Great speakers, all-day auctions, bowl show, holiday party... what more could a fishkeeper ask for?


Kapil Mandrekar "Debunking Myths of Keeping Seahorses"

1 pm at Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA

Feature presentation, raffle, mini-auction

About Kapil:

Kapil Mandrekar is currently a biologist at Seahorse Savvy, the largest seahorse farm in the USA. He began keeping seahorses when he was 17 and has kept them on and off since than. Kapil has been involved in the freshwater and marine aquarium hobby for a majority of his life.  During his childhood he was heavily involved in the South West Michigan Aquarium Society and the West Michigan Marine Aquarium Club and has been a member of the Central New York Aquarium Society for the last ten years. Kapil finished his bachelor’s degree in biology from Albion College and is enrolled at SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the Ph.D. program in Ecology where he studies the ecology and conservation of Amazonian fish and is working on finishing his thesis.


Christine Keys "3 Continents, One Basement: Sometimes it just works"

1 pm at Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA

Feature presentation, raffle, mini-auction

About Christine:

Christine Keys is a microbiologist who has been involved in fishkeeping most of her life.  Even as a child, her parents kept a fish tank in her bedroom.  She’s always kept a few fish tanks on her own since high school and would regularly haul them back and forth between home and the dorm during college.  After moving to Maryland, she started keeping fish again and quickly expanded from one to 35 tanks.  During this time, she joined several of the clubs in the DC metro area and has served in several board positions with the Capital Cichlid Association.  She and her husband recently moved to a new house where she got a dedicated fish room that has almost 60 tanks.   Although she has a soft spot for keeping cichlids, all freshwater fish are welcome in her fish room.


LFS Shop Hop

Reserve the date! Members in good standing who would like to carpool to visit local fish stores will be able to sign up on the forum for a day of fun and fishy adventure. We will solicit preferences of our membership for a swing through northern VA fish stores, or a sweep through Maryland and Delaware. Stay tuned for details.


Cory McElroy "From Top Ramen to Tacos; How Aquarium Co-Op carved its niche"

1 pm at Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA

Lightning talk, feature presentation, raffle, mini-auction

Lightning Talk: Daya Hall-Stratton "Properly Bagging & Acclimating Fish"

About Cory:

Cory McElroy, owner of Aquarium Co-op in Edmonds,WA balances his time between managing his store and creating content for his popular YouTube channel about proper fish and aquarium care. If you haven't listened to Cory's podcast or seen any of his livestreams, check them out! He has an extremely broad knowledge base and is a very entertaining speaker. His love for the hobby and people involved is very evident.


Spring All-Day Auction

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, and after thoughtful deliberation, the Board has decided to postpone the Spring All-Day Auction until further notice. We will post updates as more information becomes available about future meetings as long as the outbreak poses a threat. We will follow recommendations by federal, state, and local health authorities in determining our course of action. Our highest priority is the well-being of our members and guests. But don't despair, the moment the coast is clear for future gatherings we'll be back with more fishy fun-filled events than ever!


Erik Lucas "Shrimp Keeping Q&A Livestream"

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7MXq9rv-otWLZOcBJsfwAg

Time: 2 - 3:30 pm

About Erik:

Erik Lucas has been breeding shrimp for over 10 years.  In 2014 he opened buypetshrimp.com an online source for healthy high quality shrimp and shrimp products. He has judged many shrimp contests in the USA and in Europe. Last year he was awarded 3 first place awards, as well as the overall winner (Best of the Best Award) at the USA shrimp competition in Chicago.

Note: Submit your questions for Erik ahead of time on the Forum here. Make sure you're signed into our website to participate in the Forum.


Londontowne Tropicals Virtual Shop Tour

Time: 1 -2 pm

Web Address: To be announced

About Londontowne Tropicals:

Londontowne Tropicals opened in 2019 at 111 Mayo Road in Edgewater, MD. It is one of the largest freshwater-only tropical fish stores in Maryland. Owned by Dale Edwards, Londontowne Tropicals strives to bring customers the very best selection of healthy tropical fish. They have more than 450 fish tanks housing more then 550 species ranging from community tropical fish, aggressive fish, semi-aggressive fish to oddballs and rarities. All tanks are separately filtered and completely automated to ensure water changes are done on a very frequent basis to keep fish happy and very healthy. Their motto is: A healthy fish means a happy fish and a successful hobbyist! If you’re not successful we're not successful.

07/11/2020 !!! 2nd Saturday !!!

Virtual Event To Be Announced

Time: 1 -2 pm

Web Address: To be announced.

We regret that we will not be holding our usual July Bowl Show & Indoor Picnic. We are investigating the possibility of holding an online auction, tag sale, or marketplace event with an outdoor, centrally located pickup location where people can remain socially distanced sometime over the summer.


Virtual Event To Be Announced

1 - 2 pm

Web address: To be announced

We will be replacing our regular, in-person August workshop with a virtual event. Stay tuned for details.


Lucas Bretz "Keeping Outdoor Tubs & Ponds"

1 pm at Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA

Lightning talk, feature presentation, raffle, mini-auction

Lightning Talk: TBD "TBD"

About Lucas:

Lucas Bretz has been keeping aquariums since he was a young kid. In the early 2000's he learned that you could put plants in an aquarium and was even more hooked ever since. Lucas has collected rare plants from all around the world, then he moved on to shrimp, then to fish and now currently keeps over 300+ planted aquariums. Lucas owns LRB Aquatics which you can find at www.lrbaquatics.com. You can see a lot of what happens in his fishroom on his YouTube Channel LRB Aquatics.

10/9/2020 - 10/10/2020

9th All-Aquarium Catfish Convention

Venue: Hyatt Regency Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, VA

Registration: Will open end of January/beginning of February

Every other year in October we host the All-Aquarium Catfish Convention bringing together enthusiasts from all over the world for two to three days. This year we will be featuring speakers from the US, Brazil, 

10/11/2020 !!!SUNDAY!!!

Fall All-Day Auction

10 am - ~4:30 pm at Hyatt Regency Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, VA


9:30 am Registration opens

10 am Tag Sale begins

10:30 am Auction begins

1 pm Raffle #1

2 pm Tag Sale ends

3 pm Raffle #2

~4:30 pm Auction ends when all items are sold


Dr. Solomon David "Primitive Fishes"

1 pm at Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA

Lightning talk, feature presentation, raffle, mini-auction

Lightning Talk: Patchin Curtis "Temperature Dependent Gender Distribution"

About Solomon:



Annual Holiday Party & Potluck Dinner

1 pm at Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA

Holiday party, potluck feast, raffle, and mini-auction.

In December we hold our Holiday Party & Potluck Dinner. This meeting is dedicated to socializing and good cheer. There is no feature presentation. Instead, the club provides ham and turkey with all the fixings, and club members show off their culinary skills by bringing side dishes and desserts. A raffle and mini-auction follow the feast.

Potomac Valley Aquarium Society

PO Box 664

Merrifield, VA 22116

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