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About Us

The Potomac Valley Aquarium Society is a not-for-profit educational and social organization. The society was founded in 1960 for the purpose of furthering the aquarium hobby by the dissemination of information and advice, and the promotion of good fellowship among the members by organized activities and competitions.


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Next meeting: September 5, 1:00pm

Michael Barber, "The Fish of Madre de Dios, Peru and GoWildPeru"

Michael with bucket in Madre de Dios, Peru

His parents gave him a five gallon metal frame, slate bottom tank when he was a youngster. Despite the resulting memories of stainless steel, incandescent light hoods tingling him, he was set in the hobby when allowed to be late to school to watch his guppy have babies. Fifty plus years later, he has a dedicated fish room. Favorites are Calichthydae and Apistogrammas (& Apistogrammoides pucallpaensis). At one time he had over fifty species of Corydoras, Brochis and Aspidoras in the fish room with successful breeding of nearly all. The fish room includes a few other choice species from collecting trips in the Amazon. Just a few of note are Rio Nanay Angels (called the Peruvian Altum as a marketing gimmick), Mesonauta festivus, Otos, Ancistrus and many charicins.

About ten years ago, his hobby expanded beyond the fish room and local club meetings to the Amazon. He states he is blessed to venture to the Amazon basin to collect most of the fish he keeps and thoroughly enjoys introducing others to the collecting experience - mentoring them while they prepare for their first Amazon expedition. He is a co-leader, with Devon Graham, of MT Amazon Expeditions. In 2014, with the collaboration of a few friends in the DC area, he began facilitating the trans-shipping of fish caught on these trips. In 2015, in partnership with Ian Fuller, they established a new fish collecting venture, GoWildPeru, in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru.

Michael is Treasurer and a past President of PVAS.


Join us for the presentation, raffles, a door-prize and our (not-so-mini) mini-auction.

PVAS meetings are held at the following location in the cafeteria:

Green Acres School
4401 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

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