CAPS Virtual Meeting: Out of Water: Farming Aquatics in their Emerse Form

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Date: April 25, 2021

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm CST

Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81601793643?pwd=NDZqc3BDcWdhU3VxV2l4Yi9XK3VDZz09&

CAPS VIRTUAL MEETING – SUNDAY April 25th FROM 1:00 - 3:00 PM CST

The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society is pleased to host Chantz Cramer, founder and head horticulturalist at Aquaescape in South Florida. Chantz will give a presentation titled, "Out of Water: Farming Aquatics in their Emerse Form". Chantz will also give a tour of his Florida greenhouses, demonstrate how he creates his soil mix, does his plantings, and will also do a brief hydroponic demo.

Chantz has been in the hobby since the early 2000s and started dabbling with aquatics around 2010 as a cheaper way to feed his pet, Steve the Turtle. Who knew that Steve's food needs would create his passion and calling!

Around 2012, Chantz stumbled across the Barr Report and his life was changed. Chantz is prone to "collectoritus" and his aquatic plant collection outgrew his tank space, which resulted in transitioning his collection back to land. He started with a single tote and now has over 12,000 square feet of greenhouse space. Aquatic plants are his life and he hopes to share as much information as possible as he continues to learn and discover more every day. We will have an item to raffle at the end of the presentation.

Stay tuned for more details on our Facebook Group. We look forward to seeing everyone online!

CAPS Virtual Meeting: Aquatic plant Horticulture Methods, are they really all the same?

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Date: March 28, 2021

Time: 3:00-5:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87824694385

CAPS VIRTUAL MEETING – SUNDAY March 28th FROM 3:00 - 5:00 PM CST

The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society is pleased to host Tom Barr, who will give a presentation titled, "Aquatic plant Horticulture Methods, are they really all the same?"

Dr. Tom Barr has been catching fish and invertebrates since he could walk, raised by biologist parents, he has kept a wide range of animals and plants over the decades. He worked at the Fish Gallery in Bloomington IN from 1978-1980. Today he services and installs larger aquariums, collects, and wholesales Manzanita driftwood and Hefe Stone for the aquarium and Vivarium markets. Like his parents, he also teaches Horticulture and Biology at the local college in Sacramento.

Tom's primary focus in aquariums is planted tanks and horticulture. He was a founding charter member of several aquarium plant clubs and served on the boards of several societies and for other non-profit businesses in the Sacramento and SF Bay area regions. Tom has also published many articles in FAMA, TFH, and other publications in the aquarium trade. He has also discovered several new species of Carabid beetles that his father specialized in throughout Appalachian Mountain ranges.

As part of this event, CAPS will be raffling off a gift card from Bloomtanks. They are a hobbyist-run retail shop specializing in planted aquarium products including high quality plants, lights, hardscape material, soil, nutrients, maintenance tools, and more. https://bloomtanks.com

If you would like to participate in the raffle, please visit our Facebook group page. Stay tuned for more details and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

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CAPS Virtual Meeting: Aquascaping for Non-Professional Aquascapers: A Beginners Course

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Date: February 28, 2021

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom Link TBA

CAPS VIRTUAL MEETING – SUNDAY February 28th FROM 7:00 - 9:00 PM CST

The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society is pleased to host Jennifer Williams, who will give a presentation titled, " Aquascaping for Non-Professional Aquascapers: A Beginners Course". The Zoom link to the meeting will be posted closer to the event.

Jen started her first aquarium at the young age of seven that housed a humble mix of fish. As an adult, she discovered the much bigger world of fishkeeping via a most fateful encounter - a Craigslist ad she placed which introduced her to a former Army Lieutenant who opened her eyes to the world of local fish clubs, planted tanks, and full-fledged aquaphilia. Currently, she keeps and breeds an assortment of fish and competes in aquascaping competitions both live and virtual.

She has won multiple awards in competitions at Aquafest, Aquamania, the Big Fish Deal, and The Aquatic Experience. She has also competed in the International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest with her highest international ranking of #224. She has served on the board of the Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association for many years in addition to serving as a board member of the Aquatic Gardeners Association.

Jen enjoys traveling to visit clubs nationwide to give presentations, aquascaping demos, inspiration, and encouragement to future scapers.

As part of this event, CAPS will be raffling off two gift cards from Windy City Aquariums. If you would like to participate in the raffle, please visit our Facebook group.

