President’s Message – May 2011

Dear Aquarist,

May brought in more than just flowers; it brought in hordes of aquaria aficionados! What a great turnout for our Giant Auction, and rightfully so! We had almost 250 items up on the block – from aquariums, lighting, filters, CO2 tanks, protein skimmers, R/O units and the livestock! There were bags of rare and hard to find items such as Centopoma ansorgi, multiple types of synodontis catfish (some even I didn’t know about), dual snout elephant fish, mudskippers, dragon fish, mouth brooding severums, scores of African and American [North, South & Central] cichlids, marine fish, hard and soft corals and countless bags of various plants. This was undoubtedly the greatest auction of aquatic products that I have seen in the past 10 -15 years. If you missed it, well, shame on you!

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Our final event of the season will bring Carol Ross in from Pennsylvania. Carol’s topic for the evening will be “Collecting Fish In Peru.” Our great cory catfish expert Ian Fuller must have seen Carol’s presentation, because he is going on a collecting trip to Peru this summer – that speaks volumes. Doors open at 7:30 PM on June 10, so be there!

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June is also elections for Officers and Board members. Without these selfless and dedicated people, you would not have a Brooklyn Aquarium Society. There will be several empty slots this year as some of our long time members will be moving. – please get actively involved in YOUR club. We need your help if we are to survive for another hundred years.  As always, there is free parking and free refreshments.

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Please visit our new website where you can read the Bulletin and enjoy a full color Aquatica. So far, the results have been very favorable. We put a lot of effort and hard work into this new web site and we want your feedback as to how you like it. Please get back to me on this. The interactive forums and sponsor sections are truly enjoyable. Also, you will be getting notifications of club events via email.

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 Our Birthday Party is set for Friday, July 8, starting at 7:00 PM at the NY Aquarium. We will have Bar B Q style food, a sea lion show, pretzel, popcorn and ice cream carts, dancing under the stars, a complete new and vastly remodeled aquarium to ourselves and don’t forget the fireworks – after all we do have something to celebrate. Due to security reasons, this party is by INVITE ONLY! If you do not submit the invitation, then you will not be on the list and  if you’re not on the list YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN!

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By now, your invitation should have been mailed back to us; there will be no tickets to this event – your names will be checked at the NY Aquarium entrance door, if you responded and mailed the RSVP ticket with your check or money order.

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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. 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

How long will my fish live?

How long will my fish live?

This a question often asked in the postbag of Practical Fishkeeping magazine. Having seen lots of aged fish on my travels, I wanted to find out the length of time some our aquarium veterans are surviving, and my findings are amazing!

Unfortunately, although some fish die every year through disease, or mistakes, the ones that are being cared for properly are going on to reach a truly ripe old age, and that doesn’t always seem to be related to species size.

Species selection
I think that as well as researching fish size and water requirements, we should also consider the length of time for which they will live. Life is short when you are an avid fishkeeper, as there are so many species to keep and so little time to keep them.

To find out how long a broad selection of aquarium species are living I posted a blog asking readers, to share their experiences.

What I found
My investigations led me to discover that many community species of fish are capable of outliving a cat or a dog, so making themselves a long-term commitment for the fishkeeper.
 
Take the Clown loach for example. I found ages up to 24 years reported, and, considering that in that time they can and will reach 30cm/12” in length and are a social species requiring the company of their own kind, the number of enthusiasts who can truly offer them what they need, compared with the number of people who purchase them, is very low indeed.

Twenty five years is a large chunk of anyone’s life and who can predict what they will be doing and where they will be living for the next quarter of a century?

It seems it’s not always the small species that have the shortest life spans.

Most tetras, rasboras and small barbs can hit five years old, as you might expect, but my investigations showed that some were swimming through to seven, eight and even 10 ten years of age. An Emperor tetra was listed at nine years old and a Neon tetra at 10!

I’ve listed two fish in the table at the end of this feature with big questions marks around them — a nine-year-old guppy and a 12-year-old White Cloud Mountain minnow. If those two cases are true then these small ‘‘short lived’’ fish species are outliving species like rainbowfish and some cichlids, both of which are normally noted for their longevity. The average life span for a guppy, apart from that one, was a much more average 18 months.

Golden oldies
Whether this is good or a bad I have yet to decide, but some families, genus and species stood out as being long lived. I’ve already mentioned the 24-year-old Clown loach, but even smaller loach species seem particularly aged. A 15-year- old Dwarf chain loach has been recorded along with a 17-year-old Kuhli loach.

