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2023 PROGRAM
Schedule

Sat, Jan 7 | Green Acres Center | 1 - 4 pm

Monthly meeting

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Socializing

1:15 pm Announcements

1:30 pm Lightning Talk:TBD "TBD"

1:45 pm Feature Presentation: Mark Kaprow "My Experiences Keeping and Breeding Tanganyikan Secretive Cave Spawners (aka Tanganyikan Rock Dwellers)"

2:45 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Take-down

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Schedule

Sat, Feb 4 | Green Acres Center | 1 - 4 pm

Monthly meeting

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Socializing

1:15 pm Announcements

1:30 pm Lightning Talk: TBD "TBD"

1:45 pm Feature Presentation: Barbara Day "Betta Fish Varieties Over Time: From veiltails to avatars"

2:45 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Take-down

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Sun, Feb 19 | Atlas Brew Works | 1 - 5 pm

Fish & Brew Swap Meet

Join fellow fishkeepers at Atlas Brew Works for an informal swap meet. Bring your fish, plants, or supplies for trade, sell, or giveaway and share a beer with like-minded people. Atlas Brew Works is located at 2052 West Virginia Ave NE, Washington, DC.

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Sat, Mar 4 | Green Acres Center | 1 - 4 pm

Monthly meeting

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Socializing

1:15 pm Announcements

1:30 pm Lightning Talk: TBD "TBD"

1:45 pm Feature Presentation: Nick Little "The Organic Mechanic: Operating life support systems at the National Zoo"

2:45 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Take-down

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*** Sunday ***, Apr 2 | Green Acres Center | 10 am - 5 pm

Spring All-Day Auction

8:30 am Set-up

10:00 am Registration opens

10:30 am Tag sale opens

10:45 am Auction opens

1:00 pm First raffle

3:00 pm Second raffle

4:00 pm Bidding winds down

5:00 pm Take-down

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Monthly meeting

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Socializing

1:15 pm Announcements

1:30 pm Lightning Talk: TBD "TBD"

1:45 pm Feature Presentation: TBA "Discus"

2:45 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Take-down

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Sat, May 6 | Green Acres Center | 1 - 4 pm

Sat, Jun 3 | Green Acres Center | 1 - 4 pm

Monthly Meeting

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Socializing

1:15 pm Announcements

1:30 pm Lightning Talk: TBD "TBD"

1:45 pm Feature Presentation: Blake & SJ Jimenez-Calhoun"Medaka Ricefish"

2:45 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Take-down

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Bowl Show & Indoor Picnic

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Register fish and set out hospitality buffet

1:30 pm Eat

2:00 pm Judging and admiring fish, voting for People's Choice

3:00 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Awards

4:30 pm More mini-auction and take-down

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Sat, Jul 8 | Green Acres Center | 1 - 5 pm

Monthly meeting

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Socializing

1:15 pm Announcements

1:30 pm Lightning Talk: TBD "TBD"

1:45 pm Feature Presentation: TBD "TBD"

2:45 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Take-down

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Sat, Aug 5 | Green Acres Center | 1 - 4 pm

Sat, Spring Date TBD | National Zoo | 10:30 am

Tour of Amazonia life support systems

Nick Little will provide a private tour of the life support systems at the Smithsonian National Zoo Amazonia Exhibit (and perhaps the sea lions too). This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at one of the largest water filtration systems you'll ever see. The tour can only accommodate 6 people. We will have a sign-up sheet.

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Spring Date TBD | NIH Campus | Times TBD

Tour of NIH Zebrafish Facility with Dr. Manuel Moro

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Board member, Dr. Manuel Moro, has kindly offered to arrange an exclusive tour for PVAS members of the NIH Zebrafish Facility. Get an insider's look at the fish breeding behind the science. After the date and time are finalized, we will post a sign-up sheet on the Forum. There will be a limit of ~ 15 people for the tour.

