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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 (tjudy@tedsfishroom.com) for details.

July 19, 2014 | Summer Potluck Picnic

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, 2014 | 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?


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: tbas1.com ) 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.

April 19, 2014 | Matt McGee – Freshwater 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.

March 15, 2014 | Gadget Contest.

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

February 15, 2014 | 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.

January 2014 | 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.”

December 2013 | Holiday Party


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.

Oct 19th, 2013 | Karen Randall: Biotopes Around the World

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.

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

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 17, 2013 | 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.

July 20, 2013 | MAAH Summer Potluck Picnic

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.

June 15, 2013 | Ben Van Dinther: aquascaping

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).

Today I am going to talk about some basic techniques to add visual appeal to an aquarium. I will show some pictures of award winning aquariums and talk about why they win those awards. I will go over some “guidelines” that can help even the most aesthetically challenged hobbyist improve the look and feel of an aquatic ecosystem. I will aquascape a 29g to show some of those ideas. I will be focusing on planted aquariums.

About Ben:

Ben is one of the owners of Blue Fish Aquarium and Aquarium Services. He started keeping fish when he was 8. It was not until he saw a picture of Psuedepiplatys annulatus, the Clown Killi, that the hobby became an obsession. In college he had 10 aquariums and a kiddie pool in his dorm room. He has a degree in Art and a minor in Biology. Aquariums have become the perfect blend of art and science. He is a fellow of the Grand Valley Aquarium Club in Grand Rapids Michigan. He holds top honors in the Horticulturist Award Program at the Grand Valley Aquarium Club. Every aquarium is not just a glass box to grow stuff but also a living work of art.

May 18, 2013 | John Krepper – Keeping Lake Tanganyika Cichlids

John has been an avid hobbyist for over 40 years, with nearly all of that time dedicated to the keeping of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. He will share that breadth of experience in a presentation that sticks to the practice of successfully keeping and breeding this astoundingly diverse group of cichlids.

April 20, 2013 | Dr. Stephan Tanner – Pleco Nutrition

Suckermouth catfish were long regarded simply as algae eaters to clean up the aquarium. Nothing could be further from the truth, since the members of the family Loricariidae have a wide variety of feeding strategies. The choice of food in the husbandry of the various types is critical in maintaining and breeding these great fish.

Stephan has been a fish keeper since 1982. Born in Switzerland, he got his first fish tank at age 14. A fascination for biology led to a master’s degree in Ecology and Molecular Biology (1995) and a PhD in Human Molecular Genetics (1998) from the University of Bern, Switzerland. During his undergraduate years, he worked many years for a local fish store (Spiezer Zoo).

In 1998, Stephan moved to Columbus, Ohio for a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer research at the Ohio State University. In the fall of 2005, he became a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics. His work in cancer genetics focused on identifying genes and pathways for acute myeloid leukemia (PNAS 2001, Vol 98), juvenile vitamin B12 malabsorption (Nature Genetics, 2003 Vol 33 & PNAS 2005, Vol 102), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CELL 2007, Vol 129), and colorectal cancer (Science 2008, Vol 321). Since 1998, Stephan has published 49 peer reviewed papers.

In 1992, Stephan became a member of the International Society for Barbs, Tetras, Loaches, and Catfishes IG BSSW. From 1994-2006, he was the editor for their quarterly publication BSSW Report. He regularly travels to Germany for fish related events and to visit friends he made throughout the IG BSSW. He is a member of the American Cichlid Association, American Livebearer Association, North American Native Fishes Association, Minnesota Aquarium Society, and Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts.

In 2012, Stephan’s wife Wendy was recruited by Mayo Clinic and they moved to Rochester in southeastern Minnesota. Stephan has since focused on expanding his company, SwissTropicals, LLC, known for Poret© filter foam and the Jetlifters™.

March 2013 | No Speaker

February 16, 2013 | Rick Borstein: Livebearer Reproduction Strategies

Sorry for the late notice for the February meeting, but it turned out to be a lucky delay, as our scheduled speaker is unable to make it. Instead we will have a presentation by Rick Borstein, noted fish breeder and aquarium society guru from Chicago. Rick is a goal-oriented fish breeder who has dominated the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association’s BAP program for many years (which is notable because the GCCA’s system is very simple… 1 spawn = 1 point), and he once submitted 100 cichlid spawns in a single year. Rick took up an interest in livebearers a few years ago, and recently helped to found the Chicago Livebearer Society. Rick will make the drive up I90 to give us a talk about live bearers:

Livebearers are an incredibly diverse group of fish. Yes, there’s a lot more to livebearers than guppies, swords and platies. In this talk, you’ll learn how to sex livebearers, take a look at livebearer anatomy, see a livebearer give birth, and learn about mate selection and nourishment of embryos. In addition, there is a bit of livebearer trivia and coverage of a few oddballs.

