September General Meeting – 9/20

Location:  Dream Lanes bowling alley (13 Atlas Ct)

**the meeting will be in the room behind the bar this month… turn left just as you come in the front door

Time:  Doors open at 11:00…. meeting starts at 11:30

Cost:  $5 (individual)  $8 (Family)  -  Annual Passes $25

Speaker Presentation by Liz Marchio


Liz has been keeping fish all through childhood but never seriously until 2000. She has worked in every fish-specific aquarium store in Columbus, Ohio where she became involved in the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFÉ). During that time she bred and maintained many fish taxa but most notably livebearers, small cichlids, rainbowfish, and shrimp. While living in Columbus she maintained 200+ gallons of aquaria and earned HAP and BAP awards in CAFÉ.

In 2010 she completed her degree in Zoology at Ohio State University then obtained her Masters of Science in 2012 at Southeastern Louisiana University studying Ichthyology. She is now working on her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. Currently she keeps wild-caught livebearing fishes from the highlands of Mexico.

Liz will be presenting her talk “Fieldwork in Belize” which will cover the ichthyofauna of Belize, and fieldwork for her Master’s degree thesis which included discerning two potential species of Belonesox livebearers. If you’re interested in international fieldwork and taking a peek into the more scientific realm of ichthyology, this talk is not to be missed.

Liz’s current studies are how the public and biological sciences interact. Once her talk is over, feel free to come and tell her your fish-related stories!

Liz’s website is


  • BAP submissions
  • Grimey award
  • Annual passes are available (only sold through November)
  • Auction

August General Meeting – PLANTS!!!

Date:  August 16

Time:  Doors open at 11:00, meeting starts at 11:30

Location:  Dream Lanes Bowling (13 Atlas Ct., Madison)

Guest Presenter:  Cavan Allen – Collecting Native Aquatic Plants

Cavan Allen is an avid aquatic plant enthusiast who enjoys exploring native habitats, collecting the aquatic plants and acclimating them to aquarium life.  he has added several interesting species to the hobby of planted aquariums.  Cavan will present a talk about his collecting trips, focusing on how to identify, collect and acclimate wild plants.


Cavan will be leading two collecting field trips during his visit for the MAAH and MAS club meetings.

Friday, August 15 – We will be collecting in the Milwaukee area prior to the MAS meeting that evening.  

Sunday, August 17 – We will be collecting in Lake Wingra in Madison in the morning.  

Please see the MAAH forum for details, or contact Ted Judy ( for details.

Also at this meeting:

  • BAP submissions
  • Grimey Award
  • Mini-auction

Summer Potluck Picnic – July 19th

Pat Messer will be hosting our annual summer potluck at her house in Jefferson starting at 11:00 a.m. on July 19th.  This is a fun, family friendly event, so come on out and join us!  River fishing is available right across the street (fishing license not required if under 16).   Please RSVP to Pat (fishlady) and respond to the forum thread with the item that you will be bringing for the potluck.  Pat will provide directions after you have RSVP’d.  We hope to see you there!

June 21 – General Meeting of MAAH

Location:  Dream Lanes bowling alley (13 Atlas Court, Madison)

Time:  Doors open at 11:00, meeting starts about 11:30

Speaker Presentation

David Fraguglia:  A Video Tour of Lake Malawi

David has been keeping fish off and on for thirty years. His first tank was a six gallon hex with a couple angel fish and corydoras cats.  From that point on he was hooked. Through the years he’s kept a little bit of everything.  Briefly, he worked in a wholesalers business while in junior high and highschool, furthering his desire to explore the hobby more deeply. Currently he is the editor of the Cichlid Blues a bimonthly magazine of the PCCA, an active member of the American Cichlid Association and travels 3-4 times around the country to conventions and other fish related events. A couple of years ago David had an opportunity to jump on a plane and fly half way around the world and jump into Lake Malawi, how could he pass that up? 

Also at this meeting:

  • Election Results
  • Summer Picnic Planning
  • BAP submissions
  • Auction

May 17 – General Meeting

The next general meeting of the MAAH will take place on Saturday, May 17.  Maybe the Winter will be over by then.

Location:  Dream Lanes (13 Atlas Ct., Madison   Near the intersection of Stoughton Road and Cottage Grove Road)

Time:  Doors open at 11:00.  Meeting starts at 11:30.  Speaker presentation at about 12:30 this month.

