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:
    Goodeids
    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:
Platies
Rainbowfish
Amphibians

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! 

June 9th-10th!

The Greater Akron Aquarium Society is proud to present…

All Species Show & Auction + GAAS/YATFS Sevrum Showdown

Featuring PAT HARTMAN!


Sat June 9th
Sun June 10th 2018!

This is a TWO DAY EVENT that occurs during the second weekend in June. Held at the Tallmadge Community Center, 80 Community Road, Tallmadge, OH

Ultra Aqua encompasses a whopping 60 Classes of an all Species Show competition!

Everyone is welcome to come and compete for awards and prizes! Your fish may be a winner! 😉

This year will also include the GAAS / YATFS Growth Program – Sevrum Showdown! (More Info Here)

Saturday!

Show Registration Starts at 10 AM on Saturday so bring your fish and set them up, Don’t delay because registration closes at 5 pm for Judging! Entrance fees are 1.50$ per for the first 20 animals you enter, each animal after 20 is free.

The Swap Meet will be in effect from 12 PM until 5 PM on Saturday with various Independent Vendor tables selling their animals and Hobby related wares.

Our Presentation, featuring the one and only Pat Hartman along with Dinner hosted by us, will begin at 7 pm. Tonight’s topic will be “A Rookie Goes to Mexico-Part 2- NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour 2017”
                                                     
(Pat Hatman’s Bio)

All entrants are invited to attend. (non-show entrants can choose to join us and purchase dinner for $5)

Sunday!

Summer Show Auction registration begins at 10 AM and starts at 11 AM. This is an animal and plant only auction, NO hard-goods/ supplies please, we have limited space with the Ultra Aqua Show Tables.

All other typical Auction features Such as Rare Fish Raffle50/50 RafflesVendors, and Food & Drinks will still be available.

Ultra Aqua Award Ceremony Presentation begins at 5 PM.

It’s an amazing weekend for an aquarium hobbyist! Whatever your interest, if you’ve come to compete, view, shop, sell, try your luck on the raffles, enjoy our dinner and presentation or even simply to socialize with other aquarists, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Ultra Aqua Show Flier
Entry Class List
Show Rules page 1
Show Rules page 2
Ultra Aqua Entry Form

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Bud White (330) 848-3866 E-mail

Wayne Toven (330) 256-7836 E-mail

Rich Serva (330) 650-4613 E-mail

Severum Showdown – Ultra Aqua 2018!

Click the pic for our Growth Competition Page

The GAAS/YATFS Severum Showdown

will finalize at the Ultra Aqua 2018 Show & Auction Event. (June 9-10)

*Members of GAAS and YATFS who participated in the growth contest, please bring your largest Gold Severum to the Severum ShowDown Section of the show, (no entry fee),

*MUST be your original Severum given to you back in April 2017 as part of the GAAS or YATFS Growth Competition.

*Judging will be based on sheer SIZE, in the event of a tie, fish quality will then be used to determine the winner.

*One Entry per Member.

1st place ($50), 2nd place ($30), and 3rd place ($20). Good luck!

2018 Ultra Aqua Speaker – Pat Hartman

Pat Hartman

Program title:
“A Rookie Goes to Mexico—Part 2—NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour 2017”

Program Description:
Pat is active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and in February 2017 he made his second trip to Mexico as a part of the first-ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour. Pat will describe his experiences of sampling fish in native Mexican habitats, visiting the famed Fish Ark in Morelia, and viewing reintroduction efforts with Zoogoneticus tequila at Teuchitlan Springs.

Pat Hartman Bio:Pat Hartman has been keeping fish for over 40 years. Although not a founding member, he has been a member of the Southwestern Michigan Aquarium Society (SWMAS) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, since early 1979, and is active with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club (GVAC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the early 1980s, Pat developed a special interest in livebearing fishes and rapidly became involved with the American Livebearer Association (ALA) where he served in various capacities, including Chairman. Pat was honored by being named “Fellow of the ALA” in 2006. Pat is involved in most every aspect of the ALA, having won several major Show Awards at the ALA Convention, participates in the Species Maintenance Program, serves as auctioneer, and has successfully bred over 170 species of livebearers in the ALA Breeder’s Award Program. Today he specializes almost exclusively in wild species of livebearers.

Pat is active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and he made his first trip to Mexico in November 2014. During that 2014 trip, in conjunction with the 4th International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes and jointly with the Goodeid Working Group meeting, Pat visited the Fish Ark and collected Goodeids in the wild. He made his second trip to Mexico in February 2017 as a part of the First ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour.