Oct 17, 2020 Rick Borstein | 60 tips in 60 minutes

Oct 17, 2020 Rick Borstein | 60 tips in 60 minutes

In this talk, you will hear and see— in rapid fire fashion— tons of tips to make it easier, faster or more fun to manage and breed your fish. The presentation is picture-driven and offers tips on better ways to feed, change water, pack and ship fish and lots more. Some do-it-yourself projects are included. Best of all, all the tips are published in a concise PDF online for you to refer to after the talk.

Rick Borstein is the Webmaster of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA), President
of the Chicago Livebearer Society (CLS) and President of the Federation of American Aquarium
Societies (FAAS). Rick was the Chairman of the successful 2006 American Cichlid Association
Convention held in Chicago, IL. Rick has spawned over 240 species of cichlids and is one of
only fourteen people to hold the title of Master Breeder in the GCCA. Rick’s basement fishroom
has 42 tanks ranging in size from 10 gallons to 240 gallons. Rick is primarily interested in
cichlids and livebearers.

12:30-1:00 pm Social time. Meeting starts at 1pm


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January 18, 2020 | Barbie Fiorentino | Loricariid Nutrition

January 18, 2020 | Barbie Fiorentino | Loricariid Nutrition

Barbie Fiorentino currently keeps just over 2000 gallons in aquariums for spawning plecos, and 3000 gallons in her small specialty freshwater and saltwater shop in Spokane, WA.  She has been spawning sucker mouthed catfish for more than 15 years.  She has spawned 19 species to date.  Barbie was the president of her local club for many years and is a long time moderator at planetcatfish.com.


Looking for plants?

Our mini-auction this Saturday is going to have a HUGE variety thanks to donations by Randy Peterson. Complete list below:

Bunch Plants
Ammania Gracilis
Anacharis Najas
Scarlet Temple

Ulvaceus sm
Ulvaceus md

Hastifolia sm
Nana md

Corkscrew Bunched
Contortion Bunched

Lucens lg
Pontederiifolia md
Retrospiralis md
Spiralis lg
Wendtii Red lg

Limited Items
Christmas Moss Portion Cup

Chain Sword Broad Leaf
Kleiner Bar sm
Radican Marble Queen md
Rosette lg

Plants on Lava Rock

Java Moss

Fern Like
Bolbitis Broadleaf md
Java Fern Windelov “Lacy”
Water Sprite Lace md

Lily Like
Tiger Lotus sm

2” Aquarium Pots
Anubias Assorted
Jungle Vallisneria
Hairgrass, Dwarf


Feb 15, 2020 | Christine Neumeyer | A Journey Downriver from the Amazon to Your Aquarium

Christine, one of the owners of Freshwater Exotics, will describe the process by which fish are collected in the wild and then come to the United States. She and Jamie went to S. America and documented the experience.

Freshwater Exotics is an importer of wild caught South American fish. Jamie has been importing for over 25 years, Christine joined him 12
years ago. They have always been dedicated to supplying the U.S. market with wild caught fish. A strong belief in supporting the wild caught ornamental fish industry has taken them on a lifelong journey of discovery and continuing education. By sharing their journey and business endeavors with hobbyists, breeders and enthusiasts, they hope to enlighten you as to why wild Amazon fish are not only sustainable,
but how this industry actually supports the environment and economy in the Amazon.

A Journey Downriver:

  • From the Amazon to Your Aquarium
  • Glimpse firsthand how wild ornamental fish are collected
  • Discover what happens between the time they are collected & transported downriver
  • Join the fish on their journey downriver to the export facilities
  • Tour export facilities and gain insight as to how ornamental fish are cared for and treated before being shipped to the U.S.

This informative and eye-opening lecture will include captivating footage and photos accompanied by a firsthand narrative of what they experienced during their month spent in the state of Para and Amazonas, Brazil in November of 2018.
Their ambition in sharing this experience is to acquaint you with how the supply chain functions and to allow you to gain insight into this little-known aspect of the wild caught
ornamental fish industry.

Perhaps one day you’ll make the journey yourself!


