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
ANNOUNCEMENT! WE ARE MOVING OUR LOCATION. THE AUGUST MEETING AND ALL MEETINGS THERE AFTER WILL BE LOCATED AT:
10 Pin Alley
6285 Nesbitt Rd
Fitchburg, WI 53719
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 afterwards for food and drinks with the speaker after the event.
Starting In August 2018 Meeting Location Change.
We will be meeting at
Ten Pin Alley
6285 Nesbitt Rd
June 16, 2018 | Anton Lamboj | West African Cichlids
Anton has been an aquarist since the age of ten. Around 1980, he began to take a special interest in the cichlids of West and Central Africa. This interest eventually led, in 1988, to the beginning of his academic education at the University of Vienna, an undertaking made while continuing to work full-time. He was awarded his Master’s degree in 1993 and his Ph.D. in 1997; both works were focused on the systematics of West African cichlids.
In addition to his “day” job, Anton Lamboj has worked as a lecturer at the University of Vienna since 1998. He teaches general biology of fishes, with the biology of perciform fishes as a more specialized goal, as well as instructing on didactics. Additionally, he works on the systematics and evolutionary biology of chromidotilapiine cichlids using morphological and anatomical methods, coupled with ethological studies and molecular methods.
Over the years, Anton Lamboj has made 13 field/collecting trips to Africa. In his works he has collaborated with several leading scientific institutions (e.g., the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Central in Tervuren). He has authored over 100 papers (both academic and hobbyist) in six languages, including two books. The above accomplishments, coupled with the numerous presentations he has made in various countries, are indications of his scientific and aquaristic competence when discussing western African cichlids.
July 21, 2018 | Members Picnic
August 18, 2018 | Jen Williams | Aquascaping
Jen got her first tank when she was seven and went through the appropriate array of guppies, barbs and tetras through to her first encounter with keeping Cichlids when she was in high school. Years later, a craigslist ad she posted stating “Firemouth Cichlids, bring a net and a bucket”, introduced her to something she wasn’t expecting. In her living room was a formidable former Army Lieutenant filling his bucket with fish, and telling her all about local fish clubs and planted tanks. Armed with a healthy dose of curiosity at what kind of characters would be at a fish club meeting, she attended her first Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association (GWAPA) gathering and was completely hooked. Serving on the Board in several positions (including President) she has also enjoyed participating in events with the other local clubs and the true friendships she has made in this hobby.
She currently additionally sit on the board for the Aquatic Gardeners’ Association (AGA). To date, she has a stack of ribbons from aquascaping contests, including most recently a repeat win at the 2015 Aquatic Experience/AGA Aquascaping Live! Invitational Competition in Chicago, IL for her 75 gallon entry collaboration with Rachel O’Leary and her daughters. She is also an avid fan of Blue-eyed Rainbowfish (specifically Pseudomugil) and enjoys keeping and breeding them with the rest of her eclectic assortment of fish. To pay the electric and water bills that accompany all of the assorted gallons of aquatic madness, she works as a Graphic Designer. She also enjoy fast cars as a former professional drag racer and purring cats as a long-time volunteer/rescuer with the 4Paws Rescue Team.
September 15, 2018 | TBD
October 20, 2018 | Milwaukee Aquarium Society Fish Bowl
MAAH will not be meeting in October so that members can attend the MAS Fish Bowl conference which will be held in October. Dates and locations are still being determined, but come out and hear some great speakers!
November 17, 2018 | Joe Cutler | West Africa travel and ichthyology topic
Joe Cutler studies freshwater fishes in Central Africa. Over the past few years, Joe has conducted a number of sampling expeditions in Cameroon and Gabon, and collected thousands of fish specimen representing over 400 species, including at least 12 undescribed species. He uses these data to understand the distribution of freshwater biodiversity in these countries and identify biological hotspots in need of conservation.
In Cameroon, Joe focuses on cataloging freshwater biodiversity in the volcanic crater lakes and particularly on endemic fishes. He is using this data to develop conservation strategies for the individual lake systems. In Gabon, Joe is partnering with The Nature Conservancy and the Gabonese government, and has been working to create a fish-friendly hydroelectric blue-print that will fit in Gabon’s 2020 development plan. Joe am currently a National Geographic Young Explorer, and contractor at The Nature Conservancy.
December | No Speaker – Members Holiday Party
Date and location to be determined.