October 21, 2017 | Mike Hellweg: Bettas (not Betta Splendens)
Mike has been fascinated by fishes all his life, and has had various fishes as pets since he could barely reach the top of the goldfish bowl; he has been successfully breeding and trading fish with local shops since he was 9 years old. Over the past four decades plus he has specialized mainly in miniature fishes, and has had successful spawns from various miniature fishes totaling over 400 species from 32 families of fish. He currently owns a small fish hatchery and maintains about 3000 gallons divided into 100 tanks. He is the top ranked breeder of all time in the Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. (MASI) BAP and the top ranked aquatic horticulturist of all time in MASI’s HAP with over 300 submissions from 50 families, including more than a dozen by seed. He is an ALA Century Breeder, with over 100 species of Livebearers spawned. He credits his success to large regular water changes, keeping live plants in every tank and culturing and feeding an assortment of live foods daily for feeding his breeding stock and for growing the fry of these diverse fish.
Over the past three plus decades, Mike has given well over 325 talks to classes, clubs, groups and conventions all over the USA and Canada, has documented many of his keeping and spawning successes in over 300 articles published in hobby publications around the world, and he has had two books on live foods published by TFH Publications.
September 24th, 2017 | MAAH Fall Auction Event
Join us September 24th for the 2017 Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists’ Fall Auction! Club BAP submissions will be accepted at this event! Aquatic animals and plants to be bought and sold. See rules for details. Open to all. Registration from 9:00am to 10:30am. Auction begins at 11:00am September 24th at the Plaza Crowne Hotel 4402 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704.
September 22-24, 2017 | Join us for Cataclysm!
Come join us at our biennial catfish extravaganza! See the link in the main menu for more information on this fantastic event!
August 19, 2017 | The Gymnogeophagus of Uruguay by Spencer Jack
Welcome to the dog days of summer! Take a break and join us on Saturday the 19th for the August Madison Area Aquarium Hobbyist’s meeting. We will be hosting Spencer Jack all the way from Winnipeg.
— NEW MEETING LOCATION
— HODY BAR & GRILL
— 1917 AURORA ST. MIDDLETON WI
Spencer Jack has been active within the aquaria hobby since the age of five. A true “cichlidiot”, he had worked exclusively with cichlids for over twenty years. He has since expanded his horizons to include all types of tropical fish.
He now owns and operates a tropical fish wholesale business, The aFISHionados, and is an avid fishkeeper and breeder.
Spencer will be presenting on the Gymnogeophagus of Uruguay.
A closer look at the gorgeous genus of Gymnogeophagus from Uruguay. Like their Rift Lake cichlid counterparts the Gymnogeophagus species here almost all express a wide range of geographical variation and a fantastic kaleidoscope of colour varieties. This presentation will give a closer look at just the members of this genus from the country, many of which have never been imported for the hobby before.
There will be lots of fish and plants in the auction following the presentation. Also it’s the start of new BAP and GARP seasons, are you going to to work for Breeder of the Year?
Dinner and drinks with Spencer after the auction at the Hody!
July 22, 2017 | Member Picnic
Join us for the MAAH member picnic!
The club provides soda and a main dish, participants bring a side dish.
See forum for details.
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.
May 20, 2017 | Rob Lupton: Fresh Water Shrimp
April 15, 2017 | Gadget Contest
March 18, 2017 | Joel :
East Earl, PA
Born on the Southside of Pittsburgh in 1962, Joel’s first brush with the organized hobby came in 1976 when he found an ad for the American Killifish Association in an old aquarium hobby magazine. Having always appreciated the beauty of these fishes from the color plates in the old “Innes book”, and not seeing them in local stores, he joined in order to acquire some. A few years later Joel found the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, where he was a member for a few years before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and moving out of the area. Joel is now living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he is an active member of the Aquarium Club of Lancaster County. Joel has earned the club’s Breeder of the Year award twice, it’s “Mighty Fin Award” for most points earned in the club’s Writer’s and Artist’s Award Program during a year twice, has been honoured with the club’s Hobbyist of the Year Award, and has been selected the recipient of the club’s President’s Award twice, and was the FAAS Author of the Year for 2012. Joel is also the only member of the ACLC to be awarded the club’s annual “CARES Member of the Year” award since the ACLC joined the CARES Program in 2011. Most recently, Joel has just been honoured with lifetime membership in the ACLC for completing the highest level of the club’s Writer’s and Artist’s Award Program. Joel has maintained anywhere from a few to about 60 tanks at any one time throughout his adult life and has kept many different species of fish. He is often amazed at how some species were once very common and now seem to be non-existent despite their attractiveness and ease of care and husbandry, seemingly pushed out of the hobby by the “next great thing.”
