Monthly Membership Meetings

January Membership Meeting

Jeremy Basch presenting “Auchenipteridae – The Wonderful Woodcatfish”

 Jeremy Basch lives in Columbus, OH but is originally from Westlake, OH near Cleveland. He started keeping fish over 25 years ago when his father took him to a local pet shop. For his first job and just short of his 17th birthday, Jeremy started working at the largest fish store in Ohio. Throughout the 12 years at the fish store, Jeremy was put in charge of fish husbandry, fish quarantine and eventually became an associate manager.

Jeremy set up his first fishroom in 2004. His current fishroom contains 100+ aquariums ranging in size from 2.5 to 150 gallons. Over the years, he has had many species of fish spawn in his aquaria including various cichlids, catfish, rainbowfish, killifish, livebearers and invertebrates. Jeremy specializes in the catfish of the families, Loricariidae and perhaps more notably, Auchenipteridae, the Woodcats. Like most aquarists, Jeremy also enjoys other fish species including killifish and lampeyes from West Africa. He was the first person in the world to spawn and raise the Jaguar Catfish, Liosomadoras oncinus and more recently, Centromochlus schultzi!

Jeremy is a current member and the former chairman of his hometown club, the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFÉ). Other fish associations Jeremy belongs to include: the Ohio Cichlid Association, the Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society, the Greater Akron Aquarium Society, the Catfish Study Group, the American Killifish Association and the American Cichlid Association. He has written a several articles which have appeared in the Buntbarsche Bulletin, his local fish club’s publication, the CAFÉ Menu and Amazonas. Jeremy’s article in Amazonas shared his first successful breeding of Liosomadoras oncinus, the Jaguar Catfish. Jeremy can be seen at many fish shows and conventions throughout the Midwest and beyond.

The subject of Jeremy’s talk will be the wonderful group of catfish known as the Woodcats of the family Auchenipteridae. His talk will consist of the history, ecology and biology of these fish along with sharing tips on how to be successful with this group of catfish. Jeremy will share updates on new species coming into the hobby along with information on a world first, the spawning of the Jaguar Catfish.

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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