Joint Meeting with ACLC

Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 10:15 am

GWAPA and the Aquarium Club of Lancaster County are doing a joint meeting at That Fish Place in Lancaster, PA on Saturday, April 26th at 1:00pm. Sean Murphy will discuss “Planted Aquarium 102.”

Planted Aquarium 102  – by Sean Murphy (GWAPA)

SeanMurphySean has been keeping fish in water since he was old enough to have his mother say “Sean don’t get wet” every place they went.  He started putting plants into tanks in earnest in 1985 when he was a sophomore at UMass getting a BS in Zoology, partially to encourage  fish to breed, partially to conduct a predator/prey/cover relationship study for Limnology, Ecology, and Ichthyology, all three of which Sean was taking in the same semester.  Sean earned his BS in 1986, and stuck around UMass to get his MS in 1991 in Fish and Wildlife Management, Sean’s thesis concerned fish movement and use of high salt marshes in Maine.  The “claim to fame” from that study was that he has (had? Sean doesn’t know if anyone has a recent record further North) the northern most recorded capture of a spotfin butterfly fish in the US (see Bigelow and Schroeder’s Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, Third Edition).  Sean has been working for the Federal Goverment as a Fisheries/Wetlands/Wildlife Biologist for the last 23 years.

Sean has been a member (at times) of the Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society, the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society, GWAPA, the Aquatic Gardeners Association (AGA) and a few other smaller clubs (killifish groups).  He is also (or has been) a member of the American Fisheries Society, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Estuarine Research Federation and a few others. Sean also has been a moderator on the  Planted Tank forum, the AGA forum, and the Plant Geeks forum.

The meeting will close with an auction. For anyone bringing items to sell in the auction, please fill out the ACLC seller sheet prior to the meeting, and labeling your bags as recommended on the form.

April 26th at 1:00pm
237 Centerville Rd
Lancaster, PA 17603


From I-695:

  • Take I-83 N (signs for Timonium/York Pa) 41.9 mi
  • Take exit 19 for PA-462 W 0.2 mi
  • Merge onto N Hills Rd 0.6 mi
  • Turn right onto U.S. 30 E 17.1 mi
  • Take the Centerville Rd exit 0.3 mi
  • Turn left onto Centerville Rd