March 21, 2020 | Cancelled due to COVID-19

March 21, 2020 | Ad Konings | Topic TBA

NOTICE: This meeting has been cancelled.

Ad Konings, born and raised in the Netherlands, started keeping cichlids at age 14. While he wanted to be an ichthyologist, he felt his economic future would be more secure if he studied medical biology. As a young adult, he did human DNA research in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
In 1980, Ad worked Saturdays for Dirk Verduijn, the top tropical fish importer in the Netherlands. The wealth of rare African cichlids available to him at this time greatly increased his fascination with these animals, especially after taking a trip with Verduijn to Malawi to visit Stuart Grant’s collecting and exporting operation. He has traveled there many times since.
He moved to Germany in 1986, and around this time, began working with veteran ichthyologist Ethelwynn Trewavas. As his knowledge grew, he began writing books about cichlids. In 1991, he started his own publishing company, Cichlid Press. He got married in 1996 and the couple moved to sunny El Paso, Texas, taking Cichlid Press with them. The publishing company grew rapidly, and he has published books by other fish experts, besides his own. In addition, he wrote and published a book about his second passion, cacti.
Today, Ad continues to travel several times a year to study and photograph cichlids and their habitats, and remains active in cichlid research, often working with Dr. Jay Stauffer of Penn State. He shares his knowledge not only by writing books and articles, but also by maintaining a busy speaking schedule, though he has recently cut back in order to do other types of travel with his wife, Gertrud. He has around 30 talks about cichlids he can give, along with 13 about cacti. He has appeared at events in at least 24 countries.

June 20, 2020 | Lawrence Kent | Live Virtual Meeting

June 20, 2020 Lawrence Kent – Zoom Meeting

This meeting will be free to anyone wishing to attend, but you’ll need to install the (free) Zoom app on your computer or tablet to attend. Email Megan1967@gmail.com for an invitation.

Lawrence Kent works for a charitable foundation supporting projects fighting hunger and poverty in the developing world. He is based in Seattle but travels frequently for his job to Africa and Asia. Lawrence takes advantage of his travels to look for interesting tropical fish in places as diverse as Cambodia, Columbia, and Uganda. At home, he keeps 25 aquaria, many stocked with wild-caught cichlids and anabantids. He has made presentations on collecting tropical fish to clubs in over a dozen cities in North America, Germany, and Nigeria. A frequent contributor to Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Cichlid News, Lawrence is fascinated by all types of fish, birds, and reptiles, and the challenge of correctly identifying and breeding them.


August 15, 2020 | John Pini | Aquascaping

John Pini, an Illinois native just 29 years old, arguably dominated the nano tank competition at the 2016 Aquascaping Live! competition. Pini had only been aquascaping for 2 years, and yet he managed to conceive a design that stopped people in their tracks. The first-place, “Best In Show” nano tank entry was a source of conversation all weekend.

Pini is also one of the founding members of the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society.


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Sept 19, 2020 | Dr. Eric Thomas | When is a species not a species? | Zoom Talk

When is a species not a species?

A talk about how new species are described and explains L/LDA numbers, C/CW, A/D numbers and killifish codes.

About the Speaker

Dr. Eric Thomas started keeping fish in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when he was about 8 years old. With his older brother Bill, Eric kept and bred mouth-brooding cichlids (Geophagus and several Lake Malawi mbuna species), along with Steatocraneus casuarius… and convicts (who doesn’t start with convicts?). Eric and Bill were members of the now-defunct Tri-City Aquarium Society of Southern California.

In college, Eric studied captive husbandry of vertebrates; with his mentor Professor Rudolfo Ruibal at UC Riverside, in 1978 Eric was the first person to breed the Budgett’s frog Lepidobatrachus laevis in captivity. In Dr. Ruibal’s lab, Eric learned about and began studying skin glands and their function. Eric went on to earn a Ph.D. under Dr. Paul Licht at UC Berkeley, studying reproductive endocrinology and the influence of sex hormones on frog skin glands.

