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NYS Marine Education Association Conference – Registration Open

by on Sep.17, 2014, under Announcements

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On Sat Oct. 25,  NYSMEA,  the New York State Marine Education Association will be
celebrating its 36th Annual Conference, Coastal Treasures and Troubles”, at the Rachel Carson HS of Coastal Studies, and at the New York Aquarium, both facilities in Coney Island.

Keynote speakers, workshops, field trips, evening dinner party and presentation at the NY Aquarium.

Get Marinated and join us for this education adventure.

Teacher credit available, and a great opportunity for professional networking for career-readiness college students interested in marine science and environmental studies.

Download Flyer Here.

 

Thank you,
Dr. Merryl Kafka
NYSMEA Conference Committee

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2nd Annual PHOTO CONTEST

by on Sep.03, 2014, under Announcements

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UPDATE: EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 19, 2014

SECOND ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST – Take your best shot!

We’ve had such great success with our photo contest last year that we decided to do it again.

With more categories (19!), more sponsors and better prizes you’ll be silly not to share your photos with us.

Read more about it here (Our member Tomasz Lis was nice enough to create a whole website dedicated to it)

 

2nd Annual Photo Contest Flyer

 

See Prizes >

Read Rules >

Submit Photos >

 

Don’t wait, get to work, take your best shot and when ready submit it here.

Deadline:
Contest ends midnight Sunday October 13th, 2014. Any late entries will not be considered.

 

 

 

 

 

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Save The Date – NEC Convention – March 28-30, 2014

by on Dec.01, 2013, under Announcements

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Thanksgiving Specials for BAS Members – Don’t miss out.

by on Nov.27, 2013, under Announcements

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Our new sponsor New Island Aquarium, 1963 Utica Avenue (between Ave. K & L in  Brooklyn) – will have a 25% off livestock and a 10% off dry goods sale this Friday [Black Friday].
Mention you’re a BAS member and you will get an additional 5% off any livestock!

Brooklyn Zoo & Aquarium, 2377 Ralph Ave. (between Ave. K & L in Brooklyn) – will be having Holiday Sale with discounts on everything!
Mention you’re a BAS member and get an additional 10% off.

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Earn 50%* on donated livestock at November 8, 2013 event.

by on Oct.10, 2013, under Announcements

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We will once again be having a 50/50 split on donated livestock only (corals, fish and plants in good health) for members only.

Members must sign in at the donation desk that they want 50% of whatever their livestock items are auctioned for (no reserves).

The total of all donations must be greater than $5 and your return check will be available for pickup at the next regular meeting.

If you have any questions regarding this event please don’t hesitate to contact us or just post your questions below.

Not a member yet? No problem, become one today http://membership.basny.org/

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2012/2013 Award List is here…

by on Oct.10, 2013, under Announcements

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2012/2013 BAS Award List

 

Please click here to download (PDF Format)

 

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1st Annual PHOTO CONTEST

by on Jun.14, 2013, under Announcements, BAS Events, Hobby Related News

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FIRST ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST – Take your best shot!

FLYER: Front | Back

Deadline – September 30th, 2013

Freshwater Categories:

  • Best Aquascape
  • Best Nano Aquarium (2 ½ – 10 gallons)
  • Best Med-sized aquarium (15 – 40 gallons)
  • Best Large aquarium (50 + gallons)
  • Spectacular Freshwater Fish
  • Most Fabulous Plant
  • Most Amazing Freshwater Invert
  • Best Freshwater Photo (any category)
  • Spectacular Cichlid

Saltwater Categories

  • Best Aquascape
  • Best Nano Aquarium (2½ – 10 gallons)
  • Best Med-sized aquarium (15 – 40 gallons)
  • Best Large aquarium (50 + gallons)
  • Spectacular Saltwater Fish
  • Most Breathtaking Corals Reefs
  • Most Amazing Saltwater Invert
  • Best Saltwater Photo (any category)

 

SPONSORS (Thank YOU):

Aqueon 

Aqueon Products Inc. Sponsor Banner

Coralife

Kent Marine

Hikari

Seachem

 

PRIZES – From Sponsors Above – Thank you!

Freshwater Categories:

Best Aquascape

  • AquaVitro Plant (Premier, Envy, Proper, Carbonate, Mineralize, Synthesis, Activate) by SEACHEM

Best Nano Aquarium (2 ½ – 10 gallons)

  • Evolve 2, water care products, food, siphon, cleaning magnet by AQUEON

Best Med-sized aquarium (15 – 40 gallons)

  • Evolve 4, water care products, food, siphon by AQUEON

Best Large aquarium (50 + gallons)

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products.

