April 2019

Our Next Meeting Is April 12, 2019

Program: Saltwater Hobby

Michael Haidet will be talking about how to get started, tank size, lighting, reef and fish only differences, maintenance, equipment, what corals are good to start with, and a couple DIY things that can save you money. He will also show pictures of his saltwater setup and talk about what he has learned over the years.

Biosketch: Michael Haidet has had fish tanks basically his whole life but started with saltwater about 8 years ago when his brother decided to try it. So they both bought a tank and tried setting it up as they would a freshwater system. They found out the hard way that back filters and power heads and regular lighting just don’t cut it. He has learned a lot and is still learning every day but the key to salt water is patience. Michael currently has a 125-gallon reef-ready tank. Michael has a mixed reef tank (several different coral species). His interest in the hobby now is getting an apex system set up on the tank and making sure everything stays happy in the tank. Hopefully by next year he will have a 300dd tank moved to the basement to adjust for fish and coral growth. Michael is excited to talk to everyone and answer any questions you might have in setting up your very own saltwater tank!

Indo-Pacific saltwater display at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.

Our next meeting will be on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 8:00 pm at Ritchie Memorial Shelter House 109 West Avenue, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278

March 2019

March  2019 Meeting

The club thanks Ray Hunziker for presenting  “Fish of a Different Color” at our March meeting. Ray also assisted with judging the photography entries of the Bowl Show and was our guest auctioneer of the BAP and HAP entries.

Bud White (left) with Ray Hunziker at the March 2019 meeting.
Guppy Family at the Bowl Show.
Fish Photography and Homemade Aquarium Decoration entries at the Bowl Show.

Spring Auction—Thank You!

The Greater Akron Aquarium Society’s Spring Auction was a great success because of the large attendance and the quality items made available for auction. We thank all of the sellers, buyers, auctioneers, and GAAS members who made it all happen. Please save the date of June 9, 2019, for our next auction.

Spring Auction 2019
Spring Auction 2019
Spring Auction 2019
Spring Auction 2019
Spring Auction 2019

February 2019

February 2019 Meeting

Our hats are off to Brian Shrimpton for his talk on February 8 titled, A Guide to Growing Aquatic Plants, From Low-tech to High-tech.  Brian  also generously donated a 40-gallon Breeder tank, LED lights, and other goodies that were auctioned off at the end of the meeting. Thank you, Brian, for a great program on aquatic plants and for your donation to the club! 

Brian Shrimpton presented ” A Guide to Growing Aquatic Plants, From Low-tech to High-tech”
An axolotl’s view from the February 2019 Bowl Show.
GAAS members, friends, and guests enjoy the February 2019 meeting.
Wayne Toven (right) awards Rich Serva with his second “Centurion Award – 100 Species Spawned.” Awarded  to Rich on February 8, 2019.

January 2019

The January Program was provided by Brian Zimmerman: Brian is an expert on Ohio’s native fishes. Visit Brian’s business at Zimmerman’s Fish (http://www.zimmermansfish.com/).

Brian Zimmerman (left) with Bud White in January 2019.

You can order Brian’s new (2019) book at the Ohio Biological Survey.

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Fishes of Ohio is a modern review of Ohio’s native fishes.