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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Greg Sage is owner and operator of Select Aquatics, in Erie Colorado, currently keeping 130 fish tanks spawning and selling rare and endangered livebearers. He has aggressively worked to breed and maintain high quality strains of fish. His fish room setup allows for the spawning of larger numbers, working with strains and species that are hard to find, or desired but rarely found in good condition. Greg has been producing fish for hobbyists and universities for over 13 years. Since 1999, he has been maintaining a colorful, husky livebearer X. nezhualcoyotl, and actively works on making sure wild lines stay pure. His website is full of wonderful information on many species and fish care in general.
We are really are fortunate to have Greg speaking to GSAS on Livebearers on our next monthly meeting, Tuesday May 14th, 730 pm, at our usual location at SPU. (After Greg's talk, stick around for our our monthly auction.)
There is also special members-only potluck at 5pm on Sat May 11th, followed by a talk on Selective Breeding at 630 pm. This special gathering is NOT at SPU, it's at a secret undisclosed location! (we have to do some member perks after all, if you haven’t joined yet, do it now! It is the best $15 ever spent!)
Thanks to all our members and guests for making our 2013 general auction the most succesful in GSAS history! Please take the time to visit our national manufacturers & retailers and local sponsor stores who all donated items!
We look forward to serving you for the next year with fantastic speakers, first-rate contests, and excellent events!
Join us Saturday April 13th, 2013 for our annual Gigantic Aquatic Auction. This year's auction will (like last year's) be held at the West Seattle Christian Church, 4400 42nd Ave SW. General public welcome. We now accept credit cards! Tons of parking nearby. This auction includes anything related to the aquarium hobby: drygoods, livestock, tanks, you name it! The auction will start at 10AM, and run until... it finishes. Come by early to preview items for sale or just help out.
GSAS members are allowed to bring up to 20 items to auction (22 if you preregister them online), no more than three alike items.
For further details (buying and selling), see our auction guidelines.
Join us at our usual meeting location and time, 7:30 March 12, for our special guest speaker Ted Judy. Ted, a former high school science teacher and now full-time stay-at-home dad with a fish room, is an addicted aquarist with over 25 years of fish keeping and breeding experience. He is a generalist who enjoys all types of fish from anabantids to tetras, but always finds plenty of room in his fish room for fish from West Africa (especially the dwarf cichlids). He is a prolific speaker, proficient writer and wants to be a better photographer.
Ted's presentation will be
Raising Fry from Egg to Adolescence. Ted says: Getting the fish to spawn is only the tip of the iceberg for a fish breeder. This talk presents problems associated with raising fry and provides strategies to overcome them. The information is applicable to any type of freshwater fish, and covers feeding, housing, maintenance and other challenging fry-raising situations.
In addition, Ted will present a special members-only talk on the Genus Pelvicachromis on Monday evening. Check this page for details.
The American Killifish Association is holding its Annual Convention in Portland this year, featuring five international speakers, an all-killifsh live show, auction, fish sale, banquet and other social events.
A big fish convention is truly a thing of wonder, and with Portland only a couple hours away, this is a great opportunity to do so for very little money. For more information, visit their website.
The Home Show will bring you on a virtual tour of your fellow aquarists' tanks, including a follow-up visit to the 180-gallon one featured in the documentary mini-series This Aged Aquarium. Watch the video by Erik Olson, see photographs by Steev Ward, and be inspired by the accomplishments of the twelve GSASers who opened their homes to us this year. Come vote for your favorite to win the People's Choice Award, and cheer as exhibitors receive fabulous prizes. New this year will be a special video scavenger hunt for kids.
The meeting will be Tuesday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 109 of Otto Miller Hall, with doors open at 6:30 for social time. A mini-auction will follow the presentation -- members may pre-register your items here.
In anticipation of next month's Home Show presentation, we are proud to present our first ever online mini-series, This Aged Aquarium. Last year, Diane and Rich Elliott, two very important members from GSAS's past, asked the club for help restoring their 180-gallon aquarium which had fallen on hard times. Follow Cory, Mary and Erik as they talk (and walk) through the process. We'll be releasing mini episodes all month long. Come to next month's Home Show meeting and see how it turned out!
The Other East African Lakes
We hear a lot about the cichlids of Lakes Malawi and
Tanganyika, but what about the fish in those smaller lakes
in East Africa? Those lakes are rarely visited and
rarely collected, yet they are home to some fascinating
endemic fish. Lawrence Kent is a GSAS member and
employee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which
sends him often to Africa to support its poverty-alleviation
projects. Lawrence takes advantage of these trips to
the tropics to look for interesting fish, especially
cichlids. During this talk, he'll tell us about collecting
cichlids in some of the
other lakes of East Africa and the
struggle to identify them accurately.
GSAS is pleased to announce the winter/spring meeting line-up!
As always, directions to our meeting location and further information is available on the meetings page.