June 9th-10th!

The Greater Akron Aquarium Society is proud to present…

All Species Show & Auction + GAAS/YATFS Sevrum Showdown

Featuring PAT HARTMAN!

Sat June 9th
Sun June 10th 2018!

This is a TWO DAY EVENT that occurs during the second weekend in June. Held at the Tallmadge Community Center, 80 Community Road, Tallmadge, OH

Ultra Aqua encompasses a whopping 60 Classes of an all Species Show competition!

Everyone is welcome to come and compete for awards and prizes! Your fish may be a winner! 😉

This year will also include the GAAS / YATFS Growth Program – Sevrum Showdown! (More Info Here)


Show Registration Starts at 10 AM on Saturday so bring your fish and set them up, Don’t delay because registration closes at 5 pm for Judging! Entrance fees are 1.50$ per for the first 20 animals you enter, each animal after 20 is free.

The Swap Meet will be in effect from 12 PM until 5 PM on Saturday with various Independent Vendor tables selling their animals and Hobby related wares.

Our Presentation, featuring the one and only Pat Hartman along with Dinner hosted by us, will begin at 7 pm. Tonight’s topic will be “A Rookie Goes to Mexico-Part 2- NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour 2017”
(Pat Hatman’s Bio)

All entrants are invited to attend. (non-show entrants can choose to join us and purchase dinner for $5)


Summer Show Auction registration begins at 10 AM and starts at 11 AM. This is an animal and plant only auction, NO hard-goods/ supplies please, we have limited space with the Ultra Aqua Show Tables.

All other typical Auction features Such as Rare Fish Raffle50/50 RafflesVendors, and Food & Drinks will still be available.

Ultra Aqua Award Ceremony Presentation begins at 5 PM.

It’s an amazing weekend for an aquarium hobbyist! Whatever your interest, if you’ve come to compete, view, shop, sell, try your luck on the raffles, enjoy our dinner and presentation or even simply to socialize with other aquarists, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy!

Ultra Aqua Show Flier
Entry Class List
Show Rules page 1
Show Rules page 2
Ultra Aqua Entry Form




Bud White (330) 848-3866 E-mail

Wayne Toven (330) 256-7836 E-mail

Rich Serva (330) 650-4613 E-mail

Severum Showdown – Ultra Aqua 2018!

Click the pic for our Growth Competition Page

The GAAS/YATFS Severum Showdown

will finalize at the Ultra Aqua 2018 Show & Auction Event. (June 9-10)

*Members of GAAS and YATFS who participated in the growth contest, please bring your largest Gold Severum to the Severum ShowDown Section of the show, (no entry fee),

*MUST be your original Severum given to you back in April 2017 as part of the GAAS or YATFS Growth Competition.

*Judging will be based on sheer SIZE, in the event of a tie, fish quality will then be used to determine the winner.

*One Entry per Member.

1st place ($50), 2nd place ($30), and 3rd place ($20). Good luck!

2018 Ultra Aqua Speaker – Pat Hartman

Pat Hartman

Program title:
“A Rookie Goes to Mexico—Part 2—NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour 2017”

Program Description:
Pat is active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and in February 2017 he made his second trip to Mexico as a part of the first-ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour. Pat will describe his experiences of sampling fish in native Mexican habitats, visiting the famed Fish Ark in Morelia, and viewing reintroduction efforts with Zoogoneticus tequila at Teuchitlan Springs.

Pat Hartman Bio:Pat Hartman has been keeping fish for over 40 years. Although not a founding member, he has been a member of the Southwestern Michigan Aquarium Society (SWMAS) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, since early 1979, and is active with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club (GVAC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the early 1980s, Pat developed a special interest in livebearing fishes and rapidly became involved with the American Livebearer Association (ALA) where he served in various capacities, including Chairman. Pat was honored by being named “Fellow of the ALA” in 2006. Pat is involved in most every aspect of the ALA, having won several major Show Awards at the ALA Convention, participates in the Species Maintenance Program, serves as auctioneer, and has successfully bred over 170 species of livebearers in the ALA Breeder’s Award Program. Today he specializes almost exclusively in wild species of livebearers.

Pat is active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and he made his first trip to Mexico in November 2014. During that 2014 trip, in conjunction with the 4th International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes and jointly with the Goodeid Working Group meeting, Pat visited the Fish Ark and collected Goodeids in the wild. He made his second trip to Mexico in February 2017 as a part of the First ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour.

May 11th 2018- Meeting Summary

Our May Meeting was a very entertaining one as Steve Brunn, along with some assists from Rich, Dave, and Ken told us all about what happened at the ALA Convention 2018 including presentations, speakers, collecting trips, shop hops, and even hotel room fish shopping! The next best thing to being there!