Speaker:  Bill Shields – Fish Farming in Florida


Bill Shields, a lifelong aquarium fish hobbyist who started keeping fish at the ripe old age of six, grew up in South Florida in the 1950′s. During his youth, Bill’s entrepreneurial streak had him collecting guppies and mollies from the town park’s pond and trading them with the local fish store for other fish and supplies. After college and various jobs, Bill finally started working “officially” in the pet trade as a salesman, store manager and then, finally, general manager of three Docktor Pet Centers in the Harrisburg, PA area. During this time, an invitation to attend and join the Susquehanna Aquarium Society in 1974 became his formal introduction into the organized portion of the hobby. Not long after joining, he became Vice-President , President, and then member of the Board of the Directors; later he was named Hobbyist of the Year in 1976. After joining the American Killifish Association (AKA) in 1974, he realized he had jumped to the next level of the hobby.

After a hiatus from the pet trade–during which he was an elephant handler and midwife for 37 Asian elephant births– Bill’s avocation became his vocation. His aquarium fish expertise earned him a position as a professional fish breeder at 5 -D Tropical Inc, an ornamental fish production and import/export facility, in Plant City, Florida where he worked from 1995 until retirement in 2010. Finding no organized fish club in Tampa, FL, Bill’s life came full circle as he and eight other fish keepers founded the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society (TBAS; website: ) in 1992. Bill remains active with the TBAS and other hobbyist organizations. He has served on the committees for two national AKA conventions, in 2000 & 2006, as well as the 2009 North American Native Fish Association (NANFA) all held in the Tampa area. In addition, Bill manages the annual Aquarium Beautiful Competition for the Florida State Fair. And as a bucket list trip travelled to Iquitos Peru in 2009 with seven of his long time fish friends .

Also At this meeting

  • Executive Board Elections
  • Grimey Award
  • BAP submissions
  • Mini-Auction
  • After Party at The Great Dane (east side location off of Cottage Grove Road)

April 19 – Matt McGee – Freshwater Shrimp

Location: Dream Lanes bowling alley (13 Atlas Ct, Madison)
Time: 11:00 AM, 19 April 2014
Cost $5.00 at the door or an annual pass.


“Success with Shrimp”
Matt McGee is a PhD student in Dr. Peter Wainwright’s lab at UC Davis. When he’s not researching fish biomechanics and genetics, he breeds dwarf freshwater shrimp. Over the last several years, he has bred several thousand shrimp of various species. In his view, the key to success with shrimp is to understand their natural behavior and ecology. Matt will explain the basics of shrimpkeeping, provide an overview of the major species complexes, and explain how to set up an easily maintained and visually striking shrimp aquarium.

Also at this meeting:

BAP submissions
Grimey Award
Split auction
Details on upcoming events.
When we wrap up at the bowling alley we usually head over to the Great Dane on the east side for a light meal and adult beverages, please consider joining us there as well.

March 15, 2014, Gadget Contest.

Location: Dream Lanes bowling alley (13 Atlas Ct, Madison)
Time: 11:00 AM, 15 March 2014
Cost $5.00 at the door or an annual pass.

This month we will share ideas on how to make our own… filters, lights, pumps, frykeepers, etc. etc. etc. In the spirit of Do-It-Yourself, we will have several mini presentations on how to make things on short notice, or repurpose things in our fishrooms.

We will have prizes for First, Second, and Third place.

The first place prize is

a filter by Cobalt Aquatics. Our Thanks go out to Colbalt for donating the filter.

Second and Third place will be some of the LED lights we made at the January meeting.ou

If you have a gadget to present contact Diana Peterson on the forum via PM at Tigerlady.

Also at this meeting:

BAP submissions
Grimey Award
Split auction
Details on upcoming events.
When we wrap up at the bowling alley we usually head over to the Great Dane on the east side for a light meal and adult beverages, please consider joining us there as well.

February meeting

Location:  Dream Lanes bowling alley (13 Atlas Ct, Madison)
Time:  11:00 AM, 15 February 2014.

Cost $5.00 at the door or an annual pass.


Presentation by Rick Ivik.  “PERU—2013”

Regarding his presentation, Rick states:
In August of 2013, I traveled with two friends (Jack Heller and Dave Hemmerlein) to southeastern Peru to collect Killies, Corydoras and Apistogramma. The presentation covers the activities of that week in August.

