Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society Inc.
Spring Auction 2016
May 1, 2016
Registration Opens: 9:30am
Auction Begins: 11:00am
- Accounts must be paid in full before you leave the auction. PAYMENT OPTIONS - Cash, Check, Credit Card.
- Buyers may set up a TAB (with valid ID), or pay cash at the time of winning bid purchase.
- Bids will be in dollar increments.
- A FOUR Color dot system will be used to assure a fair mix of different items.
- $3 EXPRESS BIDS: After the end of the First Table, buyers/sellers may pay a $3 cash fee to have the item auction off immediately during the auction.
- DONATIONS: Please specify donations as “Donation” or “Marzina Fund.”
- Any items not claimed or left behind become property of GPASI.
- NO PRIVATE SALES. NO RESALE OF PURCHASED AUCTION ITEMS. PLEASE KNOW WHAT YOU'RE BIDDING ON BEFORE BIDDING AS ALL SALES ARE FINAL, Buyer Beware. GPASI does not guarantee any item and is not responsible for any loss..
- Split is 70% to the seller and 30% to GPASI for bags $2 or more.
- Bags that sell for $1 the split is 0% seller, 100% GPASI.
- Bags are to be labeled with an alpha numeric numbering system (ex. ABC 01, ABC 02).
- The seller chooses the 3 letters and bags are numbered in ascending sequence. Please ASK the registration table if your 3 Letter seller code has been already taken.
- All sellers MUST register BEFORE taking your items to the “Check In” tables. Bags MUST be marked Clearly with the following: Bag Number, Your Name, Phone Number or Email Address, Scientific name of Fish, Common Name (if applicable), and actual number of fish in bag. BAGS WITHOUT THIS INFO WILL BE CHARGED $3 TO BE CORRECTLY LABELED OR WILL NOT BE AUCTIONED.
- Appropriate terminology: PAIR = 1 male, 1 female of same species, MATED PAIR = pair that has spawned, TRIO = 1 male, 2 females of same species, REVERSE TRIO = 2 males, 1 female of same species.
- Sellers MUST bring items to be auctioned off to the “Check In” tables. Do not place bags on any colored tables.
- GPASI reserves the right to refuse sale of obviously sick/deformed fish, fish that are to small / young or fish regulated by the state of PA.
- All Equipment should be labeled as to its conditions ( Example: New, Used, Works, Noisy, Leaks, Ect.).
- If an item does NOT sell, it will be set aside and will NOT come up for sale again.
- All fish MUST be housed in suitable bags/buckets. NO Ziplocs or Baggies or buckets without lids.
- Catfish, cichlids, and others with sharp spines MUST be DOUBLE BAGGED.
- $3 REBAGGING FEE - for fish improperly bagged - Play it safe and double bag everything!
- Sellers are limited (per household) 5 BAGS OF ANY SPECIES OR COLOR/FIN TYPE OR ITEM TYPE. This will be enforced! Extra bags/items will NOT
- be sold.
- Sellers may not remove items placed in the auction after they have been checked in.
- Seller’s proceed check will be mailed to the address given to GPASI at registration table.
Garden City Hall
600 Garden City Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146
May 2016 GPASI Regular Meeting
Friday May 20th, 2016
“Experiences with Aphyosemion”
Jeremy Basch lives in Columbus, OH but is originally from Westlake, Cleveland, OH. He started keeping fish around 24 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 this forth modification of his fishroom which now contains 140+ aquariums ranging in size from 2 ½ to 150 gallons. Over the years, he has bred over 40 species of fish including many cichlids, catfish, rainbows, killifish, livebearers and invertebrates. He was also the first person in the world to have the Jaguar Catfish, Liosomadoras oncinus, spawn and give viable offspring!
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 belongs 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 and Amazonas sharing his first successful breeding of Liosomadoras oncinus, the Jaguar Catfish. Jeremy can be seen at many fish shows and conventions throughout the Midwest.
Jeremy’s talk showcases his methods of maintaining Aphyosemion & related Genera of Nothobranchidae of West Africa. He will share an update on his fishroom & the species he is currently working with. We will discuss tank setup, diet, maintenance, breeding & the raising of killifish. Jeremy will finish by sharing his favorite species of killifish & some brand new species being imported currently into the hobby.
June 2016 GPASI Regular Meeting
Friday June 24th, 2016
Heather Burke: “Danios and Danionins: The appreciation and breeding of small cyprinids”
The past decade has been an exciting one for die-hard danio enthusiasts, as more species of danios have become available in the hobby. This talk highlights some of the new and interesting species along with offering discussion on general care and breeding. Select species of other small cyprinids will also be discussed along with firsthand accounts of reproduction. Sample of featured species: Danio aesculapii, Celestichthys margaritatus, C. erythromicron, C. choprae, Danio tinwini, and Barbus hulstaerti.
