March 2015, Let’s celebrate spring!

LOCATION: DREAM LANES BOWLING ALLEY (13 ATLAS CT)
Date: 21 March 2015

TIME: DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 PM …. MEETING STARTS AT 1:00 pm
COST: $5 (INDIVIDUAL) $8 (FAMILY) – ANNUAL PASSES $25

Charley Grimes

“Charley will present his infamous Dead Fish Talk… this is why we call the award the Grimey!”

Charley

Charley is an avid fish collector, having taken several trips to South America and Mexico. In the spring, he often gets “Native Fish Fever” and collects locally in Indiana and in the southeastern part of the country.

His popularity is the result of his aquaristic skill and experience, his personality and sense of humor.

I got my first fish tank when I was twelve or thirteen years old. It was a 12+ gallon tank that I made from an old gasoline pump cylinder. Shortly after ‘cutting my teeth’ on some Mollies and Zebra Danios, I added my first cichlids, two Angelfish, two Green Severums, and two Festivums. Within six months, my quarter sized Angelfish had body size a lot bigger than a silver dollar and erased any doubt that Angelfish are true cichlids——-they ate all of the Molly fry, and then all of the Zebra Danios.

I learned three things during my first year of fish keeping:
1) I really like keeping fish
2) By and large, it is cichlids nature to eat fish if given the opportunity
3) I really like cichlids!!!

Except for my college years, I have always kept tropical fish, and, I have never been without cichlids. Our current home has a 600 square foot fishroom that I added onto the existing house. I currently have over a hundred tanks operating in my fishroom (I’ve had more, a lot more, but that was too much). For me, a hundred tanks is a good number; enough for both fun and projects, but not so many as to become burdensome. I have, by the way, been keeping fish for sixty years and still love it.

Oh, yeah, there’s another thing I learned 45 years ago:
4) Being around other aquarists makes a fun and rewarding hobby even more fun and more rewarding. Some of the nicest people in the world belong to the A.C.A.”

Charley Grimes

ALSO AT THIS MEETING:

BAP submissions
Grimey award
Auction

Fellowship afterwards at the Great Dane East Side location

February Gadget Contest

LOCATION: DREAM LANES BOWLING ALLEY (13 ATLAS CT)
Date: 21 February 2015

TIME: DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 PM …. MEETING STARTS AT 1:00 pm
COST: $5 (INDIVIDUAL) $8 (FAMILY) – ANNUAL PASSES $25
MAAH’S annual gadget contest

Prizes…Cobalt Canister Filter
What, to encourage the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) spirit MAAH runs an annual contest to bring out new and interesting ideas for fish related themes. Examples of past entries have been DIY glass lids with silicone hinges, egg tumblers for mouthbrooder eggs, egg or fry incubators.

If you want to Submit a Gadget contact Ted (TJUDY on the forum)

ALSO AT THIS MEETING
Voting on the New Club by-laws.
BAP submissions
Grimey award
Auction

Fellowship afterwards at the Great Dane East Side location

January General Meeting – 1/17/2015 Note New Time ….. 1:00 PM

LOCATION: DREAM LANES BOWLING ALLEY (13 ATLAS CT)

TIME: DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 PM …. MEETING STARTS AT 1:00 pm
COST: $5 (INDIVIDUAL) $8 (FAMILY) – ANNUAL PASSES $25
Ashley Smith: Nano Reefs
Ashley

Ashley’s fish keeping began when she was 3 years old with a betta named Tomato. While growing up her dad always had several fish tanks in the house, as well as 2 ponds outside. In college she kept a small tank in her dorm room and quickly became the go-to person for fish questions.

She decided when she got her first house that it was time to get a big tank with more active and interesting fish she had never had before, and this tank ended up being mostly cichlids. Not long afterwards she took this a step further and picked up a 14 gallon biocube and took a chance on saltwater. Since then she has kept a variety of “salty” tanks with most of them being nanos. Her current setups include an 8 gallon macro/soft coral tank and a 34 gallon reef.

ALSO AT THIS MEETING
Introduction of New Club by-laws.
BAP submissions
Grimey award
Auction

Fellowship afterwards at the Great Dane East Side location

Holiday Potluck Dec 13th 1:00 Pm to 5:00 PM

See http://www.madisonaquatichobby.com/forum/index.php?threads/maah-holiday-party-dec-13th-1-00-pm-to-5-00-pm.6959/ for details.

November MAAH… MAS Fish Bowl!

There will not be a meeting for MAAH in November.  Instead, we are going to go to Milwaukee to support the Milwaukee Aquarium Society’s 2014 Fish Bowl event.  You can get all the details here:  MAS FISH BOWL

Dates:  November 14-16

Location:  New Berlin Alehouse (16000 West Cleveland Ave, New Berlin, WI)

 

October 18 General Meeting

Where:  Dream Lanes Bowling Alley (13 Atlas Ct., Madison…  near the intersection of Stoughton Rd (Hwy 51) and Cottage Grove Rd.)

When: Doors open at 11:00 AM, meeting starts promptly at 11:30 AM

Cost:  Individuals $5   Families $10   $25 Annual Passes are still available

Speaker Presentation:

Ken Boorman:  Fishes of Australia

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Ken, is originally from Australia, but is now living in Chatham, Ontario with his wife Lisa and their daughter Kathleen. Ken has kept fish for around 50 years. A good part of this time he has dedicated exclusively to collect, keep and breed Australia and New Guinea native fishes in his numerous home aquariums. These fish belonging to several families. He has been a member of the Australian New Guinea Fishes Association for many years and is currently the North American co-ordinator for that group. He is also President of the Chatham-Kent Aquarium Society and is active in CAOAC where he is presently Vice President. 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.

Also at this meeting:

  • BAP Submissions
  • Grimey Award
  • Mini-auction (if you are planning to sell, please arrive EARLY to check in your items)
  • After-party at Great Dane east side

 

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

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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 www.lizmarchio.com

ALSO AT THIS MEETING

  • 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.

FIELD TRIPS THIS WEEKEND!!!!!

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 (tjudy@tedsfishroom.com) 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