Rick is a long time friend of Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists and has spoken for us in the past.  Rick Ivik was born in Chicago and raised in the suburb of Cicero. While living there he attended Morton Junior College and Northern Illinois University where he earned an A.A.S. degree in Electronic Technology and a in Technology Education. He taught for a year in Illinois before moving to Wisconsin in 1975. There he taught for thirty years and retired in 2005. He continues to substitute teach in four school districts during his retirement.
Rick started keeping killies in 1978 after visiting a pet shop in Madison, WI. The shop had four or five ten gallon tanks tucked away in the corner with killies in them. As they say, the rest is history. Rick has been with the M.K.A.(Milwaukee Killifish Association), which is now W.A.K.O.(Wisconsin Area Killifish Organization) and the A.K.A. since 1979. He is also a member of the M.K.K.A.(Minnesota Killie Keepers Association). Rick is considered an eclectic killie keeper. He does not specialize in any one type of killie, but has a variety of genera. If he had to be pinned down to a certain type, or types, of fish, it would probably be Rivulus and Epiplatys. He is currently maintaining ninety-six aquariums ranging from one to one hundred and twenty gallons in size. Today he lives in southwestern Wisconsin in the town of Monroe.

Also at this meeting:

  • BAP submissions
  • Grimey Award
  • Split auction
  • Details on upcoming events.

When we wrap up at the bowling alley we usually head over to the Great Dane on the east side for a light meal and adult beverages, please consider joining us there as well.

General Meeting – Saturday, January 18

Location:  Dream Lanes bowling alley (13 Atlas Ct, Madison)
Time:  11:00 AM

Presentation by Mr. Matt Bielski

DIY LED Lighting Workshop

Matt will lead us in a hands-on workshop about building inexpensive LED lights from base components.  This will be a group activity, and the lights built will be auctioned at the end of the meeting.


About Matt

“I have over 30 years in the hobby , I am a father of 3 and have been married for going on 25 yrs.

I am basically a general interest hobbyist. I breed most of what I keep, ranging from catfish & killifish to cichlids & tetras. At this time, I have 70 tanks in a fish room of about 520 sq ft.  I have automated for the most part the water changing and lighting in the room.  I am always in the process of modifying or adding to the fish room, to me this is half the fun.

I work as a mechanical contractor, and have been doing so for over 28 yrs.  I am currently the service manager for a local refrigeration contractor.  I draw my expertise in lighting from my work experience.  I have over 2000 points in the local clubs’ breeder award programs and I have served as president, on and off, for the local aquarium society for 8 years now.”

Also at this meeting:

  • BAP submissions
  • Grimey Award
  • Split auction**

** Due to the length of the LED workshop program, we are asking everyone to be CONSERVATIVE with the amount of auction items that they bring this month.

November General Meeting

The next general meeting of the MAAH club will take place on Saturday, November 16:

Location:  Dream Lanes bowling alley (13 Atlas Ct., Madison – on the east side near the intersection of Stoughton Road (51) and Cottage Grove Road).

Time:  11:00 to about 3:00

Speaker Presentation:

Sponsored by the

American Cichlid Association and ZooMed

Mr. Mike Wise – 21st Century Apistos… The New Apistogramma Species of the Past Decade



Mike Wise has been a fish hobbyist for over 35 years and has kept dwarf cichlids almost from the beginning. He’s been a member of the Colorado Aquarium Society since 1977 and the American Cichlid Association since 1982. Presently, Mike is a moderator for the Apistogramma Forum and curates Apistogramma at the Cichlid Room Companion web sites. He has had articles published in several magazines and received writing awards from the ACA and FAAS. Mike has also translated into English three German language books on dwarf cichlids, as well as many scientific and hobby related papers. He is one of the contributors to the German/English book South American Dwarf Cichlids a “Special Publication” (Sonderheft) published by the German magazine DATZ. Among his many experiences are two, month-long collecting trips in which he of lived, ate, and collected fish with native collectors in Peru , Ecuador and Colombia . Mike has given programs at ACA & BCA conventions, as well as to many local, regional, and international fish clubs on the various aspects of collecting, identifying, keeping, and breeding dwarf cichlids.

Also at this meeting:

  • Grimey Awards
  • BAP submissions
  • Mini-Auction

After Party – please plan to join us at the east side Great Dane restaurant after the meeting.  Very close to the meeting location.