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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Our May speaker is Rusty Wessel. His presentation is Fishes of the Maya! A photo and video presentation on the fishes that live in the area where the ancient Mayan civilization once existed. It covers Southern Mexico, Guatemala and Western Honduras.
Rusty specializes in breeding Central American fish, predominantly cichlids and livebearers, in his fishroom of over 90 tanks and 8000+ gallons. He has taken his hobby to a point where he has successfully collected fish from the Africa, Central America and South America. He has introduced many new species of fish to the aquarium hobby; if it lives in the water, chances are that Rusty has either caught it, been bit or stung by it. Theraps wesseli, a beautiful and elusive cichlid discovered during one of his expeditions, was later named after Rusty by Dr. Robert Rush Miller, emeritus professor of the University of Michigan.
Rusty is a prolific author and photographer; his writings or photographs have appeared in a wide distribution of specialized publications. He has been heavily involved with the American Cichlid Association, including being awarded the ACA Fellowship, its greatest honor. On the local level, he is currently treasurer for the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers. Rusty has lectured and judged numerous fish shows throughout the United States, including the annual
Florida Tropical Fish Farmers show and several ACA conventions.
This year the Big Auction will be back at our favorite church gymnasium, West Seattle Christian Church, 4400 42 Ave SW in (duh) West Seattle, Saturday April 12. Note that there is NO REGULAR TUESDAY MEETING in April, only the Big Auction!
As always, we need volunteers, lots and lots of volunteers. We need computer operators, runners, check-in and check-out people, raffle ticket sellers, and wranglers of stuff. You don't have to help out for very long, and you can still bid while volunteering You can either pipe up to Jay or Phil, and let us know when and where you'd like to help, or you can simply stand up and jump in when needed day-of-show, it's entirely up to you.
This year, as many of us know, the fish business is way, WAY off at retail, upwards of 30% nationwide. As such, the big fish equipment and supply manufacturers aren't sending us nearly as many donations as we usually get, so if YOU have some things you'd like to donate to the GSAS, by all means bring them along and let us know they're donations. 100% of proceeds from donated items go straight back to the club!
Just about a week until Gary Lange arrives to douse the Puget Sound area in Rainbowfish knowledge! Gary is giving a general talk on Rainbowfish for our normal meeting on March 11th, and a special collecting talk for members only on March 9th.
If you're interested in purchasing some of the eggs and/or fry that Gary is bringing, there will be opportunities at both meetings, but last time we had Gary, some of the eggs were already hatching, and had to be sold at the earlier talk.
If you know of a fish store or other aquarium related business, please consider printing the special poster and putting it up to help spread the word!
We've had tons of requests to have Gary Lange back after he visited GSAS in 2011. Gary is one of the most prominent experts on Rainbowfish in the country, as well as a columnist, author, photographer and collector. He's also a professional chemist. You may even occasionally see his insightful posts on Airstone! Here's what Gary has to say about his talk:
“Just a Taste of the Most Amazing Tropical Fishes of All: Rainbowfish from Australia and New Guinea”
Rainbowfish are truly amazing fishes. When you think of every color of the rainbow, they’ve got you covered. When you think of a fish that every single day shows you its spawning colors, rainbowfish are the perfect choice. When you think of a fish that really makes this looks good, and in a planted tank, rainbowfish are the ones to choose.
We’ll go over how to keep, breed and raise rainbowfish. We’ll talk about what foods they like and how to keep them happy and healthy. We’ll go over quite a few of the different species, named and unnamed at the moment from Australia and the island of New Guinea. Every single trip for me and many other explorers are yielding new species of rainbowfish, almost too many to imagine!
Gary will also giving a second "Members-Only" meeting at a secret location in the North end... details here.
Meeting is in our usual location, Otto-Miller 109. Refreshments and social time start at 6:30, talk starts at 7:30. Monthly auction follows the talk.
Everyone loved Kat Hentsch's 2-day emergency
fill-in talk on Aponogeton last meeting, now see the talk she actually had scheduled to present this month:
Native Fish of the US: Ohio/Mississippi River Basins and Great Lakes Ecosystems. Explore the realm of Midwestern native fish suitable for aquaria with species profiles and compatibility. Learn the different habitats and explore collection sites as Kat brings you to her secret spots for the best specimens. Even some native inverts make the cut!
Kat mentioned she's been working on this one for a while and is really looking forward to presenting it. We're hoping to have some tie-ins for Fish-of-the-month as well.
Meeting is in our usual location, Otto-Miller 109. Join us for refreshments and social time at 6:30. Meeting and presentation are at 7:30, followed by our monthly auction (members preregister your items here).
Join us on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:30 PM at our usual location, Otto-Miller 109 (social hour at 6:30). GSAS member Kat Hentsch will be presenting "Aponogeton sp. A Guide to the Overstated Needs of this Bulb-Bearing Genus."
There is some kind of surprise for the first 50 people at the meeting, plus a few live demo Aponogeton plants that will be in the auction.
Speaking of the auction, be sure to stick around for the usual monthly auction -- deals to be had for sure!