It looked like a weekend of great fun, and if you are interested in going next year, then mark those Calendars for May 23-26 2019 when the next ALA Convention will be hosted by Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers in Louisville KY.

We did have a smaller turnout than usual this month, but it was nice to see some faces that we hadn’t seen in awhile too!

We had 4 BAP spawns & 3 HAP propagations turned in, as well as several Donations from our speaker Steve Brunn that he had brought back from the convention. All were auctioned off, giving some of our members some great deals! 

Ray Weaver won our Doorprize of $15 Cash and another Mermaid!

Jeremy Harsh got our GreenPleco Plushie for the month.

Our Bowl Show Results were

May’s  Bowl Show

Rift Lake Cichlids
1st   – Jeff Plazak – Brichardi
2nd – Dave Williamson – Sunspot Brevis
3rd – Jeff Plazak -Leleupi

Sharks and Loaches
1st  – Dave Williamsonsidthimunki
2nd- Dave Williamson – Kuhli
3rd – Misty & Will White – Golden Dojo

Aquatic Invertebrates
1st   – Dave Williamson – Bee Shrimp
2nd – Dave Williamson – Dwarf Crayfish
3rd  – Bob Williams – White Crayfish

Our Refreshment table had Salsa and chips, Cakes, Cookies, Drinks and more while our Raffle table was loaded as usual with tanks, filters, Greenpleco plushies,  Bowl Show carriers, decor, food, and even a shrimp tee shirt! plus so much more!

Instead our usual meeting night will be setting up for the ULTRA AQUA SHOW!!  Anyone is welcome to come help set up at 7pm at the Tallmadge Community Center! 

Hope to see you there!

For the original meeting announcement including Steve Brunn’s Bio, Read below Continue reading “May 11th 2018- Meeting Summary”

2018 April 13th Meeting Summary

 Our April meeting was happy to welcome Joe Doyle back to our club with his presentationGetting Ahead in BAP!”

Joe was supposed to do this presentation for our January 2018 Meeting, however the weather had other plans and we had to reschedule. We are very glad to say the weather cooperated this time and we received a super informative and interesting presentation that was well worth the wait! We learned from Joe’s many successes as well as trials and errors along the way. I’m sure we will all benefit from the abundance of all that priceless first hand knowledge!  We hope to see you again soon Joe!

(See below for Joe Doyle’s full bio)

We had  3 BAP and 1  HAP spawns turned in with 8 BAP and 4 HAP Certificates awarded!

Our Raffle table was once again loaded with supplies such as tanks,  filters (power, Matten, and & Sponge), Driftwood, Bowl Show Friendly Carriers, GreenPleco plushes, Food, Decor, etc! Tickets for our Monthly Raffle Table are only $1 for 6 or $5 for 36!

Refreshments included Spinach Dip, Veggie Trays, Cookies, and drinks of Various Pops and Water from  Elsie our Refreshment Chairman and Jan Bilsky also brought in a tasty Chocolate Carrot Cake, Thanks Jan!
Our refreshments are always FREE of charge for our members and guests.

Congratulations Max on winning the Door Prize GiftCard and taking home our Easter Rainbow Fish and GreenPleco Plush from the raffle! 

April’s Bowl Show had 35 Entries, The winners were 

Female Guppies
Jeff Plazak Taking 1st and 2nd
Mike & Elsie Swanson taking 3rd

Corydoras, Aspidoras, Brochis
1st - Jeff Plazak  - Cory Sterbai 
2nd - Misty & Will White - Pygmy Cory
3rd - Jeff Plazak  - Cory Palatos

Photography (Identification)
1st - Mike & Elsie Swanson - Pelvicachromis pulcher
2nd - Wayne Toven - Pelvicachromis taeniatus
3rd - Mike & Elsie Swanson - Cylindricus Cichlid​

Photography (Artistic)
1st - Misty & Will White - Golden Dojo loaches
2nd - Misty & Will White - Marble Betta
3rd - Misty & Will White - Leucistic Axolotl

Joe Doyle’s bio is below! Click the “Read More” tab below to view it!

Continue reading “2018 April 13th Meeting Summary”

2018 March Meeting Summary

Our guest speaker this month was “Big Rich Price” from Ohio Fish Rescue!

“Big Rich” along with his wife Tracy and son Josh, gave a very entertaining and colorful recount of one of their most challenging rescues yet,  a rescue that also just so happened to be “the one that started it all!” 