January 19, 2013 | BRIAN PERKINS – FISH OF PERU

Brian Perkins, owner/operator of Wild Peru (www.wildperu.net), a fish collecting station in Peru, will be visiting the Wisconsin clubs to talk about his experiences with South American soft water species.

December 2012 | MAAH Holiday Potluck

This year’s holiday potluck party will be hosted by Michael and Rosi Laursen in their home in Beloit. Michael has been doing a lot of renovation to his fish room lately, and we should all take this opportunity to take a gander at it.

When: Dec. 8. 2012 1:00 PM – ????
RSVP on the forum: http://madisonaquatichobby.com/forum/index.php?threads/maah-holiday-party.4024/#post-29523

Sign up for something to bring. This is most definitely a family event, so bring everyone.

November 17, 2012 | Matt Pederson: Building a Marine Breeding Fish Room

Matt Pederson is one of the most successful hobbyist breeders of marine fish. He is very active as a writer and speaker at marine events around the nation, and is THE breeder entrusted with the Lightning Clown Project (click on the name to see what it is all about). Matt is also very active with the conservation and preservation of the bangui cardinalfish, and recently completed the construction of a very high tech fish room specifically designed as a breeding/research facility for working with bangui cardinals… in his basement… in Duluth, MN. Matt is coming to Madison to tell us all about what he is up to. Even if you do not keep marine fish, there are plenty of fish room tips to learn in this program!


The west African cichlid genus Pelvicachromis includes the very popular aquarium species P. pulcher… the krib! But there are eight species and dozens of different populations of fish in genus, all of which are fun to keep in the aquarium. Ted Judy has spent 30+ years keeping and breeding these cichlids, and has even been to Africa to collect them. Ted will give talk that covers the interesting history of this genus, how to keep them and introduces us to dozens of kribs. Ted will also bring some fry from different species for the auction!


Ted and Jeff A went over to Michigan with several boxes of fish from MAAH members, and have returned with several boxes of fish from over there. These fish will be featured in our auction, so come on out to get some species that have not been available in the Madison area… until now! This is a great chance to pick up a species that has not been bread in the club. Here is the list of fish that were sent to us in the swap:

Malawi Cichlids: Copadichromis borleyi, Pseudotropheus aurora, Metriaclima zebra gold, Metriaclima greshakei, Pseudotropheus elongatus ‘chewere’

Tang. Cichlids: Lepidiolamp. hecqui, Telmatochromis vittatus, Lamp. ornatipinnis

Catfish: Aspidoras sp. ‘albator’, Corydoras aeneus ‘black Venezuela’, Corydoras melini, Corydoras venezuelanus

Killi: Rivulus marmoratus (the parthenogenic killi… one is all you need!)

CA Cichlid: Thorichthys sp. ‘Mextico’

Victoria Cichlid: Haplochromis sp. Tomato, Pundumalia nyererei ‘Mwanza Gulf’

Livebearers: Skiffia lermae, Girardinus fulcatus, Girardinus rivasi, Girardinus uninotatus, Girardinichthys multiradiatus, Black Moscow Guppies, Phallichthys fairweatheri Rio Puote, Poecilia butleri, Characodon lateralis ‘Los Berros’, Xenophallus umbratillis, Neoheterandria elegans, Allotoca goslinei

Plant: Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia (HUGE crypt)

September 15, 2012 | Aquascape Challenge and Conservation Breeder Program


All of the members who joined the Aquascape Challenge in April will present photograph of their 10-gallon planted tank aquascape for us to discuss and judge. The winners will be determined by the voting of the people present, so we need a big turn out. We will also learn a lot about how the aquariums were set up and managed, so bring a pad of paper to take notes…


Ted Judy will present a program about aquarium conservation, the MAAH CBP and highlight some of the priority species that are in the club. The goal of the CBP is to encourage members to make a place in their hobby for a species of fish that is at risk of going extinct or becoming lost from the hobby. We have had a CBP for a year, but a new system has been put in place. There will be a LOT of CBP Priority Species available in the auction, so do a little research on the MAAH Conservation web page, ask questions on the forum and get a tank ready for a cool species of fish that needs your help.

