Save the Date: Friday, December 13, for the GAAS Christmas Party!!
Program: Don’t miss the 2019 Christmas Party at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, staring at 8 pm on Friday, December 13, 2019. At this meeting, the Greater Akron Aquarium Society membership is rewarded for their year-long participation with fun and prizes. There will be door prizes, fish, and aquarium plants so that everyone will win something nice. The club will provide the main dish (Ham) as well as the plates, napkins, and silverware. *Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.
Dr. Tami Panhuis of Ohio Wesleyan University presented her research on the comparative morphology of placenta traits of the genus Poeciliopis. She showed fascinating scanning electron micrographs and other microscopic views of livebearer placentas and embryonic structures. The Greater Akron Aquarium Society thanks Tami for providing such captivating and rare views of livebearer reproductive features.
November Bowl Show
GAAS Fall Auction
The GAAS Fall Auction was a great success, thanks to all the support and effort of the auctioneers, buyers, sellers, and volunteers. Be sure to save the date of March 1, 2020, for the spring auction.
October Meeting Summary: Jeffery Swanson presented “All Things Shrimp” on Friday, October 11, 2019. Jeffery is employed by Flip Aquatics, a major shrimp importer, and he covered the process of importing, quarantining, and disease monitoring of freshwater shrimp. He also described shrimp husbandry, breeding lineages, and grading. The club is grateful for Jeffery’s many contributions to the Greater Akron Aquarium Society and especially for providing the October program.
Attendees of the September 2019 GAAS meeting enjoyed a comprehensive lecture on the topic of crayfish care, their biology, and disease by KSU Professor, Adam Leff. We are grateful for Adam’s willingness to share from his experience, and we appreciate his continued friendship and interest in GAAS. Thank you, Adam!
The Greater Akron Aquarium Society’s Annual Member Appreciation Fish Swap and Picnic was well attended and everyone had a good time. This picnic is a means to show how much the club members are appreciated for their volunteer participation and contributions to the club throughout the year. Thanks to everyone who brought food and contributed items to the swap!
► We are grateful for the many livestock and plant donations from AGNOQUATICS, LLC, which made the picnic swap meet a success. Visit them at 7916 Broadview Road, Broadview Hts, Ohio 44147. Phone: 440-736-7442
On July 12, Teri and Randy Seufert presented their excellent talk on “The Little Catfish”—the smaller species of the catfish family—those of the genera Aspidoras, Brochis, Corydoras, and Scleromystax. Teri and Randy’s enthusiasm for their fish was evident through the details of their program, and we appreciate their friendship with the club. Thank you, Teri and Randy!
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!