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.

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“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.

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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.

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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 B.S.degree 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.

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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

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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.

 

Biotopes Around the World

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Karen Randall  -  What makes a successful “plant biotope”, and how they differ and are alike, all around the world.  This presentation covers many of the exotic locations Karen has traveled to looking for aquatic plants, and how to successfully recreate the biotopes in an aquarium.

Karen Randall grew up with aquariums as a child.  While experienced in many facets of the aquarium hobby, as an adult her focus turned to a concentration in planted display aquariums and the study and propagation of aquatic plants.  Her articles and photography have been published in six languages in 9 countries.  For many years she authored the monthly column, “Sunken Gardens” in Aquarium Fish Magazine. She is an international speaker on aquarium subjects.

Karen is past president of the Boston Aquarium Society, and serves on the board of the Aquatic Gardeners Association.  She was editor of the AGA magazine, The Aquatic Gardener for 5 years and is now technical editor of the magazine.  She has served as a judge for both the AGA Aquascaping Contest and the Aqua Design Amano International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest since their inception.   In 2010 she had the pleasure to serve as a speaker and jury member for the prestigious live international contest, “The Art of the Planted Aquarium” held in Hannover, Germany.  She has also served as a consultant on several major projects at public aquaria.

She has traveled extensively in South and Central America and South East Asia as well as the southern parts of the U.S. to study aquatic plants and biotopes in the wild.  In Brazil she has assisted with Project Piaba, a conservation program in the Amazon centered on the aquarium fish trade.  She regularly does programs on these topics as well as aquatic gardening for groups ranging from aquarium clubs, school children, garden clubs and church organizations.

Karen started a program a number of years ago to put aquariums in many classrooms in the local public elementary schools.  Now, with her own children grown, this program is still going strong.  In 2003 she was awarded the Northeast Council of Aquarium Society’s Betty Mueller Award; a life-time award for her outreach work and other contributions to the aquarium hobby.

Also at this meeting:

  • BAP submissions
  • Grimey Award
  • Mini-auction
  • Plant  packages
  • Possibly delivery of Club Swag.

We usually take the speaker out after the meeting.  Plan to join us after the meeting at the Great Dane – East side (876 Jupiter Drive… about a mile from the meeting location).

 

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

Time:  Doors open at 11:00, meeting gets started at 11:30

September 21st 2013, Gary Lange, Third Time’s the Charm.

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Gary has been keeping fish since he was 10 and has been associated with the organized hobby for the last 32 years. He is a member of the Missouri Aquarium Society (MASI) and has held various positions in the club. He is a grand master breeder in MASI, and has won “Best Fish In Show” on four different occasions, twice with rainbowfish.

In the fall of 1987 he started the Rainbowfish Study Group of North America (RSG). He got in fish photography mainly because there weren’t many quality pictures of rainbowfish. He has had his photos published in FAMA, TFH and AFM and has published several articles for the Aquarium Fish Magazine and TFH.

In 2002 he was the first to import eight new rainbowfish into North America from the world explorer, Heiko Bleher, including the Millennium rainbow, the Zigzag and the dwarf parva rainbowfish. In 2003 he made his second trip to Australia and did some more collecting while there. In 2005 he took the rainbowfish collectors dream trip – collecting in West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), the western portion of New Guinea. He made another trip back in 2008, recollecting Melanotaenia praecox. A third trip was made in 2010 and a fourth just completed in August of 2012. He brought back fish that have never been seen in the hobby including Chilatherina alleni, both color varieties. On the third trip alone, five new species of rainbowfish were brought back and wait a scientific write up. He is currently running over 90 tanks and keeping over 65 species and locations of rainbowfish and blue-eyes.

Additionally Gary is facilitating a box swap of fish between MAAH and MASI, This should be a great event!

August General Meeting!!!

August 17 – 11:30 AM

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

Speaker Presentation by:

Steve Lundblad – Peacocks with Fins, not Feathers

Steve is the owner and operator of The Wet Spot and the Cichlid Exchange aquarium fish importers and retailer in Portland, Oregon.  If you have been on Aquabid.com in the past two years, you have see the Wet Spot auctions.  Steve is also very active in the hobby, especially in the keeping and breeding of Lake Malawi cichlids.  He maintains colonies of every collect species of Aulonacara, and many different populations of several of them.  He is the only person I know who can look at a female peacock and give you the correct ID… every time.  Steve is going to present his acclaimed talk on Lake Malawi Peacocks, which covers every known species (described and otherwise).  Steve has been to Lake Malawi multiple times, and the presentation will include observations on the fish in the wild and in captivity.

Also at this meeting:

  • BAP submissions
  • Grimey Award
  • Mini-auction

MAAH Summer Potluck Picnic – July 20

MAAH’s annual end of year (our calendar runs July – June) Summer Potluck Picnic will take place next month:

  • Saturday July 20
  • 1:00 – ???
  • Ted Judy’s Home (in Stoughton)

This family event is a lot of fun, so c’mon out and join us.  Please RSVP to Ted via PM on the forum (tjudy) or via email (tjudy@tedsfishroom.com).  Ted will respond with the address and a suggestion for what to bring for the potluck.

RAFFLE AT JUNE MEETING!!!!

The meeting this weekend will feature a raffle with some great prizes.  The grand prize is a 29 gallon aquarium aquascaped by our guest presenter Ben van Dinther with some great equipment donated by Hagen:

  • 29 gallon aquarium
  • all decorations, substrate and live plants used by Ben to aquascape the tank
  • Fluval 106 canister filter (donated by Hagen)
  • 24″ Freshwater & Plant LED light (also from Hagen)

There will be a lot of other prizes too, including filters, lights, hardscape decorations and more!  Everyone who attends the meting will get one raffles ticket for showing up.  Additional tickets can be purchased as well.  You can also earn raffle tickets by participating in the auction (buy a bag for $10+ and get a free raffle ticket).

Do not forget the meeting details:

  • Location:  Dream Lanes (13 Atlas Ct., Madison)
  • Time:  11:30 AM – ???
  • Date: Saturday 6/15