Komments on Killiekeeping
This program is an introduction to keeping killifish and is loosely based on my column “Komments on Killiekeeping.” Some basic care and breeding information is shared, as well as some interesting – at least I think so – trivia on certain species. I also give a brief run down on some of the various groups of killifish and touch on some of the new nomenclature. There is always something new added to this program every time I present it.
February 18, 2017 | Jonathan Butkus : Native Fish
Mad-Town Aquascapers’ Championship
Feb 10-12, 2017 Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists will be hosting the first annual Mad-Town Aquascapers’ Championship with the WPT Garden Expo. Details can be found at the link in the main menu.
January 21, 2017 | Chris Carpenter: Shell Dwelling fish of Lake Tanganyika
Chris Carpenter has been a board member of the Grand Valley Aquarium for many years, and have recently become Vice President. He has won a awards such as Breeder of the year, Aquarist of the year, Master Breeder, and Old World Cichlid Master. He has been a serious fish keeper for 10 years focusing a great deal of his time in the hobby on the cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, particularly the Shell Dwellers.
December 2016 | Member Holiday Party
December tba, 2016 | Member Holiday Party
See forum for details
Nov. 19, 2016 | Aquarium Hardscaping: Kris Weinhold
Nov. 19, 2016 | Aquarium Hardscaping: Kris Weinhold
Kris Weinhold grew up keeping aquariums, but really fell in love with planted aquariums several years ago, diving head-first into researching and experimenting with various plants, growing techniques, and aquascape designs. Kris is the vice-president of the Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association (GWAPA), and has published articles in The Aquatic Gardener (www.aquatic-gardeners.org). He also maintains a website/blog (www.guitarfish.org) showcasing his aquarium and nature photography, and his informative articles on aquarium keeping and aquatic plant ecology.
October 15, 2016 | Fishkeeping 101
October 15, 2016 | Fishkeeping 101
The October meeting will be a series of short presentations.
- Using myGroup Auctions
- Preparing fish for bagging and shipping
- Bagging Fish
- Starting an aquarium, cycling dos and dont’s
September 17, 2016 | Heather Burke: Danios
September 17, 2016 | Heather Burke: Danios
Heather Burke is a 24-year-old aquarist from Lansing, Michigan. She has kept and bred fish for most of her young life and harbors a keen interest and passion for the aquarium hobby. She has been active in aquarium societies since the age of 14 and has witnessed some 40 spawns of freshwater fish and invertebrates spanning two clubs. Heather currently associates with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club most prominently. Her interests in fish are broad and range from nano species of cyprinids to wild-type livebearing fishes and dwarf cichlids. This May she graduated from the Michigan State University with a BA in Fisheries and Wildlife. She will soon be starting a new job with the University Of Michigan maintaining a zebrafish research lab.
Heather’s talk is entitled: “Danios and Danionins: The appreciation and breeding of small cyprinids”
The past decade has been an exciting one for die-hard danio enthusiasts, as more species of danios have become available in the hobby. This talk highlights some of the new and interesting species along with offering discussion on general care and breeding. Select species of other small cyprinids will also be discussed along with firsthand accounts of reproduction. Sample of featured species: Danio aesculapii, Celestichthys margaritatus, C. erythromicron, C. choprae, Danio tinwini, and Barbus hulstaerti.
August 20, 2016 | Steve Edie: Topic tba
13 ATLAS CT, MADISON, WI 53714
DOORS OPEN AT 12:00PM MEETING STARTS AT 1:00PM
The third Saturday of the month (excluding July and December) we have a meeting that is open to the public. There is usually a speaker and a mini auction of aquarium related livestock, drygoods and gear.
