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 James River Aquarium Society Meeting, Wednesday, June 22nd, 7 pm at DGIF

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PostSubject: James River Aquarium Society Meeting, Wednesday, June 22nd, 7 pm at DGIF   Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:34 am

Hi Gang,

We will be holding our regular June 2016 James River Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting this Wednesday,
June 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Department of Game and Inland fisheries (DGIF’s) facility located at 7870 Villa Park Drive, Henrico, VA 23228. DGIF is in Suite 400 and the DGIF Board Room’s after hours’ entry door is easily visible from the parking lot in the front of the building. Any questions contact Dennis Bragg, Cell/Text: (804) 690-2152.

Sorry about the late notice this month…. Susan and I were one of the ones that had a long wait to be reconnected to the Dominion Power grid after the big storm last Thursday…. We’re back up now and did not lose any fish, but it was a major pain making do without power.

About our June 22rd Program: "Opening a Local Fish Store in the 21st Century”

Our Wednesday evening program from Josh is a sneak preview of the same presentation that Josh will be giving to the “Heart of America Aquarium Society” located in Kansas City, Kansas on August 13, 2016. We are fortunate that Josh lives as close to us as he does.

This presentation should be of particular interest to our Local Fish Store (LFS) vendors as Josh lays out how he started his company using current technology, and gives the nuances of what to do and, importantly, what not to do, in running a commercial aquatic fish business in the digital age.

About our Program Speaker: Joshua Wiegert, Batfish Aquatics owner and acclaimed aquatics writer.
Josh Wiegert, provides unusual and rare aquarium fish, aquarium plants, and other animals. Tropical fish available at Batfish would be would be rare species of Betta, Apistogramma, unique and interesting tetras, danios, cyprinids, corydoras, and loricarids. In addition to freshwater fish, Batfish carries small selections of aquatic plants, freshwater invertebrates, and marine fish and invertebrates. Batfish Aquatics is located in the Greater Washington, DC area and services the entire United States and ships throughout the country, year round, direct to the doorstep. Batfish Aquatic’s warehouse facility houses over 300 aquariums and also offers periodic set retail hours and hours by appointment.

Josh also keeps a number of aquaria dedicated to native fish, goodeids, killies and any fish he’s not familiar with, and is a former college math instructor who is very interested in preserving native fish species.

Josh writes frequently for Tropical Fish Hobbyist and many other aquatic magazines. See the latest July-August Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine now on news-stands for Josh’s latest article named “Bottom of the Tank.”  “While catfish are a mainstay in the hobby, there are smaller catfish species that have been seemingly forgotten—until now, as this column reviews some smaller catfish species.” (Also, see a few of his past articles below that my cursory research turned up.)

We have asked Josh to have at least a few fish available for sale. For anyone wishing Josh to bring down fish that you wish to purchase from him go to: http://www.batfishaquatics.com/freshwater.php. For pre-orders contact joshua at: batfishaquatics@gmail.com and he will bring your fish down to the meeting this Wednesday.

About This Month’s Meeting
As usual, there will be a prize drawing at this meeting for our members. See Chuck McClung, Membership Chair, for details. The JRAS Membership Committee is usually at our meeting a few minutes early for those who want to pay their dues for a 2016 Membership and be eligible for the prize drawing at this meeting.

JRAS Monthly Pre-Meeting Dinner Gathering at Frida’s Mexican Restaurant with our speaker, Josh Wiegert!
As usual, we will again be inviting all our members to dine with a group of us and get to know our speaker at 5:30 pm just before our Wednesday Monthly Membership Meeting.

We have a pretty good record of always having a group of JRAS attendees / hungry diners between 5:30 and 6 pm to socialize / eat with our speaker to get to know them a little better. Frida’s Mexican Restaurant is located very near our meeting site at 910 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA23228. Join us if you can -- we always have fun, and the food is inexpensive and very good! For a few of us, it is the only way that we can eat before arriving at our 7 pm meeting as many are coming directly from work or would rather not go home before coming to the meeting.

JRAS Future Monthly Meeting Programs:
Note: Usually our monthly meetings start at 7:00 PM and almost all are held at the Department of Game and Inland fisheries’ (DGIF’s) facility located at 7870 Villa Park Drive, Henrico, VA 23228. DGIF is in Suite 400. The DGIF Board Room’s after hour’s entry door is easily visible from the parking lot in the front of the building.

Future Monthly Meeting Programs / Looking Ahead:
I was able to get a renowned speaker for our October meeting due to his being in Northern Virginia for a major catfish convention along with Michael Barber’s (PVAS Treasurer) help. See Ian’s bio below as a “teaser” for our October meeting. This meeting will, necessarily however, be held on the second Wednesday of October due to Ian’s being in the US for the All-Aquarium Catfish Convention being held in Herndon, VA from October 13-16 (https://www.facebook.com/catfishcon). We rarely move meetings from the 4th Wednesday, but thought it justified in this case.

Our upcoming 2016 and 2017 meetings:

June 22nd                             Josh Wiegert, "Opening a Local Fish Store in the 21st Century”
July 27th                                Larry Jinks, “New World Cichlids”
Aug 24th                        TBD
Sep 28th                        TBD
Oct* 12th                               Ian Fuller, Corydoras Program Speaker, (2nd Wed in Oct) due to speaker availability
Nov* 16thth                    Diana Walstad, “Planted Tanks are Good for Fish” (3rd Wed in Nov due to Thanksgiving)
Dec* 10th                              Annual Holiday Party (2nd Sat, due to Christmas holidays).
Jan 25 th, 2017               Michael Barber “Catching Killifish in Peru”    
Feb 22nd, 2017              Larry Jinks, JRAS Poll, either    1) "Working with Livebearers",
2) "Breeding Catfish," or
3) "General Breeding Strategies for Freshwater Tropical Fish

Mark your 2016 and 2017 calendars for our monthly meetings!

The following program topics not listed above, are also sought, but not booked over the following 12 months: “Rare Cryptocorynes,” “Fish Aggression,” and “Coralline Propagation.

Most of our monthly meetings take place at our usual meeting site at The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ 7870 Villa Park Drive, Henrico, VA 23228.

Should you know of any other topics, or willing saltwater, freshwater, or natural conservation speakers, please let us know about them as we are always on the lookout for great program topics and speakers!

Steve Ruiz
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PostSubject: Re: James River Aquarium Society Meeting, Wednesday, June 22nd, 7 pm at DGIF   Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:17 pm

Thanks for the info on Batfish Aquatics. I will check them out.

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