A non-profit organization to promote the Tropical and Marine Fish keeping hobby with an emphasis on education and fellowship.
Second Tuesday of the Month @ 7:00 pm
Info on how to join the meeting will be emailed to all EIAA members 2 or 3 days before the meeting. All others wishing to attend the zoom meeting, send an email request to: Eiaafinflap@gmail.com to register.
See below for current speaker:
Tuesday, May 11 2021 , 7:00 pm
Secrets of Successfully Cycling Your Aquarium
Yes, there really is a Dr. Tim.
It all started with 2 goldfish won at a school fair at age 6 that didn’t survive their first night in his care. DrTim’s gotten better at fish keeping since then !
Dr. Hovanec earned his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he investigated the phylogenetics of nitrifying bacteria in aquaria and Mono Lake, California. Dr. Hovanec was the first to demonstrate that bacteria of the phylum Nitrospira were the active nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in aquatic systems such as aquaria. His work on nitrifying bacteria has led to the discovery of many new species of nitrifying bacteria in freshwater and saltwater systems and the granting of several U.S. and foreign patents, with additional patents pending. He has also conducted much re- search on topics such as ammonia excretion and toxicity in aquatic organisms, bio-filtration systems design and fish feed formulations.
At Marineland, Dr. Hovanec was in charge of the biology, chemistry and microbial ecology laboratories that comprise Marineland Labs. He was also responsible for overseeing the quality control of such products as Instant Ocean® sea salt and BioSpira® nitrifying bacteria.
Dr. Hovanec has authored numerous scientific papers in aquatic microbial ecology, and in public aquaria and aquaculture fields, and he writes popular articles on tropical fish for several magazines. He has been an invited speaker and contributing author at several domestic and international conferences. He was the editor of SeaScope® magazine and is a member of many scientific organizations. His past positions include a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, university research assistant, biologist and manager at an intensive striped bass aquaculture facility and consultant on various aquaculture projects. Dr. Hovanec was the President of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, a Washington, D.C. based industry lobbying group, for 5 years and was a member of the Board from 1992 to 2002. Dr. Tim will give a presentation on starting and maintaining the biological cycling of your aquariums so that your fish can survive. He is a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker.
Since 1982 The Eastern Iowa Aquarium Association has worked to disseminate helpful information throughout the fish keeping community. EIAA is for everyone with an interest in fish keeping.
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Our general meetings are on the second Tuesday at 7pm. (Right now they are on Zoom.)
The EIAA Fall October 3, 2020 Auction has been cancelled COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
(Updated Dec. 2, 2020)
Show has been officially cancelled until next year (2021)
EASTERN IOWA AQUARIUM ASSOCIATION The annual EIAA Tropical Fish Show is held on Easter weekend at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Viewing is free to the public from 11 am to 5 pm. Saturday and Sunday along with the other open house displays.Show has been officially cancelled until next year (2021).
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