Doors open at 12pm. 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.
August 20, 2016 | Steve Edie: The name game: A Classification Permutation
Steve Edie has been keeping fish since the Eisenhower administration. (Look it up) He has kept almost every kind of fish available, and some that weren’t. He now keeps about 1,100 gallons of freshwater aquariums, with a preference toward Rift Lake Cichlids. He has had good success in maintaining many different species and moderate success at breeding them. He is the past President and current BAP Chair of the Missouri Aquarium Society. He once kept a saltwater tank for about a year, but has promised not to do it again.
His talk “The Name Game: A Classification Permutation” Is a tongue-in-cheek take on nomenclature with an emphasis on Cichlids.
Also at this Meeting:
Club vote to amend the bylaws
July 16 | Member Picnic
July 16 | 1:00pm | Member Picnic
See forum for details.
June 18th, 2016 | Joe Gargas: “Water and the Aquarium” Keeping and Breeding Discus, Rams and Angelfish
June 18th, 2016 | Water and the Aquarium: Keeping and Breeding Discus, Rams and Angelfish
Joe Gargas, a native of the South Suburbs of Chicago, began his interest in Tropical Fish in the mid 60’s when a aunt gave him his first fish tank with guppies. His interested in tropical fish stayed and grew through the teen years which grew into walls of aquariums. In the late 70’s he became a Law Enforcement Officer in the South Suburbs of Chicago. During that time he worked extensively breeding Discus as well as other hard to breed species of fish making extra money in the process. Joe began writing for a number of Aquarium Fish Publications and had a column in one of them that ran for 7 years. He also began teaching a class that he put together at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago it was “Advanced Freshwater Fish Keeping” This was a 6 week 6 part course that he gave twice a year.
In the early 90’s he was approached by the Wardley Corporation in Secaucus, New Jersey (An Aquarium Fish Food Company) and was offered the job as a consultant. At this time he began doing the PIJAC “Freshwater Fish” certification seminar throughout the USA and Canada and the UK speaking on all aspects of the aquarium hobby. In the mid 90’s the Wardley Corporation was bought out by the Hartz Mountain Corporation and Joe was offered the job of the Director of Research for Wardley and he and his family were relocated to the Tampa Bay area where he lives today.
Joe lectured World Wide on behalf of the Wardley Corporation on all aspects of Tropical Fish Keeping and developed many products. He currently has a hatchery were he is breeding Discus, Rams and Angelfish selling to breeders and high end stores across the country and is currently an active member of the TBAS Tampa Bay Aquarium Society. Through his research and expertise he has helped aquarists/hobbyists keep their fish alive and remain in the hobby.
University of Illinois (Champaign Urbana)
University Atlanta Georgia
Wrote for FAMA (Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine) TFH (Tropical Fish
Hobbyist) Also had an ongoing column in the “Pet Dealer” Magazine (An Industry Trade Publication) Called “Facts on Fish” Which ran consecutively for a number of years.
Developed applications for water treatment and analysis for the potable water industry as well as Swimming Pools, Fountains and the Aquarium Fish Trade.
Was granted by the US Government 13 patents on new technologies and Applications for Potable Water, Swimming Pools, Fountains and the Aquarium Fish Industry
May 21, 2016| Chuck Breiter: Low-tech Planted Tanks
May 21, 2016| Chuck Breiter: Low-tech Planted Tanks
Get there early if you need assistance with entering items for auction
Chuck has had over 45 years of experience with Tropical Fish and has worked in the retail pet field for 35 years.
He is a generalist in his experience, but, has focused on cultivating aquarium plants using low tech methods that are conducive to the health of the fish for the last 10 years.
Currently, Chuck has 20 aquariums and two outdoor ponds, all without filters. He has been an active member of the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists club and the Madison Aquatic Gardeners Club.
His presentation will discuss why live plants fell out of favor and why they are regaining so much popularity today. The discussion will cover his personal experience and growth in the art of cultivating plants. It will also get into the benefits of an all natural low tech symbiotic plant/fish aquarium set up. It will include a discussion on substrate, water quality, and lighting. Further, the presentation will cover whether there is a need for higher tech methods, such as supplemental fertilization, CO2, and the use of higher intensity lighting.
