Monthly Membership Meetings

May Membership Meeting

In June, our speaker will be Larry Jinks, who will speak on the design and build of his fishroom in North Carolina and share some breeding tips and techniques.

About Larry

Larry Jinks joined the North Jersey Aquarium Society and the organized hobby in 1994. He raised and bred tropical fish as a youth, but stopped for a track and field career in college. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at Rutgers College and a master’s in biology from Montclair State, he embarked on a 37 year career as a high school biology teacher and track coach. After retiring, Larry and his wife, Joanne, followed their children and grandchildren south and built a new home (with a new fish room) in Wake Forest, NC.

Larry has remained active in the BAP programs at North Jersey AS, Jersey Shore AS, Brooklyn AS, Raleigh AS, Atlanta Area AA, and the Charlotte Area AS and is currently an officer in the Raleigh Aquarium Society.  He has received BAP credit for over 400 species of fish (including over 75 species of livebearers) and has entered fish shows in eight different states, winning Best of Show in four states. Now a fulltime grandpa, Larry still enjoys attending fish conventions, working in his new fish room and trading fish with other hobbyists.

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.

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 “Building My Fish Room”

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