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Carolina Aquarium Workshop XXX
The Raleigh Aquarium Society's next Carolina Aquarium Workshop will be held on February 13th-15th, 2015 at the NC State Fairgrounds (1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607) at the Governor James G. Martin Building.

The Raleigh Aquarium Society (RAS), now in it's fourth decade of operation, invites you to attend our 30th annual Carolina Aquarium Workshop, one of the oldest home aquarium conventions in the country. We offer a series of events, including a native fish collecting trip, a local fishroom tour, a speaker "Meet & Greet", a full day conference hosting six notable personalities in the hobby, a banquet with a dinner talk, and a large auction of aquatic animals, plants, and equipment. Our workshop offers you the unique opportunity to share information, ideas, and enjoyment with like-minded professional and amateur individuals in the home aquarist hobby. Recent workshops have numbered over 250 people from across the nation and globe. Several aquarium shops and vendors will also be there, providing "hard-to-find" fish, plants, and supplies. Mark your calendars now for a memorable time - we hope you can join us!

The Workshop registration fee covers the Friday field trip and Saturday daytime programs and exhibits. There is an extra charge for Saturday’s dinner and speaker. 

Many aquarium shops and manufacturers serving this region donated the aquarium equipment and supplies offered in the raffles and auction. We greatly appreciate the support the Workshop receives from these businesses. 

Registration:
Members: $25.00 (per person)
Non-Members: $30.00 (per person)

Auction:
Members: Free
Non-Members: $5.00

Dinner: $20.00 each
Dinner Children Under 12: $10.00 each

Friday - Field Trip:
Saturday - Speakers, Banquet, and Dinner Speaker:
Sunday - Auction:

The official brochure and flyer for the Workshop is here
(in Adobe .pdf format )

The registration form can be found here.



For the latest weather forecast, click here to be directed to WRAL's website.

For information call Chris Smith 919-698-2828 or Michael Maieli 919-624-3053 or email raleighaquariumsociety@yahoo.com

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 13th, 2015


1:00pm -
Native fish collecting trip at 2 local NC Piedmont waterways within a 1 hour drive of Raleigh (carpools meet at Martin Building). RAS will provide permits, nets, seines, and buckets, but bring your own waders/footwear, food/water, towels, dry clothes, and personal equipment (for signups, contact raleighfish@yahoo.com
).

Here are the required release waiver forms for the Native Fish Collecting trip.
Adults
Minors

7:00 pm: Fishroom tour and speaker "Meet & Greet" at the residence of RAS master breeder Larry Jinks in Wake Forest, NC (for directions, contact raleighaquariumsociety@yahoo.com).


Saturday, February 14th, 2015

8:30am Workshop Registration opens, Introductions, and Setup.

9:30am - Larry Jinks - Dealing with Livebearers.
From the familiar old-standby livebearers that aquarists have loved for the past century to rare and unusual wild species, master breeder Larry Jinks has experience with dozens of Poeciliids, Goodeids, and other families. Livebearers are not just beginner’s fish! Larry Jinks raised and bred tropical fish as a teen in New Jersey, stopped for a track and field career at Rutgers College, and then earned a Masters degree in biology from Montclair State University. He taught high school biology and coached track for 37 years, but returned to fish breeding in 1994 when he joined the North Jersey Aquarium Society. After retiring, Larry and his wife Joanne followed their children south to Wake Forest, North Carolina, where they built a home with a very large custom fishroom. Larry is the current Treasurer and Breeder Awards Program (BAP) Chairman for the Raleigh Aquarium Society, but remains active with his former clubs in New York and New Jersey. He has earned BAP credit for breeding over 330 fish species of fish, has entered fish shows in 8 states, and has won "Best Of Show" in 4 states. Now a fulltime grandpa, Larry enjoys attending and speaking at fish clubs and conventions across the country, working in his fishroom, and trading fish with fellow hobbyists.

