The club’s June 2020 reservation for the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, our regular meeting facility, has been canceled by the city of Tallmadge due to COVID-19. There will be no meeting on Friday, June 12, 2020. Thank you for your understanding.
Similarly, the 2020 Ultra-Aqua All-Species Tropical Fish Show, which was scheduled for June 13-14, 2020, has be canceled due to COVID-19.
Thank you for your interest in GAAS activities. Please look here for future announcements about upcoming events.
Support Your Local Fish Store
As markets begin to open up, you may find more access to your locally owned fish stores:
► RMS Aquaculture(6629 Engle Rd # 108, Middleburg Hts, OH 44130) is planning to re-open on Sunday May 31, 2020. Please note that normal business hours will be maintained and the store will be limited to 80 persons at a time. Masks will be required and there will be no public restroom and no free coffee (temporally). Please observe social distancing. Store hours: Open Mon-Sat: 11-8 and Sun: 11-6.If you have any questions: (216)-433-1340.
► Boggs Aquaticswill be re-opening in early June at a new location: 1127 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (near 12th Street on the north side of Portage Trail, just east of the Portage Trail Shopping Center.)
After much consideration, the annual Ultra-Aqua All-Species Tropical Fish Show and auction, which was scheduled for June 13-14, 2020, has been canceled because of current Ohio public health orders that affect large gatherings.
► GAAS is grateful for the many 2020 Ultra-Aqua sponsors. Those people who have donated class sponsorship money to the 2020 Ultra-Aqua may elect to receive a refund or apply their paid sponsorship to next year’s Ultra-Aqua. Please contact Bud White to coordinate the refund.
Sadly, long-time club member, Bill Koleszar, passed away on March 17, 2020. You can leave a message for Linda and the family through the funeral home’s website.
March Meeting Summary
On March 13, GAAS member Elsie Swanson presented Mop Spawners, which covered the Killies and Rainbows that she is currently breeding. She also talked about a hatchery and incubator that she and Mike use for hatching eggs and raising fry. We are grateful for Elsie and Mike Swanson’s many contributions to the Greater Akron Aquarium Society.
The March Bowl Show had over 20 entries of Barbs, Mollies, Corydoras, and Aspidoras.
Spring Auction—Thank You!
Once again, the Spring Auction was a great success! The Greater Akron Aquarium Society is grateful for the big turnout and for all of the support from an active community of local and regional aquarium hobbyists.
Special thanks goes to all who contributed the many quality items for the auction and to the auctioneers and runners who kept the auction running smoothly. The valuable time, talents, and contributions of many active aquarium hobbyists made the GAAS Spring Auction a success.
Hats off to all who contributed monetarily to the charitable activities at the auction!
► Note: We have updated our BAP and HAP rules for 2020. You can download the revised rules from the BAP and HAP pages.
GAAS members enjoyed Brian Shrimpton’s presentation, “Importing of Wild and Captive Bred Tropical Fish” during the February meeting. GAAS is grateful for Brian’s generous donation of many bags of imported fish, which added to the club’s mini-auction. Visit Brian’s website BeautifulAquatics.com (under construction) from which individual hobbyists (or groups of hobbyists) can order imported stock.
On January 10, 2020, Brian Zimmerman (Zimmermanfish.com) presented an original program on 20 Ohio native fish species that inhabit glaciated lakes, which are are either common or endangered. We thank Brian for being able to share his expertise, and we are grateful for his continued relationship with the club.