2020 PROGRAM

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

01/04/2020

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.

02/01/2020

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.

02/15/2020

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.

03/07/2020

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.

04/05/2020 !!! SUNDAY !!!

Spring All-Day Auction

10 am - ~4:30 pm at Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA

Schedule:

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

05/02/2020

60th Anniversary Extravaganza & Shrimp Fest

Speaker: Erik Lucas "Shrimp Keeping: An overview of the hobby and guide to successful shrimp tanks"

Venue: American Legion Post 180, Patriot Hall, 330 Center St North, Vienna, VA

Time: 11 am - 6 pm

About Eric:

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.

06/06/2020

Dr. Paul Loiselle "Topic TBD"

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

Lightning talk, feature presentation, raffle, mini-auction

Lightning Talk: Randall Blancard "TBD"

About Dr. Loiselle:

Dr. Paul V. Loiselle is an enthusiastic aquarist of 50 years' experience.  During the course of his career, Paul has had the opportunity to study cichlids in Madagascar, West Africa,  Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, Haiti, Mexico, Central America and the Peruvian Amazon.  Emeritus Curator of Freshwater Fishes at the New York Aquarium and a Senior Conservation Fellow of the Wildlife Conservation Society, he is actively involved in conservation programs focused on the fishes of Madagascar.  Paul is co-chair of the I.U.C.N.’s Madagascar Region Freshwater Fish Specialty Group.  He represents the New York Aquarium on the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Freshwater Fish Taxa Advisory Group and serves as a scientific advisor to the Lake Victoria Cichlid Species Survival Program and the Madagascar Faunal Interest Group.  A founding member and Fellow of the American Cichlid Association, an honorary fellow of the Association France Cichlid and a life Member of the North Jersey Aquarium Society, he is an internationally published author of numerous articles on the care and breeding of ornamental fishes and such books as The Cichlid Aquarium, Your Garden Pond and The Fishkeeper's Guide to African Cichlids.

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

Annual Bowl Show & Indoor Picnic

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

Bowl Show, raffle, mini-auction

Some meetings follow special formats. Every July we feature the Bowl Show & Indoor Picnic where members bring in an amazing assortment of fish and invertebrates in a friendly competition for ribbons and cash prizes in a number of classes. If you're interested in seeing beautiful specimens of fish, shrimp, and snails you should stop by. It is our most heavily attended event of the year. A raffle and mini-auction follow the Bowl Show awards.

08/01/2020

WORKSHOP: Breeding Setups for Egg Scatterers

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

Lightning talk, workshop, raffle, mini-auction

Lightning Talk: Linus Chen "Shrimp-Compatible Fish"

Join us for our annual workshop. This year we will focus on different breeding setups for egg scattering fish such as tetras and cyprinids. There will be a live demonstration of how to use poret foam, glass dividers, silicone, egg crate, jetlifters, and other materials to create a tank setup designed to sweep non-adhesive eggs to safety where the eggs can hatch and larval fish can receive first foods separated from predatory parents.

09/05/2020

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

Schedule:

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

11/07/2020

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:

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12/05/2020

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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