September 2020

GAAS Sets Up Shop at the NEOFish Swap Meet on Sunday, September 13, 2020

We will be selling items from Bill Koleszar’s fish room, with 100% of the profits going to the Koleszar family.  We will be pricing to sell, but not pricing to give away.  Any legitimate offer will be considered. See details and a list of items and pre-ordering opportunities here.

The North East Ohio Fish ClubNEOFish Swap is on Sunday, September 13, 2020, from 1 to 4 pm in the parking lot of the Great Northern Mall (south side of mall), in North Olmsted, Ohio. Click here for full details.

September Meeting Cancellation

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the regular GAAS meeting scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2020, has been canceled. (All rental facilities of the City of Tallmadge remain closed.)

Thank you for your interest in GAAS activities. Please look here for future announcements about upcoming events.

August 2020

September Swap Meets Announced

Both the Ohio Cichlid Association and NEOFish have announced September swap meet events on the weekend of September 12 & 13, 2020. Follow the links provided below to plan your participation at these events:

The Ohio Cichlid Association Tailgate Swap is on Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 1 to 3 pm, in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn, in Strongsville, Ohio. See the full details here.

The North East Ohio Fish ClubNEOFish Swap is on Sunday, September 13, 2020, from 1 to 4 pm in the parking lot of the Great Northern Mall (south side of mall), in North Olmsted, Ohio. Click here for full details.

NEOFish is hoping that members from many aquarium clubs would attend the Sunday 13 Swap and make it not only a good time but also a time for people to make new friends. Admission is free and it is is only $5.00 for a table for vendors—it will just be a fun day.

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The August Meeting Canceled

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the regular August GAAS meeting was canceled.

July 2020

The July Meeting Was Canceled

The group size limits have not yet been increased by the Governor of Ohio; therefore, the City of Tallmadge has made the difficult decision to cancel all facility rentals through July 15. The GAAS meeting scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2020, has been canceled.

June 2020

“Tiger Limia” Described as Limia islai 

Limia islai (Rodriguez-Silva & Weaver 2020) has now been described. This handsome Poeciliid, which occasionally can be obtained at local fish club auctions, originates from the southwestern part of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola and was simply known before as the Limia Tiger Sp. Lake Miragoâne. Learn more from the abstract and the summary.

Support Your Local Fish Store

As markets begin to open up, you may find more access to your locally owned fish stores:

Boggs Aquatics will be re-opening on Monday, July 6, 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). Pre-orders of livestock, which can be picked up when the new store opens, are available. Please see the website for the latest updates. Note that the 2427 State Road location is closed.

RMS Aquaculture (6629 Engle Rd # 108, Middleburg Hts, OH 44130) re-opened 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.

June Meeting Was Canceled

The 2020 Ultra-Aqua All-Species Tropical Fish Show and the club’s June 2020 meeting was canceled.

May 2020

The Ulta-Aqua Is Canceled

The 2020 Ultra-Aqua is canceled.

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.

The May 8 meeting was canceled.

March 2020


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.

Elsie’s interesting presentation on Mop Spawners was well revived by the members of GAAS.
Mike and Elsie Swanson show mops with eggs attached.
Close up of the tiny eggs from Pseudomugil gertrudeae AEU II.
Elsie Swanson and Bud White after the March 2020 meeting.
Kristeen Codish presents the first of several raffle items at the March meeting.

The March Bowl Show had over 20 entries of Barbs, Mollies, Corydoras, and Aspidoras.

Ken McGill (right) oversees the monthly Bowl Show, while Bud White completes the judging.
Bud White received a BAP certificate for spawning Liberty Mollies from Wayne Toven, BAP/HAP Chair.
Bob Williams received three BAP certificates.
David Girard received a BAP certificate for his February spawn.

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.

February 2020

February Meeting Summary

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 (under construction) from which individual hobbyists (or groups of hobbyists) can order imported stock.

Brian Shrimpton gives his talk on importing tropical fish, plants, and shrimp at the February meeting.
Brian Shrimpton (center) poses with GAAS Vice-President, Jeff Plazak (left) and GAAS Treasurer, Rich Serva, after the February meeting.

The 2020 Growth Competition has begun!

Young Oscura heterospila were distributed at the February meeting for the 2020 Growth contest.

January 2020

January Meeting Summary

On January 10, 2020, Brian Zimmerman ( 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.

Brian Zimmerman begins his talk at the Greater Akron Aquarium Society.
GAAS BAP and HAP Chairman Wayne Toven (left) and Brian Zimmerman (right) discuss a list of aquatic plants that are no longer allowed in the State of Ohio.
Greater Akron Aquarium Society President Bud White (left) and Brian and Julie Zimmerman after the January 2020 meeting.

January Bowl Show Highlights

The January Bowl Show had many entries.
Brachydanio nigrofasciata
Rasbora trilineata—Scissortail Rasbora