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April 4th, 2014 @ 7:00pm sharp! - Spring Mega Swap

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C220

The 2014 Spring Mega Swap

Our lively SFAS Spring Mega event is here again and it's your chance to buy some great used gear and livestock from your fellow members on consignment. You never know what you'll find so make a point of checking it out. 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.

While we have no raffle this time around, we do have an assortment of other goodies from our corporate sponsors to auction off during the event. For the Spring Mega Swap, we will also waive the 25 items per member limit although the limit of 3 identical items is still to be enforced. See you all at Fort Mason and please try to be on time as we plan to engage in earnest to move the consignment as soon as everything's set.

For April, we will still be in room C220 at Fort Mason.

Also please take note that our SIG, headed by Leon Garden, is starting up around 6pm so be sure to get here earlier to take in that lively discussion group. The subject for April revolves around lighting for planted tanks, so don't miss out on some valuable insights surrounding this hot topic. In case you missed the action from the SIG held last month in March, please click here for the lecture notes

For those planning on coming for this month's SIG, here is the April syllabus

March 7th, 2014 @ 7:00pm - Cichlid Adventures with Dr. Ron

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C260

Cichlid Adventures in Costa Rica

Ron Coleman is an Associate Professor at California State University, Sacramento and teaches courses on Ichthyology (the study of fishes), Fisheries Biology, Animal Behavior and other related topics. In his research, he is interested in the behavior and ecology of fishes, and is particularly interested in parental care in New World cichlid fishes. Each year he spends three weeks in Costa Rica chasing cichlids. The picture for example shows a dramatic relationship between a Tomocichla tuba female with fry that the speaker took in January 2014. Join Dr. Ron this Friday March 7th on another wonderful adventure, and bring a friend.

*** Please note that the meeting room is now in room C220 on the second floor ***



February 7th, 2014 @ 7:00pm - Keeping Altolamprologus

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C260

Keeping Altolamprologus - a 3D experience

Anthony Tu has been involved with the tropical fish hobby for more than 30 years. His passion for African Cichlids began in 1995 when he joined the PCCA and he has specialized in keeping and breeding 12 variant of Cyphotilapia. In April 2008, he was awarded the honor of Master Breeder from the PCCA’s Breeder Awards Program. He has written several frontosa articles and has been published in several fish club journals in the U.S.

The program discusses the genus Altolamprologus of Lake Tanganyika such as: natural habitat, distinguish between variants and species, feeding, breeding behavior and raising fry.

*** Please note that the meeting room is once again in room C260 on the second floor ***

Please also remember that our SFAS SIG begins this month at 6:15pm, so do come early and check out this event. This first of many bi-monthly SIGs (Special Interest Group) is about Aquatic Plants. Our Aquatic Plant SIG led by Leon Garden will be held in the same room as the regular First Friday Meeting, commences at 6:15pm and will last for roughly a half-hour. See you there!



January 3, 2014 @ 7:00pm - SFAS Roundtable Q+A session

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C260

Questions and Answers Session

We're changing the format of the speaking presentation for this upcoming month by introducing a roundtable of experts in various fields related to our aquatic hobby in lieu of a dedicated speaker. We will appoint a moderator to handle the influx of questions from the general membership to cover major topics from the freshwater and marine realms along with aquatic plants, maintenance, breeding, and other questions that arise. Come join us for a fun time this Friday, January 3 and bring a friend.

*** Please note that the meeting room is at Fort Mason room C260 so do not go to the third floor ***

Please also remember that our SFAS SIG begins in February, so mark this on your calendars and check out this event. This first of many bi-monthly SIGs (Special Interest Group) is about Aquatic Plants. In February 2014, SFAS is restarting a bi-monthly Special Interest Group (SIG) about Aquatic Plants. Our Aquatic Plant SIG will be held in the same room as the regular First Friday Meeting, will commence at 6:15pm and will last for roughly a half-hour.

The Feb topic will be: "What are those plants that some people bring to the auction each month?" and future topics might include: What kinds of dirt are used to plant plants?, Where do the plants get enough Carbon to grow?, How do you fertilize Aquatic Plants?, Can my tanks look like Amano's pictures?, What are some good local sources for Aquatic Plants? and almost anything else that SIG participants suggest. Presenters at the first few SIGs will be members of the local plant club -- San Francisco Bay Area Aquatic Plant Society, SFBAAPS. Come a little early to Fort Mason for the regular SFAS meeting in February and join our first new SIG to talk about aquarium plants.



December 6, 2013 @ 7:00pm - 90th Anniversary Holiday Dinner Party and Auction

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C370

Come celebrate the 90th year of SFAS 1923-2013

There will be plenty of free food and drinks for our December meeting, so much so that you can probably forget about having dinner before coming here, no kidding. In addition, we will be passing out a very special treat that all paid members will get to bring home. While we will not spoil the surprises, be sure that the gifts are very coveted by the aquarist community and something sure to be cherished, and we're not just talking about canned fish food here!