Spectacular Freshwater Fish

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products.

Most Fabulous Plant

  • 500ml Bottles of Prime, Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish Iron, 600g Bottles of Acid Buffer, Alkaline Buffer, Equilibrium, Nutridiet Flakes (30g), 1L Matrix by SEACHEM

Most Amazing Freshwater Invert

  • Evolve 4, water care products, food, siphon by AQUEON

Best Freshwater Photo (any category)

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products

Spectacular Cichlid

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products

 

Saltwater Categories

Best Aquascape

  • AquaVitro Reef (Alpha, Balance, Calcification, Eight.Four Fuel, Ions, Vibrance) By SEACHEM

Best Nano Aquarium (2½ – 10 gallons)

Best Med-sized aquarium (15 – 40 gallons)

Best Large aquarium (50 + gallons)

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products

Spectacular Saltwater Fish

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products

Most Breathtaking Corals Reefs

  • SEACHEM 1L Bottles of Reef Fusion 1& 2; 1L Containers of Matrix Carbon, Phosguard & Matrix; Nutridiet Marine Flakes (30g)

Most Amazing Saltwater Invert

Best Saltwater Photo (any category)

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products

 

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win

HOW TO ENTER

The 1st Brooklyn Aquarium Photo Contest will be announced June 14th, 2013 at the monthly Society’s meeting, all entries will be accepted until September 30th, 2013. The results of the Contest as well as the award ceremony will take place on October 11th at the Society’s monthly meeting. Digital photos must be submitted to BROOKLYN AQUARIUM SOCIETY YAHOO GROUP in JPEG format. Photos submitted must be 6 MP (mega pixel) or greater. As a condition of registration, you will be required to click where indicated to signify that you accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules. With each submission, participants must include the following: 1) Name of Photographer, 2) Address of Photographer, 3) Phone Number, 4) Email, 5) Category of Freshwater or Saltwater photo is to be entered, 6) Scientific and Common Name of Subject in Photo.

> Brooklyn Aquarium Society @ Yahoo Groups < Submit your photos here.

Photo Eligibility
To enter, you do not have to be a member of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society or a member of the BAS Forum, contest is open to all, no age restrictions. BAS judging individuals and their immediate family are not eligible. BAS non-members taking part in the Contest and winning a prize for any of the 17 categories will receive a free 1 year membership to BAS. Entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified.

Image Modifications
Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

Number of Entries
An individual may submit a maximum of 3 photos per category, any category.

Photo Subject Restrictions
Photos must be appropriate for category entered. Photos unrelated to the contest or of questionable content will not be considered. BAS retains sole discretion as to what constitutes appropriate content. Photos must not contain people or other objects other than the subject for the category entered.

Deadline
Contest ends midnight September 30th, 2013. Any late entries will not be considered.

Judging
Entries will be judged on the basis of photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of the object in their respective categories. A panel of judges consisting of representatives of the Contest’s sponsors as well as members of the BAS Board will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final.

Winners
The judging panel will select 17 winning entries (one per category). Winners and all prizes will be announced and presented during the BAS October 11th 2013 meeting. Any winner not able to attend the October 11th 2013 meeting, the prize will be kept at BAS until the December 13, 2013 meeting. If the winner/s fails to collect the prize as mentioned earlier, the prize/s will be auctioned at the January 10, 2014 meeting.

Photographer/Copyrights
Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. You must be the sole owner of the image submitted. By submitting your photo, you guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo. By submitting, the contestant waives all rights upon submission and therefore has no recourse whatsoever in the use of the photo.

Additional Terms and Conditions
BAS is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, BAS is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. BAS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice. BAS is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. BAS reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that BAS has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules.

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Earn 50%* on donated livestock at June 14th, 2013 event.

by on Apr.09, 2013, under Announcements

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Earn 50%* on donated livestock in March 2013

by on Feb.20, 2013, under Announcements

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We will once again be having a 50/50 split on donated livestock only (corals, fish and plants in good health) for members only. Members must sign in at the donation desk that they want 50% of whatever their livestock items are auctioned for (no reserves). The total of all donations must be greater than $5 and your return check will be available for pickup at the next regular meeting.

If you have any questions regarding this event please don’t hesitate to contact us or just post your questions below.

Not a member yet? No problem, become one today http://membership.basny.org/

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Big Donation – Big Thanks To Brooklyn Zoo

by on Feb.09, 2013, under Announcements

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Thanks to The Brooklyn Zoo for their generous donation and their continued support to the Brooklyn Aquarium Society.

