SFAS's Mega Swap

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Friday April 3, 2015 6:30 - 11:30 extra hour

Roll in the savings at the SFAS's Spring Mega-Swap, and that's no April Fool's joke! Here's your chance to buy some great used gear and livestock from your fellow members. Of course you don't have to be a member to buy at the meet, but you do need to be a member to sell.

fish & tanks & plants & livestock

Raffle too!

Bring a Friend

March 6th, 2015 @ 7:00pm - Charles Clapsaddle

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Hatchery Operations of Goliad Farms

Charles began his fish-keeping career about age 7 (lots of years ago) when he won some goldfish at a carnival. After raising them, he successfully spawned more and was hooked on fish forever. Shortly after the success with goldfish, he turned his attention to livebearers, the first of which were locally collected Gambusia affinis, mosquito fish, and Poecilia latipinna, sailfin molly. By junior high he had graduated to fancy guppies. His fascination with livebearers continues today. Although his family hatchery ( breeds many other fishes, it’s the development of new livebearer strains and the improvement of existing strains that occupies his best efforts.

Charles has spoken to aquarium clubs across the country on various topics relating to the hobby. He has a BSc in Zoology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Come join us this Friday, March 6th!

February 6th, 2015 @ 7:00pm - Dick Au

Covenant Presbyterian Church

A Primer for Breeding Aquarium Fishes

Dick Au, The Society's ex-officio and amazing auctioneer will be our guest speaker at the February meeting. While Dick is well known far and wide for his work with discus and the books he had published on the subject, he is also an experienced breeder of many varieties of tropical fish. Out of a fishroom with around 50 tanks, Dick provides our auction table and local fish stores with a constant supply of beautiful tropical fish.

This will be an introduction to breeding aquarium fishes. A discussion of the various modes of reproduction of aquarium fishes followed by a description of a "breeders tool kit." As an added bonus, special techniques for breeding several tropical fish varieties will be discussed, gleaned from his decades in fish keeping.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this coming Friday!

Got any ideas for upcoming SIGs? Bring up your inspiration at the next meeting and be heard!

January 9th, 2015 @ 7:00pm - Barbie Fiorentino

Covenant Presbyterian Church

What's on your mind, suckas?

Barbie Fiorentino owns a small fish store in Spokane, Washington that she and her husband opened in 2006. She specializes in breeding Loricariid catfish, but has a lack of ability to focus and has kept many species of Tanganyikans, reef tanks, planted aquaria, and a little bit of just about everything else. She has currently spawned 19 species of plecos and has another 15 in the works. She maintains just over 5000 gallons of water in her tanks, currently, and always has plans to figure out how to add more.

Barbie has been hopelessly addicted to keeping fish that suck since the late 90's when she saw her first zebra pleco and simply had to have it! In January, please join us for the first talk of 2015 and be prepared for a great talk about these wonderful suckers.

Got any ideas for upcoming SIGs? Bring up your inspiration at the next meeting and and we can try to incorporate a GTG around it.

December 5, 2014 7:00pm - SFAS party

Covenant Presbyterian Church

The 2014 SFAS Holiday Party

Join us once again as we gather to celebrate the holidays with fellow aquatically-minded club members. Plenty of food and libations like you have to come to expect from our festive SFAS holiday bashes.

More information to come as we confirm some last minute details. See you all on the first Friday of December and Merry Christmas.

November 7th, 2014 @ 7:00pm - Chi-Kuo Hu

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Understanding aging - from an African Killifish perspective

What can the African Killifish Nothobranchius furzeri do in helping us understand why, how, and when we are aging?

Aging is a mysterious biological process that we still know very little about. As an ideal model animal, the African Killifish Nothobranchius furzeri (Nfur) is the shortest lived vertebrate which can be bred in facility, with an average lifespan of only 5 months. For November’s talk, Chi-Kuo Hu will speak about his research in using Nfur to study aging and how it could help us understand some fundamental questions surrounding life itself, such as: can aging be stopped or reversed?

Chi-Kuo Hu is a cell biologist with broad interests in various biological phenomena. Growing up in Taiwan, he relocated to the bay area for his postdoctoral research at Stanford University in 2010. Please join us this November 7th for a great talk about an intriguing topic.

Got any ideas for upcoming SIGs? Bring up your inspiration at the next meeting and and we will try to incorporate a GTG around it.

