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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"

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Our new meeting night will be the

Fourth Friday of the month

at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

(No meeting in July)

 

The next meeting of

 The Cleveland Aquarium Society:

 

Friday, Sept 26, 2014 at 7:30pm

 

In the Aquarium Section of the

Primate, Cat & Aquatics Bldg

 

Park in the Fulton Rd. lot near aquarium

 

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

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products

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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.) 

 

These are the dates for the rest of the year:

 Oct. 24, 2014 in Aquarium Bldg.

Nov. 28, 2014 in Edu. Bldg.

 Dec. 12, 2014 in Edu. Bldg.

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Ocassionally, we wil be posting videos.

(It's under 2 minutes.)

Baby Fish -Staying Alive.

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August 2014 meeting

Open Topic

Roundtable Discussions

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

Visit Deep Blue Professional

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Member Door Prize:  HBH flake food 2oz.

Visit The New HBH

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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

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

Visit Penn Plax

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May 2014 meeting

Speaker

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

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Member Door Prize:  Wardley Total SpectraMax flake food with

Powerbursts! (1 oz.)

Visit Wardley

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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.

also

-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

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

Visit ZooMed

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March 2014 meeting

Speaker

INVERTEBRATES FOR EXHIBITION

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.
http://www.angelfire.com/oh2/Roaches/
http://www.angelfire.com/oh3/elytraandantenna/index.html#invertmag

 

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

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

Visit Omega Sea

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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

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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

 

Basic Equipment

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What you need to set up an aquariumfirsttank

A Tank

For the well being of your fish, longer and wider tanks are better than taller ones.  This is because a taller tank has less surface area at the top of the tank, which is where oxygen enters the system and carbon dioxide exits.  More surface area equals more oxygen and a lower concentration of toxic gasses, which is always a good thing.  Also, more surface area at the bottom of a tank means that territorial fish will have more space to themselves. 

For instance, a twenty-gallon hexagon tank measures sixteen inches from front to back and eighteen inches from one corner to another, so the surface area at the top and bottom is 210.5 square inches.  A twenty-gallon “long” tank is twelve inches by thirty inches, with a surface area of 360 square inches.  That’s a pretty significant difference, considering that the volume is the same.  If you greatly prefer (on only have space for) a taller-style tank, that’s fine, but remember to stock the tank lightly (so that they have enough oxygen) and don’t keep more than one territorial fish (so that they don’t kill each other trying to chase the “invader” out of “their” space).

A Stand

Even a ten-gallon tank will weigh 111 pounds once filled with water (not including gravel), so it will require a very sturdy piece of furniture to support it.  Anything larger than that will require an aquarium stand (and it would be a good idea for that ten-gallon tank as well).  To avoid the risk of leaks and cracks, an aquarium must sit perfectly level (to evenly distribute the weight over the glass) and sit on a piece of furniture that is designed to support that amount of weight.  You might be tempted to risk it, but even one gallon makes quite a mess on the floor, so you can imagine the amount of damage that ten or more gallons would cause.  Stands are also a great place to store food, water conditioner, a siphon, and other supplies discretely out of sight.


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