Aug 18, 2018


July 21, 2018

December 15, 2017 | Member Holiday Party

Please join other MAAH members and Cataclysm volunteers in celebration of the holidays. Traditionally we have met at a member’s house that is gracious to host but this year the Executive Board has decided to spring for something special as a thank you to the people made Cataclysm possible.

This year we will be celebrating at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison WI. Goodman will be catering the party and will also be hosting a cash bar. The party will run from 7-9:30pm.

The menu will consist of three entree selections. Chicken and Portobello mushroom marsala, squash and tofu curry (vegan) and seasonal ratatouille (vegan), plus seasonal vegetables and wild rice pilaf.

Cake will be served for dessert.

Please RSVP with Megan McGuire at megan1967@gmail.com or to this forum thread with your party count by Thursday the 7th.

November 18, 2017 | Rick Borstein: Sixty Tips in 60 Minutes

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 200 species of cichlids and is one of only twelve people to hold the title of Master Breeder in the GCCA. Rick’s basement fishroom has 36 tanks ranging in size from 5 gallons to 125 gallons. Rick is primarily interested in cichlids and live bearers.

In this talk, you’ll 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.

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.

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.


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!