*** Sunday ***, Apr 2 | Green Acres Center | 10 am - 5 pm

Spring All-Day Auction

8:30 am Set-up

10:00 am Registration opens

10:30 am Tag sale opens

10:45 am Auction opens

1:00 pm First raffle

3:00 pm Second raffle

4:00 pm Bidding winds down

5:00 pm Take-down

Wooden gavel isolated on white background .jpg

Monthly meeting

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Socializing

1:15 pm Announcements

1:30 pm Lightning Talk: TBD "TBD"

1:45 pm Workshop: TBD "TBD"

2:45 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Take-down

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Sat, Sep 2 | Green Acres Center | 1 - 4 pm

Special Pre-Auction All-Day Workshop

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Sat, Sep 30 | Green Acres Center | 10 am - 4 pm

*** SUNDAY ***, Oct 1 | Green Acres Center | 10 am - 6 pm

Fall All-Day Auction

8:30 am Set-up

9:30 am Registration opens

10:30 am Tag Sale begins

11:00 am Auction opens

1:00 pm First raffle

3:00 pm Second raffle

5:00 pm Take-down

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Annual Meeting & Double Speaker Event

11:30 pm Set-up

12:00 pm Regina Spotti "Tetras"

1:00 pm Club sponsored lunch

1:45 pm Elections

2:00 pm Erik Bodrock "TBA"

3:30 pm Mini-auction

5:00 pm Take-down

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Sat, Nov 4 | Green Acres Center | 12 - 5 pm

Holiday Party & Potluck Dinner

12:30 pm Set-up

1:00 pm Lay out buffet

1:15 pm Announcements

1:30 pm Potluck dinner

2:45 pm Mini-auction

4:00 pm Take-down

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Sat, Dec 2 | Green Acres Center | 1 pm - 4 pm

Speakers
Speakers
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Mark Kaprow

Mark has kept fish off and on for over 50 years, with the most serious fishkeeping taking place over the last 15 years, although he also kept fish seriously in the early 1990's.  Mark fell in love with Tanganyikan cichlids after acquiring his first few Neolamprologus leleupi and has been keeping primarily Tanganyikan Rock Dwelling species.

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Barbara Day

Barbara is a passionate hobbyist who has been surrounded by fish and nature throughout her life. Her uncle started the addiction with a few fish tanks in Mexico City that still stand today 30+ years later. Growing up in Cancun provided great opportunities to be close to nature, thus becoming an avid scuba diver and working at an ecological park with several exotic animals.

The obsession continued once in the US by working at pet stores for several years and keeping several fresh and saltwater tanks.

She currently keeps several planted tanks with nano fish and enjoys experimenting with different methods and techniques.

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Nick Little

Since 2014, Nick Little has worked at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. Initially he served as the Aquarist at the Amazonia exhibit, and then as the Senior Life Support Systems Operator for the last 6 years.  In this role, he helps maintain all equipment related to the processing and purification of water as it pertains to the safety and well-being of various aquatic animals on exhibit throughout the zoo. Equipment such as pumps and motors, sand and bead filters, UV sterilizers, ozone generators, and even the monitoring and testing of water quality.

Prior to that he was a Senior Aquarist at the National Aquarium in downtown D.C. before it closed its doors to the public in 2013. There he spent his time maintaining the Native Fishes Gallery where he was responsible for the acquisition/collection, care, and breeding of native fish species found across the U.S.  Nick has spent his entire professional career, spanning over 25 years, in various zoos, aquariums and the tropical wholesale fish industry.

Nick’s background and passion for aquatics started at an early age. He enjoys designing and building custom aquatic systems, and keeping tropicals and native fish alike.

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Blake and Sonia (SJ) Jimenez-Calhoun

Blake and Sonia (SJ) Jimenez-Calhoun are a married couple from Barboursville, VA with a dual love of freshwater fish keeping. SJ has kept fish off and on for more than 20 years, most recently re-entering the hobby in 2018. Blake had one goldfish as a child unsuccessfully. After moving in together in 2019 Blake grew fond of aquascaping, and later breeding fish. The couple expanded from one tank to more than 100 tanks over the last 5 years. By day Blake and SJ spend their time advising students at the University of Virginia. By night they pick spawning mops, feed off brine shrimp, and talk fish. 

Rice fish are some of the most exciting fish in the hobby! Blake and SJ keep several varieties are looking forward to sharing their expertise. 
 

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