January 2019

Our January meeting was on
Friday, January 11, 2019
8 pm at Ritchie Memorial Shelter House
109 West Avenue, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278

The January Program was provided by Brian Zimmerman: Brian Zimmerman, originally from Northeast Ohio, is an expert on Ohio’s native fishes. In 2003 he stared his business, Zimmerman’s Fish (http://www.zimmermansfish.com/), and he spends the summer months working on projects for The Ohio State University and Ohio Division of Wildlife that deal with the distribution and conservation of Ohio’s rare and endangered fish species. Brian will be sharing his knowledge of Ohio’s native fishes, and his talk will be a combination of some of his private business of raising and keeping native fish at home and some of his professional work through Ohio State University, including the making of his soon to be released field guide on native fishes. 

January Bowl Show Categories

○ Goldfish
○ Guppies/Endlers
○ Arts and Crafts

December 2018

Glad Tidings from GAAS

Thank you to everyone who donated livestock and supplies to the GAAS Christmas Party on December 14. The pot-luck dinner—the core of the party—was delicious and plentiful. We are grateful for everyone who planned, baked, cooked, and shared their yummy culinary treats.  Special thanks goes out to Elsie and Mike Swanson, who managed the dinner and brought the ham, potatoes, green beans, other goodies, and extra tables. We are also grateful for all the hardworking GAAS members who made the past year a big success for GAAS.

We appreciate everyone who attended the 2018 GAAS Christmas Party. We had a good crowd (over 40 people), and a few pictures are shared below. 

GAAS wishes you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Emilie and Travis show off their 2018 GAAS  Christmas Party raffle winnings.
GAAS President, Bud White, scored prized aquarium décor.
Bud White gets into the Christmas spirit!


Everyone pitched in, making the party a success!
“Bowl Show” Bob Williams holds a plush catfish that he won through the product raffle.

November 2018


2018 Bowl Show—Final Point Standings

Congratulations to all of our Bowl Show participants!!

1 Jeff Plazak—113
2 Dave Williamson—99
3 Mike & Elsie Swanson—31
4 Will & Misty White—29
5 Wayne Toven—25
6 Ken McGill—13
7 Madison Shaw—10
7 Rik & Dana Borger—10
9 Emilie Myatt—5
9 Jeremy Hash—5
11 Brandon Shopek—2
11 Rob Williams—2

Bowl Show Judging

A Big “Thank You” to Elsie Swanson for her November Talk: Fish Tales!

Bud and Elsie—November 2018







…And a  special “Thank You” to our auctioneers and to everyone who contributed to the Fall Auction!!

Ken Walker
2018 Fall Auction
2018 Fall Auction


Will and Misty White are passing the torch…

Good-bye for now! 
Misty & Will White

Many of you know that my husband Will and I, have been the face of the website and social media presence of GAAS – Greater Akron Aquarium Society for the past year, and anyone who has been to the last few meetings will know that we have not been there….

With Will’s promotion earlier in the year, his increasing work demands and schedule began to make it impossible for us to attend the meetings, while  my declining Health behind the scenes continued to affect my work on the website and social media.We both began to realize that while we love our Aquarium Club as well as our fish, that we simply didn’t have the time and ability to contribute the effort, energy, and physical presence needed to give them the attention they deserve.

We are officially retiring from the GAAS web and social media positions, as well as using  the next couple auctions to rehome the bulk of our aquatic pets.

We will still be members, but will have to be inactive for the foreseeable future, aside from helping with the occasional posting until the new webmaster is ready to take over fully. 

On the plus side, we have been focusing our efforts on our health and our family and both have begun to thrive.

It has been a great couple years and we truly hope we have helped set the building blocks for the new website that I have put so much of my time and energy into and left a memorable contribution to GAAS.

You can find some of our beloved Axolotls, Plecos and other fish in the  coming Fall Auction..

Thank you for GAAS for the Fun, Friends, Knowledge, and many great experiences we’ve had with you! 

October 12, 2018 – Meeting

Friday, October 12th at 8 pm



Frank Orteca has been involved with the Guppy Associates of Greater Cleveland and IFGA (International Fancy Guppy Association) for decades. He will be discussing the care and breeding of fancy guppies (Fancy Guppies 101) with a question and answer session to follow. Stan Jachna, who is also a guppy expert, will be joining Frank in answering your questions about guppy basics. Please bring you guppy-specific questions to get the most out of Frank’s visit.

