Monthly Membership Meetings

May Membership Meeting

In May, our speaker will be Gary Lang, speaking on his 2015 road trips in Northern Papua and down the eastern border, and his 2017 adventures in the far western side of Papua, The Bird’s Head, home of Melanotaenia boesemani and several other interesting rainbowfish.

About Gary

Gary has been keeping fish since he was 10 and has been associated with the organized hobby for the last 35 years.  He is a member of the Missouri Aquarium Society (MASI) and has held various positions in the club.  He is a grand master breeder in MASI, and has won "Best Fish In Show" on four different occasions, twice with rainbowfish.  

In the fall of 1987 he started the Rainbowfish Study Group of North America (RSG).  He got in fish photography mainly because there weren't many quality pictures of rainbowfish.  He has had his photos published in FAMA, TFH and AFM and has published several articles for the Aquarium Fish Magazine and TFH.  

In 2002 he was the first to import eight new rainbowfish into North America from the world explorer, Heiko Bleher, including the Millennium rainbow, the Zigzag (Glossolepis dorityi) and the dwarf parva rainbowfish.  In 2003 he made his second trip to Australia and did some more collecting while there.  In 2005 he took the rainbowfish collectors dream trip – collecting in West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), the western portion of New Guinea.  He’s also made trips in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017.  He brought back rainbowfish that have never been seen in the hobby including Chilatherina alleni and Melanotaenia vanheurni.  With these trips he’s collected and brought back at least 15 different undescribed species of rainbowfish.  Along with his collecting partner, Johannes Graf, they are currently working on naming them.  He is currently running over 90 aquariums (~2,500 gallons, 9,500 liters) and keeping over 65 species and locations of rainbowfish and blue-eyes.

About Our Meetings

Normally on the 1st Saturday of each month (except July), at 1:00 pm to about 5:00 pm. At every meeting we have a program,  raffle, refreshments, and mini-auction! See the calendar for meeting schedules.

Program:
Speakers, Videos, Slide Presentations etc... something different each month.

Mini-Auction - PVAS members can enter fish-related items for sale, anyone can buy.

PVAS meetings are held at the following location in the cafeteria:

Green Acres School
4401 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, Virginia

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event of bad weather, the PVAS meeting will be cancelled if Fairfax County Schools cancel activities. Also, a posting will be made to the PVAS forum, notifying members of the cancellation.
 
Directions from Washington, DC:
    •    Take I-66 West
    •    Take the VA-123 S, exit 60, toward FAIRFAX
    •    Stay straight to go onto Chain Bridge Rd/VA-123
    •    Turn LEFT onto Armstrong St
    •    Turn RIGHT onto Sideburn Rd
    •    The school is at the end of the road.

Green Acres

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2018 Events

January 6: Jeremy Basch “Auchenipteridae – The Wonderful Woodcatfish”

February 3: Devon Graham “On the Origin of Species, or why are there so many fish in the Amazon?”

March 10: Panel Discussion -- Jim Chitty Frank Cowherd, Don Kinyon, and Dave Sombach “Successful Fish Breeding”, moderated by  Patchin Curtis

April 8 (Sunday): Spring All-Day Auction

May 5: Gary Lange “Cruising Papua - Following New Roads and Exploring the 'Bird’s Head'”

June 2: Larry Jinks “TBD”

July 7: Bowl Show

August 4: Workshop: Christine Keys and TBD “Drilling and Repairing Glass Tanks”

September 1: Barbie Fiorentino “Keeping and Breeding Plecostomus”

October 4-6: All-Aquarium Catfish Convention

October 7 (Sunday): Fall All-Day Auction at Hyatt Regency Dulles

November 3: Mike Hellweg “Miniature Cyprinids” and Annual Meeting, Elections, Workshop

December 1: Holiday Party