May 24 - Jeremy Basch - "From Rivers to Aquariums"
3095 Walkerview Dr.
Hilliard, OH 43026
Jeremy Basch currently lives in Columbus, OH but is originally from Westlake, Cleveland, OH. He started keeping fish around 19 years ago when his father took him to a pet shop. At around 16, Jeremy started working at one of the local fish stores and started to acquire various sized aquariums and fish. He became hooked.
This continued until 2004 when he setup his first fishroom. Currently Jeremy is on his third modified fishroom design which now contains 100+ aquariums ranging in size from 2.5 to 150 gallons. Over the years, he has bred over 40 species of fish including many cichlids, catfish, rainbows, killifish, livebearers and invertebrates.
Jeremy’s main focus is on the cichlids and catfish from South America and killifish from West Africa. He is a current member and the chairman of the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts. Other fish associations he has belonged to include, the Ohio Cichlid Association, the Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society, the American Killifish Association and the American Cichlid Association. He has written a few articles which have appeared in the Buntbarsche Bulletin & his hometown club, the CAFE Menu. Jeremy can be seen at many fish shows and conventions throughout the Midwest.
My current talks include talks on South American Geophaganii, South American Loricarridae, my recent trip to the Madre de Dios region of Peru, South America and I hope to put together a talk on the care of killifish very soon. All talks include some history, ecology, tank recommendations, tankmates and breeding. My 2010 trip to the Madre de Dios region of Peru was a trip of a lifetime with being able to collect: cichlids, catfish, tetras, killifish, invertebrates and aquatic plants. I share my travel with many photos and video.
Speaker: Friday July 26th, 2013
Rich Bierbower: "The Elegant Freshwater Angelfish"
My interest in fish has its roots in my early childhood when my parents helped me set up my very first ten gallon aquarium. I mostly kept a few platys, mollies, and some corys in this tank. This was the extent of my involvement in the hobby, and really all I knew about keeping tropical fish until my parents took me to see my very first fish room, which was owned by Jeff Blaisdale. My interest in angelfish was created through the many visits to Jeff's house to see his fish and to pick up a few new fish for our few family tanks.
Unfortunately, my interest in fish subsided a little during my high school years, but I rediscovered my interest in tropical fish during my later college years. I set up a tank in my apartment, filled it platys, and since that time have been completely involved in raising fish. Upon completing graduate school, my brother Ray and I set up a fish room together and eventually our jobs required us to each set up our own fish rooms.
My wife Laura and I then started our current fish hatchery business Bierbower Aquatics. Today we maintain 45 aquariums that are primarily devoted to raising high quality orange koi and albino angelfish. Additionally, we have successfully raised 16 other species of tropical fish from a variety of families. The majority of our fish are sold online and shipped throughout the country.
The presentation will discusses the history of angelfish, how to maintain/raise quality angelfish, and a discussion on maintaining a line of angelfish without sacrificing genetic diversity. Editor’s note: Many of you who have attended our annual Spring and Fall auctions have seen the awesome Angelfish and some Catfish & Guppies that the Bierbower’s have produced. Here is your chance to see how they do it and your chance to meet Rich and ask your questions.
Also, the July meeting is our 'Annual Members Swap Meet'! Any Member in good standing who wants to sell some of their fish and related items at their set price can have a space to sell from at the meeting. Members and non-members are welcome to buy. Doors will open & set up begins at 6:15 PM. At 8 PM we will have our speaker presentation. After the presentation, members will still time to mingle and purchase from the swap meet floor.
There will be no hardgoods raffle or regular auction, except for BAP and AHAP submissions and refreshments will be on hand.
Should be a very active and entertaining meeting; hope to see you all there! After the meeting, Rich and his wife Laura will be going out to Gullifty's Restaurant with us for a bite to eat, everyone is welcome to come along.
About Our Meetings
General Monthly Meetings are held at the Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park at the corner of 5th and Shady Avenues.
Meeting Location Address (For GPS & Maps):
1059 Shady Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Club Address: GPASI
P.O. Box 22452
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Club Email Address:
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM for those who want to get there a little early to socialize. Meeting Starts at 7:30 SHARP!
GPASI Monthly Meetings & Events:
Jan. 12, 2013 - 2012 Holiday party (Set up 10:30 AM, Noon – 4PM)
Jan. 25, 2013 - Monthly Meeting (General Elections)
Feb. 22, 2013 - Monthly Meeting
Mar. 22, 2013 - Monthly Meeting (Not at Garden Center, tentative plans for PPG Aquarium)
Apr. 26, 2013 - Monthly Meeting
May 5, 2013 - Spring Auction @ North Hampton Firehall
May 24, 2013 - Monthly Meeting
June 28, 2013 - Monthly Meeting
July 26, 2013 - Monthly Meeting
Aug. 23, 2013 - Monthly Meeting
Sept. 22, 2013 - Fall Auction @ North Hampton Firehall
Sept. 27, 2013 - Monthly Meeting
Oct. 25, 2013 - Monthly Meeting
Dec.13, 2013 - Monthly Meeting (No meeting in November)
Board Of Directors Monthly Meetings:
Boards of Directors meetings are held at 7pm at the ALCOSAN Customer Service & Training Building at 3300 Preble Ave. Pittsburgh. All members are welcome to attend.
2013 BOD MEETING DATES:
Monday Feb 4, 2013, 7:00 pm
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:00 pm
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:00 pm
Monday, May 06, 2013, 7:00 pm Monday, June 03, 2013, 7:00 pm
Monday, July 08, 2013, 7:00 pm
Monday, August 05, 2013, 7:00 pm
Monday, September 02, 2013, 7:00 pm
Monday, October 07, 2013, 7:00 pm
Monday, November 04, 2013, 7:00 pm
After each regular meeting all are invited to Gullifty's Restaurant