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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For our February meeting, we are pleased to welcome Albert So, a semi-regular contributor to Airstone ("Dummy One"), and a member of multiple local and national clubs. Though often quiet on our list, Albert has spawned a ton of unusual fish over his 30+ years in the hobby. If you bought an Apistogramma in the Portland Area, odds are good it is one of his fish.
Albert will share some of his accumulated knowledge in a talk called Secret Diary of a Fish Addict: Fish Romance (the G Version), a hobbyist's guide to breeding ornamental fish with case studies on several specific types.
After the meeting, stick around for our monthly auction!
We are pleased to present our first meeting on Bettas in over 20 years! Gianne Souza hails from Edmonds by way of San Francisco, where she fell in love with the genus while in graduate school within arm's reach of the California Betta Society. Here's what she said about the talk to our speaker coordinator back when they were planning in the fall:
"[...] A general talk on bettas... I can show the different form and color varieties that we have in the shows, and the basic structure of the IBC's show system both here in the US and in Europe and Asia. Then I can talk about how I care, select, breed, spawn, and show them. I have a lot of videos that I can share on a wide range of topics. I can also talk about my experience with wild Betta burdigala and Betta rubra. My colony of rubra is exploding, so I [may] be able to bring some pairs or trios for the club. They are a beautiful middle sized mouthbrooder and only recently were introduced back into the hobby. They are very friendly and act like little puppies! [...] perhaps a few of my show bettas."
For more information on Gianne, including a bio, check here.
Usual location (SPU Otto-Miller 109), usual time (7:30 PM meeting start, 6:30 socializing). After the meeting, we will have our usual monthly auction. Hope to see everyone there!
We have a very exciting and packed spring coming up, including four out-of-town 'big' speakers! All meetings are our usual 2nd Tuesday of the month at SPU, except the General Auction, which will be a Saturday at West Seattle:
Our newly-elected president of the board for this year is none other than Mike Ward. Mike and his family have been GSAS members for about three years, and he has been on the board for the past year. He is also keeper of the bowl show and fish of the month programs. His family also participated in the most recent home show (see his home here). Congratulations Mike!
A massive thanks to all the attendees and volunteers at our 2015 Big General Auction -- we sold a record number of items, and will be able to keep GSAS running quite healthily for the next year, including some speakers from across the country and the ocean...