Please visit their website at http://brooklynzooandaquarium.com/

Remember to show them your BAS membership card to both show your support and get additional discount.

Once again, thank you!

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February 8, 2013 Event CANCELLED!

by on Feb.08, 2013, under Announcements, BAS Events

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Dear members,

It is with deep regret that we must cancel our February 8th “Ponds; the easy way” by Kathy Cardineau event due to severe storm warning for our area.

Please note that there will be NO meeting tonight. The next meeting is scheduled for March 8th, 2013 and will feature Kevin Kohen of LiveAquaria.com

The 50/50 split for livestock only will be at our March event.

For a complete list of upcoming events please kindly visit Our Events

Please download the latest copy of The Aquatica and our Bulletin for your reading pleasure.

P.S. Everyone who has received a bottle of STARTSMART COMPLETE for either fresh or marine aquariums please send your product evaluation to the our P.O. Box or email it to me at JoeGraffagnino [at] yahoo.com.

Stay warm and safe,

Joe
President

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November 9, 2012 Event CANCELLED.

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Announcements

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All,

It is with sadness and regret that I must cancel the Brooklyn Aquarium Society meeting for this Friday November 9. Due to Hurricane Sandy the NY Aquarium will be closed until the Spring.

The Education Hall is being used for volunteers working to repair the aquarium. Any person seeking to volunteer to work as a laborer to help the wildlife survive at the NY Aquarium please go to the Facebook page or the web site of the Wildlife Conservation Society and leave information that you want to volunteer at the NY Aquarium. Someone will contact you.

We hope to see you at the Holiday Party on Dec. 14. I am not sure where it will be but I will let you know.
Joe Graffagnino
President

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Request for donations – Please Read

by on Sep.10, 2012, under Announcements

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Dear members,

Month after month, the Brooklyn Aquarium Society continues to bring you great speakers, auctions, aquarium books and supplies. We even maintain two publications to help everyone become better hobbyists. This is hard work that all of us chip in to make possible, but it costs time and money.

The only way we can continue with the high standards we have been maintaining for the past 101 years is by generous donations from manufacturers, stores, and members. We have many members that continue to bring us donations to our monthly auctions.

Donations can mean fish, plants, other live stock, old tanks, filters, aquarium equipment: pretty much anything that you have no further use for (but is in good working order). Remember, one man’s unused or unwanted item is another man’s treasure. So dig deep in the back of those closets. I know there are aquarium items you don’t use anymore. If you have bred fish, propagated coral or plants and can spare some, that will be greatly appreciated.

Please notify any Board member and we will contact you.

Steven Matassa
First Vice President

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2012-2013 BAS Sponsor Calendar – Available For Download

by on Sep.10, 2012, under Announcements, BAS Events

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2012-2013 BAS Sponsor Calendar –

For a list of our upcoming event please visit “Our Events

You can now download/view/print your own copy of Sponsor Calendar.  See all area events happening each month at BAS and all sister societies around the tri-state area.

Many thanks to our board member Gene Kogan for creating this nifty calendar.

Enjoy, and let us know (by leaving a comment below)  if you’d like to see something included/changed.

2012

September 2012 | October 2012 | November 2012 | December 2012

2013

January 2013 | February 2013 | March 2013April 2013May 2013

June 2013July 2013 | August 2013

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Reef Swap; Sunday, May 20th at Pace University.

by on May.16, 2012, under Announcements

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If you are into saltwater fish and reefs this event is definitely for you. Entrance is $25 per person, children under 16 admitted FREE.

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Every single attendee at the swap this Sunday will be receiving the following:

  • Fluval Sea Salt – 10 gallons worth of salt
  • Fish Pellet Samples
  • Fluval ION Water Conditioners
  • Live Aquaria $20 Gift Certificate
  • Instant Ocean Marine Stablilizer
  • Gift Bag

…and of course, the swap includes:

  • Free catered lunch
  • Coffee, Cookies

Our guest speakers for this swap are
:

  • Joe Yaiullo – Nutrient control in a 20,000 gallon reef and why this matters to you.
  • Gary Parr – “How’d you shoot that?” has helped thousands of hobbyists across the country refine their photographic skills.
  • Lots of free corals will be given away at our frag demonstration station throughout the day including chalices, soft corals, SPS and more.

