MARINE AQUARIUM CONFERENCE OF NORTH AMERICA IN MILWAUKEE WI COMING SOON

The MASNA Board is proud to welcome you to MACNA 2022 Gathering and Growing, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

We look forward to having you join our community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as we come together to Gather and Grow.

Reunited after two years of virtual programs, MACNA 2022 Gathering and Growing will bring our community together for the best MACNA to date.

MACNA 2022 will enable us to gather as a community, bringing together the greatest educators, businesses, leaders, cultivators, and pioneers to continue to share and educate.

Growing our industry in a sustainable manner has never been more important. MACNA 2022 will lead the way through its exhibits, speakers, and programs as we continue to achieve new breakthroughs.

MACNA 2022 will be held at the Wisconsin Center, with hotel rooms available at the historic Milwaukee Hilton City Center & the Hyatt Regency.

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Project Piaba Expedition 2022

Many of you are familiar with Project Piaba and our goal of fostering and environmentally and socio-economically beneficial aquarium fishery in the Rio Negro region of the Amazon. This fishery links the economic welfare and livelihoods of rural families to environmental conservation that must be maintained for the fishery to thrive. This sustainable aquarium fishery is an effective driver of stewardship that protects habitat for critically endangered species, sequesters substantial amounts of carbon in tropical forests as well as the continuation of atmospheric scrubbing of greenhouse gasses, and alleviates poverty for rural fishing communities.

Piaba trip flyer 2022

We have a lot of work to do this year and we need your help!

Come on an expedition! Every year since 1991 our scientists and specialists have participated in an expedition to explore and study the fishery, and to identify, recommend and implement changes that can improve the health and quality of the fish being exported. We have not been back since COVID turned everything upside down in 2020 and we have a lot of work to catch up on: best handling practices training, traceability implementation, document newly legalized species for the aquarium trade, and export facility training work.

Our next expedition will take place from September 24 – October 8. Please consider joining us on this expedition!

If you are interested or if you have questions, please email me directly (SDowd@projectpiaba.org). More information in the attached folder and on our website:  http://projectpiaba.org/what-we-do/expeditions/

Thank you for supporting Project Piaba!

Scott & the Project Piaba team

President’s Message – May 2022

That’s right: The Brooklyn Aquarium Society is finally back! We had our first event in over two years, and we had a great time. Our location was changed to St Brendan’s Church, and it was a big success. We had many familiar faces and also many new ones. There were a lot of great deals on fish, tanks, and supplies, and a great speaker, James Perronod from Discusrus.com, who graciously stepped up at the very last minute since our scheduled speaker, Yemi Amu was sick. James, as always, held an informative question and answer session. There was no question that could stump this pro! We thank him. Continue reading President’s Message – May 2022

Mark your calendar. April 8th, 7:30PM @ St. Brendan’s in Brooklyn

We are back at it! We’re excited to see you all in person.

At St. Brendan’s Catholic Church Parish Hall
1202 Avenue O,  Brooklyn, NY 11230

April 8th – doors open at 7:30 PM.  Speaker, auction, sales tables overflowing with gear, chemicals and food for sale and 100+ people that share your enthusiasm for fishkeeping. It’s good to be back!

Free parking and free refreshments too!

Continue reading Mark your calendar. April 8th, 7:30PM @ St. Brendan’s in Brooklyn

Letter From Editors – January 2022

Dear Aquarist,

We have a new issue of AquaticNews that represents a wide variety of fish, from the mysterious Coelacanth to locally bred Angelfish. Our virtual meetings are gaining more popularity with members and we have some compelling speakers coming up. Todd Gardner, breeder of over 60 species of salt water fish, returns to BAS in February. March will bring us Samantha M. West of Zoo Med Laboratories. She will be discussing Environmental Enrichment for your Aquarium Fish.

One article we would like to point out is on page 7, “Why Hobbyists Should Write for their Club Journal.” We encourage all members to share their passion and knowledge. Since we can’t get to meetings please put your experiences to paper. We’ve all had fish we love but can’t keep alive and fish that survive despite doing everything wrong. Whether you’ve had a great experience with new equipment or bought something that totally failed please share with fellow members.

