President’s Message – October 2017

Dear Aquarist,

October is our Giant Auction. As always we had close to 300 items for your aquatic pleasure. We had tropical plants, and because of Victoria, we had house plants. We also had marine and freshwater fish species, corals and an extensive array of aquarium products and supplies. The place was rocking and everyone left with their arms full of aquatic treasures!

On to our November event! Our good friend Joe Yaiullo will be our guest speaker. Joe has been the curator for the Long Island Aquarium and Exposition Center in Riverhead, Long Island. Joe always has an exciting marine talk and he will tell us about upcoming events at his facility. As always, besides our auction, we will have plenty of refreshments and free parking.

Thanks to Al Turrisi stepping up to take the position of Treasurer we can now reinstall our 50/50 for livestock at our November event. This means that any live plant fish or coral can be donated and the person who donates it, if they desire, can obtain ½ of what it goes for. Pick up for their donations will be at the next regular meeting, which is in January. We must limit the number of bags per person to not more than 10.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Entry is free to all active members, non-members are asked to donate $5.00 at the door to help offset expenses; however, that donation is good towards annual membership that night. Members with active membership cards receive discounts at most of our sponsoring stores and free entry to all our events.

Anyone wishing to donate any healthy livestock (fish, plants or live corals) or dry goods can bring them to any general meeting. Donations are always welcome and appreciated – it’s what keeps your club healthy!

Also, if you want to see different speakers and learn about different aquatic systems, fish, plants and marine life, please let me know. The elected officials of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society are here to serve YOU! So let us know what you want and why because 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, or visit our modern website at

On a more personal note – any member who wants to attend a Board meeting, which are held at Education Hall of the New York Aquarium on the 1st Friday of the month, September through June, please notify me at (347) 277-4793 by the Tuesday before the meeting.

Steven Matassa