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PostSubject: James River Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting    Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:12 pm

Hi Gang,

We will be holding our November 2016 James River Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting this Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM at the Department of Game and Inland fisheries (DGIF’s) facility located at 7870 Villa Park Drive, Henrico, VA 23228. Note that our monthly meeting this month is ONE WEEK EARLIER than our normal 4th Wednesday meeting due to our upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday falling the day after our normal Wednesday meeting time. Many of us will have family visiting and we decided to move the date of our meeting up by one week.

About our November 16th Program: “The benefits of Keeping Plants and Soil in Fish Tanks.”
Diana’s talk on November 16, 2016 will describe the benefits that plants provide in an aquarium, such as improving water quality by removing ammonia, nitrite, hydrogen sulfide, and other pollutants. Plants need a little soil in order to grow well enough to purify the water. Fortunately, there is evidence that soil also provides some of its own benefits to aquariums. For example, in seeding new fish ponds with nitrifying bacteria, investigators showed that soil seeding reduced ammonia and nitrite levels just as well as old filter material.  (The advantage--why the scientists did the study--was that seeding with soil would be less likely to spread fish diseases between the ponds.)

About our Program Speaker, Diana Walstad:

https://dwalstad.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/may_2013c.jpghttps://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BlPTiUk9L._SX378_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgDiana Walstad began netting mosquito fish from irrigation canals as a child and has kept fish ever since. Her former career as a research technician in the biological/medical fields gave her access to the scientific journals of three nearby universities. Beginning in 1991, she became increasingly aware that advice from aquarium experts didn't always match up with what she was finding in the scientific literature. As a result, she began reading scientific journals on aquatic plants, bacteria, submerged soil chemistry, etc. At the same time, she began successfully keeping aquarium plants in her fish tanks.

In 1999, Diana published those findings in Ecology of the Planted Aquarium. Diana keeps low-maintenance, inexpensive planted fish tanks by using—rather than subverting—natural processes. Diana is bringing extra copies of her seminal book on aquarium ecology and will be selling signed copies for 1/3 less than available at Amazon / on line.

About This Month’s Membership 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
We will be eating with our speaker, Ian Fuller and his “Go Wild Peru,” http://www.gowildperu.com, partner, Michael Barber! 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, October 12th meeting.

We 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 three minutes from 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 most 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.

Our November Meeting features a renowned speaker, Diana Walstad! (See Diana’s bio below.) Note: Our November meeting will also, due to timing, not be held on the 4th Wednesday of November as the 4th Wednesday falls on the day before Thanksgiving. We moved our November meeting up by a week so that we meet on the third Wednesday, November 16th.

Details on our Upcoming JRAS November 16, 2016 “The benefits of Keeping Plants and Soil in Fish Tanks” Program Speaker: Diana Walstad

Our November 12 speaker, will be driving up from North Carolina. Diana, a noted ecologist, gained fame and notoriety from her seminal work, “Ecology of the Planted Aquarium,” https://www.amazon.com/Ecology-Planted-Aquarium-Diana-Walstad/dp/0967377366, and will be bringing copies for those who wish to purchase / have them autographed. Diana is famed for her minute understanding of the biome chemistries involved in naturally balancing the aquarium ecosystem and the means to do so. We moved this, our November meeting to the 3rd Wednesday of November to avoid a conflict with the Thanksgiving holidays.

About our upcoming 2016 and 2017 meetings:


Nov* 16thth        Diana Walstad, “Planted Tanks Are Good for Fish” (*3rd Wed in Nov due to Thanksgiving)
Dec 10th or 17th   Annual Holiday Party (and Elections) (2nd or 3rd Sat, due to Christmas holidays).


Jan 25th, 2017   Michael Barber “Catching Killifish in Peru”    
Feb 22nd, 2017  Larry Jinks, “General Breeding Strategies for Freshwater Tropical Fish”
March 22nd, 2017           TBD
April 26th, 2017              TBD
May 24th, 2017               TBD
June 28th, 2017              TBD

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,” “Coralline Propagation, and “Discus”. We also have leads to several plant-topic speakers and at least one really good lighting topic speaker that we are pursuing.

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!

About Our Monthly Membership Auction:
Don’t forget to bring your donation items for the auction or for raffle items, if you have any to spare. A few words of clarification about the monthly auction: most members donate their auction items to support club activities. However, dues paid members are eligible (just let us know) for a 70/30% split with the club, and non-members are eligible for a 50/50% split. Checks for monthly auction splits are normally available at the following month’s meeting, unless there are other arrangements made by our Treasure, such as mailing the funds to you. Again, monthly 70/30 % auction splits and participation in other member benefits are only available to current dues paid members. We thank the membership for their generous donations to the monthly auction to build our treasury which allows us to bring in monthly speakers and provide quality events.

Through the monthly auction quality livestock and plants are provided to the membership at reasonable prices which enables the membership to try working with new species of fish and plants that they won’t see at local shops. If you have any extra fish, plants or aquatic items, please consider a donation to the auction to help build our treasury. See David Sombach, or Lee Shadbolt, David’s backup, at monthly meetings for any assistance with items you wish to bring to the auction. Clear labeling of the item being auctioned with common name and scientific name helps to identify the item being sold and brings more at auction. Provenance- where the item came from, culture details and who brought the item also helps when auctioning items.

About our Upcoming JRAS Elections
As in the past, we will be holding our Annual Elections meeting in conjunction with our December Annual Holiday party. See Chuck McClung, our Nominations Committee Chair, at this, our November meeting, should you be interested in serving on the JRAS Board as an officer. This year we will be holding our Membership Party on either Saturday, December 10th or 17th. The actual Saturday is still up for discussion due to where our party is to be held.

Steve Ruiz
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