November 2019

November Program Summary

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.

Dr. Tami Panhuis (left) and GAAS President Bud White after the November 2019 meeting.
Dr. Tami Panhuis presenting her research at the November 2019 meeting.

November Bowl Show

Crypt from the November 2019 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.

The GAAS 2019 Fall Auction had something for everyone.
Auctioneer, Randy Seufert, and the other auctioneers, along with the help of the runners, made the items move quickly at the GAAS Fall Auction.

October 2019

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.

GAAS President, Bud White, (left) and Jeffery Swanson after Jeffrey’s comprehensive program “All Things Shrimp” on October 11, 2019.
Jeffery Swanson took questions and provided additional insights after his talk on ornamental shrimp.
On the same evening of his shrimp program, Jeffery Swanson received his Senior Aquatic Horticulturist award.
The blackstripe livebearer, Poeciliopsis prolifica, was an October Bowl Show entry.

September 2019

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!

Dr. Adam Leff (right) and GAAS President Bud White at the September 2019 GAAS meeting.
Rasbora hengeli from the September 2019 Bowl Show.
Rich Serva and a coveted bird ornament that he won through the product raffle at the September 2019 GAAS meeting. (You have to play to win.)

August 2019

August Meeting—Club Picnic

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

GAAS Secretary, Dave Girard, enjoys the fare at the August Picnic.
Everyone had plenty of good food and fellowship.
2019 August Picnic Swap items.

July 2019

July Meeting

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!

Teri and Randy Seufert with Bud White at the 2019 Ultra Aqua, where Teri received several awards for her various species of catfish.

June 2019

June Meeting

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.

Jonathan Stazinsky (right) and GAAS President, Bud White, after Jonathan’s talk titled, “Memoirs of a 1200 Gallon Aquarium” on June 14.

See Jonathan’s bio here.

Long-time GAAS member, Ken McGill (right), is presented with the coveted Breeder Award Program’s “GAAS Centurion Award” for 100 species spawned by BAP Chairman, Wayne Toven, on June 14, 2019. Congratulations, Ken!

**We have updated our BAP and HAP rules. We encourage you to read these revised rules before participating in the BAP and HAP award programs.

2019 Ultra-Aqua

This beautiful discus and over 360 other show entries graced the 2019 Ultra-Aqua in Tallmadge, Ohio, on June 8 and 9.
“Team Youngstown” dominated the show and won the 2019 Ultra-Aqua Challenge Award. Congratulations on all your hard work!
On Saturday, June 8, Jeremy Basch gave an excellent presentation on his collection trips to Colombia.

We thank Jeremy Basch for bringing a flavor of Colombia to the Ultra-Aqua. Click here to read Jeremy’s bio.

Visit Jeremy’s website

We Are Grateful for Ultra-Aqua Sponsors!

Click here for the list of 2019 Ultra-Aqua sponsors

Click here for the Ultra-Aqua page.

May 2019 Meeting

Gary Mendez (right) and GAAS President, Bud White, after Gary’s talk on building a koi pond in his backyard.

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!

Looking for locally bred Koi? Checkout Moffit Koi Keeper.

April 2019

April 2019 Meeting

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.

Michael Haidet and Bud White at our April 2019 meeting.
Michael Haidet speaks about his tropical saltwater tank as he holds a coral frag in his left hand.
Bettas, Gouramis, and Non-Suckermouth catfish were on display at the April Meeting.

Click here to see more of the April Bowl Show.

March 2019

March  2019 Meeting

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.

Bud White (left) with Ray Hunziker at the March 2019 meeting.
Guppy Family at the Bowl Show.
Fish Photography and Homemade Aquarium Decoration entries at the Bowl Show.

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.

Spring Auction 2019
Spring Auction 2019

February 2019

February 2019 Meeting

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! 

Brian Shrimpton presented ” A Guide to Growing Aquatic Plants, From Low-tech to High-tech”
An axolotl’s view from the February 2019 Bowl Show.
GAAS members, friends, and guests enjoy the February 2019 meeting.
Wayne Toven (right) awards Rich Serva with his second “Centurion Award – 100 Species Spawned.” Awarded  to Rich on February 8, 2019.

January 2019

The January Program was provided by Brian Zimmerman: Brian is an expert on Ohio’s native fishes. Visit Brian’s business at Zimmerman’s Fish (

Brian Zimmerman (left) with Bud White in January 2019.

You can order Brian’s new (2019) book at the Ohio Biological Survey.

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Fishes of Ohio is a modern review of Ohio’s native fishes.