November 9, 2018 – Meeting

Friday, November 9th at 8 pm

 

Speaker: Elsie Swanson 

Program Title: Fish Tales

Summary: The program will be a photo/video tour of the fish that Mike and Elsie keep, show, and spawn (past and present). Elsie will be sharing stories of success and defeat. Old and new techniques.

 

November’s Bowl show:
All Other Livebearers
All Other Egglayers
All Other Egglayers


Bio for Elsie Swanson

My interest in fish began around 1975, when I remember hanging off of my brother’s top bunk watching him tend to his fish. Little did he know that I was the reason he had so many problems because every chance I had, I would sneak into his room and feed them.

Later on, during the 5th grade science fair, I of course was going to do a fish tank. Boy was that dumb! There I was carrying a 10-gallon tank, substrate, 10 gallons of water, acclimating fish… I should have done those Styrofoam planets hanging on a coat hanger!

The first aquarium club that I joined was ASHCO (Ashtabula County Aquarium Club) around 1988. (Also, that is where I met Mike). As we met people through speakers, auctions, and shows we joined several others clubs including Cleveland Aquarium Society, Great Lakes Cichlid Society, and Ohio Cichlid Association.

We keep a variety of fish, but when I say keep, I should say foster because I don’t keep anything very long. We usually buy juvenile fish at auctions or order them to our door. I usually only keep them long enough to spawn and then I like to move on to the next. I would say that Dwarf Cichlids are my favorite. Narrowing that down more, my favorites are regular old Pelvicachromis pulcher “Kribs”, followed closely by Neolamprologus brichardi. Not sure if goldfish or catfish are my least favorite. Never had much success with keeping aquarium plants either—because of all of the cichlids, but I do have a couple of livebearer tanks that plants do great in. I just recently started spawning Killies. I also like photography, so I like the challenge of photographing my fish.

Will and Misty White are passing the torch…

Good-bye for now! 
Misty & Will White

Many of you know that my husband Will and I, have been the face of the website and social media presence of GAAS – Greater Akron Aquarium Society for the past year, and anyone who has been to the last few meetings will know that we have not been there….

With Will’s promotion earlier in the year, his increasing work demands and schedule began to make it impossible for us to attend the meetings, while  my declining Health behind the scenes continued to affect my work on the website and social media.We both began to realize that while we love our Aquarium Club as well as our fish, that we simply didn’t have the time and ability to contribute the effort, energy, and physical presence needed to give them the attention they deserve.

We are officially retiring from the GAAS web and social media positions, as well as using  the next couple auctions to rehome the bulk of our aquatic pets.

We will still be members, but will have to be inactive for the foreseeable future, aside from helping with the occasional posting until the new webmaster is ready to take over fully. 

On the plus side, we have been focusing our efforts on our health and our family and both have begun to thrive.

It has been a great couple years and we truly hope we have helped set the building blocks for the new website that I have put so much of my time and energy into and left a memorable contribution to GAAS.

You can find some of our beloved Axolotls, Plecos and other fish in the  coming Fall Auction..

Thank you for GAAS for the Fun, Friends, Knowledge, and many great experiences we’ve had with you! 

October 12, 2018 – Meeting

Friday, October 12th at 8 pm

 

 

Frank Orteca has been involved with the Guppy Associates of Greater Cleveland and IFGA (International Fancy Guppy Association) for decades. He will be discussing the care and breeding of fancy guppies (Fancy Guppies 101) with a question and answer session to follow. Stan Jachna, who is also a guppy expert, will be joining Frank in answering your questions about guppy basics. Please bring you guppy-specific questions to get the most out of Frank’s visit.

October’s Bowl show:
Gouramis & Anabantoids
All Other Old World Cichlids
Arts & Crafts


Bio for Frank Orteca:

My first interest, like a lot of us, came as a kid and progressed from Goldfish to Tropicals. Somewhere in the late 1950s I was given a booklet about Guppies and their Genetics. I have been fascinated with Guppies ever since.

In 1974 I married my wife, Christine, and we moved into a 2 bedroom apartment. One of the first things I did was convert the second bedroom into my first real Guppy room. In January 1975 I joined Guppy Associates of Greater Cleveland and the IFGA (International Fancy Guppy Association). I shipped my first Guppy in August 1976—a Red Delta to the Pan Pacific Guppy show. It took 1st place in the Novice class, and I was hooked on showing Guppies. From 1976 to 1996 I have won over 300 individual first place awards in IFGA competition and 14 Class Championships.

My best year was 1991 where I won the Snakeskin Solid, Red BiColor, and the Varigated Snakeskin classes. I also finished second in Grand Overall Male that year. In 1981, I became an assistant IFGA judge. In 1983, I became a Senior Judge, and, in 1985, I was voted to be on the judging Board.

In addition to showing and judging Guppies, I was elected President of our local Guppy club, GAGC, more than 15 times, and in years I was not President, I was either Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer. I was also Vice President of the IFGA for 6 years and served on many committees.

I quit the Guppy hobby in 2013, and in 2015 I joined the Northeast Ohio Fish Club. I have been interested in multiple species over the last 4 years—until this past June where I got bit by the Guppy bug again.