Then there are the catfish. I would go so far as to say that some catfish are known for being long lived, Synodontis in particular, and a Synodontis schall, a large syno, is listed at 38 years old. But even smaller synos are hitting the 20 years of age mark and beyond. I found a S.nigrita at 19, a S. flavitaeniatus at 20 and the small, true upside down catfish, S. nigriventris, at 21 years of age.

Other small catfish species continued to surprise me, with Corydoras really opening my eyes. The list includes a Bronze corydoras at 11 years old, no surprise there perhaps, but what about a Corydoras zygatus at 21?

Lots of ‘common plecs’ and ‘gibbiceps’ plecs were registering at the 27, 28 year mark, so that is another good reason why you should think long and hard about introducing one as a solution to controlling a short-term algae problem.

Marines were featuring too, even common community species. Mr A B Hussey said: “I have been a fishkeeper for 35 years. Started keeping marines in 1992 and have a Regal tang, pair of Clowns and a Humbug, which were my among my first fish purchased.” Well done Mr Hussey, I say.

Extra care
The fact that some specimens are living so long must be a combination of genetics and extra care taken by the fishkeeper. No fish will last very long in poor water conditions, if fed a diet that is poor in nutrients, or if kept in a stressful situation. You, the fishkeeper, are responsible for all three of the above and should always put the welfare of the fish first.

I dropped fish health expert, Dr Peter Burgess, a line to ask if he knew of any age-related illnesses in fish and anything to look out for.

It seems that old fish are at greater risk of certain diseases and are also less able to withstand unsuitable water conditions or bullying. Spinal deformities can occur in old fish just as they do in humans. And fungus and eye infections increase in older specimens due to less efficient immune systems. Cell mutation is more likely in old fish, resulting in melanomas, as will organ failure, particularly kidney failure.

A tall story?
Koi are well known for being long-lived. However, there is one age reference about which I am more than a little sceptical. If it is true and can be scientifically proven then great, but even if it cannot be validated it still makes a great story.

It involves a Japanese Koi carp called Hanako that reportedly lived 226 years. Hanako was owned by Dr, Komei Koshihara and lived in a pond in Gifu, Japan, with five other geriatric Koi. In 1966, Dr. Koshihara made a radio broadcast about his favourite fish and the following is taken from the English transcript, which I found on www.vcnet.com

“This Hanako is still in perfect condition and swimming about majestically in a quiet ravine descending Mount Ontake in a short distance. She weighs 7.5 kilograms and is 70 centimetres in length. She and I are dearest friends. When I call her saying “Hanako! Hanako!” from the brink of the pond, she unhesitatingly comes swimming to my feet. If I lightly pat her on the head, she looks quite delighted.

“Sometimes I go so far as to take her out of the water and embrace her. At one time a person watching asked me whether I was performing a trick with the carp. Although a fish, she seems to feel that she is dearly loved and it appears that there is some communication of feeling between us. At present my greatest pleasure is to go to my native place two or three times a month and keep company with Hanako.

“I am often asked how it is that I can tell the age of a fish. As a tree trunk has its annual rings, so a fish has its annual rings on its scales, and we only have to count them to know the age of a fish. As a matter of course, we ourselves cannot do it. It requires the aid of a specialist and the use of a light microscope.

“Now, what was it that made me think of ascertaining the carp’s age? My grandmother on maternal side, who left this world at the advanced age of 93 some eight years ago, is said to have been told by her mother-in-law: “When I was married into this family, my mother in-law said to me, ‘that carp has been handed down to us from olden times; you must take good care of it’.

“When I was told this story, I became very curious to know how long the carp had lived. I found out Hanako’s age by the beforementioned method, but you may easily imagine how greatly I was grieved when I was forced to take a scale off her beautiful body. I caught her in a net very cautiously and repeatedly said: ‘Excuse me!’

“I took off two scales from different parts of her body by using a strong tweezers. The scales were examined by Professor Masayoshi Hiro, D.Sc., Laboratory of Domestic Science, Nagoya Women’s College.
 
“It took two months for him to acquire a satisfactory result. Using the light microscope, he photographed every part of the scales. It seems he took a great deal of trouble. When it was certain beyond doubt that the carp was 215 years old, the two of us exchanged a look of delightful surprise.

