The Greater Seattle Aquarium Society is a non profit corporation, organized under the laws of the State of Washington. The primary purposes of the society are to promote interest in the aquarium hobby, and to provide a forum for the exchange of information among aquarium hobbyists.
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Join us Saturday, April 18th for our annual Massive General Auction (note special date, time and location)! Once again, we are holding it at the West Seattle Christian Church, 4400 42 Ave SW. There is lots of parking on-street and in nearby lots. Registration starts at 9AM, and bidding at 10AM sharp.
You might see about anything at the General Auction -- aquatic animals, plants, tanks, decor, drygoods. Items come from local store donations, national product manufacturers, and most importantly, our members themselves. You might find that brand-new LED light fixture, or maybe a box of 20-year-old heaters. Check our Facebook page for a photo gallery of items. Also many members post what they are selling on our mailing list Airstone.
This event is our club's main fundraiser, so we hope to see you there to support us with your donations, split items and just buying things! A good turnout will help us bring in great speakers for the next year. We also need lots of volunteers (computer operators, runners, raffle ticket sellers, etc). You don't have to volunteer all day, even an hour helps. You can also help by printing out one of the five collectible posters, and getting it put up in your favorite store or community bulletin board.
Join us March 10th for the video and awards presentation of our 2015 Home Show. Four judges (see photo), a photographer and videographer crammed ourselves into a van earlier this month, and spent two days and over 300 miles driving around Puget Sound. At the meeting. you'll see fifteen members (13 homes) proudly showing off their tanks, and talking about how and why they keep aquariums. This has become one of the most fun and popular meetings every year since its revival in 2009.
We are publishing a series of bonus videos for the next two weeks to whet your appetite until the meeting.
Jennifer Reynolds hails from Vancouver BC, where she spent over a decade as a Senior Biologist at the Vancouver Aquarium. She has previously spoken to GSAS on travels to the Rift Lakes of Africa and the Amazon.
This time around she will be presenting Freshwater Stingrays in the Wild and in the Aquarium. Learn more about the natural history of South America's Neotropical Stingrays (Potamotrygonidae), and how it relates to keeping them in captivity. Jennifer discusses evolution, biology, captive husbandry (including tank sizes and dietary needs), and provides tips and tricks for dealing with picky or delicate rays, including newborn pups. The talk finishes with a case study of the rare successful reproduction of Tiger Stingrays (Potamotrygon tigrina) in her area at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Monthly auction to follow as usual.
Join GSAS January 13th, at our usual location, usual time, for a presentation from our very own Jay & Carol Geiler. If you saw last year's home show, you know that Jay and Carol breed a lot of fish, enough that they recently built their own Fish Building(!). One thing we noticed during the visit was the variety of foods that they use, many of which they prepare or culture themselves (see the jars in the photo). The few minutes they had on-camera was not enough to convey much about this interesting subject, so we're devoting a meeting to it!
Carol writes: "Whether feeding a single tank or many, there’s a wide array of foods to choose from when it comes to feeding your fish. Flake can offer an easy and simple solution but if you’d like to beef up your feeding program or offer special foods for spawning or fry then here’s a look at how we feed our fish."
After the meeting, stick around for the monthly auction.
What: GSAS Holiday potluck, White Elephant gift exchange, and Fish-O
When: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, doors open at 7pm.
Where: SPU Student Union Gazebo, 315 West Bertona St, Seattle, WA 98119
What to bring: a dish to share, present for the white elephant gift exchange, your family/friend
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or online
It’s almost time for our annual Holiday Potluck meeting on December 16th.
The doors open at 7pm, come early and help set up!!
We will be holding the party in the Student Union Building Gazebo, same place as last year. Please see the detailed map.
We will have a potluck dinner, for which the club provides ham, rotisserie chicken and bean stew (vegetarian), drinks, paper plates and plastic utensils. PLEASE bring a dish to share, sweet or savory …. Your choice. Like the picnic, let us know what you're bringing here.
If you would like to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange, bring a gift wrapped, fish themed item and see what you can take home. (Value ~$10-$15)
We’ll also play FISH-O … a roaring game of fishy themed bingo where you can win great prizes (see photo).
Cory, our BAP chairperson, will award prized to the top fish breeders in the club. Roy, our HAP chairperson will award prized to the crème de la crème of the plant growers. Mike, our Bowl Show chairperson will award a prize to one of the people who have participated in the Bowl Show this year.
We hope to see you there, and bring the family!! If you could drop me a line at email@example.com to let me know you are coming and how many will be in your party (you can also RSVP online), that would be very much appreciated! We want to make sure to have enough utensils, drinks and ham/chicken/beans for all!
Thanks to everyone who worked, attended, bid on and sold items in our 2014 General Auction. In particular, we'd like to thank the local stores and other businesses who donated items to auction. We couldn't have done it without them!
Please remember to support those businesses who support us! Next time you're buying something from one of those stores, let em know.