10:45am -
Paul Loiselle - Dwarf Cichlids - Cichlid Power in a Small Package. The great secret of cichlid keeping is out - there are species able to prosper in twenty gallons of water! This overview of cichlids scaled for life in smaller aquaria focuses on the basic husbandry and breeding of both Neotropical and African dwarf cichlids. Dr. Paul Loiselle is an worldwide recognized aquarist with over 50 years of fish-keeping and aquatic ecology experience. He is an internationally published author of numerous articles and books on the care and breeding of ornamental fishes including "The Cichlid Aquarium", "Your Garden Pond", and "The Fishkeeper's Guide to African Cichlids". During the course of his long career, Paul has had opportunities to study cichlids in Madagascar, east and west Africa, Haiti, Mexico, Central America, and the Peruvian Amazon. As Senior Conservationist in the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Curator Emeritus of Freshwater Fishes at the New York Aquarium, he is actively involved in a variety of conservation programs, especially focused on the fishes of Madagascar. Paul is scientific advisor to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Freshwater Fish Taxa Group, the Lake Victoria Cichlid Species Survival Program, and also serves in a similar capacity to the Madagascar Faunal Interest Group. He is a founding member and Fellow of the (ACA) American Cichlid Association), and a life member of both the AFC (Association France Cichlide) and NJAS (North Jersey Aquarium Society).

12:00am - Lunch (on your own) (an assortment of food items are available on the fairgrounds premises)

1:00pm - Lynda Dirk - Water, Minerals, and Fish Health. How do dissolved minerals, hardness, alkalinity, and pH affect freshwater fish and invertebrates? How are various ions absorbed from the water and/or from food? How are different ions used, and how do animals maintain their mineral balance in hard-water vs soft-water? Why is "blackwater" from dead leaves and wood important for soft-water fish? Can salt or hardness cause reproductive or health problems for soft-water species? Lynda Dirk has been working with wild and captive fish for the last twelve years with a particular interest in their biology and veterinary care. She earned her Masters degree studying the physiological response to hypoxia in wild fish and is currently working towards her doctorate degree focusing on Zoological and Aquatic Medicine at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina. Lynda worked as a fish biologist for Florida Atlantic University in cooperation with the Florida Water Management District's Kissimmee River Restoration Project in the Everglades National Park. She also has worked at the Living Seas Exhibit for Walt Disney World in their aquarium and veterinary hospital departments. Lynda is a notable alumnus of AQUAVET.

2:15pm - Stephan Tanner – Plecos! Let's Breed Them Before They Vanish. The Belo Monte dam on the Rio Xingu put many unique plecos into the headlines. What consequences do we expect and how can we help? Stephan Tanner will discuss the natural history and aquarium care of the fascinating and diverse group. Stephan Tanner has kept aquariums since age 14 in his native homeland of Switzerland. His fascination with nature lead to a B.S. degree in Ecology and Molecular Biology in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics in 1998, both from the University of Bern. He worked for a local fish shop while in college, then served as editor-in-chief for the International Society for Barbs, Tetras, Loaches, and Catfishes (IGBSSW) publication from 1994-2006. After moving to the United States for a post-doc fellowship at Ohio State University, Stephan discovered that his beloved Poret filter foam was unavailable here! Being Swiss, he likes things that are simple, effective, and long lasting. So in 2006, he set up SwissTropicals LLC to import Poret foam, but also sells filters, fish foods, and his own tank-bred fish. Now living in Minnesota, Stephan travels frequently to participate in many aquarium events and to visit fish-keeping friends throughout Europe and North America. He is a member of IGBSSW, the ACA, ALA (the American Livebearers Association), NANFA (the North American Native Fish Association), the Minnesota Aquarium Society, and the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts. Last year, he became a senor editor and translator for Reef to Rainforest Media LLC which publishes both "Amazonas" and "Coral" magazines.

3:30pm - Dave Ramsey – Caring For The Cantankerous Ones. Successes, failures and strategies with a variety of difficult fish species: those that are hard to spawn, hard to keep from killing each other, hard to keep healthy, egg-hatching problems, fry-feeding problems, and other troubles. Lots of videos. Dave Ramsey lives near Atlanta with his wife, 2 dogs, and LOTS of fish. He began fishkeeping in Charlotte long ago with guppies and Aphyosemion australe, which started his long term love affair with killifishes. Since then, he has raised angels, bettas, cichlids, gouramis, killies, and many others. His current interests are the soft water cichlids, various catfishes, loaches, and anything unusual. Even with 80+ tanks, there never seems to be enough room. He is a member of many national aquarium organizations, a regular contributor to JAKA (the Journal of American Killifish Association), and editor of the Atlanta Area Aquarium Association's (AAAA) "Fish Talk" newsletter. He has created many videos on fish and live foods on his YouTube channel, with fun and informative talks based around fish behavior, courting, spawning, and raising fry. Many nights are spent with his recording equipment waiting for those magical moments to film. His other passion is growing live foods and documenting their affect on his fish./span>