Details of the 72 hour trip, with 800 gallons of water, in a box truck, two teenagers and 19 fish averaging 3 FEET PLUS was definitely a story to hear!  Few people realize just how difficult and risky it is moving fish the size of a labrador! 

Thank you Rich & the Price family for your excellent presentation!
We look forward to visiting the Rescue for a Club trip soon! 

We had 6 BAP & HAP Spawns turned in, with 4 Certificates and 3 Plaques to be awarded! 

Congrats Bud White on earning your Master Breeder Catfish and Livebearer Plaques and Dave Williamson on your G.A.A.S. Centurion 100 Species Plaque!

Our Raffle table was plentiful and Elsie’s buffalo chicken dip, Brownies, Cookies, and Cake was amazing on our Refreshment table

Congrats to Bill Kosar on Winning the Gift Card donated by Big Rich Price
and Wayne Toven for Winning our $20 RMS Doorprize Giftcard.

Our Bowl Show had 20 entries, the winners were 

Jeff Plazak  taking 1st, 2nd & 3rd  with silver Mollies

1st-   Jeff Plazak  Black Ruby Barb
2nd -Jeff Plazak  Tiger Barb
3rd - Misty & Will White  Veiltail Cherry Barb 

Suckermouth Catfish
1st - Jeremy Harsh Albino Bristlenose
2nd - Misty & Will White L333 Pleco
3rd - Misty & Will White  L201 Pleco

and a BIG WELCOME to all our NEW MEMBERS!

On a more serious note, I was very glad to see the Rescue speaking at our Club this month.  So many shops are selling these monster fish as only babies that are just a few inches long for just a couple dollars each and because of this, so many of these fish get brought home and stuck in tanks that are NOWHERE NEAR  even close enough to meeting the needs of a fish that grow 2, 4 and even 8 feet long!  While the Rescue helps immensely by either providing or finding a home to try and meet the needs for those fish lucky enough to make their way there, we as aquarists, all need to be informed and  aware of what fish we can realistically provide for.  So the next time you see these adorable baby Common Plecos, Bala Sharks, Pacu, Red Tailed Catfish, Iridescent Sharks and Gars…. Remember the MONSTERS these guys become!    


To read more about Big Rich Price and The Ohio Fish Rescue, as well as the original meeting announcement, read below.

Continue reading “2018 March Meeting Summary”

2018 February Meeting Summary

Our February Meeting was held on the 9th.

We had a nice turnout with many familiar faces and several new ones!

Our Speaker was Brian Shrimpton, who gave an excellent,  in depth and informative presentation on Protecting and Raising Fry, if you are interested in his supply list he provided us with, including links to the recommended products, it is posted below. 

Brian also donated a large amount of equipment and supplies to our club that we auctioned off after his presentation!
On behalf of G.A.A.S. , Thank you Brian for your generosity.

Congratulations Mike and Elsie Swanson on earning your plaque for
“Master Breeder – Livebearers”

Brian Shrimpton won our door prize gift card

We had 4 Bap/Hap turn-ins to be auctioned off.

Our BOWL SHOW was a double show this month to make up for January’s weather cancellation. 

January’s Catagories

Male Guppies 
1st- Blue Guppy - Jeff Plazak
2nd- Red Moscow- Mike & Elsie Swanson
3rd - Blue Moscow- Mike & Elsie Swanson

1st - Telescope - Dave Williamson
2nd - Comet - Dave Williamson
3rd - Ranchu - Dave Williamson

Minnows, Danios & Rasboras
1st - Devario Auropupureus - Wayne Toven
2nd - Leopald Danio - Rick & Dana Borger
3rd - Giant Danio - Mike & Elsie Swanson

February’s Catagories

Domestic Swordtails
1st - Pineapple Female - Ken McGill
2nd - Green Painted - Dave Williamson

Betta Splendens
1st - Black Orchid - Wayne Toven
2nd - Red Crowntail - Jeff Plazik
3rd - Orange Crowntail - Wayne Toven

Characins (Tetras & Relatives)
1st - Trifasciata Pencilfish - Dave Williamson
2nd - Emperor Tetra Male - Rick & Dana Borger
3rd - Black Neon Tetra - Jeff Plazak


Refreshments were delicious with cupcakes, brownies, and an awesome rolled orderve  and our Raffle Table was was packed full with all our usual goodies as well as our Valentine’s Day Axolotl plush and the first of our Green Pleco Plushes! Grats to Phil’s kids on taking home the plushies!

Another great meeting, and we hope to see everyone next time!

As always, if you would like to see the original meeting announcement, read below

Continue reading “2018 February Meeting Summary”