Then I had the professor examine the remaining five carp in the same pond, three white and two black ones. The examination took one year, and it was found out that three were respectively 168, 153 and 149 years old, and the remaining two were both 139 years old.

“Those results led us to be convinced that not only are the carp rare ones but they are a very precious existence from the scientific point of view as well. We must consider, then, in what surroundings and under what conditions these long-lived carp are placed. The pond is located far deep among the mountains of Mino Province. The locality is called Oppara, Higashi-Shirakawa Village, Kamo County, and is about the same distance from Gero Hot Springs on the Takayama Line as from Nakatsugawa City on the Central Line, both lines belonging to the National Railways.

“Nearby there are rustic hot springs called Oppara-onsen. Facing south toward the Pacific on the top of Mount Ontake, you will look down upon the locality at the foot of the mountain. Through the locality runs the Shirakawa, a tributary of the River Hida, which again is the upper reaches of the River Kiso.

“A stream of limpid water never ceases to flow all the year round. It is this water that flows into the pond which Hanako lives and which was carefully constructed with stones in former days. Besides that, pure water trickled from the foot of the mountain streams close by into the pond, making the favourable conditions still more favourable. The pond cannot be called large, only being about five metres square.”

Hanako died in 1977 at the age of 226.

The world’s oldest animal

The current record holder for longevity is a 400-year-old clam found in waters off Iceland’s north coast. The species, Arctica islandica, can be aged by measuring the growth rings around its shell.

Longevity rules OK!

Below is a list of fish and their age as claimed by their owners.                                  

Three years
Three lined pencilfish, Nannostomus trifasciatus             

Five years
Red eye tetra, Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae    
Buenos Aires tetra, Hyphessobrycon anisitsi              
Black phantom tetra, Hyphessobrycon megalopterus     
Cherry barb, Puntius titteya                            
Swordtail, Xiphophorus hellerii                    
Sailfin molly, Poecilia velifera/latipinna           
African red eye tetra, Arnoldichthys spilopterus            

Six years
X ray tetra, Pristella maxillaris                                             
Festive cichlid, Mesonauta festivus                     
Uaru, Uaru amphiacanthoides               
Gold sucking loach, Gyrinocheilus aymonieri              
Tiger barb, Puntius tetrazona                        
Cardinal tetra, Paracheirodon axelrodi                
Harlequin, Trigonostigma heteromorpha      
Angelfish, Pterophyllum scalare  

Seven years               
Golden barb, Puntius sachsi 

Eight years                        
Silver shark, Balantiocheilus melanopterus     
Pearl gourami, Trichopterus leeri                      
Scissortail, Rasbora trilineana                     
Snakeskin gourami, Trichogaster pectoralis               

Nine years
Angelicus catfish, Synodontis angelicus                 
Guppy, Poecilia reticulata ?                     
Giant danio, Devario aequipinnatus               
Emperor tetra, Nematobrycon palmeri               

10 years
Neon tetra, Paracheirodon innesi                 
Wild discus, Symphysodon spp.                    
Black widow, Gymnocorymbus ternetzi           
Silver dollar, Metynnis argenteus                  
Armatus eel, Mystus armatus                         
Hoplo cat, Megalechis thoracata                 
Congo tetra, Micralestes interruptus               
Blue dolphin cichlid, Cyrtocara moorii                        
Julie cichlid, Julidochromis marlieri               
Boesemani rainbow, Melanotaenia boesemani           

11 years
Clown plec, Panaque maccus                      
Bronze corydoras, Corydoras aeneus 

12 years                    
White Cloud, Tanichthys albonubes ?               
Firemouth, Thorichthys meeki                    
Kissing gourami, Helostoma temminckii        

13 years       
Red finned shark, Epalzeorhynchus frenatus          
Jack Dempsey, Rocio octofasciata                    

14 years
Tank bred Discus, Symphysodon spp.                   

15 years
Clown barb, Puntius everetti                        
Regal tang, Paracanthurus hepatus             
Humbug damsel, Dascyllus melanurus                 
L46, Hypancistrus zebra                  
Yellow tail blue damsel, Chrysiptera parasema              
Pygmy chain loach, Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki          

16 years
Striped dora, Platydoras costatus                   
Spotted dora, Agamyxis pectinifrons               
Black ghost knifefish, Apteronotus albifrons               

17 years
Kuhli loach, Pangio kuhlii                            

18 years
Corydoras, Corydoras metae                     

19 years
Red tailed black shark, Epalzeorhynchos bicolor           

20 years
Frontosa, Cyphotilapia frontosa               
Archerfish, Toxotes jaculatrix                    
Featherfin, Synodontis eupterus                
Brochis, Brochis splendens                   
Rosy barb, Puntius conchonius 

21 years                
Upside down catfish, Synodontis nigriventris           

24 years
Clown loach, Chromobotia macracanthus     

25 years
Bristlenose catfish, Ancistrus spp.                         