    If you have not already RSVP’d, do it now on the first post in the thread here:

    Don’t wait until the event is sold out!
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    Earn 50%* on donated livestock in June 2012

    by on May.14, 2012, under Announcements

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    We will once again be having a 50/50 split on donated livestock only (corals, fish and plants in good health) for members only. Members must sign in at the donation desk that they want 50% of whatever their livestock items are auctioned for (no reserves). The total of all donations must be greater than $5 and your return check will be available for pickup at the next regular meeting or during our board meeting on July 13th.

    If you have any questions regarding this event please don’t hesitate to contact us or just post your questions below.

    Not a member yet? No problem, become one today http://membership.basny.org/

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    Hagen GLO T5 High Output Lighting System

    by on May.14, 2012, under Announcements, BAS Events

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    Our own member, Robert Debonis (Big Thanks!) donated a brand new HAGEN GLO T5 36-inch light which will be auctioned at our June 8th event.

    You don’t wanna miss it!

    http://www.hagen.com/uk/aquatic/glo/index.cfm

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    The Coral Reef Aquarium: “From Inception to Completion” by Tony Vargas

    by on Feb.19, 2012, under Announcements, BAS Events, Hobby Related News

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    This great book is finaly available for order directly from Amazon. We highly recommend this book to all reefkeepers and those looking to start in saltwater hobby.

    Order your copy today!

    ORDER HERE >> The Coral Reef Aquarium: From Inception to Completion

    As an added bonus you can bring the book to our March 9,  2012 event and ask Tony to sign it for you. You can’t get that anywhere else :)

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    President’s Message – December 2011

    by on Dec.22, 2011, under Announcements

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    Happy Holidays to all our members, family and friends. We have much to be thankful for this past year, such as our celebration of the Society’s 100th Birthday.  We have had a great array of guest speakers from seasoned veterans such as Pat Donston of Absolutely Fish and Richard Ross of the Steinhart Aquarium, to new speakers giving their first lecture at BAS such as Joe Caparatta of Manhattan Aquariums and Anthony Stissi of Staten Island Cichlids.com. The Brooklyn Aquarium Society has always been a great place for new and old aquarists. Now marching into our 101 year of existence, the high standards and love for the hobby that was present 100 years ago still exists today. May all of you have a safe, healthy, happy and holy holiday season.

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    2011 also brought sadness to our Society. – Frank Policastro, our longest continuous member, since 1964, has passed away. I am happy and proud that we were able to honor Frank at our 100th Birthday this past July. Frank was not just a member, but he was on the Board of Directors and an Officer for many years in the mid to late1970’s. Frank went on to become a founding member of the Jersey Shore Aquarium Society, as well as Treasurer for the North Jersey Aquarium Society and served on the Board of Directors for the NorthEast Council of Aquarium Societies (NEC). He was very active and extremely dedicated. He was true to himself, his family and to the aquarium hobby. Frank will be greatly missed by everyone. 

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    January 2012 brings us our friend Joe Yaiullo, curator and co-founder of Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center. To start the new year off properly, Joe’s topic for the evening will be “Eleven Years of Feeding Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center’s 20,000 Gallon Reef.” 

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    Please visit our new website where you can read the Bulletin and enjoy a full color Aquatica. The interactive forums and sponsor sections are truly enjoyable. Provided you have given us your email address, you will be getting notifications of club events via email.

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    I am asking for your help and support. If you want to see different speakers or try different things, please let me know. The elected officials of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society are here to serve YOU! Please let us know what you want and why. It would be helpful to everyone. A survey of our members has been conducted over the past several months on what you want to see and do as a member – the results will be in the January Bulletin.

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    It is important that you visit and patronize our sponsors. It goes full circle: by helping them, they are also helping you as hobbyists and everyone is helping the Brooklyn Aquarium Society, so help us, help you!

    For more info, please call our BAS Hotline at (718) 837-4455.

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    On a more personal note – Any member who desires to attend a Board meeting, which are held at the Education Center of the New York Aquarium on the 1st Friday of the month, please notify me at (718) 238-1792 by the Tuesday previous to the meeting.

    Joe Graffagnino
    President

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    Donate Food or Toys, Get Tix to New York Aquarium!

    by on Dec.14, 2011, under Announcements

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    The New York Aquarium is hosting a TOY and FOOD DRIVE during the holiday season. 

    Contributors will receive a complimentary ticket to the NYA in exchange for donations of new, unwrapped toys or bags of food containing 10 items.

    We will be collecting items until 12/31/11 

    Please click on the below link for details.

     THANK YOU!

     http://www.wcs.org/foodtoydrive/

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