Bio: Heather Burke is a 23-year-old aquarist from Lansing, Michigan. She has kept and bred fish for most of her young life and harbors a keen interest and passion for the aquarium hobby. She has been active in aquarium societies since the age of 14 and has witnessed some 40 spawns of freshwater fish and invertebrates spanning two clubs. Heather currently associates with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club most prominently. Her interests in fish are broad and range from nano species of cyprinids to wild-type livebearing fishes and dwarf cichlids. She is obtaining a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. She is also a current Preuss Pets employee in the freshwater fish department.
September 2016 GPASI Regular Meeting
Friday September 30th, 2016
MARK DUFFILL ~ Loach Breeder Extraordinaire
Direct from the UK, we are honored to be the first group of hobbyist in the Unites States to hear Mark’s presentation:
Loaches for life, not just for snails!
Mark's passion for Loaches has seen him successfully spawn numerous species, which for some time Loaches were considered unbreedable but thanks to Mark and people like him, this myth has been dispelled. So far he has spawned 20+ loach species including Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki, Micronemacheilus cruciatus, Sewellia lineolata, Sewellia sp spotted, and Acanthocobitis zonalternans, also firsts such as Botia kubotai, Botia histrionica, Botia striata, Acanthopsoides species and Yasuhikotakia splendida.
Mark Duffill was born in 1972, he has had an interest in fish from a very young age. He got his first fish when he was 6 years old and was 'hooked' immediately. As soon as he was old enough he became a junior member of the local fish keeping club and soon got the bug for showing fish and winning prizes, Mark progressed in the club as a committee member and eventually club secretary. As well as the fishkeeping Mark owns and helps out with several websites and Facebook groups including Loach Fanatics.
This aside he also advanced to become an A-class judge for the North East Federation of Aquarist Societies. The hobby of fish keeping took a back seat for a while due to work commitments, however unfortunately his career as an electrician ended in 1999 when he was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and spondylosis in the spine. Since then he channelled his time, energy and passion for fish to keeping, breeding or catching and collecting them.
Mark works primarily with Loaches, Rasboras and other Asian species, although he has periodically diverted his attention to other fish including African Rift Cichlids, Characins, Corydoras, Discus, Livebearers of all descriptions and even at one point had nothing but Rainbow fishes, but no matter what he has kept he was always drawn back to Loaches, Barbs, Danios and Rasboras.
In 2009, Mark became the founder of the International Loach Association, formerly Loach Association of Great Britain. Mark has written books on loaches and also had his articles published in several magazines around the world and had them translated into numerous languages and has been invited to travel to clubs within the UK and now around the world to give presentations on Loaches.
Joel Antkowiak: “CARES, Splitfins and More”
This program will discuss the CARES Preservation Society and focus on the family Goodeidae, a group of livebearing fishes where nearly all species are addressed in the CARES program. Joel will also share some insight into some of the other species of fishes that are currently on the CARES Priority List that he has kept over the last 40 years.
BIO: Born on the Southside of Pittsburgh in 1962, Joel's first brush with the organized hobby came in 1976 when he found an ad for the American Killifish Association in an old aquarium hobby magazine. Having always appreciated the beauty of these fishes from the color plates in the old "Innes book", and not seeing them in local stores, he joined in order to acquire some. A few years later Joel found the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, where he was a member for a few years before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and moving out of the area. Joel is now living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he is an active member of the Aquarium Club of Lancaster County. Joel has earned the club’s Breeder of the Year award twice, it’s “Mighty Fin Award” for most points earned in the club’s Writer’s and Artist’s Award Program during a year twice, has been honoured with the club’s Hobbyist of the Year Award, and has been selected the recipient of the club’s President’s Award twice, and was the FAAS Author of the Year for 2012. Joel is also the only member of the ACLC to be awarded the club’s annual “CARES Member of the Year” award since the ACLC joined the CARES Program in 2011. Most recently, Joel has just been honoured with lifetime membership in the ACLC for completing the highest level of the club’s Writer’s and Artist’s Award Program. Joel has maintained anywhere from a few to about 60 tanks at any one time throughout his adult life and has kept many different species of fish. He is often amazed at how some species were once very common and now seem to be non-existent despite their attractiveness and ease of care and husbandry.
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Phipps Garden Center
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