27 years
Red tailed catfish, Phractocephalus hemioliopterus 

28 years
Common plec, Liposarcus pardalis                  

30 years
Ornatipinnis, Polypterus ornatipinnis             

31 years
Pacu, Colossoma macropomum          

37 years
African lungfish, Protopterus annectens             

43 years
Goldfish, Carassius auratus                   

73 years
Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri              

80 years (226 years)
Koi, Cyprinus carpio 

Reprinted with permission from
http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=3664

BAS 100th Birthday Party – by Invitation ONLY

The Brooklyn Aquarium Society’s 100th Birthday Party will be by invitation only. If you are not on the list you will be turned away. There will be no ticket sales on the day of the event (July 8, 2011 7:00PM to Midnight). Tickets are $50.00 each with a 10% discount for 5 tickets or more.
 
Anyone wishing to attend please email Joe Graffagnino at JoeGraffagnino@yahoo.com, with your name and mailing address so an invitation can be mailed to you. Response, with full payment, must be received by May 15th and the full names of all attendees must accompany the response.

Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro Heaters Recalled!

United Pet Group (Marineland) has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 1.2 million Marineland aquarium heaters due to fire and laceration hazards.

UPG states in their document that a wiring problem can cause the heaters to overheat or break during normal use. Overheating could cause the heater to catch fire or shatter or cause the aquarium glass to break.

More on this can be found here…. http://www.marineland.com/update.aspx

President’s Message – April 2011

Dear Aquarist,

Leslie Harris was our April flower. Leslie hails from California and has worked and studied marine invertebrates for many years.  Her unique topic for the evening was titled “Life Styles of the Wet & Spineless.” Leslie’s slide presentation identified the beautiful, yet savage world of these sightless creatures. Many aquarists questioned the process of maintaining of these types of creatures in their home aquariums – the obvious answer is very carefully! Leslie’s topic and the way it was presented was both educational and entertaining.

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For the month of May, we will have our Spring Giant Auction. No speakers — just great bargains for freshwater fish and plants and marine fish and corals. Our sponsors and members take out all the stops to bring you the best in fish, plants and aqua-cultured corals. We will have rare and hard to find livestock and dry goods. You want aquariums, canopies, filters, lights, aquarium accessories? — then come on over. Put it on your calendar for a do-not-miss event – May 13, doors open at 7:30 PM at our regular meeting place – NY Aquarium Education Hall.  As always, there is free parking and free refreshments.

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Please visit our new website where you can read the Bulletin and enjoy a full color Aquatica. So far the results have been very favorable. We put a lot of effort and hard work into this new web site and we want your feedback as to how you like it. Please get back to me on this. The interactive forums and sponsor sections are truly enjoyable. Also, you will be getting notifications of club events via email.

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I hope that you have enjoyed the Northeast Council Convention in Cromwell, CT. at the end of March. As you know, the NEC selected the Brooklyn Aquarium Society’s theme of “100 Years of Advancements In The Hobby.” We had our booth there and entertained the audience and convention members with antique aquariums, books and stories. We sold our latest T-shirt there featuring John Todaro’s winning design of the 1911-2011 logo. Being the oldest club in the United States is something that we are very proud of and it’s something that you should be proud of also.

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Our Birthday Party is set for Friday, July 8, starting at 7:00PM at the NY Aquarium. We will have Bar B Q style food, a sea lion show, pretzel, popcorn and ice cream carts, dancing under the stars, a complete new and vastly remodeled aquarium to ourselves and don’t forget the fireworks – after all, we do have something to celebrate! Invitations are literally in the mail, so please send in your acceptance no later than May 15. Due to security reasons, this party is by INVITE ONLY! If you do not submit the invitation, then you will not be on the list; if you’re not on the list, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN!

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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. 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!

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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.

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Joe Graffagnino
President

 

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BAS Event – “Life Styles of Wet and Spineless” – Leslie Harris, April 8, 2011

This BAS meeting was hosted at the New York Aquarium on April 8, 2011

Title: “Life Styles of Wet and Spineless”

Speaker/Author: Leslie Harris

Event Flyer: Download / View Here

Event Photos

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Event Videos

 event video gallery will be insterted here.