Currently, Eric is an associate professor of Biology, co-chair and director of graduate studies for the Biological Sciences Department at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Eric’s research is split between reproductive pheromone production in frogs and self-poisoning in Corydoras catfishes.

At home, Eric’s interests are keeping and breeding catfish, primarily Corydoras and Loricariids. Between home and work, Eric runs up to 27 aquaria and currently has over 40 species of catfish. Socially, Eric operates a YouTube Channel (Bekateen) and FaceBook page (Bekateen’s FishRoom) for sharing his knowledge and experiences with fellow fish keepers; he is also the program coordinator for the Sacramento Aquarium Society and a moderator on PlanetCatfish.com.

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Nov. 16, 2019 | Greg Sage | Livebearers

Greg Sage, MEd., began selling guppies from his bedroom as a young boy in Ohio, and today runs http://selectaquatics.com, a fishroom of 120 tanks, specializing in rare livebearers, goodeids, and wild swordtails. Select Aquatics has also become known for the Green Dragon Plecostomus – an Ancistrus developed and bred here since 2011, and a line of Puntius (Pethia) padamya “Odessa” not available in the hobby.

Chairman of the American Livebearer Association from 2000 – 2004, Greg has published numerous articles in hobbyist publications on Livebearers, livebearer husbandry, selective breeding and automatic water changing systems. He also produces a half hour show on Youtube – “Select Aquatics Presents” on each of the species at Select Aquatics, and answers questions from customers with videos from the fishroom. Greg resides in Erie, Colorado and can be reached at selectaquatics@gmail.com.


October 19, 2019 | Andy Hudson | How to make $1 million in the Aquarium Hobby. (JUST KIDDING!)

A handy guide to raising and selling tropical fish and aquarium products from hobbyist to
professional. Tips on what fish are best to make a profit on, what supplies you will need, where to sell
your fish, and how to market. Basic overview of the aquarium market and some industry challenges.
Advice for those just wanting to get rid of extra fish to those looking to start a career in the aquarium

Andy Hudson is a fellow fish geek from Mukwonago, WI. He has worked in the aquarium industry for 32 years in all aspects from large to small retail stores, tropical fish farms, and currently works in R&D for Central Specialty
Pet (Aqueon) where he has been for the last 13 years. He currently maintains a home fish room of 35 aquariums where he keeps and breeds many different varieties of mainly Geophagus, tetras, and catfish. He has been active in many different aquarium societies over the years but is currently active in the ACA and Milwaukee Aquarium Society where he is the current treasurer and
recently received his Ultimate Level Breeder award.


August 17, 2019 | Jay Wilson | Bacteria – the Good, the Bad and the Downright Disgusting

Jay is a 13-year Navy Veteran with a passion for water in a box and has A LOT of Energy. It just so happens Cichlids helped save my life and mind. He has been keeping fish most of his life but mainly Cichlids for just over 7 years. This hobby has given him purpose again and that is to share, raise awareness and help support research and conservation so we can keep this thing we love doing called, keeping fish, safe and attainable for generations to come. What started with a YouTube video is quickly expanding in to something he is not only grateful for but honored to be doing.


July 20 , 2019 | Member Picnic | 11am-3pm

Hoyt Park – Roy’s Shelter
3902 Regent Street, Madison

Hotdogs, hamburgers and tofu burgers will be grilled and served. Water and soda will also be provided. Please bring a dish to pass. RSVP to Diana Peterson, either by responding to this message or by posting a PM to Tigerlady on the forum or by email at dmpeterson321@gmail.com or by text at 608-440-1770 (please include your name in any texts) and indicate how many will be attending and what type of dish you will be bringing.

There will not be a regular meeting and no BAPs or GARPs will be accepted. Also note that no glass containers are allowed in the park.

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June 15, 2019 | Josie Christopher | The Care and Spawning of Discus

Josie is the founder and president of Chicago Discus. A hobbyist and discus enthusiast for many years, she decided to take her love of discus to the public in 2010. After planning and building the hatchery, she and Miranda, her business partner established Chicago Discus in 2012.

Josie will be talking about the care and husbandry of discus.


