The New Hampsire Aquarium Society is a non-profit group made up of people that have a common interest in marine and freshwater life and systems.
We meet the second Wednesday of every month September through June at the Somersworth High School. Each meeting has a speaker, Bowl Show, Photo Show, raffle and mini-auction where those present can bid on interesting species that are difficult to find in local stores as well as used, but still useful hardware. The club also runs a Breeders Award Program and Horticultural Award Program to recognize and celebrate the propagation of fish and aquatic plants.Like Us on Our NHAS FaceBook Page
On November 12th, 2015, with around eighteen people present, Chuck Smith called the November meeting of the New Hampshire Aquarium Society to order. Chuck commented on a very successful annual auction, both financially and enjoyment wise, and thanked all the members for their hard work. He also noted that since the hall provided such a good venue, Keith Richardson has reserved the Masonic hall again for the auction next year. There was some discussion regarding the need for more fish in the auction and ways to answer that need. Chuck announced that the Boston Guppy Club is holding their auction on Sunday November 15th in Malden, Massachusetts. He also noted that Boston generously changed their auction date since the original date conflicted with our annual auction. Chuck held the special raffle based on the items that members brought to the annual auction. The prize was an Evolve 8 complete aquarium and the winner was Don Van Pelt.
Chuck noted that the next meeting will start at 6:30 PM and will be the Christmas party with the usual potluck supper and Yankee swap. In January the meeting will be the annual banquet and elections and will be held at Dante's Restaurant in Barrington, NH.
The speaker for the evening was University of New Hampshire Professor Jim Haney. Professor Haney's topic was 'How Fish Feed' and the talk was fascinating from beginning to end. Professor Haney is a scientist and ecologist who has studied aquatic life in many places in the world from New Hampshire to New Zealand. Professor Haney discussed Cyanobacteria which occur in a variety of habitats including many of our aquariums. In a quote from Wikipedia. " Cyanobacteria are arguably the most successful group of microorganisms on earth. They are the most genetically diverse; they occupy a broad range of habitats across all latitudes, widespread in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems, and they are found in the most extreme niches such as hot springs, salt works, and hypersaline bays " A bit disturbing is that there is evidence that there may be a connection between the bacteria and A.L.S., Lou Gerhig's disease. Through videos and photographs Professor Haney discussed the vision used by fish to find and capture food. Among the most interesting and strange looking fish was a Pacific coast fish called the barreleye fish, Macropinna microstoma. It is a fish with a transparent 'dome' over it's head like the canopy on a fighter jet airplane. Take a minute and google it to see something really unusual. We all would like to thank Professor Haney for an interesting and intriguing talk and hope that he will have the time to come and visit NHAS again.
|Bill Janetos passed away on May 25, 2015. He was a long-time member of the club, the editor of the Granite Fisher, and former president of the New Hampshire Aquarium Society. A good friend and gentle man, he was kind and generous and laughed easily. He will be missed by his many friends from within the club and elsewhere.|