Programs & Events for 2021

Celebrating our tenth anniversary!

                                                JRAS JULY MEETING

                                          SATURDAY  JULY 24, 2021

                                                   We have Great News!!!

 

The July Meeting will be held, IN PERSON at the residence of our President, Lee Shadbolt.  Lee will be giving a presentation on the build of his pond, and JRAS will be hosting a PICNIC, with food and drink supplied.  We will be having a responsible in person meeting, with proper spacing for social distancing, and it will be held outside on Lee,s patio.  We will be able to view the pond and it's inhabitants.  Lee is planning on putting a large monitor outside so we can do an actual presentation.  

JRAS will be supplying the picnic food, and there will be plenty for all.

Actual start time for this meeting will be 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

**NOTE** If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Dennis Bragg at the following # 804-690-2152

(if no answer, leave a voicemail with your number and Dennis will reply)

or email: roovle@gmail.com please give a number of guests you are bringing

AS THIS IS CONSIDERED A REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, WE WILL BE HAVING A MINI AUCTION AT THIS MEETING.  BRING YOUR AQUARIUM RELATED ITEMS FOR THE AUCTION AFTER THE MEETING.

If you want to publish what you will be bringing to the mini auction, please go to the marketplace thread in the forum and make your posting there: we will start a thread you can reply to on the marketplace forum.

OUR JULY 24TH MEETING AND PICNIC WAS A HUGE SUCCESS, WITH ABOUT 28 MEMBERS AND FAMILY ATTENDING.  LEE SHADBOLT, GAVE A FANTASTIC PRESENTATION ON THE BUILD OF HIS BACKYARD POND, WITH FABULOUS PHOTOS, AND DETAILS, AS ONLY OUR PRESIDENT COULD DO, FULL OF GREAT IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE POND BUILDER.  NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN, WAS THE FINISHED RESULT, COMPLETE WITH IT'S INHABITANTS, (ALL NAMED BY LEE'S DAUGHTER BY THE WAY!)

THERE WERE SOME STORMS THAT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA, AND WHILE SOME THOUGHT WE MIGHT GET A BIT WET, THE RAINS SUBSIDED AND THE SKY CLEARED AND THE MEETING WAS ON. SO FOR THE FIRST MEETING IN PERSON, IN OVER A YEAR AND A HALF, OUR PRESIDENT, LEE AND HIS WIFE CHRISTIE, GRACIOUSLY SHARED THEIR BACKYARD FOR OUR GET TOGETHER.  WE HAD ABOUT 28 PEOPLE TAKE PART AND THE SOCIAL INTERACTION WAS STRONG AND EVERYONE SEEMED TO ENJOY THE IN PERSON INTERACTION.

 WE STARTED THE MEETING WITH A GREAT SELECTION OF BARBEQUE FOOD, FRIED CHICKEN WITH ALL THE FIXINGS, AND PLENTY OF SIDES TO KEEP EVERYONE HAPPY AND WELL FED.  THERE WAS CHILLED WATERMELON AFTERWARDS, THAT HIT THE SPOT AND EVERYONE MUNCHED AND WERE FOCUSED ON OUR PRESIDENTS LECTURE ON PONDS. 

 

I HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN A WITNESS TO SEVERAL TALKS ON PONDS AND POND BUILDS OVER THE YEARS AND THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE WATCHED.  WHILE THERE WERE A FEW QUESTIONS AFTERWARDS, LEE PRETTY MUCH HAD MOST OF THE ANSWERS DURING HIS TALK, SO EVERYONE LEFT KNOWING ALL THERE WAS TO KNOW ABOUT HIS POND BUILD. 

AFTER THE LECTURE, WE HAD OUR MONTHLY MINI AUCTION, WHICH I THINK WAS A BIG HIT WITH FOLKS AND SOMETHING WE WERE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO EXPERIENCING.  I BELEIVE THERE WERE ABOUT 30+ ITEMS AND FOLKS GOT SOME GREAT ITEMS FOR REASONABLE PRICES.  