Stay tuned for more details and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

CAPS Virtual Meeting: Building a Better Betta Tank

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Date: January 30, 2021

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom

CAPS VIRTUAL MEETING – SATURDAY January 30th FROM 7:00 - 9:00 PM CST

The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society is pleased to host Karen Randall, who will give a presentation titled, "Building a Better Betta Tank". Karen’s focus has been on planted aquariums and the propagation of aquatic plants. Her articles and photography have been published worldwide and she authored the monthly column, “Sunken Gardens”, for the Aquarium Fish Magazine. She has traveled frequently to study aquatic plants in the wild and presented to clubs and various organizations on many aquarium subjects.

Karen is past president of the Boston Aquarium Society and the Aquatic Gardeners Association which she is currently serving as a Board Member. She also served as a judge for the AGA International Aquascaping Contest, the ADA International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest, and served on the jury and chair of many live aquascaping contests.

Her book, Sunken Gardens, A Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Freshwater Aquariums, is available from all major book retailers. Karen also started a popular Facebook group, “Planted Nano and Betta Tanks”, to help aquarists and plant enthusiasts properly care for the beautiful betta fish.

As part of this event, CAPS will have a raffle at the end of the live presentation. Stay tuned for more details and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

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Caps Holiday Auction

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Start date: November 15, 2020

End date: December 15, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm CST

Location: CAPS Holiday auction page

CAPS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AND SILENT AUCTION UPDATE

The CAPS annual party was always a fun time to celebrate the holidays, socialize, and purchase some great items donated by our valued sponsors! Unfortunately, CAPS will NOT be holding the annual Holiday Party this year due to COVID concerns. But wait – we will still hold the Silent Auction portion virtually and move that event to our private Facebook Holiday auction page!

We are in the process of collecting donations from our sponsors to support the auction fundraiser and anticipate the event will be held in Nov/early December. Only paid members will be invited to join our Facebook Holiday auction page as this is a paid member-only event. Last year we had items such as tanks, filters, fish food, live plants, wood, rock, gift certificates, subscriptions, and many other items. Each auction item will be designated as either Pick Up Only (in Chicagoland area), or Ship/Pick-Up (shipping fee may apply).
 

If you are a paid member, you should have received an e-mail with instructions for joining our Holiday auction page. You must be a paid member to request to join the auction page.

If you would like to become a paid member, go to http://www.chicagoaquaticplants.com/join/ to sign up!

Keep a watch on our CAPS page for more details about this event! We are excited to host this event and hope you can attend!

Questions? Please contact Eloy Villagran via Facebook, or via e-mail at info@chicagoaquaticplants.com

Caps Virtual Meeting: George Farmer Q&A

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Date: November 15, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom virtual meeting: TBA

CAPS VIRTUAL MEETING – SUNDAY, November 15th FROM 2:00 - 4:00 PM CST

The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will host guest speaker George Farmer. The meeting will include questions from our members so if you would like to have your questions answered then please reply to this post with your questions. Stay tuned for more details and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

Checkout our Facebook Page for more details, and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

Caps Virtual Meeting: Algae and Strategies for Control

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Date: October 24, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom virtual meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85749288934?pwd=d1dINTY3RnRYaTk5RDQ5cC9EL1RQdz09&fbclid=IwAR206peJmC4chFnoj9C6MmOLbYJ_5cFS1vc2o0Jth7jqzCF3WllHtabMiIY

CAPS VIRTUAL MEETING – SATURDAY, October 24th FROM 7:00 - 9:00 PM CST

The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation titled, “Algae and Strategies for Control.” The presentation will explore the different types of algae found in our tanks, what are the root causes for those types of algaes, and strategies on how to mitigate and clear your tank of the problem. The presentation will also hit on how nutrients, lighting, maintenance and other factors can lead to algae.

As part of this event, CAPS will raffle off a Lifegard Aquatics 10-gallon Aquarium System (R460000). The raffle will occur at the end of the live presentation. You must arrange for local pickup if you win, it will not be shipped. If you would like to participate in the raffle, please post a number below in sequential order.

Stay tuned for more details and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

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Caps Virtual Meeting: Aquascaping by Jeff Miotke

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Date: September 20, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom virtual meeting: Details TBA

CAPS VIRTUAL MEETING – SUNDAY, September 20th FROM 7:00 - 9:00 PM CST

The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society is pleased to host Jeff Miotke, who will be presenting on Aquascaping. Zoom link to come later.

