January Meeting Friday, Jan 12 at 8pm


Tonight’s Meeting is CANCELLED!!!!!

Our speaker for tonight, Joe Doyle, and his talk about “Getting Ahead In BAP” Has been postponed to a later month do to the impending weather.



Our next meeting features Joe Doyle with “Getting ahead in BAP!” A great way to start the New Year!


Check out his bio below!

I Began my interest in keeping & breeding fish when at the age of 12 my neighbor gave me a slate bottom metal frame and lid, 29 gallon fish tank. Tropical Fish Hobbyist (TFH) magazine frequently featured betta splendens in an array of spawning setups. It wasn't long before I had 100 baby food jars each containing a baby betta. Breeding fish came natural to me. This was when I first started feeding live foods to  baby fish. Put the hobby on hold to attend college, returning 18 years later when given a 29 gallon fish tank. 

In 2005, joined the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society Inc (GPASI). Began participating in the Breeders Award Program (BAP) in 2008. BAP really sparked my interest, and in 2011, turned in 33 spawns topping my competition having only 12 tanks and setting an all-time high record for the club. From an administrative perspective, I served the Pittsburgh club as president, treasurer, and currently membership secretary. Am also Web Master, managing the GPASI.ORG web site. 

That being said, BAP has thus far been the most influential and driving force of my hobby. It has evolved into a consistency of looking for that next fish to spawn. I originally thought after spawning all the bread and butter fish there would be nothing left to spawn, but the opposite was true. 


Most of the fish in my tanks were brought home from conventions and fish rooms and am always on the lookout for that next rare fish to spawn. Frequently, I find myself  making community tanks out of multiple species because I see something I just have to have and I don't have enough room to spawn fish. It takes a long time to back out of this scenario in order to have enough room to spawn and dump fish for BAP. 


In my talk, "Getting ahead in BAP", I will review how to spawn several species of difficult fish, the species I'm currently working with, discuss challenges faced, and the return of species to my bucket list of fish to successfully spawn and raise.  

Discussion will include: 

Pterapogon kauderni (Banggai Cardinalfish) Hippocampus Erectus (Sea Horse) Betta macrostoma (The holy grail of bettas) Loricaria sp "Atabapo, Colombia" Crying Whiptails Nothobranchius palmqvisti "Pangani, TZ 94-7" Notholebias minimus "Campo Grande CGRJ 01-12" Aspidoras cf taurus (2" Aspidoras) Garra rufa (Pedicure fish) Brachygobius doriae (Bumblebee Goby) Hemiloricaria Lanceolata Pterophyllum leopoldi and more.. 


Sevrum Growth Competition Results and Winning Care Log

Our G.A.A.S. Sevrum Growth Competition!

Congratulations to Misty White, on winning our G.A.A.S. Sevrum Growth Competition!

Don Youngkin  came in second, and Dave Williamson came in 3rd.

For those who missed it, participants were given a bag of 8 approx 1/2″-1″ Gold Sevrum Fry that all came from the same source, a local Y.A.T.F.S. member Brian Strickland, back at our April 2017 Club Meeting. We were then tasked with taking our fry home and caring for them for the next 8 months. Then we were asked to bring our largest one back in for judging on size and growth during our December Club meeting. We were asked to keep a short care log on our fish so the winner could let everyone know what worked for them.

Our Winning Sevrum Care log…

The 8 Sevrums spent their first 2 months in a 20g with twice a week 80% water changes, then the next 6 months in a 125g shared with a young sailfin pleco. Both tanks had a thick duckeed canopy growing in them.

They received a weekly water change of approximately 50-80% depending. They were fed a diet of Omega One Shrimp
 and Kelp Pellets, New Life Spectrum Thera A
 and Algae Max pellets, and various
 Repashy gel food Mixes.

They were fed anywhere from 1-3 times a day.

At the 4 month mark, the smallest two sevrums were moved to their own tank, leaving the larger remaining 6 sevrums and pleco in the 125g.

After the total 8 months, the biggest 3 were all similar in size at approx. 7", 3 were  approx. 6" and the 2 smallest were rehomed at 7 months during our fall auction, they were around 4" at the time.

Remember to hang on to your sevrums to enter them in our Multi-Club Competition at our next ULTRA AQUA SHOW 2018!