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 James River Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting Feb 2017

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PostSubject: James River Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting Feb 2017   Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:20 pm

The below email is from Dennis Bragg.  JRAS has a Facebook page and website.
There is a lot of information in this post.

Note: See JRAS at:
1) Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JRASVirginia,
2) Website at:  www.jras.org
3) Twitter: https://twitter.com/jras_va
4) Email List: Send your email to roovle@gmail.com with a note to “Add Me to The JRAS Mail List” and we will add you to our monthly meeting details / flyer email list.

Hi Gang,

We will be holding our February 2017 James River Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting this Wednesday, February 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.

About our February 2017 Program: “General Breeding Strategies for Freshwater Tropical Fish”)
Larry Jinks will present a program that concentrates on breeding strategies for the average freshwater tropical fish aquarist. He plans on sharing his decades of experience from the past and his most recent experience from his current large fishroom in his home.

About our February 2017 Program Speaker: Larry Jinks

Larry Jinks, of Wake Forest, NC, raised and bred tropical fish as a youth, but stopped for a track and field career in college. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at Rutgers College and a master’s in biology from Montclair State, he embarked on a 37-year career as a high school biology teacher and track coach. After retiring, Larry and his wife, Joanne, shut down his NJ fishroom in April 2009 and followed their children and grandchildren south and built a new home (with a new fish room) in Wake Forest, NC. Larry will detail information on Cichlids in general and New World Cichlid species in particular that he has bred and currently breeds in his current fishroom.

Larry has been active in the Breeder Award Programs (BAP) at North Jersey AS, Jersey Shore AS, Brooklyn AS, Raleigh AS, Atlanta Area AS, and the American Livebearer Association and is currently an officer in the Raleigh Aquarium Society.  He has received BAP credit for over 340 species of fish and has been to fish shows in eight different states, winning Best of Show in four states. Now a fulltime grandpa, Larry still enjoys attending fish conventions, working in his new fish room and trading fish with other hobbyists. Larry is currently the Breeder Awards Program (BAP) Chairperson for the Raleigh Aquarium Society, of Raleigh, NC.

Larry usually brings unusual fish from his fish room breeding efforts for the end-of-meeting monthly auction! Quite a treat for those seeking hard to find species.

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 2017 Membership and be eligible for the prize drawing at this meeting.

JRAS Monthly Pre-Meeting Dinner Gathering at Frida’s Mexican Restaurant
As usual we are again inviting all our members and non-members alike to dine with us to get to know JRAS members, non-members and our speaker this month, Michael Barber, between 5:30 pm and 6:50 pm just before our monthly meeting. We always having a group of JRAS attendees / hungry diners who arrive between 5:30 and 6 pm to socialize / eat with our speaker until we drive the 3 minutes across the street to DGIF for our 7 pm monthly membership meeting. Frida’s Mexican Restaurant is located 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.

Note: Clear your 2017 calendar for the following JRAS Monthly Meeting dates! (All our monthly meetings occur on the 4th Wed unless otherwise noted)

Feb 22nd, March 22nd, April 26th, May 24th, June 28th, July 26th, August 23rd, September 27th, October 21st (Saturday) Annual Fall All-Day Auction held in Mechanicsville), October 25th, November 29th (The 5th Wednesday in November to avoid conflict with Thanksgiving on Nov 23rd), December 9th (Saturday) JRAS Holiday Party will, based on past history, be held at a member’s home.)

Note: Due to a Board vote during our Annual Board/Member Strategy Meeting, one or two of the planned Wednesday meetings may be changed to Saturday meetings to be able to get hard-to-get speakers and topics when they are available. Finding a suitable venue on a Saturday is also a consideration. We will give you as much notice as possible as we plan these programs.

Should you know of any topics, or willing saltwater, freshwater, or natural conservation speakers, please get us their contact information. We are always on the lookout for great program topics and speakers! Should be speaker not be able to make a Wednesday, we will now entertain a Saturday meeting.

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 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. 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. If you have any extra fish, plants or aquatic items, please consider bringing them to our auctions 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.

A Note on JRAS Membership:
Dues for membership run for one calendar year from the last date full dues were paid and are $20 per household, inclusive of all who live at your address. Though not required to attend meetings, membership is encouraged and multiple perks occur for paid members. January tends to be the most frequent time that we have people sign up and many of our members were just sent an email as a reminder if your membership lapsed this past December 2016. See early during the meeting, or contact Chuck McClung, Membership Chair, for details at: edmcclu8@aol.com. Checks for payment made out to JRAS makes record keeping a lot easier, and coming early this time will help our Membership Committee process multiple payers for this, our January meeting, much easier.

Fish Information needed:
Dr. Bill Rhodes (our resident fancy goldfish expert and PhD in Biology) wants to know if anyone in our group raises / has access to lungfish. Contact Bill at bkrhodesva@aol.com if you have any information.

Note: See JRAS at:
1) Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JRASVirginia,
2) Website at:  www.jras.org
3) Twitter: https://twitter.com/jras_va
4) Email List: Send your email to roovle@gmail.com with a note to “Add Me to The JRAS Mail List” and we will add you to our monthly meeting details / flyer email list.

