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Check out an interesting article

 "Evolution's Baby Steps" by Carl Zimmer.

"If you explore our genealogy back beyond about 370 million years ago, it gets fishy.

Our ancestors back then were aquatic vertebrates that breathed through gills and swam with fins."

"Evolution's Baby Steps"



The next meeting of

 The Cleveland Aquarium Society:


There will be no meeting October.

Happy Halloween!


Due to holiday scheduling conflicts the regular October, November & December meetings

will not be held at the Zoo.  We will be scheduling social events soon. Stay tuned!  


We have monthly raffles at our regular meetings. 

 Raffle Grand Prize: Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize: TetraMin Tropical Crisps 1.16 oz.

Visit Tetra

(Join CAS. One lucky member wins a prize every meeting just for showing up!)

  The  Society usually meets on the forth Friday of each month 

in the Cleveland Metropark Zoo’s Education Building.

(No meeting in July)

(Come and check us out for free!  Visitors are always welcome.) 


Ocassionally, we wil be posting videos.

(It's under 2 minutes.)

Baby Fish -Staying Alive.


September 2014 meeting

In the Zoo's Aquarium Bldg. 

 Raffle Grand Prize: Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

 Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


 Member Door Prize: TetraMin Tropical Crisps 1.16 oz.

 Visit Tetra


August 2014 meeting

Open Topic

Roundtable Discussions

Raffle Grand Prize:  Deep Blue 10 gal. aquarium w/dark silicone

Visit Deep Blue Professional


Member Door Prize:  HBH flake food 2oz.

Visit The New HBH


June 2014 meeting

Open Topic

Roundtable Discussions

Tell us what's going on in your tank!

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Penn Plax -Pro Balance Spirulina Flake 1oz.

Visit Penn Plax


May 2014 meeting


Dean Mersinas

He will be introducing a new program about his

breeding programs

featuring all new, never before seen photographs.

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Wardley Total SpectraMax flake food with

Powerbursts! (1 oz.)

Visit Wardley


April 2014 meeting

Home Aquarist Q&A Night

This is the day to get all of your (fish) questions answered

and win some great prizes.


-Blackworms will be available.   YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINER.

-2 pairs of breeding red Jewel Cichlids are available if there is interest, go to the forum.

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  ZooMed Spirulina 20 flakes (0.5oz.)

Visit ZooMed


March 2014 meeting



by Orin McMonigle

Orin will discuss five different types of invertebrates that have eight or more legs each. All of them are suitable for keeping in an Insectarium or a home display. All are available from captive breeding so there is no impact on natural populations.


Also, I heard from a trusted souce that

-Mr. Bernot may get another BAP award.  Come see his Ameca Splendens (commonly known as Butterfly Goodeids) fry.


-Mr. Davis will be exhibiting his Emperor Tetras (Nematobrycon palmeri).

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Omega One Veggie Flakes (1oz.)

Visit Omega Sea


February 2014 meeting

Do you have a glass heater?

Has the glass ever turned brown near the heating element?

We will have an example at the meeting along with a discusion.

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 50W submersible heater.

Member Door Prize:  TetraMin Tropical Crisps


Meeting Notes

-The monthly meeting of The Cleveland Aquarium Society was held at 7:30 pm on a cold (low 20's) and snowy Tuesday evening, February 4th, 2014, in the Cleveland MetroPark Zoo's Education Building.

-The meeting was opened by our President, Mr. Byrer.  Mr. Byrer told us that he has kept his blackworms alive for a month.  He explained his method of keeping them and an interesting discussion followed.

-Mr. Bozic brought in a 100 watt glass heater because the glass around the heating element was starting to turn brown.  Some members had seen heaters in that condition before and shared their ideas about what was happening and why.

-Mr. Bozic also shared a photo of a flower on his anubias plant which is in his 125 gal. aquarium.

-We then took a look at the updates to our website and facebook page and watched a video that introduced us to rare tropical aquarium fish.  Here is the link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ilw1p0FmvI.