August 18, 2012 | Dr. Paul V. Loiselle: The State of Aquarium Conservation in the Hobby

Dr. Paul V. Loiselle is an enthusiastic aquarist of 50 years’ experience. During the course of his career, Paul has had the opportunity to study cichlids and other fishes in Madagascar, West Africa, Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, Haiti, Mexico, Central America and the Peruvian Amazon. Emeritus Curator of Freshwater Fishes at the New York Aquarium, he is actively involved in conservation programs focused on the fishes of Madagascar. Paul is co-chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Freshwater Fish Taxa Advisory Group and serves as a scientific adviser to the Lake Victoria Cichlid Species Survival Program and the Madagascar Faunal Interest Group. A founding member and Fellow of the American Cichlid Association, he is an internationally published author of numerous articles and such books on the care and breeding of ornamental fishes as The Cichlid Aquarium and The Fishkeeper’s Guide to African Cichlids.

Paul is arguably the most prominent person in the world who actively researches and promotes the conservation of fishes in our hobby. Paul is the chairman of the American Cichlid Association’s Conservation Committee, which is responsible for the Paul V. Loiselle Conservation Fund. Through that fund the ACA has provided more than $30,000 to cichlid conservation projects around the world. Paul is also a founding member of the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Project, a hobby organization that promotes the keeping of species at risk in the hobby. Paul’s presentation is an extension and update of the banquet program he delivered at the 2012 ACA convention in Milwaukee. He will inform us as to what is happening the at risk habitats around the world, what is being done in science and hobby to help, and Paul will challenge us to be a part of the solution.


A New Year! – August is the first meeting of the MAAH calendar, so the annual passes will go back on sale ($25/person or $50/family). This pass is good for entry into all MAAH meetings through June 2013. The pass is available until the February 2013 meeting (after than point there is not financial advantage to buying a pass).

Conservation Breeder Program – We will be revamping and restarting the CBP this year. The old system was not working out very well… live and learn. We are excited to present the new program at the meeting with Paul V. Loiselle as our guest. He will give us a lot of encouragement! Please take a look at the CBP web page for details of the new program.

Breeder Award Program Submissions – A new year for the BAP is getting started too. How far will you advance this year toward your personal goal? Will you get to Grand Master? Is Ultimate Breeder in your sights? Participating in BAP is fun, helps to distribute fish between members and is a huge support for the club. If you have fry born this Summer they are probably ready for BAP! Bring them and get a jump start on advancing through the ranks.

Grimey Award – Learn something important the hard way? Willing to share your story? Tells us about it and maybe you will win the one-per-life Grimey Award.

Mini Auction – Every meeting we end with a live auction of fish, plants and equipment. The BAP and CBP fish will be in the lots, and sellers are welcome to enter items as well. MAAH has a new split policy starting in August: a flat 20% to club and 80% to seller. This is an advantage to the seller! No more first $1 to the club. We are expecting a good turnout for the first meeting of the year, so it is a good meeting to bring your items to auction. And don’t forget to clear some tank space for fish or plants you will want!

July 21, 2012 | MAAH Picnic

Next up for MAAH is our annual Summer pot luck and awards picnic. This year we will meet at Ted Judy’s home in Stoughton, WI, from 2:00 to whenever. Ted will provide a main course (smoked BBQ….), but will also have a grill running if you prefer to bring something other than pork or beef to be grilled. Please go to the Summer Potluck thread in the forum to RSVP and sign up to bring something. Once you RSVP through the forum, Ted will send you the address.

June 16, 2012 | Jay Reiss: L-number plecos

This is from Jay:

I’ve had a fish tank off and on since I was a kid. In 2003 I got addicted to keeping plecos and started a fishroom in my basement. I started breeding ancistrus and moved on to the hypancistrus family. To date, I’ve bred about three quarters of the hypancistrus family and shipped my tank-raised plecos all over the United States under the name Plecoboy.

Currently my focus is to breed plecos from the Rio Xingu River in Brazil where the construction of the Belo Monte dam may cause the extinction of many endemic plecos.

May 2012

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March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011 | Holiday Party

November 2011

October 15, 2011 | Video from ACA 2010 Convention (we will decide as a group which one we want to watch)


The schedules are posted on the forum and on the Fall Fish Fest web page.

We have changed the times for the Box Sales so more people can participate (sellers and buyers). 9:00 – 10:30 (AM Sat.) bag check in… 10:30 – 11:30 room open for weekend pass holders… 11:30 – 2:00 room open to everyone

Friday evening there will be an Open House at Ted Judy’s fish room from 7:00 – 10:00, for attendees arriving on Friday. Maps will be available at the FFF registration table on Friday afternoon/evening. Ted lives an easy 20 minute drive from the hotel.