                              JRAS MONTHLY ZOOM MEETING

                                WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30  7:00 PM

                                 *PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE*

                                                                       JUNE SPEAKER

                                                     TIM  KOLES

                                                                          PONDS!!

 

     HOW TO GET STARTED IN OUTDOOR PLANT AND FISHKEEPING

Topic: James River Aquarium Society
Time: Jun 30, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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                      FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON OUR TAGSALE,                                         PLEASE GO TO :         FORUM/MARKETPLACE 

 FOR DETAILS, AND READ SELLER RULES, POST SALES LISTS,          AND RESPOND TO SELLERS FOR THEIR SALES ITEMS.                                        

Look for fabulous James River Aquarium Society apparel,                 caps, and sales items benefiting our society.

We will also feature some silent auction items and raffles!

SELLERS:   POST YOUR SALES LISTS ON THE MARKETPLACE SO THAT POTENTIAL BUYERS CAN SEE WHAT YOU ARE BRINGING FOR SALE.  BUYERS:  READ THE SELLER LISTS AND CONTACT SELLERS IF THEY REQUIRE PRE-SALES.  PLEASE REMEMBER THIS SALE IS BETWEEN SELLER AND BUYER, JRAS TAKES NO REPSONSIBILITY IN TRANSACTIONS.

I                         JRAS APRIL ZOOM MEETING

              WEDNESDAY APRIL 28, 7:00 PM

                               BRYAN RHODES 

              COLOR GENETICS IN GOLDFISH

OUR SOCIETY'S RESIDENT GOLDFISH EXPERT, WILL EXPLAIN GENETICS IN COLOR IN GOLDFISH, AND EXPLAIN HOW EVEN SUNLIGHT IMPROVES ON COLOR IN YOUR FISH, WHETHER IN AQUARIUMS OR IN A POND.

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                                       JRAS MARCH MEETING

                                            WEDNESDAY MARCH 24, 2021

                              ZOOM MEETING STARTING AT 7:00 PM

                                                 JOHNATHON BUTKUS

                                       

                                            TOPIC - FILTRATION

Topic: James River Aquarium Society
Time: Mar 24, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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                                        JRAS VIRTUAL MEETING:    JANUARY 27, 2021

                JOIN US FOR OUR ZOOM MEETING   WEDNESDAY  EVENING 7:00 PM

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                                                        FEATURED SPEAKER       Dr. Michi Tobler

Ever since childhood, Michi has had a weird obsession with fish and other animals that live in water.  Studying biology and becoming a scientist has allowed him to make his passion his profession.  Today, Michi primarily studies the ecology and evolution of fish species in Latin America, allowing him to travel to exotic places and observing fish in their natural environments.  In addition, Michi studies the genetics and physiology, and behavior of fish in his laboratory at K-State.  At work, he oversees a fish facility with over 250 fish tanks, all devoted to livebearers.  And yes, he still keeps fish tanks at home too.

 

          “Livebearers: What they are, where to find them, and how to keep them”

 

Livebearers of the family Poeciliidae are among the most popular aquarium fishes and can be found in pretty much every pet store

around the globe.  They are often considered good fish for beginners to keep.  But there is more to them than guppies, mollies, 

platys, and swordtails.  In fact there are almost 280 species of poeciliids, that occur from North Carolina all the way south to 

Argentina.  I will provide an overview of the different groups of livebearers, their reproduction, and the ways they have adapted

to all kinds of weird habitats.  I will be able to show pictures and tell stories from over 30 collection trips throughout Latin America and share experiences from 25 years of keeping livebearers.  I am happy to answer any questions you might have about livebearers, fish keeping, and observing fish in their natural habitats.

 
                JRAS CHRISTMAS GATHERING:  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020   TIME:  7:00 pm - ?
                 if you wish to take part in the gift exchange, navigate to our forum and read the rules and details to join in on the fun.
 
