The March GWAPA meeting was held at Joshua wiegurt’s home/business in Silver Springs MD. Joshua is the owner, operator of Batfish Aquatics, which specializes in unusual, rare, and quality aquarium fishes, aquarium plants, and other animals. He has quite an impressive set up of over 300 aquariums. On top of that he is very active in many of the local aquarium clubs. He is a member of PVAS, CCA, GWAPA, Aquarium Club Lancaster County, Cichlid Club York, American Cichlid Association, American Killifish Association, American Livebearer Association and the Raleigh Aquarium Society to name a few.
The February meeting for GWAPA that was scheduled for the 21st was delayed until Sunday due to a snow storm that hit hard on the meeting day. The meeting was held at the home of Nick Kinser in Sterling VA and the guest speaker was Sam Sankar. Despite the cold and deep snow piles on the street, turnout was decent with 12 members in attendance, 2 of which had just joined that day. Sam Sankar gave a wonderful talk titled “Planted Tanks for Beginners”.
Featured Tank – Francine Bethea
See Francine Bethea's winning aquascape in GWAPA's 2011 Dutch-style Aquascaping Contest. Judging was by popular vote.
Featured Tank – Lorena Rodriguez
Lorena Rodriguez's 2.5G Aquarium Winner of GWAPA's 2007 2.5G Aquascaping Contest (Beginner Category)
Featured Tank – Jeff Ucciardo
Jeff Ucciardo 29 Gallon Filter: Filstar XP1 Substrate: Eco-Complete Dosing: Daily dosing of KNO3, PO4, K, 2ml Flourish, 1 ml Flourish Iron Lighting: 65 watts PC 9 hours, with an additional dual Coralife T-5s for 7 hours in the middle total 101 watts CO2 diffusion: Glass diffusor CO2: Azoo regulator, 5lb. tank Fauna: Harlquin radboras, neons, ottos, cherry and bee shrimp, nerite snails
Featured Tank – Robert T Ricketts
Robert T Ricketts 55 Gallon Low-Maintenance Tank Substrate: Plenum based with mixed Estes' Nutmeg and Flourite Filtration: Two internal Eheims for mechanical filtration, plus a prefiltered external Eheim 2213 for bio. Lighting: 1-Two-tube strip light, 1 single-strip light. 12 hours/day. Plants: Val, Crinum, Anubias nana and a couple of other small nana cultivars, A. nana petite, Marimo balls, and Java Moss Fauna: school of glass cats, a school of Debaui cats, Otos, one male cherry Barb, Amano and Red Cherry shrimp, ramshorn and common pond snails.
Featured Tank – Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy's 8-inch cube tank 2.2 gallons. 13 Watts. Soil Substrate with Tahitian Moon Sand. Plants: Hemianthus callicthoides, Microcarpea minima, Bacopa var. fagilis, unidentified microsword