  

Event Donors

Individuals

John Fox, Gene Kogan, P.S. 282, Kay Martin, Steve Matassa, Scott Peters, Mike Roman

Manufacturers / Stores

Brooklyn Zoo & Aquarium, Mark’s Discus, Pacific Aquarium, Pet Solutions.com, Royal Aqua World,

President’s Message – March 2011

Dear Aquarist,

March winds came and blew in Richard Ross from the California Steinhart Aquarium. Richard gave a very interesting talk on a rare subject with an elusive compulsive – octopuses!  I never knew how many varieties of octopus there are around the world. Rich also spoke on other interesting and unique creatures such as cuttlefish. His talk kept the audience on the edge of their seats. It was very entertaining. His talk brought in many members from other clubs as well, such as Greater City in Queens, and Nassau County Aquarium Society and several members of Manhattan Reefers. A great turnout for a great guy.

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Next month we will have Leslie Harris as our guest speaker. Leslie will also be coming from California and her topic is on marine aquariums entitled “Life Styles of the Wet & Spineless.”  Come on over and meet with Leslie and have an entertaining and educational time with us on April 8 at 7:30 PM.  As always, there is free parking and free refreshments.

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By the time you receive this Bulletin, the new website (www.basny.org) will be up and running. You will automatically be directed there if you “dial up” the old URL.  We have put a lot of effort and hard work into this endeavor. We want your feedback as to how you like it. Please get back to me on this.

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I guess nobody is missing the Bulletin and Aquatica being mailed to them. With over 300 members, only 7 people told me they wanted to continue receiving them in the mail. WOW — aren’t we in the computer age! Bernard, our Webmaster, will be running both sites for a few months until people are familiar with the new site. The interactive forums and sponsor sections are truly enjoyable. Also, you will be getting notifications of club events via email.

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I hope that many of you have gone to and enjoyed the Northeast Council Convention in Cromwell, CT at the end of March. As you know, the NEC has selected the Brooklyn Aquarium Society’s theme of “100 Years of Advancements In The Hobby.” We had our booth there and entertained the audience and convention members with antique aquariums, books and stories. We sold our latest T-shirt there with John Todaro’s winning design of the 1911 old logo with new logo and 2011 under that. Being the oldest club in the United States is something that we are very proud of and it’s something that you should be proud of also.

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What is our next venture, you ask? Well, that ‘s easy!  Our Birthday Party is set for July 8 starting at 7:00PM at the NY Aquarium. We will have a Bar B Q style food set-up, a sea lion show, pretzel, popcorn and ice cream carts, dancing under the stars, the complete new and vastly remodeled aquarium to ourselves and don’t forget the fireworks – after all we do have something to celebrate. Invitations are literally in the mail, so please send in your acceptance no later than May 15.

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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. 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!

Joe Graffagnino
President

 

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BAS Event – “Cephalopods” – Richard Ross, March 11, 2011

This BAS meeting was hosted at the New York Aquarium on March 11, 2011

Title: “Cephalopods”

Speaker/Author: Richard Ross

 Event Flyer: Download / View Here

Event Photos

event picture gallery will be insterted here. 

 

Event Videos

 event video gallery will be insterted here.

  

Event Donors

Individuals

V. Cavill, John Fox, Joe Graffagnino, Tom Hagan, Marty Karfinkle, Gene Kogan, Kay Martin, Steve Matassa, Scott Peters, Dan Puleo, Mike Roman, Dan Smith, Christopher Matassa

Manufacturers / Stores

Absolutely Fish, Atlantis Marine World, Brooklyn Zoo & Aquarium, “C” The Jungle, Mark’s Discus, PetQua, Royal Aqua World,

MASNA – MACNA Teacher Ticket Giveaway

Do you know a deserving Marine Biology (or related) High School Teacher or College Instructor? We would like to hear from you.  The Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA)  is giving away a Full Admission Ticket (including banquet, talks and trade show) to MACNA 2011 to one deserving Teacher or College Instructor along with 2 of his/her students.         

MACNA XXIII, Sept. 9-11, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa is the largest & oldest marine aquarium conference in North America. MACNA is an exciting, annual event you can listen to lectures from any and every field related to reef keeping. Subjects from conservation to reef chemistry, to equipment and husbandry, there is something for everyone.  