There will also be a “how to” demonstration of an easy start, low tech aquarium set up. The discussion will be done in a very practical easy to apply manner. Included will a discussion of plants that do well in these conditions and that work well for beginners to the methods covered.
The club will be doing a plant order focusing on plants suitable to this method and will be offering those plants as plant packages as well as through the auction.
April 16, 2016| Speaker Anthony Tu Keeping Synodontis of Lake Tanganyika (3D experience)
April 16, 2016| Anthony Tu: Keeping Synodontis of Lake Tanganyika (3D experience)
Anthony Tu is a graduate of San Jose State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He has been involved withthe tropical fish hobby more than 30 years. At
twelve years of age, he started to breed beta fish, which he received as a gift from a neighbor’s pond in SouthEast Asia. His passion for African Cichlids began in 1995 when he joined hislocal fish club, the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association (PCCA). He has also been a member of the American Cichlid Association since 2000. He has specialized in the keeping and breeding of Cyphotilapia.
He currently maintains more than 12 variants of Cyphotilapia. In April 2008, he was awarded as a Master Breeder from the PCCA,his local fish club. Anthony is an international speaker. He has given many talks at major fish clubs throughout the United States, Mexico and Asia, recently at Aquarama 2015 inSingapore . All his lectures use the latest technology such as: PowerPoint, 3Dvideo clips, and high definition pictures, all taken by him.
Anthony recently had a record spawn of Synodontis petricola catfish, 987 fry reached what looked like one inch in the video he had posted on his web site. So I contacted him to ask if he could do a talk on breeding them. He did not think there was enough material there for a full talk so he is going to talk about Lake Tanganyika Catfish in general with a focus on general care and feeding and then a focus on breeding synodontis multipunctatus, synodontis poli, and Synodontis petricola.
March 19 , 2016 |Rusty Wessel: Central American cichlids
March 19, 2016 |Rusty Wessel: Central American cichlids
Rusty Wessel from Louisville, Kentucky, is a well known specialist in Central American cichlids. Rusty has visited Central American habitats for countless occasions. Rusty is a well known cichlid author and speaker. Much involved in the organized hobby, Rusty has taken many positions in several aquarium fancier associations, both local and national, and has been rightly awarded the highest honor of the American Cichlid Association, the fellowship status, for his many contributions to the cichlid hobby. Rusty is also a frequent contributor to the Cichlid Room Companion.
His presentation is Fishes of the Maya! A photo and video presentation on the fishes that live in the area where the ancient Mayan civilization once existed. It covers Southern Mexico, Guatemala and Western Honduras.
Rusty specializes in breeding Central American fish, predominantly cichlids and livebearers, in his fishroom of over 90 tanks and 8000+ gallons. He has taken his hobby to a point where he has successfully collected fish from the Africa, Central America and South America. He has introduced many new species of fish to the aquarium hobby; if it lives in the water, chances are that Rusty has either caught it, been bit or stung by it. Theraps wesseli, a beautiful and elusive cichlid discovered during one of his expeditions, was later named after Rusty by Dr. Robert Rush Miller, emeritus professor of the University of Michigan.
Rusty is a prolific author and photographer; his writings or photographs have appeared in a wide distribution of specialized publications. He has been heavily involved with the American Cichlid Association, including being awarded the ACA Fellowship, its greatest honor. On the local level, he is currently treasurer for the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers. Rusty has lectured and judged numerous fish shows throughout the United States, including the annual “Florida Tropical Fish Farmers” show and several ACA conventions.
Also at this meeting
Gadget Contest prizes.
and after the meeting join us at the Great Dane on the East Side.
Feb 20 2016 | Gadget Contest.
On February 20th we will hold our annual Gadget contest The prize will be a 30″ Elive Module LED:
PM marine590622 if you have a project you would like to present.
Also at this meeting;
BAP AND split auction.
Following the Auction we usually clean up, and head over to the East Side Great Dane for a meal and beverages.
January 16, 2016 Speaker: John Roberts | Topic: Dart Frogs
January 16, 2016 | John Roberts : Dart Frogs
John Roberts is one of the founding members of our club. He came to the club after a number of years of participation in the Madison Aquatic Gardeners Club. Known in both clubs for the quality of his plants and fish, John drifted away for awhile about 5 years ago when he became interested in Dart Frogs.