Continue reading Letter From Editors – January 2022

President’s Message – September 2021

Presidents Message

I usually try to focus on the good when I write my message, but this is the hardest President’s message I have ever written. It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the passing of our past President and my longtime friend Joe Graffagnino. Joe was well-liked by all who knew him. I have never met anyone who had a bad thing to say about him. He was always the first to volunteer his help for our club and even other clubs, in any way he could. He has left a big void in all of us and he will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt prayers go out to his family.

Continue reading President’s Message – September 2021

R.I.P – Joe Graffagnino

Please donate to Tunnel to Towers Foundation on behalf of Joe.
Click here or here.  Every bit counts.

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of our former Brooklyn Aquarium Society President, lead board member and widely known Joe Graffagnino.

Joe has been the face of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society for over 30 years.  Joe will be greatly missed and our prayers go out to his family.

A viewing will be held on Friday, September 10th

At

Scarpaci Funeral home
1401 86th Street
Brooklyn NY 11228

Between 4 & 8 PM

More details to follow…

Online Auction: July 2021 – Join Now.

Brooklyn Aquarium Society July 2021 Auction

Questions? Email:

DeeFromBrooklyn@gmail.com or JoeGraffagnino@yahoo.com

Download instructions here.

The tentative exchange location is the Toy’s R Us Parking Lot Flatbush off the Belt Parkway on July 10th.

The auction is open to the public. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to participate in the auction. All monies will be handled by BAS. Don’t exchange money directly with a buyer.  All lots sold are “as is, where is”.  BAS can not guarantee the proper identification or health of animals or plants. BAS can not guarantee the working order of any equipment.

Sellers drop their lots off between 11am to Noon. Help sorting is appreciated. Buyers can pick up their lots and pay at time of pick up between 1:00pm and 2pm. You must arrange for someone else to pick up or drop off your lots if you can’t make it on that day and time(s). Continue reading Online Auction: July 2021 – Join Now.

The Brooklyn Aquarium Society 2021 Online Auction

Hello,

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The Brooklyn Aquarium Society board is working with Auction.Fish to bring you our first Aquarium Club Online Auction platform. That’s right, you can now buy and sell your fish and other merchandise online with the rest of our aquarium society members. The Auction.Fish website is used by several aquarium societies allowing their members to create their own personal accounts and take part in their local club auctions. Once you create your account you can also post items for auction. It’s Simple, Safe and Secure.

Step 1.
Visit the website at: https://auction.fish/

Continue reading The Brooklyn Aquarium Society 2021 Online Auction

Breeding Red Cherry Shrimp

Breeding Freshwater Red Cherry Shrimp:

 

 With the growing popularity of planted aquaria, freshwater invertebrates are enjoying an increased demand as well.  It’s understandable since many of them are ideal for these setups.  One of the most popular is the Red Cherry shrimp.  They belong to the genera Caridina.  There are over 120 different species of Caridina shrimp.  It is almost impossible to identify these shrimp to the species level.  The freshwater shrimp hobby is going through much the same identity crisis as South American catfish, many of which are being identified by a number.  Caridina shrimp are usually referred to by their common name or simply as a Caridina species or something else equally inaccurate. Continue reading Breeding Red Cherry Shrimp

Breeding Back Stripe Shrimp

Breeding Freshwater Back Stripe Shrimp:

 With the ever-growing popularity of planted aquaria, freshwater invertebrates are enjoying an increase in popularity as well.  It’s no surprise since many of these inverts are perfect residents for these setups.  One of the more popular freshwater invertebrates is the Back stripe shrimp.  These shrimp belong to the genera Caridina.  There are over 120 different species of Caridina shrimp.  It is almost impossible to identify these shrimp to the species level.  The freshwater shrimp hobby is going thru much the same identity crisis as South American catfish, many of which are being identified by a number.  Caridina shrimp are usually referred to by their common name or simply as a Caridina species or something else equally inaccurate.  What makes all of the shrimp in this Genus so desirable is that they will spend 24 hours a day (that’s right they don’t sleep) cleaning your tank of leftover food scraps and algae without bothering your plants in any way. Continue reading Breeding Back Stripe Shrimp

Breeding Dwarf Red Tail Shrimp

Breeding Dwarf Red Tail Shrimp:

 With the growing popularity of planted aquaria, the freshwater invertebrates are enjoying an increased demand as well.