As always, if you no longer want to receive these announcements or newsletters, please send an email to roovle@gmail.com to be promptly taken off the mailing list.

Questions:  Please direct any questions to Dennis Bragg: Cell/Text: (804) 690-2152 / roovle@gmail.com, or Scott Cox, Cell/Text: (804) 539-5360, wsc.3@comcast.net, for the JRAS meeting. Mailing address: James River Aquarium Society (JRAS), 5409 Falmouth Street, Richmond, VA 23230.

Hope to see you all at 7 pm this Wednesday evening, February 22nd at DGIF to here our noted speaker, Laryy Jinks, present “General Breeding Strategies of Freshwater Tropical Fish.”


Dennis Bragg
JRAS Programs Chair
Cell: (804)-690-2152

Other Happenings for JRAS and other Aquatic Societies:

1)      February 22nd 2017, (Wednesday) The James River Aquarium Society’s regular monthly membership meeting. Larry Jinks of RAS will be presenting “General Breeding Strategies for Freshwater Tropical Fish.” (See details above) Additional JRAS club details can be found at: http://www.jras.org/ , and https://www.facebook.com/JRASVirginia


2)    February 25th 2017, (Sunday) The Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association monthly membership meeting, (GWAPA), starts at 1:00 p m. Victor Gyorffy will host the meeting and Sean Murphy will discuss his =mineralized soil substrate recipe, and benefits and cosiderations when using soil substrates. Victor’s home and the meeting site is located at: 230701 Eli Lane, Gaithersburg, MD. The regular monthly auction where members and non-members are all welcome will be held. GWAPA generally meets on the 4th Saturday of each month. See http://gwapa.org/wordpress/  for more general details and more about this meeting at:

3)    March 4th, 2017, (Saturday) at 1 pm. The Potomac Valley Aquarium Society (PVAS) is holding their monthly membership meeting. The program will be given by John Bianchi, owner of Blue Ribbon Aquatics in Catharpin, VA, a BS/1991 graduate of the Fish Health Management program of the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinary Medicine, shares his knowledge and experience in the areas of system setups, fish health and water quality. John currently operates a 5000 sq ft KOI & Marine retail and aquaculture facility in Northern Virginia. At every meeting PVAS has a program, door prize, raffle, refreshments, and mini-auction! See the calendar for meeting schedules. Mini-Auction - PVAS members can enter fish-related items for sale, anyone can buy. PVAS meetings are held at the following location in the cafeteria: Green Acres School, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia. See for details: and http://pvas.com/meetings.php, and http://www.pvas.com/calendar.php

4)    March 10-12, 2017, (Friday – Sunday) The Capital Cichlid Association will hold its 5th “Aquamania: The Big Fish Deal” at the Gaithersburg Hilton. David Sombach, Lee Shadbolt, Lane Kelly, Susan Bragg and Dennis Bragg from JRAS all plan on attending this show, although there (very unfortunately) is a conflict with RAS’s Annual Carolina Aquarium Workshop where all five of the aforementioned in JRAS also usually attend. See http://thebigfishdeal.com/#/events/schedule for the BigFishDeal schedule of events, http://capitalcichlids.org/aquamania/ for registration details, and https://www.capitalcichlids.org/forums/ for general club information.

Capital Cichlids

1)    March 10-12, 2017, (Friday – Sunday) The Raleigh Aquarium Society’s Annual Carolina Aquarium Workshop XXXII to be held at the Ramada Raleigh, 1520 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. This will be sixth year that RAS has held this workshop. It is always extremely well done, and has a huge auction starting at 11 am on Sunday, March 12th to top it off!  See http://www.raleighaquariumsociety.org/workshop-main/ for registration details.

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2)    April 2nd, 2017, (Sunday) PVAS Spring Auction and Tag Sale. Bidder pre-registration opens at 9 am and Bidding starts at 10:30 am at Green Acres School, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. See http://www.pvas.com/calendar.php for details.


3)    August 25-27th 2017 (Thursday – Saturday) Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA). This event will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hilton Riverside Hotel and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. See http://macnaconference.org/2017/ for more details.
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4)    October 14th, 2017, (Saturday) (This date is tentative, but the actual date should be very close!). The Goldfish Council’s Annual Virginia Goldfish Show. The Goldfish Council holds an annual goldfish show here in Richmond on (usually) the 2nd Saturday in October. Dr. Bryan Rhodes heads up this event. Contact Bryan at bkrhodesva@aol.com for more details. See https://www.facebook.com/virginiaGoldfishShow/ for all the details of the show here in Richmond.


5)    October 21, 2017 (Saturday 9 am to 4 pm) The James River Aquarium Society (JRAS) holds our 3rd Annual Fall All Day Auction. The site will be Logo Advantage, 8007A Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. For those familiar with Mechanicsville, the Logo Advantage site is in downtown Mechanicsville, across from the 7-Eleven and Carter’s BBQ, and located at the corner of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Cold Harbor RD. This will be the third year that we have held our auction and we intend to build on our extremely successful auction held last year at this same location. Start preparing for this auction by cranking up your breeding program and gathering your dry goods as this is the PREMIER aquatic auction event for Central Virginia!!
See details at:

If you have questions or concerns about the auction, please contact David Sombach either by email; davidsombachphoto@gmail.com, or cell: (804)-347-9557).

