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 first meeting for the 2014-2015 season is Juan Miguel Artigas Azas, who comes to us direct from the center of Mexico. Juan Miguel is the editor of The Cichlid Room Companion, one of the oldest and most relevant cichlid hobbyist websites out there. Juan Miguel is always traveling to natural habitats in Mexico and other countries, observing and photographing the fish he loves, trying to understand their natural history and relationships. He has written articles for hobby and pro aquarium publications alike.
At the time of writing, we hadn't settled on which talk we'd most like to hear, so feel free to drop us a line. There will be another post with further details as September approaches...
This year's GSAS summer picnic is less than 4 weeks away!
The picnic will be held at Lower Woodland Park, shelter 4, 10:00 ~ 2:00 PM. This is a potluck, so bring your best appetizers, side dishes, or desserts. GSAS will supply a variety of burgers and beverages. Visit this URL to RSVP your dish and allow others to see what you're bringing!
One of the most fun things about the picnic is the plant raffle - everyone generally goes home with a few fabulous new plants! If you have plants you'd like to share, start saving your clippings. Dry goods are welcome too, but please leave fish and invertebrates at home. The weather may not be kind to them.
For more details, see this post on our mailing list.
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.
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.