It’s understandable since many of them are ideal for these setups.  A few months back I ran across some of these shrimp in Animals and Things.  This is a pet shop over in Woodbridge NJ, one of the few local places I can think of which carry freshwater shrimp with any regularity.  I purchased all they had and put them in my 25-gallon guppy tank.  They are very happy in there and have been breeding.  These shrimp belong to the genera Caridina.  There are over 120 different species of Caridina shrimp.  It is almost impossible to identify these shrimp to the species level.  The freshwater shrimp hobby is going thru much the same identity crisis as South American catfish, many of which are being identified by a number.  Caridina shrimp are (for now) being identified by their common names or simply as a Caridina species or something else equally inaccurate. Continue reading Breeding Dwarf Red Tail Shrimp

Coelacanth May Not Be A ‘Living Fossil’

Microsoft News

Huge Fish, Once Believed Extinct, Isn’t the ‘Living Fossil’ Scientists Thought

George Dvorsky  

An analysis of coelacanth DNA suggests its genome has experienced some significant changes in recent evolutionary history, potentially dispelling the popular image of these iconic fish as being “living fossils.”

© Image: Bruce Henderson A rare sighting of a live coelacanth, captured off the coast of South Africa in 2019. Continue reading Coelacanth May Not Be A ‘Living Fossil’

Online Event Friday 1/8/21 – Parasitology of Fishes by Pat Donston

Happy New Year,

The Brooklyn Aquarium Society welcomes you to take part in a virtual online presentation by Pat Donston of Absolutely fish in New Jersey on Parasitology of Fishes on Friday, January 8th at 7:30 pm

During this talk Pat discuss ailments and possible treatment for our aquatic friends

Watch Directly on YouTube.

This meeting will also be streamed live on the Brooklyn Aquarium Society Facebook page.   Questions will be taken during this interactive event.

Absolutely Fish owner Pat Donston started in the hobby with his first aquarium when he was nine years old. In college, he majored in Zoology, and got his Master of Science degree specializing in fish reproduction.  Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Pat worked in a public aquarium teaching docents and volunteers about the biology of invertebrates in the inter-tidal exhibit.  Pat believes aquarium keeping is one of the best educational tools for children and adults to learn more about the oceans and reefs around the world. Learning about the animals one has as pets sparks an interest to become more aware of the environment in which we live.  It can bring people closer to a part of the world they may never see or otherwise know.

Absolutely Fish is located at 1080 US-46 in Clifton, NJ 07013

Absolutely Fish is a proud supporter of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society.

R.I.P. Seth Kolker, BAS President from 1989 to 2001

Seth Kolker
08/08/1954 – 11/05/2020

President of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society
1989 – 2001

Seth was a dedicated aquarium hobbyist his entire life. He was the youngest member ever elected, in the Society’s 109 years, to the Brooklyn Aquarium Society’s Board of Directors while still in his early teens. Seth was a visionary in the aquatic industry. His keen eye for the hobby and insight into the future helped propel the Brooklyn Aquarium Society into unknown areas. In the 1970s and 80s, it was Seth’s influence to move the club into African cichlids and then into marine environments with saltwater fish and corals.

Continue reading R.I.P. Seth Kolker, BAS President from 1989 to 2001

An Experience with Whiptail Catfish Of the Genus Rineloricaria

Catfish An Experience with Whiptail Catfish Of the Genus Rineloricaria
By Ian Fuller

The term Whiptail catfish points us to a group of fishes that are very unique in their physical make up. There are many genera that fall into the category commonly referred to as ‘Whiptails’ my experience with them has been limited to members of the genus Rineloricaria. There are around forty know species of this genus all of which have distinctive long thin tapering twig like body shapes that are covered over their entire lengths by hard interlocking bony plates known as scutes. Another striking feature of these fishes is their external mouthparts that are formed into suction like pads; some being more pronounced than others and may have lace like filaments on their trailing edges. The most difficult aspect with these fishes is their identification; many species have very similar body and fin markings. Continue reading An Experience with Whiptail Catfish Of the Genus Rineloricaria