All posts by Dee Manuel

Membership Chairperson Brooklyn Aquarium Society

Meet My Tank

The goal of the Meet My Tank feature in AquaticNews is to introduce your tank(s) to other members and a way to showcase your efforts and expertise.

Please provide photographs of your tanks and fish so we can run a few photos alongside your answers to the questions below.


How long have you been in the hobby?

How many tanks do you have?

How many gallons each tank?

Freshwater or saltwater?

Types of fish?

What do you feed them?

Do you have live plants?

What else do you want to tell us about your tanks/fish/experience?

You’ll also earn extra breeder award points for all newly bred entries.  Send all entries to

David Manuel – Vice President BASNY

Presidents Message – February 2024

Dear Aquarists,

Our January Auction showcased James Perrenod speaking on cichlids,.  As always James gives a great talk. He packs the house.  We had many donations from stores, Manufacturers, and our own members.  The 50/50 is bringing in many bags of donations each month.  Whatever livestock our members bring in they split with the club, 50/50. This is for livestock only.  We will continue to do a 50/50 every month from here on out.  This is a great way to make a little money and enjoy the breeding.  Don’t forget to submit your breeders form to claim breeders bragging rights and submission to the awards points program.  Sending in a photo with short description of the fish and tank description will grant you addition points.

Continue reading Presidents Message – February 2024

Summer Club Trip 2023

  • 😀 Summer Store Tour😀

Join us for a summer outing to the one and only Monster Aquarium store in Queens.   Monster specializes in hard to find fish of quality and is a long time supporter of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society.

Monster Aquarium ,

131-08 4th Road
Flushing, NY 11354

If you are interested in attending we will have dedicated time at Monster which will allow club members a special discount.   Members can meet at the store  or kindly call David Manuel at (917) 678-4637 for more information.

Thanks much!

We will post our next event as 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.

CLICK HERE for more information

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 ( More information in the attached folder and on our website:

Thank you for supporting Project Piaba!

Scott & the Project Piaba team

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

Taking the Plunge to Salt Water

Taking the Plunge to Saltwater

by Steve Matassa

I am sure many of you fresh water hobbyist have thought of getting into salt water, but are afraid of the challenge or even the expense. Well, it’s not as hard as you might think or as expensive, although, it is a little more expensive then fresh water, but it’s definitely worth it. If you have kept fresh water fish successfully, you can keep salt water fish. All you need is a little knowledge, before taking the plunge. I will try to walk you through this as simple as possible, and as cheap as possible. The cheap part probably caught your attention, right – then let’s give it a shot. Continue reading Taking the Plunge to Salt Water

Breeding the Stardust Pleco L136a

Breeding the ‘Stardust Pleco – Hypancistrus Sp. L 136a.

by Ian Fuller

Some time ago, in fact I think it was in the early part of last year, I decided to diversify a little with my fish breeding program. At that time my catfish efforts were concentrated purely on Corydoras. There was a lot of talk around the hobby about the brilliant Hypancistrus zebra, or ‘Zebra plec’ as it was commonly called. I decided then that they were a must to try and breed, especially as the price of them seamed to be ever on the increase, making them a good investment. I set out to buy some potential breeding stock, my first port of call was to friend Neil Woodward’s establishment in Wigan, where I new I would find what I was after.  Continue reading Breeding the Stardust Pleco L136a