. Tanner’s talks I can honestly say that he is an excellent speaker and definitely worth listening to.  Here is a little bit about Dr. Tanner and an overview of his talk in his own words:

“Stephan has been a fish keeper since 1982. Born in Switzerland, he got his first fish tank at age 14. A fascination for biology led to a master’s degree in Ecology and Molecular Biology (1995) and a PhD in Human Molecular Genetics (1998) from the University of Bern, Switzerland. During his undergraduate years, he worked many years for a local fish  store (SpiezerZoo).                                                                                                                                                        

In 1998, Stephan moved to Columbus, Ohio for a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer research at the Ohio State University. In the fall of 2005, he became a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics. His work in cancer genetics focused on identifying genes and pathways for acute myeloid leukemia (PNAS 2001, Vol 98), juvenile vitamin B12 malabsorption (Nature Genetics, 2003 Vol 33 & PNAS 2005, Vol 102), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CELL 2007, Vol 129), and colorectal cancer (Science 2008, Vol 321). Since 1998, Stephan has published 49 peer reviewed papers. 

In 1992, Stephan became a member of the International Society for Barbs, Tetras, Loaches, and Catfishes IG BSSW. From 1994-2006, he was the editor for their quarterly publication BSSW Report. He regularly travels to Germany for fish related events and to visit friends he made throughout the IG BSSW. He is a member of the American Cichlid Association, American Livebearer Association, North American Native Fishes Association, Minnesota Aquarium Society, and Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts.

 In 2012, Stephan’s wife Wendy was recruited by Mayo Clinic and they moved to Rochester in southeastern Minnesota. Stephan has since focused on expanding his company, SwissTropicals, LLC, known for Poret© filter foam and the Jetlifters™.”

Here is a short description of the talk we will hear:

Pleco nutrition

Suckermouth catfish were long regarded simply as algae eaters to clean up the aquarium. Nothing could be further from the truth, since the members of the family Loricariidae have a wide variety of feeding strategies. The choice of food in the husbandry of the various types is critical in maintaining and breeding these great fish.”

In addition to being an excellent speaker Dr. Tanner owns and operates the company Swiss Tropicals, LLC.  It is one of the few places (if not the only) on this side of the Atlantic that you can get the Poret© filter foam and the Jetlifters™ needed for the Hamburg mattenfilter, or for use as really high quality sponge filters.   If you’d like to place an order, please contact him using the link below



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