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Meeting June 2020: Ray Bierbower - Angels

Ray Bierbower speaks on "The Majestic Angelfish"

I grew up in north central PA on a family farm. We raised many types of livestock. At about age 10 I got my first 10 gallon aquarium  and select  swordtails  as  my  first  fish. To this day I am still drawn to swords. The addiction started there. While in college at Penn State Behrend I had two tanks that  traveled  from dorm to apartment to apartment. I graduated in 2005 with a degree  in  biology  with  a  focus  on  ecology. My first real job was with Penn State Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator for Youth Development in Forestry and Natural Resources. This is the time I built my first fishroom with my dad and brother Rich. The room as 10' by 11' and housed about 25 aquariums. Angels, guppies, and bristlenoses were  the common fish of choice. I found out about fish clubs and joined ARVAS. I then accepted a position at  Presque  Isle  State  Park in  March  of  2008  and  relocated  to  Girard PA. While house shopping all I could think of is where will the fishroom go? Once we got settled in I built my current fishroom, which has been remodeled twice since.  I have 67 aquariums ranging in size from 2.5 gallons to 75 gallons. Most of my tanks are 20-30 gallons in size. I continue to breed angels, guppies, and bristlenoses but have branched out to many others. I joined Erie Aquarium Society in 2008 and became president of the club in 2012 and have held that position since.I grew up in north central PA on a family farm. We raised many types of livestock. At about age 10 I got my first 10 gallon aquarium  and select  swordtails  as  my  first  fish. To this day I am still drawn to swords. The addiction started there. While in college at Penn State Behrend I had two tanks that  traveled  from dorm to apartment to apartment. I graduated in 2005 with a degree  in  biology  with  a  focus  on  ecology. My first real job was with Penn State Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator for Youth Development in Forestry and Natural Resources. This is the time I built my first fishroom with my dad and brother Rich. The room as 10' by 11' and housed about 25 aquariums. Angels, guppies, and bristlenoses were  the common fish of choice. I found out about fish clubs and joined ARVAS. I then accepted a position at  Presque  Isle  State  Park in  March  of  2008  and  relocated  to  Girard PA. While house shopping all I could think of is where will the fishroom go? Once we got settled in I built my current fishroom, which has been remodeled twice since.  I have 67 aquariums ranging in size from 2.5 gallons to 75 gallons. Most of my tanks are 20-30 gallons in size. I continue to breed angels, guppies, and bristlenoses but have branched out to many others. I joined Erie Aquarium Society in 2008 and became president of the club in 2012 and have held that position since.I will share with you my talk "The Majestic Angelfish". I will cover my  experience raising and breeding angelfish, sharing the good with the bad and tell you how I raise them and what works for me in my fishroom along with the challenges I have experienced.  

Guests are always welcome at our meetings, however after your third visit we do ask that you officially join the club.

Meeting Agenda

  • Presidents commentary and business affairs - (~10 minutes)
  • Discussion & overview of upcoming events ( ~5 minutes )
  • Introduction of any new members (~2 minutes )
  • Short Break (10 minutes)
  • Speaker (~ 1 to 1.5 hours)
  • BAP Auction (~15 minutes)
  • Members Auction (Did you know you can auction your fish off any meeting for a fee of $2 per bag to the club, max three bags)
  • Dry goods raffle (2 minutes)
  • After meeting networking and questions (unlimited)
  • Food / Dinner after meeting at Portillo's (30 minutes)

Meetings generally are at 6PM on the second Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noticed, so please check our Events Calendar.

Mini Auction and Donations are allowed at each meeting.

  • Active members are allowed to auction off fish first two dollars for each bag will go to the club 

Each meeting is attended by 25-50 people typically. The meeting starts with a welcome from our President and some business affairs may be discussed. We usually ask if there are guests present, raise your hand and tell us what kind of fish you keep!

Following business, there is a short break when you can meet other attendees, take a look at the fish that are available for sales, buy raffle tickets for aquarium goods and see the fish in our Bowl Show.

After the break, a speaker or other program is presented. We bring in speakers from all over the US and other countries. These speakers are usually an expert in cichlids or an aquarium-related topic. The talk usually lasts about an hour.

Following the talk, we announce the raffle winner and begin the auction of fish.

If you like fish or cichlids, you should come to the next meeting.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Chicago North Shore Suites
1400 Milwaukee Ave,
Glenview, IL 60025

(847) 803-9800 

Event Properties

Event Date 06-14-2020 6:00 pm
Event End Date 06-14-2020 9:00 pm
Location Delta Hotel by Marriott - Glenview