May 18, 2019 | Cara Wade | The Best of Both Worlds: Paludariums

In the realm of the aquarium hobby most of our focus is on submersed cultivation, whether of plants, invertebrates, or other livestock…yet many species available in the hobby are capable of living both above and below the surface, and have much to offer if provided an emersed habitat.  Paludariums are setups featuring both aquatic and terrestrial environments that showcase the dual aspects of these species.  Learn the basics of paludarium styles, design, construction, and planting techniques, as well as long-term maintenance issues for growing healthy plants and livestock below and above water!
Cara is a 20+ year veteran in the planted aquarium hobby, with a focus on lighting science and aquatic aroid cultivation.  In her spare time she enjoys exploring and documenting aquatic plants in nature, from dirty ditches in Central Texas to streams in South America and Southeast Asia, birding, and eating strange and spicy foods.

February 16, 2019 | Ken Boorman – Beyond Rainbows: Other Great Australian Fishes

Originally from Australia and now living in Chatham, Ontario, Ken has kept fish for over 50 years. A good part of this time he has dedicated exclusively to collecting, keeping, and breeding several families of Australian and New Guinea native fishes in his numerous home aquariums. He has been a member of the Australian New Guinea Fishes Association for many years and is currently the North American President for that group. He is also President of the Chatham-Kent Aquarium Society and has been active in CAOAC. 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.


January 12, 2019 | Bagging 101 (Note: 2nd Saturday, Not 3rd)

Bagging 101

Do you struggle with bagging? Would you like to learn how to prepare fish for shipping so that you can sell on Aquabid? Come to this meeting for a hands on demonstration!

PLEASE NOTE:  The date of this month’s meeting is Jan 12. It is the 2nd Saturday rather than our usual 3rd Saturday of the month. The location is still 10 Pin Alley.


Dec 15 2018, Saturday | Holiday Party

When: December 15, 2018

Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Place: Goodman Community Center, Brassworks Building, 214 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704

Entrees and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. There will also be a cash bar.
Please RSVP to Dianna Peterson by replying to the thread under “Upcoming MAAH Events” (http://madisonaquatichobby.com/forum/index.php?threads/2018-maah-annual-holiday-party.10128/) on the forum (or dmpeterson321@gmail.com) with number of adults and children attending and what type of dish you will be bringing .


Nov 17, 2018 | Joe Cutler

June 16, 2018 | Anton Lamboj | West African Cichlids

Anton has been an aquarist since the age of ten. Around 1980, he began to take a special interest in the cichlids of West and Central Africa. This interest eventually led, in 1988, to the beginning of his academic education at the University of Vienna, an undertaking made while continuing to work full-time. He was awarded his Master’s degree in 1993 and his Ph.D. in 1997; both works were focused on the systematics of West African cichlids.

In addition to his “day” job, Anton Lamboj has worked as a lecturer at the University of Vienna since 1998. He teaches general biology of fishes, with the biology of perciform fishes as a more specialized goal, as well as instructing on didactics. Additionally, he works on the systematics and evolutionary biology of chromidotilapiine cichlids using morphological and anatomical methods, coupled with ethological studies and molecular methods.

Over the years, Anton Lamboj has made 13 field/collecting trips to Africa. In his works he has collaborated with several leading scientific institutions (e.g., the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Central in Tervuren). He has authored over 100 papers (both academic and hobbyist) in six languages, including two books. The above accomplishments, coupled with the numerous presentations he has made in various countries, are indications of his scientific and aquaristic competence when discussing western African cichlids.

May 19, 2018 | Matt Schauer | K.I.S.S. Corydoras

Matt was born and raised in Central Wisconsin. When he was a child his parents owned a small shop in Mequon focusing primarily on freshwater tropical fish and exotic birds. They had 72 tanks in the store and another half-dozen at home. They left the business when he was 8 but some of the knowledge stuck with him. In ’06 he was given his first tank, a 75 gallon, by a friend whose former roommate had left it behind. At the age of 26 his passion began.

