We are a club for everyone interested in all aspects of the aquatic hobby: freshwater fish, marine fish, plants, invertebrates, ponds and anything else that captures our interests. We are based in Madison, Wisconsin, but have members from all over south-central Wisconsin. Our purpose is to promote the aquatic hobbies through education and fellowship through events and aquatics-related activities.
Please come join us for an event and see what we are all about!
Held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1pm at Hody Bar & Grill 1914 Aurora St., Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
Doors open at 12:30pm. Please come early if you need help entering auction items into the online system.
Dues are: $25 for individuals and $40 for a family membership.
Guest are able to attend General Meetings as well by paying door fees.
single person = $5 per event
family* = $8 per event
* a ‘family’ is defined as a person, a spouse and their under the age of 18 dependents
Plan on making a full afternoon of it and join us at the east side Great Dane for food and drinks with the speaker after the event.
Previous events can be viewed on this page.
Starting In August Meeting Location Change.
We will be meeting in the basement meeting room at the
Hody Bar & Grill
1914 Aurora St, Middleton, WI 53562
June 17, 2017 | Matt Pedersen Topic to be Determined
A very brief description – “A decade ago, the marine aquarium world had written off
coral-eating fishes as doomed in captivity, a group of fishes that should be
forever left in the ocean. To attempt to keep them was painted in the most
irresponsible light possible, and vendors that supplied them were held in
contempt for doing so. No sooner than the message finally hit home that we
should not see these fishes in the trade, yet we are now perhaps finally on
the way to unlocking their husbandry secrets. Remember, conventional wisdom
often has said all sorts of things were impossible to maintain in
Matt Pedersen is currently a Sr. Editor & Associate Publisher with Reef
To Rainforest Media LLC, involved with CORAL & AMAZONAS Magazines, as well as the publication’s online presence at Reef2Rainforest.com. Originally
from Chicago, IL and currently living in Duluth, MN, USA, Matt’s
professional background is in interactive software development.
Additionally, Matt has experience as a professional orchid breeder, a part
time fly fishing guide, and certified fly rod builder.
Matt has been a marine aquarist for 30 years, and an aquarist for 35.
After spending time on every side of the aquarium industry (retail,
commercial and private maintenance & installation, wholesale, hatchery), he
currently considers himself a “”professional hobbyist””. Most recently,
Matt has currently spawned 30 species of marine fish, successfully raising
9 of them to date including one worldwide first (the Harlequin Filefish,
Oxymonacanthus longirostris), as well as attempted another 6 invertebrate
species to date. Most all of this was accomplished with less than 100
gallons of total working capacity, and all in closed culture. In 2010, Matt
Pedersen was selected as the breeder of choice to work with the now famous
“”PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish”” from the SEASMART program, and
chronicles the efforts to propagate this one-of-a-kind fish online at The
Lightning Project. In 2016, Matt launched the online retailer
MiniWaters.fish to compliment his wholesale livestock offerings (primarily
consisting of regionally produced aquacultured freshwater and saltwater
Matt Pedersen is credited with starting MOFIB (Marine Ornamental Fish &
Invertebrate Breeder’s Association) and writing for multiple publications
including Coral, Koralle, Practical Fish Keeping, Marine Habitat, Reef
Hobbyist Magazine, Reef Builders, Reefs.com, Advanced Aquarist and more.
Matt has spoken at numerous aquarium clubs and events from coast to coast.
He currently sits on the MBI (Marine Breeding Initiative) Council, a
project dedicated to bringing the concept of a unified Marine Breeder’s
Award Program to hobbyist organizations across the country and around the
globe. In 2009, Matt was awarded “”Aquarist of the Year”” honors by both
IMAC West and MASNA in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions
to the marine aquarium hobby.