October’s Bowl show:
Gouramis & Anabantoids
All Other Old World Cichlids
Arts & Crafts

Bio for Frank Orteca:

My first interest, like a lot of us, came as a kid and progressed from Goldfish to Tropicals. Somewhere in the late 1950s I was given a booklet about Guppies and their Genetics. I have been fascinated with Guppies ever since.

In 1974 I married my wife, Christine, and we moved into a 2 bedroom apartment. One of the first things I did was convert the second bedroom into my first real Guppy room. In January 1975 I joined Guppy Associates of Greater Cleveland and the IFGA (International Fancy Guppy Association). I shipped my first Guppy in August 1976—a Red Delta to the Pan Pacific Guppy show. It took 1st place in the Novice class, and I was hooked on showing Guppies. From 1976 to 1996 I have won over 300 individual first place awards in IFGA competition and 14 Class Championships.

My best year was 1991 where I won the Snakeskin Solid, Red BiColor, and the Varigated Snakeskin classes. I also finished second in Grand Overall Male that year. In 1981, I became an assistant IFGA judge. In 1983, I became a Senior Judge, and, in 1985, I was voted to be on the judging Board.

In addition to showing and judging Guppies, I was elected President of our local Guppy club, GAGC, more than 15 times, and in years I was not President, I was either Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer. I was also Vice President of the IFGA for 6 years and served on many committees.

I quit the Guppy hobby in 2013, and in 2015 I joined the Northeast Ohio Fish Club. I have been interested in multiple species over the last 4 years—until this past June where I got bit by the Guppy bug again.

September 14 2018 – Meeting

Friday, September 14th at 8 pm

Adam Leff, DVM, MS, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State University will present his recent research on aquarium additive products that claim to aid in the nitrogen cycling of a tank. In his presentation, titled “Bacteria and the Nitrogen Cycle in Aquarium Systems: A Look at the Efficacy of Aquarium Supplements,” Dr. Leff will focus on the microbiology of biofiltration, with emphasis on the bacteria involved in nitrogen cycling. The talk will attempt to answer the following questions:

  • What bacteria are involved in the nitrogen cycle of an aquarium system?
  • What are the characteristics of these bacteria?
  • What happens to these bacteria when the system is perturbed (in other words, when things go bad, why do they go bad quickly?)
  • How can you optimize your aquarium system to achieve maximal “biofiltration”
  • Do aquarium additive products that claim to increase the biological filtration and aid in the nitrogen cycling of a tank really work?

    September’s Bowl Show:
    AO New World Cichlids
    Pairs (male/female)

Bio for Dr. Leff  

Adam Leff, DVM, MS

Dr. Leff received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and his Masters of Science degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. His research focus at Georgia involved the immune response of Channel Catfish to the protozoan parasite, Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. He has been an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences for the past 23 years at Kent State University. While at Kent, his research focus has been in the field of aquatic microbiology including research studies on the microbiological cause of black shell disease in crayfish, the interaction of environmental bacteria with aquatic macroinvertebrates, and the bacterial composition of leachate from shredded tire landfills. Dr. Leff teaches a variety of courses at Kent State including Microbiology, Ichthyology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Histology. He has been an aquarium hobbyist since he was eight years old.

August 10th, Annual Fish Swap & Picnic

August is our

Friday, August 10th, is our Annual Member Appreciation, Fish Swap and Picnic.

August Bowl Show:

We would like to remind everyone to please bring a Dish for the Picnic and a Donation for the Fish Swap Table.

Donations can be Nicer Bags of Fish & other Aquatic Animals, Plants, Supplies, or other hobby related items, merchandise, Etc…

For more information see….

Fish Swap and Picnic

July 13th Meeting

Friday, July 13th at 8pm

This month’s Program will be a very interesting and new topic for us featuring… 
Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello (Click for Bio)

Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello

who is an ecosystem ecologist with Kent State
University. In her talk, Mud Matters, Lauren will be sharing her research on the
important role that sediments play in freshwater ecosystem function, including nitrogen
cycling and phosphorous release. By attending Laura’s presentation, you will gain fresh
appreciation for the complexity of shallow freshwater ecosystems (and mud).

July’s Bowl Show:
Native Fish
Angelfish and Discus
Aquatic Plants  

As always there will be a full Raffle table available as well as Free Drinks and Refreshments

We hope to see you there!