October 3rd, 2014 @ 7:00pm - Chuck Rambo

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Rift Lakes for Rookies

Chuck Rambo has been keeping freshwater fish for 46 years. He has always been in love with cichlids and their behavior. At one point he had over 50 aquariums going with cichlids from all over the world. He is the past president of the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association and is the current Chairman of the American Cichlid Association. Chuck has been giving presentations on cichlids to aquarium societies and national conventions all over the United States and Canada. He has been collecting cichlids in both Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi. Chuck will be presenting a great talk for the October meeting about these famous lakes and will provide valuable insights, comparisons between the environments, the collecting techniques involved as well as their cichlids.

Come join us this Friday!

By popular demand, the aquatic SIG headed by Leon is back in action!

Aquatic Plant SIG Nr7 will be a workshop on: "How to ID plants". The SIG will start AT 6:15, will last 30 mins and have time for questions and discussion. Leon will try to keep the Botanical terms to a minimum -- but, the names of parts of our plants is important. There will be some books to look through and a handout on how the Experts work through a key to get to the scientific name of the plant. Bring a plant and we will try to ID it.

Get ready for the SFAS Swap-eroo!

The 2014 Annual Mega Swap - please be prompt

Our big event is coming up again (9/5/14) and it promises to be bigger than ever.  Our new meeting location provides ample street parking and easy access for transporting auction items.  This is a great opportunity for members to clear out their garages of surplus aquatic equipment, fish and plants. While only members can consign up to a maximum of 25 items each for sale, all attendees are invited to participate.  The limit of 3 identical items will be enforced.

Of course you don't have to be a member to buy at the auction, but you do need to be a member to sell. It is easy to become a member with our online form and here are some great tips from Dick Au to help you sell your fish and gear. Sellers, please print out and complete your auction form ahead of time.

We will have door prizes for members, and brand new aquarium systems and equipment for a raffle. Since we expect a lot of items, sellers be sure to complete their auction forms, label items clearly, and arrive early for registration.  Registration starts at 6:30pm and auction will begin at 7:00pm.  Bring a friend!

For the Fall Mega event, we will be meeting once again at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Also please take note that our SIG, headed by Leon Garden is back in action in October and will not be part of the itinerary for this month.

August 1st, 2014 @ 7:00pm - Gary Lange

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Extraordinary New Rainbowfish From Papua

Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) is a Darwin’s paradise with almost every watershed separated long enough to produce unique species of rainbowfish. After multiple trips to Papua, noted authority Gary Lange has managed to find 9 or 10 brand new species of rainbow fish. As some were quite easy to find, others involved multi-day trips by outrigger over the ocean and over eight hours up winding rivers to reach the collecting destination. The members of SFAS can be the judge to see if the leeches, thorns, mosquitoes and other punishments of the jungle were worth the effort to bring out these wonderful fish! This talk will primarily deal with the most recent 2014 trip plus the capture and breeding of the amazing Wapoga Red Laser.

Gary Lange has been keeping fish since he was 10 and has been associated with the organized hobby for over three decades. He is a member of the Missouri Aquarium Society (MASI) and has held various positions in the club. He is a grand master breeder in MASI, and has won Best Fish In Show on four different occasions, twice with rainbow fish. Come join us this Friday!

*** Note our NEW LOCATION, the Covenant Presbyterian Church***

The aquatic SIG is back again.

Aquatic Plant SIG Nr6 will be a workshop on:How to attach epiphite plants (moss, ferns and anubias) to Driftwood and Stones".We will commence at 6:15 and be done by 6:45 in time for the regular meeting to begin at 7pm. I'll have some plants, wood and rocks for you to try your hand on -- please bring your own stuff if you would like. I will have a sample of glue, thread, rubber bands and tie wraps for you to try.The work we do on my stuff will be sold in the regular SFAS auction this night as a SIG donation.

July 11th, 2014 @ 7:00pm - Bob Allen

Covenant Presbyterian Church

“My ten most favorite aquarium fish…”

With over 65 years in the tropical fish hobby, Bob Allen has worked with hundreds of fish species from different perspectives.  Started as a young hobbyist and like many of us, Bob enjoyed breeding tropical fish and watch the offspring grew. As a professional photographer, Bob recorded the most amazing courting rituals of spawning fish.  And, as a tropical fish farmer, Bob currently operates a large fish hatchery near Salt Lake City and pays attention to the financial aspect of raising specific fish. 

In our July meeting, Bob will describe and explain his choices for his ten most favorite aquarium fish.  No doubt, one of his choices will be the Tanganyika Killifish (Lamprichthys tanganicanus) as he has quietly committed to bring some eggs for our meeting auction.

*** Please note that the meeting room is once again at our NEW LOCATION, the Covenant Presbyterian Church***

Please also remember that there will be no SIG this month but Leon is planning some wickedly good talks for the coming months. See you there!

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