JRAS auction driving / location details: From 295 take exit 37b (heading towards Richmond). Once you head off the ramp, you are going to bear to your immediate right, heading onto "old" Mechanicsville turnpike. Drive about 1000 feet and the store is on the left. To some of you that may remember, this is the old Southern States building....


6)    November 5th, 2017, (Sunday). The Raleigh Aquarium Society will hold its Annual Fall Auction. The Raleigh Aquarium Society holds two LARGE auctions each year. This year’s Fall auction will be held at Ramada Raleigh, 1520 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607. JRAS members Susan/Dennis Bragg, Lee Shadbolt, David Sombach, Pat Cash, Jose Oseguera and Lane Kelly usually attend this event. Check with one of them to ride down together or to get them to purchase auction items on your behalf. See http://www.raleighaquariumsociety.org/auction-info for full details.



Aquatic Organizations Related to JRAS

·         US Directory (for all national clubs and societies) = http://www.ifocas.org/usstates/unitedstates.htm or                              http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-community/fish-clubs-and-societies.aspx
·         Aquarium Enthusiasts of the Triad (located in Winston Salem, NC) = webpage in progress {only FACEBOOK page available}
·         Atlanta Area Aquarium Association (located in Atlanta, GA) = www.atlantaaquarium.com
·         Brooklyn Aquarium Society (located in Brooklyn, NY) = www.brooklynaquariumsociety.org
·         Capital Cichlid Association (CCA) (located in Silver Spring, MD) = www.capitalcichlids.org
·         Carolina Fishtalk forum (located in Durham, NC)  = www.carolinafishtalk.com/forum
·         Charlotte Area Aquarists Society (located in Charlotte, NC) = www.aquacharlotte.org
·         Columbia Marine Aquarium Club (located in Columbia, SC) = www.columbiamac.org
·         Duke University Marine Laboratory (located in Beaufort, NC) = www.nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab
·         East Tennessee Reef Club (located in Knoxville, TN) = www.easttnreefclub.com
·         Greater Washington Area Aquatic Plant Association (GWAPA) (located in Washington, DC) = www.gwapa.org
·         Iowa Aquaria Association (located in Waterloo, IA) = http://www.iowa-aquaria.com
·         James River Aquarium Society (JRAS) (located in Richmond, VA) = www.jras.org
·         Jersey Shore Aquarium Society (located in Freehold, NJ) = www.jerseyshoreas.org
·         Marine Aquarium Society of the Carolinas (located in Raleigh, NC) = www.reefkeeping.com
·         North Carolina Aquarium Society (located in Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, & Fort Fisher, NC) = www.ncaquariums.com
·         North Carolina Koi & Watergarden Society (located in Raleigh, NC) = www.nckws.net
·         NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine (located in Raleigh, NC; (919) 513 - 6218) = www.cvm.ncsu.edu
·         North Jersey Aquarium Society (located in Lynhurst, NJ) = www.njas.net
·         Potomac Valley Aquarium Society (PVAS) (located in Fairfax, VA) = www.pvas.com
·         South Carolina Aquarium Society (Greenville, SC) = www.scaquariasociety.com
·         South Eastern Virginia Aquarium Society (SEVAAS) (Newly formed in Tidewater, VA) = www.sevaas.org
Note: (Site NOT up yet, but should be up and running during 2017. The domain might or might not change.)  
·         UNC Wilmington Marine Biology Laboratory (located in Wilmington, NC) = www.uncw.edu/career/marinebiology
·         Washington Area Marine Aquarist Society (WAMAS) (located in the Washington D.C. area) = www.wamas.org

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PostSubject: Re: James River Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting Feb 2017   Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:31 am

Larry Jinks gave his presentation on breeding aquarium fish.  He has breed over 400 species so his presentation was from all his experience.  Larry brought many unique species for auction -- he loves to give back to the hobby.  

Larry's fish:

  1. Fundulopanchax gardneri innidere (killifish)
  2. Micropoecilia minima (livebearer)
  3. Julidochromis transcriptus (Tanganyikan cichlid)
  4. Coeydoras stenocephalus (catfish)
  5. Aspidoras spilotus (catfish)
  6. Jordanella floridae (Florida flagfish killifish)
  7. Goodea atripinnis (Goodeid livebearer)
  8. Amititlania nanoluteus (Central American cichlid)
  9. Heros efasciatus (green severum cichlid)
  10. Neolamprologus similis (Tanganyikan shell dweller cichlid)

The auction also included over 50 items from various club members (shrimp, bettas, and many plant as well as some dry goods.)  I was able to get the Aspidoras spilotus (catfish) in the auction.

Very good presentation.

Next month's meeting will be 22-Mar-2017

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