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Greater Portland Aquarium Society
16411 NE Halsey St, Portland, Oregon 97230
Doors open at 2:30PM, if you would like to socialize please arrive early, so we can start our meeting on time.
Rachel O'Leary and Dr. Paul V. Loiselle will be speaking at GPAS's June Meeting. More information will be posted as soon as it comes available. Rachel's and Paul’s talk is on Sunday June 11th, 2017 at 3pm; located at the East Portland Moose Lodge (16411 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97230)! Please remember to enter through the back entrance of the lodge. More information can be found at: gpas.club/
Rachel O’Leary of Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania has been in the hobby since childhood but has gotten increasingly active in the past decade. She is currently operating over seventy tanks with interests that range from the micro to monster. She has a special focus on dwarf freshwater invertebrates including snails, shrimp, crayfish, and aquatic crabs as well as all freshwater nano fish. Rachel is currently housing over one hundred different species, all of which are in the nano category. She also has a passion and interest in gar and polypterids and houses several species. She is currently breeding catfish, many species of shrimp, snails, pseudomugil rainbows, dwarf crayfish, West African dwarf cichlids, discus, ancistrus and hypancistrus plecos, as well as a range of livebearers and egg scatterers. Her tanks range in size from ten gallon to 220 gallon. Rachel is an active member and on the board of the Capital Cichlid Association, as well as a global moderator on Aquaria Central and a moderator at MonsterFishKeepers. She actively attends conventions and travels to speak at clubs and conventions on her invertebrate and micro fish interests. A big advocate of rallying regional support, Rachel also sponsors many clubs and events around the United States. She imports from around the globe to redistribute and help share with hobbyists around the country. Rachel is very focused on education and information for her customers, and personally deals with each individual to help them make the best choices for the tank. A proud mother of two, she actively donates livestock to schools around her area, and the country. Future projects include a lot more travel to increase awareness of invertebrates and nano fish as well as furthering the growth of her fish room through increased breeding efforts and availability.
Dr. Paul V. Loiselle is an accomplished aquarist of over twenty years experience. The internationally published author of numerous articles on the care and breeding of aquarium fishes. He was for many years a Contributing Editor for Freshwater and Marine Aquarium. Dr. Loiselle has his Master's degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and took his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. His professional background includes five years as a Peace Corps fisheries biologist in West Africa, where he carried out faunal and environmental impact surveys in Togo and Ghana. During the course of his career, Dr. Loiselle has had the opportunity to observe the behavior of cichlids in Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, in Máxico and in Central America. A founding member and Fellow of the American Cichlid Association, he currently serves the A.C.A. as Technical Editor of its journal, Buntbarsche BulIetin, and as Chairman of the Special Publications Committee.
There will be an auction between the presentations to allow everyone to stretch their legs. Bring your fish-related items that you’d like to auction off, but please follow our auction rules.