MAAH in October

October is a big month for MAAH. We will host our first weekend event on October 29-30. If you have not registered yet, please do so. There are instructions and registration form on the Fall Fish Fest pages (link at the upper left in the menu bar). Please make note of these dates:

October 10 – the last day to order a Fall Fish Fest tee-shirt

October 12 – the cutoff day for reserving a room at the hotel at the event group rate. If you are staying overnight, make your reservations soon!

The vendor room is very full. Lot’s a great sellers are coming to the event. You will be able to find everything from aquariums to black worms. Watch the MAAH forum for a list of vendors and their contact information to do pre-orders.

The Saturday speaker line up is full also. A full schedule will be posted soon.

September 17, 2011 | David Boruchowitz: freshwater nano-aquariums

David has been in the hobby for 57 years and figures he’s probably hooked for life. Although cichlids always hold a special place in his heart, he’s never met a fish he didn’t like, and his collection grows ever more eclectic, with primitive fishes and mudskippers just a couple of current focuses. He has been Editor-in-Chief of TFH Magazine for more than a decade and is the author of many books, most about aquarium husbandry. He has a personal mission of helping beginning aquarists to succeed, believing that anyone who succeeds with a first tank will find a life-long source of entertainment and education in the aquarium hobby.

David comes to Madison to give us a presentation about freshwater nano-aquariums. He will give us tips on how to start and maintain these very small aquariums, and tell us about the many different fish that are suitable.

August 20, 2011 | Gordon Hartman: PLANTS!!!

This month we will be featuring three mini-programs about keeping plants. The keynote presenter will be our own Gordon Hartmann, so will give is a presentation about his low tech planted tank methods. Here is a link to images of Gordon’s 2004 AGA Aquascaping Contest 1st Place entry: AGA 2004.

We will also hear from Randy Peterson about some of his tricks for maintaining his aquascapes, and from Ted Judy about building a layered soil substrate.

It is impossible to start a new planted tank without plants, so the club is going bring in some plants from Waterscapes Nurseries. Six starter packages of plants will be given away as door prizes to those in attendance. Identical starter packages will be available for sale ($5), and some other plants will be put into the mini-auction.


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MAAH is proud to announce our first weekend event. We will gather October 29 and 30, 2011, for speakers, swaps, auctions and lot’s of fun! Follow the following link to read more about the event and access registration forms:

July 9, 2011 | Summer Party

We will be hosting the MAAH picnic on July 9th 2011 from 12-4pm.

We will be providing brats,hot dogs,hamburgers and authentic homemade tamales. We’ll provide beverages, but please bring your own alcholic beverages AND chairs.

Entertainment will be pony cart rides for kids and small adults, roping dummies, horseback rides and also live music with Dusty and Don Wiggins.

Please RSVP via PM, or email tara_n_dusty@yahoo.com OR reply to post so we know how many to expect. We ask everyone to bring a dish to pass. Please post what you’ll be bringing so others know what other foods will be at the picnic. Look forward to having a great time, and meeting new/old MAAH members. Thanks. Tara and Dusty.

June 18, 2011 | Ron Coleman, Ph.D.: Research & adventures in Costa Rica

Ron is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at California State University, Sacramento. He will be speaking on his research and adventures in Costa Rica, where he and his students study the parental care of cichlid fishes.

May 21, 2011 | Phil Benes: rainbow fish

May 1, 2011 | Live Fish/Plant Auction

The next MAAH event will be our first full-fledged auction. Please plan on coming out to be a part of this inaugural event. Specifics regarding location, buyer/seller instructions and auction rules can be seen on the AUCTIONS page.

The auction will feature a Buy It Now table where sellers can set a price for higher-value fish/plants and buyers can purchase them without having to bid. See the rules for specific details.

We will also be holding an earn-a-ticket drawing for several drygoods prizes. You will get a ticket when you pick up your buyer number and will earn a ticket for every bag that you purchase in the auction. Prizes in the drawing include:

Book: Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad

Book: Celebrating Cichlids from Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika by Ad Konings

A large piece of driftwood

A mixed box of smaller pieces of driftwood

A Marineland 20-gallon aquarium kit with LED light

A 10-gallon aquarium with a custom feather rock background

Tetra Pond BP2500 pond filter

The list of species coming to the auction keeps growing, and can be viewed on the MAAH FORUM. We are expecting a great mix of fish and plants.

April 2011

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January 2011