Jeff has been an avid aquarist for over 40 years keeping many varieties of fresh and saltwater fish. In 2011, inspired by the Nature Aquarium aquascapes of Takashi Amano, he began his aquascaping journey studying and creating nature aquariums, which eventually led to competitive aquascaping. He has had the honor of being ranked among the top aquascapers year after year for various competitions.

Jeff has published articles on aquascaping for AGA and has been a judge for a number of aquascaping contests. He continues to compete in aquascaping contests and has spoken at a number of clubs, allowing him to travel and meet new friends locally and worldwide. Join us as we welcome Jeff who will present about aquascaping". www.jeffmiotke.com/

As part of this event, CAPS will be raffling two gift cards to Windy City Aquariums. The raffle will occur at the end of the live presentation. Thanks to Gabriella Sussman and Windy City Aquariums for the donation! www.windycityaquariums.com/ If you would like to participate in the raffle, please post a number below in sequential order. You do not need to be at the live presentation to win.

Stay tuned for more details and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

Caps Virtual Meeting: Basics Of Aquarium Filtration

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Date: August 16, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom virtual meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88657381176?pwd=dTFLcFRGSGRQNVlPSmpJNHFmTDlhQT09&fbclid=IwAR2zQE5XkCJ7eiElXEe-qiYIHkpSeGx_oPRtLf_p4FEDoyN3ay_hm6ZWh1Q

Johnathon Butkus of Oase Living Water

Basics of Aquarium Filtration
August 16th at 7pm CST; Zoom Meeting

The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society is pleased to host Johnathon Butkus, from Oase Living Water, who will be presenting his talk “Basics of Aquarium Filtration”.

Johnathon’s interest in the aquarium hobby started at a young age when he was fascinated with the natural world around him. Like most aquarist, he began with a goldfish tank but his passion for aquariums rapidly grew and he ended up pursuing a degree in Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture. He has worked in many different positions throughout the aquarium industry and has enjoyed everything from breeding fish, to growing aquatic plants, and even fragging corals. His many jobs in the aquarium trade led him to designing, installing, and maintaining numerous filtration systems for saltwater and freshwater aquariums. Johnathon is currently the Midwest Account Coordinator for Oase Living Water, where he supports the full Oase filtration line of products for indoor aquariums and pond water gardens.

As part of this event, CAPS will be raffling an Oase Filtosmart Thermo 200 filter (retail value $150). The raffle will occur at the end of the live presentation. Thanks to Johnathon and Oase Living Water for the donation! If you would like to participate in the raffle, please see the Facebook announcement for further instructions. You do not need to be at the live presentation to win.

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Caps Virtual Meeting: Blurring the lines

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Date: July 11, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom virtual meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89568666028?pwd=ZXIxWnZ4U3lDVmU0THNtUit2Ykl6Zz09&fbclid=IwAR2GNWOJTuYH-6SUt6-Qy4tzQm-IGEuLtKtmqwWoAEmXsLQ88dVLTuOTUrY#success Meeting ID: 895 6866 6028 Password: 524349

Scott Fellman of Tannin Aquatics

Blurring the Lines: Mental Shifts, Aesthetics, and Benefits of the Botanical-Style Aquarium
July 11th at 7pm CST; Zoom Link to be provided

Hello CAPS family!

We have a special upcoming virtual meeting featuring Scott Fellman, from Tannin Aquatics, who will be presenting about his most recent endeavor involving use of natural materials to create blackwater and brackish aquariums.

Scott describes himself as the consummate “fish nerd/entrepreneur/provocateur!" and has kept aquariums since he was a pre-schooler. He has traveled all over the US and internationally and has published extensively about his travels and a variety of aquarium related topics in numerous periodicals as well as on his daily blog, "The TInt". He was the previous co-owner of Los Angeles-based Unique Corals but sold his interest in the company to start Tannin Aquatics, which has curated a collection of all sorts of natural materials, ranging from seed pods to branches, as well as other goods and ideas for specialized aquatic hobbyists. Come join us for this special presentation!

We will also hold a raffle for a pack of assorted botanicals donated by Tannin Aquatics. We will start another Facebook post with more details about how to enter the raffle.

Scott Fellman will select a couple of random numbers to pick raffle winners at the end of his talk. Stay tuned for more details and I look forward to seeing everyone online!

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