His day job is union painter for the Madison schools. He has been keeping tropical fish since the age of 12. He got involved with frogs through a friend who now runs a frog research station in Madagascar.
His presentation will cover where the frogs are from in the wild, his experience with them, then general care, and how to build a proper vivarium to house them. He has also indicated he will bring some frogs along if there is interest in seeing them and he has frogs for sale if there is interest.
November 21, 2015 Speaker: Jeff Anderson – Jeff & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in Peru
November 21, 2015 | Jeff Anderson: Jeff & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in Peru
Jeff was born out of state on an Army base, but is basically a Madison, WI native. Like many others, his first fish was a goldfish won with a lucky ping pong ball toss. Soon after came zebra danios, neon tetras and whatever else the meager allowance of the day could manage. After fledgling the childhood nest, bettas, piranhas and channel catfish, oh my! Having at least one tank up and running for over 30 years (usually more) lessons have been learned with varying degrees of success.
Joining the MAAH after a killie soiree at Ted Judy’s has been what he had been looking for. A home base to swap info and BS about those critters in the glass cages. Then talk of the fish’s home base. A trip! So, we flew to Peru!!!
September 19, 2015 Speaker: Jen Williams – Easy Plants for Aquascapes
September 19, 2015 | Jen Williams: Easy Plants for Aquascapes
Jen will give a presentation about the
easy plants she likes to use to create beautiful, easy to care for, and
I got my first tank when I was seven and went through the appropriate array of guppies, barbs and tetras through to my first encounter with keeping Cichlids when I was in high school and “Bubba” (a Melanochromis auratus with an extra dose of sassiness) paved the way to more. Years later, a craigslist ad I posted stating “Firemouth Cichlids, bring a net and a bucket” (as not surprisingly two had turned into what I swear was easily zillions), I was introduced to something I wasn’t expecting*a formidable former Army Lieutenant in my living room filling his bucket with fish, and telling me all about local fish clubs and planted tanks. Armed with a healthy dose of curiosity at what kind of characters would be at a plant and fish club meeting, I attended my first planted tank (GWAPA) gathering and was completely hooked. Serving on the Board in several positions (including President) I have also enjoyed participating in events with the other local clubs and the true friendships I have made in this hobby. To date I have a stack of ribbons from aquascaping contests, including most recently firsts in both categories at the 2014 Aquatic Experience/AGA Aquascaping Live! Invitational Competition in Chicago, IL for 75 gallon and nano entries. I am also an avid fan of Blue-eyed Rainbowfish and enjoy keeping and breeding them with the rest of my eclectic assortment of fish. To pay the electric and water bills that accompany 241 assorted gallons of aquatic madness, I work as a Graphic Designer*and also enjoy fast cars and purring cats.”
August 15, 2015 General Meeting
This is a new presentation that gives an overview of species available in the hobby, their unique needs and behaviors, and specialized housing. It is meant as an introductory presentation to dispel some myths and make these unique creatures more approachable.
Presented by Rachel O’Leary AKA MSJINXED
A life-long fish keeper, her interests range from microfish to monsters, with a focus on invertebrates and dwarf species. Rachel has spent the last 10 years studying invertebrate husbandry, aquascaping, and breeding practices. Rachel’s fishroom consists of over 100 tanks ranging from 10 to 220 gallons, and her breeding program includes members of the Corydoradinae group, apistogramma, ancistrus, hypancistrus, pelvicachromis, as well as various cyprinids and livebearers. One of the leading importers of invertebrates in the US, she works with dozens of dwarf shrimp and snail species, as well as dwarf crayfish and crabs, and is regularly bringing in new and hard to find specimens. Rachel is a frequent contributor to Amazonas magazine, and recently had a book published titled The 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species: How to Choose & Keep Hardy, Brilliant, Fascinating Nano Fishes, Plants and Invertebrates.
As dedicated to education and community as she is to her fish, Rachel has served as a moderator in several of the largest online aquatic communities. A member of close to a dozen associations, she can frequently be found at conventions and club meetings around the country.