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28th Carolina Aquarium Workshop, February 15-17

By Shane Graber - Posted Jan 02, 2013 08:00 AM
The Raleigh Aquarium Society's next Carolina Aquarium Workshop will be held on February 15th-17th, 2013 at the NC State Fairgrounds (1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607) at the Governor James G. Martin Building.
When Feb 14, 2013 07:00 PM to
Feb 16, 2013 07:00 PM
Where NC Fairgrounds, James Martin Bldg, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607
Contact Name
Contact Phone 919-791-7352
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The Raleigh Aquarium Society invites you to attend our Twenty-eighth Annual Carolina Aquarium Workshop, one of the best and oldest regional aquarium conventions in the Southeast.  We have an excellent line up of speakers with many years of experience representing many different aspects of the aquarium hobby.  Our Workshop offers you the opportunity to get information, ask questions, and to share ideas or problems with other hobbyists.  Past Workshops have had attendees from several other states, including Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.

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.  There is no charge for Sunday’s open auction.  Anyone may bring items to be sold.

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: $20.00
Non-Members: $25.00

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 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 Linda Twaddle 919-639-8520 or email raleighaquariumsociety@yahoo.com

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 15th, 2013


1:00pm -
Native Fish Collecting trip - Meet at NC State Fairgrounds James G. Martin building (see map) and return by 5:30. Equipment provided, but be sure to bring dry clothes, boots/waders, buckets, & dip nets if you have them. Please contact Gerald Pottern to sign up or to request further info raleighfish@yahoo.comor 919-649-6506.


Saturday, February 16th, 2013

8:30am Workshop Registration opens.

9:00amDavid Herlong: Fish Keepers and Aquarium Shops in Europe. David Herlong began keeping fish over 40 years ago, starting with fish from local creeks and his grandmother’s goldfish pond. Then in the late 1960s he walked into a store and was captivated by his first Malawi cichlids … auratus, tropheops, and BB zebras.  His aquarium fascination led to college degrees in aquatic biology, and it's been downhill ever since.  David has kept a wide variety of fish from livebearers, tetras, and gouramis to catfish and cichlids. He has made two trips to Lake Malawi to observe these beauties in nature, and also to the Peruvian Amazon and Honduras.  David has been active in the American Cichlid Association for decades and held several offices including Chairman of the Board and Editor of the society’s journal, Buntbarsche Bulletin. He is a founding member of the Raleigh Aquarium Society and proud that RAS is still alive and well some 32 years later due to the dedication of its members through the years.  David has also visited many top-notch European aquarium hobbyists, breeders, and fish shops, and will take us on a virtual tour to reveal the ways of European fish keepers.

10:15amChuck Davis - Catfish – An Unscientific Approach. Chuck Davis has been keeping tropical fish since age nine, 57 years ago. Now approaching his Diamond Anniversary in fish keeping, he’s come to realize that he’ll never have enough time to learn all of what he’d like know in this hobby. Chuck owned two retail pet stores and one wholesale operation, and now semi-retired, keeps active in the hobby for fun, relaxation and meeting good people. He’s been active with organized aquarium clubs since 1971, wrote the “Society News” column for Aquarium Fish Magazine from its beginning until 2000, and was editor of the North Jersey Aquarium Society monthly publication for over 25 years. Chuck served on the boards of the American Cichlid Association, NJAS, FAAS, GCAS and the Catfish Association. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was leading the first aquarists group collecting trip to Peru in 1987. Chuck specializes in catfish and cichlids, and currently maintains 27 large aquariums in his one bedroom condo in Florida, where he enjoys all sorts of tropical fish, fish collecting, sleeping and eating.

11:30amLunch (on your own)

12:30pmBob Goldstein - Killifish Keeping and Breeding. Bob Goldstein began keeping fish in NYC in the 1940s, when pet shops “bagged” your fish to carry home in waxed-paper Chinese food containers. He earned degrees in biology and parasitology, taught at Emory University for several years, then became an environmental consulting biologist in the 1970s, which he is still doing today. Over the past 50 years Bob has authored dozens of aquarium books and hundreds of magazine articles on a diverse array of subjects including fish diseases, American fishes, Bettas and gouramis, cichlids, angelfish, reef aquariums, killifish, catfish, dottybacks, clownfish, and other topics, and served as editor of national aquarium magazines and many local club publications. Bob is currently editor of the Journal of the American Killifish Association, and is one of the founders of the Raleigh Aquarium Society.