4:45pm - Rachel O'Leary - Nano Aquaria - Ins, Outs, and In-Betweens. Freshwater Nano Aquaria, fish & invertebrate species, husbandry, and obstacles to keeping animals and plants in very small tanks. Rachel O'Leary, an aquarium hobbyist since childhood, currently operates over 100 tanks with fish ranging from micros to monsters. Her special focus is on freshwater nanofish and invertebrates (snails, shrimp, crayfish, and crabs). Rachel keeps hundreds of species and is actively breeding many of them, maintaining a passion for gar and polypterids. Rachel is a frequent speaker at national aquarium conventions, a vocal advocate of the hobby, and a regular contributor to "Amazonas" magazine with articles featuring her travels around the world and her breeding successes. The successful aquarium business she founded (Invertebrates by Msjinkzd) in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania, provides exotic freshwater livestock to schools and hobbyists around the world. A proud wife and mother of two, Rachel is focused on educating aquarists and personally deals with customers to help them make good choices for their tanks. With co-author Mark Denaro (a former RAS workshop speaker), Rachel recently published her first book on nano aquaria and is planning future writing projects and travels to share her fascination with nanofish and invertebrates.

6:30pm - Dinner –Paul Loiselle - Aquarists and Conservation. Tigers, rhinos and pandas aren't alone in facing the threat of extinction. Freshwater fishes world-wide are menaced by deforestation, mining, groundwater pumping, pollution, and introduced competitors and predators. This talk discusses threats to fish habitats and biodiversity, and what aquarists can do now to help save the fishes upon which their hobby depends. Dr. Paul Loiselle is an worldwide recognized aquarist with over 50 years of fish-keeping and aquatic ecology experience. He is an internationally published author of numerous articles and books on the care and breeding of ornamental fishes including "The Cichlid Aquarium", "Your Garden Pond", and "The Fishkeeper's Guide to African Cichlids". During the course of his long career, Paul has had opportunities to study cichlids in Madagascar, east and west Africa, Haiti, Mexico, Central America, and the Peruvian Amazon. As Senior Conservationist in the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Curator Emeritus of Freshwater Fishes at the New York Aquarium, he is actively involved in a variety of conservation programs, especially focused on the fishes of Madagascar. Paul is scientific advisor to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Freshwater Fish Taxa Group, the Lake Victoria Cichlid Species Survival Program, and also serves in a similar capacity to the Madagascar Faunal Interest Group. He is a founding member and Fellow of the (ACA) American Cichlid Association), and a life member of both the AFC (Association France Cichlide) and NJAS (North Jersey Aquarium Society).


Sunday, February 15th, 2015

9:00am–11:00amAuction Setup and optional On-site Registration – (All items must be registered by 11:00am. NOTE: Online registration for buyers and sellers is required prior to the RAS auction. Signup for free at www.mygroupauctions.com). Contact RAS for info.

11:00amAuction begins. Rules for the auction can be found Here. Last update on 12/2014

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds are located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, NC 27607; call (919) 821-7400 or visit www.ncstatefair.org



Suggested Accomodations:

Ramada Inn, 1520 Blue Ridge Rd. Raleigh
    (800) 272-6232 {ask for the RAS group rate}
Comfort Suites, 1200 Hurricane Alley Way, Raleigh
    (866) 267-9053
Hampton Inn, 111 Hampton Woods Lane, Raleigh
    (866) 279-5332
Wyngate, 6115 Corporate Ridge Road, Raleigh
    (866) 276-6393

We thank the past guest speakers and the attendees for their time and we extend another "thank you" to those who have provided donations for our auction.

Contributing Manufacturers, Distributors, Pet Stores and Organizations:

amazonas magazine
coral mag



Aquarium Technology, Inc.

Aquarium Outfitters
aquaticlife

Avian and Exotic Animal Care

Blue Zoo Radio

central aquatics

cichlid news

Cichlid Press Books
EG Danner

Discus Hans USA



Diskus Brief Magazine
fosters smith

Eastern Aquatic Blackworms
Ecological
Ecological Laboratories



Florida Aquatic Nursery The Fish Factory
florida exotic
Ginger
glass cages

inlandseas


Kens Fish

Kingfish Services
kordon

Margarita Tours
Margarita Tours


Pet Supplies "Plus"


Reef Keepers Aquarium
reef farm
The Reef Farm

Swiss Tropicals
tenderlivingcare
   
Xtreme foods
imareefer
amazonas
reef rainforest

 


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