President’s Message – May 2017

Dear Aquarist,

May’s flowers also brought in our Giant Spring Auction. We had hundreds of items on our tables, from fish to plants to corals to equipment and supplies, including aquariums, stands and nano systems. If you could not find something that you could have brought home, then you are not a tropical fish hobbyist. We had three auctioneers with each going in rapid fire succession. That was the only way we could finish by midnight. Much thanks and appreciation to Bill Amely, Dan Puleo and the great Dennis Alestra! A special thanks to you, our members, for making it all possible. It’s your donations that keep us successful, so please keep them coming.

Prior to our June event, we will have completed our trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. We will also have made stops at Discus Hans and House of Tropics aquarium. We joined with a host of other clubs to make this a true sharing of aquatic joy. We have almost 60 people attending from our club, Danbury, CT, North Jersey A.S., Greater City A.S. and the Potomac Valley A.S. of Maryland/Virginia area. We will post pictures of this multiple club event in our next publication.

June will be our last event before our summer break. Our season will end on a fantastic note by having Ruben Lugo as our guest speaker. Ruben is the “Pied Piper” of catfish. If he can’t get them to breed, then they are dead, and even then he could probably nudge a fertilized egg or two. Ruben’s topic for the evening will be My Adventures Keeping & Breeding L-number & Other Fish That Suck.

We will also have our yearly elections in June.  If you are a BAS member for 6 months or more, you can run for an officer or Board member position. We have had several positions open as well as Board member slots available. This is your club, please volunteer to help us, help you. Please come to vote for the running of your society.

As always, we will have free parking and free refreshments. Our regular monthly event auctions have great items available, but they do go quick.  In response to your requests, we have changed our routine.  Doors open at 7:30 pm, for viewing of auction items. The speaker will go on at 8:00 pm, so be on time, and last for one hour. Our auction will commence within 15 minutes after the speaker concludes, with the goal of having the meeting end earlier than it has in the past. Our new auction routine is that you raise your hand when the auctioneer calls an item that you want to bid on. Please keep your hand up until it goes past the amount you wanted to spend for it.

We would like to thank our members and our sponsors for their constant generous donations that keep us going.  Anyone who has any aquatic items, supplies or equipment, which would include healthy livestock of fish, corals or plants, we always welcome the donation.

If anyone has any topics they want to hear an expert speak about, or any specific speaker, please tell us.


Steven Matassa