We will also have our auction as well so this is an event not to be missed. Please join us this coming Friday, December 6th and bring a friend and your appetite. Merry Christmas everyone!

*** Please note again that the meeting will be in Fort Mason room c362 ***

November 1, 2013 @ 7:00pm - Dr. Paul Loiselle

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C370

Nano fishes: A World Within

An internationally published author of numerous articles on the care and breeding of aquarium fishes, Dr. Paul Loiselle was for many years a Contributing Editor for Freshwater and Marine Aquarium. His professional background includes five years as a Peace Corps fisheries biologist in West Africa, where he carried out faunal and environmental impact surveys in Togo and Ghana.

During the course of his career, Dr. Loiselle has had the opportunity to observe the behavior of cichlids in Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, in Máxico and in Central America. A founding member and Fellow of the American Cichlid Association, he currently serves the A.C.A. as Technical Editor of its journal, Buntbarsche BulIetin, and as Chairman of the Special Publications Committee.

The topic for our November talk will be on nano fishes. Please join us this Friday, November 1st and bring a friend.

October 4, 2013 @ 7:00pm - Tom Barr

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C370

CO2 and Sediments: The Misunderstood

An icon in the field of aquatic plants, we are thrilled to have Tom Barr join us this Friday. Tom got most of his start actually with SFAS many moons ago, doing his 1st planted tank talk for the membership some 18 years ago. Since then, he has done substantial lake management and continues to work on many large scale projects in addition to doing environmental consulting as a business.

Presently, Tom holds a Ph.D. from UC Davis on aquatic invasive weeds and had taught Biology in the same Community College Classroom he once sat as a student. This time around SFAS is blessed to be presented with a talk on how CO2 and sediments affect the growth of plants so please make an effort to join us this Friday October 4th. And don't forget to check out The Barr Report.

Meetings are free and open to everyone.

September 13th, 2013 @ 7:00pm sharp! - Annual Mega Swap

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C370

The 2013 Annual Mega Swap

Our exciting SFAS annual Mega event is here again and it's your chance to buy some great used gear and livestock from your fellow members on consignment. You never know what you'll find so make a point of checking it out. 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.

For our annual Mega Swap, we are holding a raffle with an amazing amount of prizes. For example, we have some astounding aquarium kits along with a plethora of other goodies coming from our corporate sponsors, so please browse over to the blog section in a few days to see what is coming in. For the annual Mega Swap, we will also waive the 25 items per member limit although the limit of 3 identical items is still to be enforced. See you all at Fort Mason and please try to be on time as we plan to engage in earnest to move the consignment as soon as everything's set.

*** The Friday Mega Swap will be held on September 13th and NOT this coming Labor Day Weekend **

August 2, 2013 @ 7:00pm - Rich Bireley

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C370

An Introduction to Catfish

A long-standing friend to SFAS, Rich Bireley will be speaking to us at the upcoming August meeting on the joys of keeping catfish. Rich will lightly touch on many different types popular in the hobby including Corydoras, Synodontis, Loricarids, and assorted big cats. He currently has a 2,000 square foot fish building holding about 120 tanks. Rich likes larger tanks and has several 240 gallon aquariums, including his newest - a 1,000 gallon plexiglas behemoth.

In addition to catfish, Rich keeps rainbows, livebearers, cichlids, and well, lots of fish. Rich lives on a ranch outside of Sacramento with his wife, daughter, dogs, horses, alpacas, honeybees, and other wildlife. A special debt of thanks to Rich for coming in on very short notice to present to us this talk, and we look forward to seeing you this Friday August 2 at Fort Mason.

July 12, 2013 @ 7:00pm - Larissa Williams

Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C370

Breeding and Raising Bettas, none better!

Bettas are wonderful fish - each one individual, personable, eager to see you every day, and they come with such variety of colors and forms! Raising bettas - seeing them nest, tending their eggs, and then watching the fry grow is a delight and a wonder for each and every spawn. Yet just as every betta is an individual, so is every spawning attempt! An overview of what generally works (and some things that don't!) including a toolkit of tips and tricks to help promote gentle courtship and successful spawns.

Join us for a betta-licious event on Friday July 12th when Larissa Williams from the California Betta Society (CBS) will be on hand as our presenter. As an officer of the local CBS chapter, she chairs half of the International Shows CBS puts on semi-annually. Larissa is also an official Judge of the International Betta Congress and shows her own fish. In 2012, she was 5th in overall IBC show point totals, and one of her longfin halfmoons won Best of Show.

*** The Friday general meeting will be held on July 12th and NOT the day after the 4th of July **

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