Our Annual Member Appreciation Fish Swap and Picnic will be held Friday, August 9, at 8 pm at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House. This is a Pot-Luck Style Dinner where GAAS provides the main course (Sausage & Peppers) and GAAS members bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage to share. GAAS will provide some nice fish and plants for the swap. Please bring your own fish, plants, or used equipment to contribute to the swap. Non-members and non-cooks are welcome. See you there!
Teri and Randy Seufert presented “The Little Catfish,” which is a program that looks at some of the smaller species of the catfish family—those of the genera Aspidoras, Brochis, Corydoras, and Scleromystax. The program covers keeping these little gems in your tanks, care, aquarium requirements, diet, and breeding. The program looks at many of the species of these little catfish with colorful pictures and information of the 4 groups.
Biography: Teri and Randy Seufert have been in the hobby for over 55 years. Both are very active in the hobby— showing fish at shows, breeding fish for the Breeders Award Program, and propagating plants for the Horticultural Award Program. Additionally, Randy is President of the Tropical Fish Club of Erie County, New York, and is an auctioneer for many other clubs.
In the past 3 years they have attended the Catfish Conventions in Herndon, Virginia, and Madison, Wisconsin. Being able to attend such conventions has allowed Teri and Randy to meet others interested in these small catfish, to exchange information, and to ultimately learn how to raise and hopefully successfully spawn them. Attending these conventions also has given us a chance to find some of the rare or new species that are in the hobby. Teri has been successful in spawning many of these little catfish as well as many other fish in the fish room.
July Bowl Show: Loaches, Sharks, Mollies
►Note that the Howe Road exit (Route 8 southbound) is not open to eastbound traffic. (Do not use the Route 8 Howe Road exit that is south of the main Cuyahoga Falls exits.) Another option would be to exit Route 8 at Tallmadge Avenue, and travel east on Tallmadge Avenue.
At our June 14 meeting, Jonathan Strazinsky shared his challenges of building and maintaining a 1,200 gallon aquarium. Jonathan specializes in Central and South American cichlids, and he showed several videos of the fishes that he has enjoyed in the huge tank. We are grateful for Jonathan’s insights and contributions to the hobby.
We thank Gary Mendez for presenting “Building a Backyard Pond” at our May meeting. Gary’s talk was witty and informative as he described the challenges of building and maintaining a koi pond. Thank you, Gary!
We thank Michael Haidet for covering the basics of the saltwater hobby and for showing us the technical aspects of his large saltwater tank. We appreciate his valuable knowledge in the saltwater side of the hobby, and we enjoyed the Q&A that followed Michael’s talk.
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.
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.
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!