This Year's December meeting will be our Christmas Party, however, because of covid, this will be a virtual meeting/party, and we will host it through ZOOM.
To take part in the meeting, for a social get together, and our Gift exhange, simply click on the link provided to be part of our party.   Full details of the Gift Exchange rules will be posted on our forum under announcements.
follow the following link to log on to the zoom meeting. 
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                                                                   NOVEMBER JRAS ZOOM MEETING

                                                                         ZOOM MEETING WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2020

                                                               Time:  7:00 pm

                                                                   (just click on the zoom meeting invite)

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Kris Weinhold, will be giving us an enlightening talk on Aquascaping basics,

and easy plants to work with in low tech setups.

Kris Weinhold grew up keeping aquariums, but really fell in love with planted aquariums over 15 years ago, diving head-first into researching and experimenting with various plants, growing techniques, and aquascape designs. Kris on the board of the Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association (GWAPA) and the Aquatic Gardener’s Association (www.aquatic-gardeners.org). He has published articles and photographs in a variety of aquarium-related periodicals, and is currently a judge for the AGA’s internationally renowned aquascaping contest.

Please go to the FORUM tab NAVIGATE TO THE MARKETPLACE THREAD, and look at the rules and directions for attending, selling or buying at our upcoming Tailgate/Tagsale.  You can also follow the rules for our Auctions page when understanding what you can and cannot do at this event.  

There will also be a table set up for anyone that wishes to DONATE items towards the sale for JRAS.

Sellers are responsible for their own sales setup.  JRAS will not be supplying tables, and please note:

                      *LOGO ADVANTAGE WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR ANYONE DURING THE EVENT* 

                         please plan accordingly for any food/snacks/water, or facilities on your own.
 

SEPTMEBER VIRTUAL MEETING

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2020   7:00 pm

EASY TECHNIQUES FOR PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR FISH AND AQUARIUM

SEPTEMBER ZOOM MEETING:

JRAS will be holding its September 23rd meeting as a ZOOM MEETING, for our second virtual meeting during this pandemic.

 

When we mention David Snell, most of you think of Dave as our ever prominent Auctioneer. Dave has done a stellar job of being our official auctioneer during our larger events, so he is well known throughout the mid atlantic fish clubs. One of the other areas Dave has been very interested in is photographing his fish, tanks and documenting some of his various collecting trips. He spoke with the JRAS folks about 4 years ago, This may be a very good topic to embrace right now with the ever present heath issues and the fact that we are not able to show off our fish and aquariums as easily to others. Maybe we can embrace some of his ideas to show off our hobby to other members through our new website. In the forum section, you can post photos in the "GALLERY" link.

 

here is the ZOOM invite and link to attend the meeting:

** IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS LINKING TO THE MEETING, PLEASE CONTACT DAVID SOMBACH.

 

Sept zoom meeting:

 

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David Snell has been a tropical fish hobbyist since 1993. Specializing in killifish since 1996, having been mostly “dry” for about 5 years or so due to work, family and a Master degree, he’s back in the hobby. Since ‘93 he has spawned and raised numerous killifish, as well as various tetras, a few corydoras, and the occasional cichlid. He has been active in the tropical fish hobby in the Washington DC area serving in former PVAS positions to include: Treasurer & Board Member, 3 terms as President, and 1 term as VP. He launched PVAS’s original website in the late 90s. He’s been a member of the American Killifish Association (AKA) member since 1996, lifetime AKA member since 2006, as well as a member of the Chesapeake Area Killifish Club.

 

David is an avid photographer. He has had articles and photographs published in FAMA, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Journal of the American Killifish Association, ACA’s Buntbarshe Bulletin, and NANFA’s American Currents.

He has collected trip fish in Venezuela in 2002, and Peru in 2007 & 2013.

08/26/2020     JRAS MONTHLY "ZOOM" MEETING:  Wed Aug 26, 7:00 pm

We will have a zoom meeting (virtual) for our August Meeting.

Following a brief business report from President Lee Shadbolt,

Mike Barber, our ZOOM HOST,  will give us a short talk on "Collecting in Florida". 

 Afterwards, Devon Graham will join us for a briefing on Project Amazonas, and how things are doing in Peru amid the Covid-19 Pandemic.

To join the ZOOM meeting simply go to the following link:

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Please join us for this virtual meeting

Johnathan and Michael sorting through the days catch,

in the Esperanza dinning hall,  narrated by Devon.