-Member Door Prize Winner (TetraMin Tropical Crisps): Mr. Davis

-Raffle Grand Prize Winner (Aqueon 50W submersible heater): Mr. Davis

-Exhibitions: Emperor Tetras by Mr. Davis
                      Pink Neon Guppies by Mr. Hitchlock
                      Half Black Iridescent Red Guppies by Mr. Hitchlock

T. Bozic, CAS Member




We have making some changes with our current website.  We have added a full feature user forum that is available to both registered users and our club members.  Registration is free and only requires an email address.  Come on in and check it out and tell us little about yourself.  Click HERE:

For new aquarists, fellow club members can offer a wealth of advice born of years of experience.  They can save you (and your fish) from many of the beginner’s mistakes that can wipe out an entire tank and leave you frustrated and discouraged.  Club raffles and auctions can help you build up your collection of livestock, plants, food, and equipment at rock-bottom prices (and you’ll be helping the club at the same time.)  Club members can suggest types of equipment (or at least what to avoid); tell you which shops have the best deals, the healthiest fish, or the widest selection; and walk you through various solutions to problems you may run into. 


For experienced hobbyists, clubs can help you network so that you can finally get your hands on a hard-to-obtain species.  More advanced members (or those who specialize in a particular family) can give you tips on breeding and other more complex aspects of the hobby.  Horticulture and breeder award programs can provide challenges and keep you interested in the hobby. Finally, club members provide an attentive audience for your “fish stories.”  Your friends might not understand what’s so amusing about the killifish that’s in love with your cory catfish, but other “fish people” will get a chuckle out of the tale.  


There is much that you can learn from other club members, and much that you can offer, regardless of your experience level.  Old hands love to help newbies… any reason to run our mouths about our favorite fish is a good one!  Because the Cleveland Aquarium Society is an all-species club, it will give you the opportunity to learn about a variety of species and different aspects of the hobby that you might not have heard of otherwise.  And, of course, it’s fun.  You can hang out with a diverse group of people who have an interest in common and maybe make some new friends out of the deal. 

Click here for directions: Google Maps


A Good Fish Store


A good fish store will be a great asset to your experience in the fish-keeping hobby, while a bad one can frustrate you enough that you'll want to give up. How can you tell the difference? Do a bit of background reading (like this article) and check out a few stores before choosing one. When visiting a store:

Look at the tanks.

The aquariums should be clean, with clear water and no muddy debris down in the gravel. The only exception to this is tanks with natural driftwood, which tends to "shed" and may stain the water a yellowish color (it should, however, still be clear). A bit of algae is to be expected, but uneaten food, fish waste, or cloudy water should raise an eyebrow.

Look at the fish.

Take a few moments to watch any fish that you might be interested in. They should be clear-eyed, nicely colored, and behave appropriately for their species (a pleco that swims erratically around the tank or a zebra danio that lays on the bottom are both bad signs). If you see any fish that display signs of illness, such as poor color, clamped or shredded fins, sluggishness, cloudy eyes, white patches or lesions on the body, or signs of ich (white-spot disease), pass on any fish in that tank as they may all be infected and it's not worth the risk.

Talk to the staff.

If possible, visit the store at a time when they're not busy and chat with the employees. Ask some questions that you already know the answers to and see how they respond. Sometimes there are several "right" answers, so listen to their ideas and see if they make sense (this is where having some basic background knowledge will come in handy). Educated staff can be very helpful when it comes to identifying and correcting the many problems that you may run into, from a filter that's not working properly to treating a disease. Most people work at a fish store because they love fish, so they're usually happy to talk about them, provided that they have the time and you are being polite. If you become friendly with the staff, they'll often go out of their way to help you out, perhaps by calling you when a fish you've been waiting for finally arrives or reminding the owner to keep the filter cartridges you use in stock.

Don't forget local, independent shops!

In my experience, these tend to be the best. They often have the most educated and helpful staff, the best selection, and the healthiest fish. For instance, both independent stores I worked for ordered their angelfish from local breeders because the fish arrived much healthier (angels tend to ship poorly) but the chain store I worked at shipped theirs in from Florida and they always dropped like flies. Besides getting a better product, patronizing local stores keeps the money in your area and, with the economy like it is, your money may even help keep the shop open! Check your yellow pages listings under both pet store and aquarium to find some of the smaller places that can't waste money on advertising.


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