1:45pmTom Henderson – Lake Tanganyika: Shellies and Julies.Tom Henderson began in the aquarium hobby while in grade school in the mid ‘60’s. He quickly became infatuated with cichlids, of which the New World varieties were the only ones available. After a hiatus from the hobby while attending university, he resumed fish keeping and was delighted to discover that the African cichlid revolution had occurred. That did it -- a lifelong passion was ignited! Even while working in Florida as a commercial diver collecting his own marine specimens, his enthusiasm for African cichlids never waned. Today, Tom and his wife Kay operate KT Aquatics, specializing in select Tanganyikan and Malawian species. His presentation will be on Lake Tanganyika with a focus on shelldwelling and Julidochromis species flocks.

3:00pmMike Hellweg – Breeding Tips & Tricks for Oddball Fish. Mike Hellweg has been breeding fish since he was 9 years old, and has published two books and more than 200 articles in aquarium magazines around the world so far. He has spawned and raised nearly 400 fish species from 30 different families (only about 50 of which are cichlids), and has documented many of these spawns in his articles. Over the past 40 years he has specialized in miniature fishes, and has bred numerous “oddballs” including licorice and chocolate gouramis, almost half of the known wild Betta species, two species of “Kuhli” loaches, hillstream loaches, wasp catfish, bumblebee catfish, banjo catfish, seahorses, pipefish, all six species of dwarf Rasboras (Boraras), and the smallest known fish of all, Paedocypris.

4:15pm - Mo Devlin - Today in the Fishroom: Segrest Farms. Mo Devlin is the owner of Aquamojo.Com. He currently maintains nearly 3,000 gallons of fresh water tanks. Over the past 30 years he has successfully bred many of the Central and South American cichlid fishes. His passion for New World cichlids is only rivaled by his love of photography. Over the years, he has posted images of his collection frequently in his “Today in the Fishroom” series on line across many national and international fish forums. Mo spent two terms on the board of trustees for the American Cichlid Association and has served as ACA’s publicity chairman for the past decade. Mo spent five days at Segrest Farms, one of Florida’s premier aquarium fish farms and importers, photographing their high-quality livestock and facilities for use in marketing. He took over 3,500 photos at Segrest Farms including nearly a thousand different fish species.

5:30pmBreak.

6:30pmDinner – Chuck Davis Gizmos, Gadgets and Good Ideas. Chuck Davis has been keeping tropical fish since age nine, 57 years ago. Now approaching his Diamond Anniversary in fish keeping, he’s come to realize that he’ll never have enough time to learn all of what he’d like know in this hobby. Chuck owned two retail pet stores and one wholesale operation, and now semi-retired, keeps active in the hobby for fun, relaxation and meeting good people. He’s been active with organized aquarium clubs since 1971, wrote the “Society News” column for Aquarium Fish Magazine from its beginning until 2000, and was editor of the North Jersey Aquarium Society monthly publication for over 25 years. Chuck served on the boards of the American Cichlid Association, NJAS, FAAS, GCAS and the Catfish Association. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was leading the first aquarists group collecting trip to Peru in 1987. Chuck specializes in catfish and cichlids, and currently maintains 27 large aquariums in his one bedroom condo in Florida, where he enjoys all sorts of tropical fish, fish collecting, sleeping and eating.


Sunday, February 17th, 2013

9:00am–11:00am – Auction Setup and optional On-site Registration – (All items must be registered by 11:00am. We highly recommend Sellers and Buyers to register prior to the Sunday night on-line at the link www.mygroupauctions.com).

11:00am – Auction begins. Rules for the auction can be found Here. Last update on 9/2012

For more information on registering on-line, please view the user guide athttp://www.mygroupauctions.com/UsersGuide.pdf.)



Suggested Accomodations:

Ramada Inn, 1520 Blue Ridge Rd. Raleigh
(800) 272-6232
Comfort Suites, 1200 Hurricane Alley Way, Raleigh
(919) 854-0502
Hampton Inn, 111 Hampton Woods Lane, Raleigh
(919) 233-1798
Wyngate, 6115 Corporate Ridge Road, Raleigh
(919) 847-7383

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.

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