Send an email to MASNA Speaks telling us why you think this teacher deserves this. Be sure to include the teachers name, the school (be sure to let us know if it is a high school or college) and the teacher’s email.  

Teacher & Students are responsible for travel and lodging.         

All entries must be received by Friday April 15, 2011.

BAS Sponsor Calendar – Available For Download

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.

September 2011 | October 2011 | November 2011 | December 2011

January 2012 | February 2012 | March 2012 | April 2012 | May 2012 | June 2012 | July 2012

The Long Island Reef Association (LIRA) Welcomes All To Sixth Annual Reef Conference

This year features an unprecedented line-up of speakers, vendors, and raffle prizes! Check out cutting-edge aquarium products and load up with some of the sexiest coral frags in the country.  Hosted at the Atlantis Marine World public aquarium on Long Island, you get to ogle the world famous 20, 000 gallon reef tank with your free aquarium admission. So join us! Eat, drink, and be merry as you mingle with hundreds of other reefers on March 19th.

$35 Admission includes:

  • Free lunch catered by Atlantis
  • Free Aquarium Admission
  • Tons of raffle prizes including a chance to win a snorkel in the Atlantis 20, 000 Reef Tank!

 

View Event Flyer

Get your tickets through www.neracvi.com, by emailing webmaster2@longislandreef.org or at the door.  Call 408-930-8777 with any questions.

Signing Up or Renewing Your Membership?

We make things easy! You can either do it online at the following link or mail in your application with a check if you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way.  We are not saying that one way is better than the other, so be comfortable and do it your own way.

P.S. Doing it online is easy and fast. 

Membership info is posted here…

http://www.basny.org/membership

and secure online renewal is done here….

http://membership.basny.org/index.htm

BAS Event – “When Aquariums Attack” – Christine Williams, February 11, 2011

This BAS meeting was hosted at the New York Aquarium on February 11, 2011

Title: “When Aquariums Attack”

Speaker/Author: Christine Williams

Event Flyer: Download / View Here

Event Photos

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Event Videos

 event video gallery will be insterted here.

  

Event Donors

Individuals

Bill Amely, Mario Bengeion, Dmitri Dementev, Joe Graffagnino, Ginny Grandinetti, Pauline Griffin, Kay Martin Chris Matassa, Steve Matassa, Scott Peters, Dan Puleo, Lisa Quilty, Alex Rivera, Vito Sacchieri, Roger Schillizzi, Charles Stein

Manufacturers / Stores

Aquastar, Brooklyn Zoo & Aquarium, Marks Discus, Pacific Aquarium & Pet, PetQua, Royal Aqua World, Tamco Aquarium & Supplies, Inc.,

President’s Message – February 2011

Dear Aquarist,

Happy Birthday Brooklyn Aquarium Society! February 14 is our birthday when we turn 100 years old. We had a great time at our birthday party with a beautiful fish birthday cake. We had horns, kazoos, birthday hats, balloons and as our birthday present to you the members new or renewal membership for the same price as it cost in 1911. With one year membership at the regular price of $20 (or $25 for family membership) for an additional $3.00 dollars you get another year.

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To help us kick off our next hundred years we had Christine Williams as our guest speaker. Christine’s topic for the evening was “When Aquariums Attack”.  Christine pointed out the very serious problems and consequences of not being prepared if you get stung, bit or having an open wound that can cause infections. No matter how minor the cut, abrasion, sting or puncture wound it may appear, preventive medicine is always the best remedy. Christine mentioned and described how seemingly harmless an unfortunate accident may be aquarists have lost limbs and in some cases have died because of them. Safety comes first! It was a great presentation and I’m sure we will all start using water proof gloves the next time we clean or feed our aquarium pets.

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I haven’t received any complaints regarding the on line BAS Bulletin and Aquatica. I must assume that you enjoy the full color Aquatica and can still get your information from the Bulletin via the Internet. We brought many Bulletins to the meeting, but only a few were taken so I guess the email notification with the link is working and your content with this new method to present our news and articles  to you. Our new web site should be up as you are reading this. Bernard, our Webmaster, will be running both sites for a few months until people are familiar with the new site. The interactive forums and sponsor sections are truly enjoyable. Also you will be getting notifications of club events via email.

