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May 11 CCA Meeting

May 11 @ JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL: 1901 Randolph Rd, Wheaton-Glenmont, MD 20902

Meeting room opens at 12:30 pm (Meeting to start at 1:00)

  • Meeting from 1:00-4:30 pm
  • Set up at 12:30-1:00pm
  • Meeting start: socializing 1:00-1:30 pm
  • Speaker begins at 1:30 pm
  • Auction begins at 2:35 pm
  • Meeting ends promptly at 4:30

Topic: So you think you want to have a public Aquarium and other happenings in Peru

Speaker Bio


  • Ph.D., Zoology, Northern Arizona University
  • M.S., Zoology, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
  • B.A., Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • A.S., Life Sciences, Imperial Valley College

Positions Held

  • 2014 – present, Executive Director, Amazon Research Center for Ornamental Fishes
  • 2002 – present, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Soka University of America
  • 1992 - 2000, Assist/Associate Professor of Biology, West Texas A&M University
  • 1991 - 1992, Assistant Prof. of Biology, Eastern New Mexico University

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Who’s who in American Colleges and Universities, 2010
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship to Jordan, 1999
  • West Texas A&M President's Research Excellence Award, 1999
  • West Texas A&M President's Teaching Excellence Award, 1998
  • Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars, 1994

I grew up in the Southern California desert (Imperial, CA); the son of a schoolteacher and a housewife. I have been keeping tropical fish since I was 8 years old, with my first aquarium being a 20-gallon metal frame filled with guppies and about 10,000 Malaysian trumpet snails!!!! Since then I have had reef tanks, have bred discus, many species of livebearers, killis, bettas, and cichlids of all types.

At the present time I have a 2-car garage converted into a fishroom with various creatures: wild discus, guppies, plecos, and poison dart frogs. In our family room I built a 500-gallon corner tank that is a Peruvian Amazon biotype filled with fish that I collected myself.

From a young age I wanted to study "the ocean"; more specifically fish. Most children go through a phase of being intrigued by the ocean. I just never grew out of it. Early in my academic career I studied ecology of fishes in the Red Sea (Egypt, Israel, and Jordan) but presently I am conducting research of the impacts of exotic species (guppies and gouramis) on native fishes in Peru and tilapia in Cambodia.

I split time between California and Peru. I am a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Soka University of America (Small Liberal Arts University in Southern California, rated in the top 25 of all liberal arts universities in the USA). Additionally I am the Executive Director of the Amazon Research Center for Ornamental Fishes in Iquitos, Peru. The research center, which is almost entirely self-funded) is focused on the conservation, ecology and sustainable breeding of Amazonian ornamental fishes. In Peru, I have been conducting research on invasive fishes in the amazon. I have been working on guppies, gouramis, and most recently, tilapia and their effects on the local ecosystems.

Recent Threads

Rehoming Synodontis Catfish

Hello! We are downsizing our aquariums and have two four year-old Synodontis Decorus (Maybe a hybrid?) that need new homes. One is about 5 inches and the other is about 7 inches (I can try to get more accurate lengths if needed).

The rehoming fee is $10 each.

I am in Ellicott City, but can meet in Silver Spring at certain times.

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WTT: Pond Mag 2400 for something smaller

A Pond Mag 1200 would probably fit the bill.

FS: out of hobby (55 gallon, etc), $125, Frederick county

I’m selling as a lot, if I can.

The 55 gallon is new and comes with a lid and inset lights. It’s from Aqueon. I haven’t put water in it bc I injured myself transporting it, and that’s the primary reason I’m getting out of the hobby. ( The tank is fine. I saved it with my finger. It was not my smartest decision.)

Also included:
One small 5 gallon, bow front.
2 Tetra whisper air pumps
Misc. tubing, air stones, suction cups
Several small lights
Some live plants (Java fern mostly)
Baby brine shrimp hatchery
Anything else that I’ve forgotten. I want it to go to a happy home.

For some reason, I’m having trouble with pics, but I can email.

Pickup only, south New Windsor (15 min from Mount Airy)

Some free MD native trees


I have one large pot with some black walnut trees and another with American hazelnuts. Plants are free (no pots included) and are between 12 and 20 inches tall. PM me if interested and bring something to carry them in.

Snakeskin Koi Guppies from Israel

Breeding Pairs available limited stock of: 8 pair available. $30per pair for active Club members and $40 a pair for non members. Rare and new guppy strain. Pictures do these fish no justice. Pictures won’t download on here for some reason. You can also contact me on IG #Aquatica87Heaven or @finthusiastsunited

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