The intent was a nice looking planted community tank. Within a few months of its setup; the breeding of Badis badis, Corydoras paleatus and Nomorhamphus liemi (Celebese Halfbeak), quickly had it cluttered with fry boxes and breeder baskets. It wasn’t long before a few more tanks were added. He tapered off at 5 tanks until he moved from Wisconsin to Northern Illinois in 2008.

In a new town with few friends he had little better to do than sit online shopping for new tanks and fish to play with. Matt’s love for Silruiforms started early during his fish keeping when he saw his first Royal Whiptail for sale at a local shop. Before that he was not familiar with anything but common plecos and corys with the occasional synodontis or other basic species being offered. This peaked his curiosity and he began scouring the internet astounded at all the species that existed.

In 2010, with a catfish collection of less than 10 species, he attended the All Aquarium Catfish Convention. He had loads of fun, learned a lot,

and met some great people. Matt then started collecting many species; but due to space constraints, focused on the Callichthyidae and the Loricariidae types that remain small.

By 2011 he had acquired quite the collection and launched a website. Even then he would have never thought he would be attending subsequent Catcons with a healthy supply of tank raised fish to sell and trade.

Matt is currently running near 100 tanks, his main focus being Catfish. He is keeping more than 70 species of catfish and has been successful with more than 45 species of Corydoradinae and over 20 species of Loricariidae.

April 21, 2018 | John Lyons | Goodeid fishes

Please join us in welcoming recent Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award winner and MAAH member Dr. John Lyon, Adjunct Curator of Fishes of the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum, to the April meeting.  John will be presenting on the Conservation of the Mexican Goodeid Livebearers: the Critical Role of the Aquarium Hobbyist. He will talk about what the Goodeid fishes are, where they occur, the many threats to their survival in the wild, their current dire status, and the conservation efforts that are being made, with emphasis on how aquarium hobbyists can contribute through captive maintenance of rare species.

John has been a fish nerd most of his life, observing, catching, and keeping fish for well over 50 years. Until he retired in 2017, John was also a fisheries research scientist and supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where he worked for over 32 years. He originally from New York State, and came to Madison, Wisconsin, for graduate school in 1979, loved the area, and never left. He received a B.S. degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all with an emphasis on the study of fish. Although interested in all fishes throughout the world, John’s specialties are the fishes of Wisconsin and the upper Midwest and the freshwater fishes of Mexico. He made 39 (and counting) scientific trips to Mexico and other parts of Latin America, working on a wide variety of species in many different habitats and locations. Currently, much of his focus has been on the conservation of Goodeid livebearers and other fishes in central Mexico. He currently maintain four species of rare Goodeids at home and at the Zoological Museum.

March 17, 2018 | Josh Weigert | Topic to be determined

Joshua Wiegert is a well known aquarium author and speaker, having penned the “Conservation Corner” in FAMA and later AFI for many years.

More recently, he is the author of the Bottom of the Tank in Tropical Fish Hobbyist. His feature articles have been included in many magazines over the years, and he has travelled throughout the US and beyond speaking at various aquarium clubs.

He is best known, however, as the owner of Batfish Aquatics and is a solid fixture at large aquarium conventions. With Batfish Aquatics, he imports and sells a large variety of unusual aquarium fishes.

January 20, 2018 | Doug Sweet | Spawning Anguilliform (eel shaped) Loaches or Not!

Doug Sweet’s program will be “Spawning Anguilliform (eel shaped) Loaches or Not!” A narrative of forty years of breeding (mostly not breeding) anguilliform loaches with hormone injections and modified Frank Kirschbaum techniques. Plus a discussion of general loach functional anatomy, physiology of using hormone injections for spawning fish, and how Frank Kirschbaum used his methods to spawn many infrequently spawned captive fishes. If time allows a patented method for the production of clown loaches can be discussed as well.

Doug has been a fish hobbyist for 45 years. He started with a goldfish bowl, then a ten-gallon tank, a dozen tanks, and finally culminating in 42 fish tanks in a “fish room” at his previous residence. Doug is most fond of domesticated fishes such as Siamese fighting fish and fancy goldfish. He also has a long term passion for finding the spawning triggers of kuhli loaches.