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March winds bring many things our way and it is really blowing hard for our next speaker. Richard Ross is coming in from California to present us with a truly memorable event. Richard is the aquatic biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium. He is also an author and much desired speaker. Richard’s topic for the evening is “Cephalopods: Is There An Octopus In Your Future?” So come on down and meet with us on March 11 at 7:30 PM.  As always there is free parking and free refreshments.

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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. 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!

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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.

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Joe Graffagnino
President

Get 1-year of BAS membership for 3 bucks!!!

This month will initiate our celebration of 100th Anniversary. We will have a birthday cake at our February 11th event to celebrate this one of a kind event. We will be having a birthday present for you in the form of a new or renewal membership for the same price as it cost in 1911 (nevermind the inflation!!!). Sign up of renew for one year at the regular price of $20 (or $25 for family membership), and for $3.00 dollars more you get another year. This is also good for multi year membership. Pay for 1 year,  add 3 bucks = 2 years. Is this great or what? You don’t want to miss it.

BAS Event – “3 Weeks In Mexico” – Rit Forcier, January 14, 2011

This BAS meeting was hosted at the New York Aquarium on February 11, 2011

Title: “3 Weeks In Mexico”

Speaker/Author: Rit Forcier

Event Flyer: Download / View Here

Event Photos

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Event Videos

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Event Donors

Individuals

Bernard Deren, Rit Forcier, John Fox, Joe Graffagnino, Pauline Griffin, Abid Ikram, Gene Kogan, David Lund, Kay Martin, Chris Matassa, Steve Matassa, Scott Peters, Dan Puleo, Mike Roman, Charles Stein, Al Turco

Manufacturers / Stores

Brooklyn Zoo & Aquarium, Mark’s Discus, Pacific Aquarium & Pet, PetQua, Royal Aqua World

President’s Message – January 2011

Dear Aquarist,

Happy New Year, everyone!  Wow — we have entered into our 100th year – pretty amazing! We are the oldest and largest general aquarium society in the United States. Next month at our February 11 meeting, we will have a birthday cake to celebrate this one of a kind event. For our members, we will be having a birthday present to you in the form of a new or renewal membership for the same price as it cost in 1911. With one year membership at the regular price of $20 (or $25 for family membership), for $3.00 dollars more you get another year. This is also good for multi year membership. Pay for 1 year – add 3 bucks = 2 years.  Is this great or what?

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Also we have started emailing the BAS Bulletin, and the Aquatica will now be found on our web site. If anyone still wants the Bulletin in paper format, please attend our meeting because there will be plenty of them at the meeting. Anyone who does not have a computer, please let me know so I can mail you a copy. Our new web site should be up as you are reading this.  Bernard, our Webmaster, will be running both sites for a few months until people are familiar with the new site. We have finally joined the 21st century and will be saving lots of money in printing and postage costs. Please bear with us in this new creative process. I know you will love it when you participate. The interactive forums and sponsor sections are truly enjoyable. Also you will be getting notifications of club events via email. Come on and join us in the “new” Brooklyn Aquarium Society; you’re gonna love it!

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Our January event starred Rit Forcier and his topic was “3 Weeks In Mexico.” Rit is the former Chairman of the American Livebearers Association and helped create the Northeast Livebearers Association. Rit is a great speaker and has been a guest lecturer for almost every club in the Northeast and many others throughout the United States and abroad. Rit brought in many exotic livebearer species from his own aquariums. Many of these species are extremely endangered in the wild. It is up to hobbyists such as us to keep these species going. It was a great talk and Rit stayed late to answer everyone’s questions and to tell bidders how to keep some of the exotic species he had donated for our auction. Needless to say, the auction went hot and heavy as everyone was trying to get some of those great fish and the livestock donated by members and our sponsor stores. 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 Brooklyn Aquarium Society, so help us, help you!

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Our guest speaker for February will be Christine Williams and her topic will be “When Aquariums Attack.”  Be ready for some fast movements and volatile action. Christine will be lecturing on aquarium bites, stings, infections and other unfortunate events and what you can do about them.  We have all had cuts, bruises and injuries while maintaining our tanks and fish. I remember speaking to a skin doctor and she mentioned that many of her patients are aquarists who get cut or stung while their hands are in their aquariums. It can be very dangerous!  So come on down, brave the cold, for a truly rewarding lecture. Mark the date on the calendar, February 11 at 7:30 PM.  As always, there is free parking and free refreshments.

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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.

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

On a more personal note – This is your club and we are looking for interested and helpful members to participate!  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.

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Joe Graffagnino
President