Steatocranus gibbiceps—Bumphead Cichlids

The Bumphead Cichlids (genus Steatocranius) include 9 described species, of which Steatocranus casarius is the most common, and are a very interesting group of fishes.  Heavier than water, they hop around the bottom like a goby.  Most are from the Congo River of West Africa and are designed with slender bodies for ...

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GVAC Monthly Meeting May 10 at 7:00 PM. Featured speakers will be Mike Monje and Steve Hosteter on BAP and HAP Programs.

The next GVAC monthly meeting will be held on Saturday May 10, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Express in Cutlerville. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm, with a social period beginning at 6:30 pm. The Holiday Inn Express is located at 6569 Clay Ave SW, Grand Rapids MI 49548. Mike Monje and Steve ...

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Sewellia lineolata

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Madagascar Lace Plant

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A Great Cat. . . Fish: Aspidoras eurycephalus

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The Grand Valley Aquarium Club (GVAC) is a non-profit, non-commercial educational organization dedicated to the study of aquatic life. GVAC is based in the Grand Rapids, MI metropolitan area. Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, with the exception of December and July. Meetings are held at the Holiday Inn Express in Cutlerville, at the 131 and M6 interchange. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM and conclude around 10:00 PM. GVAC also holds two annual large auctions, a swap meet and a variety of members only events.

GRAND VALLEY AQUARIUM CLUB

2014 Speaker List:

January: Karen Randall

February: Rare Fish

March: Matt Bielski DIY LED Lighting

April: Mike Tiano on Outdoor Ponds

May: HAP/BAP

June: Greg Steeves

July: Members Only Summer Picnic (No regular monthly meeting)

August: To Be Determined

September: Rachel O’Leary

October: Mike Hellweg

November: TBD (Fish Jeopardy or Iron Aquascaper)

December: Members Only Holiday Party (No regular monthly meeting)

Please note the list of banned plant species below. These will not be sold at any GVAC event due to regulation by Michigan Department of Agriculture and DNR

Plant Species regulated under NREPA part 413

Scientific
name

Common
name(s)

Habitat*

Comments

links

Butomus
umbellatus

flowering
rush

A**

Occurs
in Michigan and 15 other states and 6 Canadian provinces. Widespread in Great
Lakes. Introduced as water garden plant.
Spread by ballast; boats, muskrats

www.invasive.org/species/subject.cfm?sub=5219

 

Cabomba caroliniana

Fanwort,
Carolina fanwort

A**

Common
aquarium plant; established in Kalamazoo & St. Joseph Counties in Barton
Lake, Howard Lake, Kimble Lake and Portage Creek

http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=402&fr=1&sts=sss

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/76

video

Cylindrospermopsis
raciborskii

cylindro

A

Established in Muskegon County on Mona Lake and Muskegon Lake; microscopic blue-green algae not easily detected; not sold in trade

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Centers/HABS/cylindro_factsheet.html

 

http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3630.htm

 

Egeria
densa

Brazilian
elodea, also known as Anacharis

A**

Common
aquarium plant; established in Illinois and Minnesota

http://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=3019

 

Fallopia
japonica

Japanese
knotweed

T**

Wild and
cultivated forms; established in Michigan; formerly sold in nursery trade

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/plants/knotweed.shtml

video

www.michigan.gov/invasivespecies

 

Heracleum
mantegazzianum

giant
hogweed

T

Established
in Michigan; not sold in trade

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/hydrilla.shtml

 

Hydrilla
verticillata

Hydrilla

A

Established
in nearby Indiana lakes but not in Michigan; not sold in trade

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/183

video

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/hydrilla.shtml

 

Hydrocharis
morsus-ranae

European
frogbit

A**

Established
in St. Clair and Detroit River marshes; escaped arboretum pond plant; not
sold in trade; spread by boats

www.invasive.org/species/subject.cfm?sub=12792

 

Lagarosiphon
major

African
oxygen weed; curly waterweed

A

Not
found in US.  Problem in Europe &
NZ; formerly sold there in aquarium trade

http://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=4653

 

Lythrum
salicaria

purple
loosestrife

W

Well
established in Michigan; formerly sold in nursery trade

http://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=3047

Myriophyllum
aquaticum

parrot’s
feather

A**

Commonly
sold for aquariums and ornamental ponds. Established in nearby Indiana lake

http://www.invasive.org/weedcd/species/3054.htm

 

Myriophyllum
spicatum

Eurasian
watermilfoil

A

Established
in Michigan and 44 other states & 3 provinces; formerly used as
ornamental pond plant; Spread by boats as well as aquatic plant trade

 

http://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=3055

 

Nitellopsis
obtus

starry
stonewort

A

Established
in Detroit & St. Clair Rivers and several inland lakes; spread by boats;
species of algae

http://michiganlakeinfo.com/?p=189

 

Nymphoides
peltata

yellow
floating heart

A**

Established
in 20 states; occurs in nearby Indiana; water garden plant

http://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=12805

Phragmites
australis

Phragmites
or common reed

W

Well
established in Michigan; one cultivar formerly sold in nursery trade

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/commonreed.shtml

www.michigan.gov/invasivespecies

 

Potamogeton
crispus

curly
leaf pondweed

A

Well
established in Michigan.  May be spread
by boats or in water accompanying fish and fish eggs

www.invasive.org/species/subject.cfm?sub=6219

 

Salvinia
molesta, auriculata, biloba, or herzogii

giant
salvinia

A**

S.
auriculata complex; 11 southern states plus HI & PR; not in MI. Pond
plant; aquatic fern

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/salvinia.shtml

video

Trapa natans

water
chestnut

A

Found in
6 northeastern states (NY, CT, VT, MA, MD & VA) plus Quebec. Occurs in
Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario. Escaped water garden plant. Not in Michigan.

http://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=3499

 

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/waterchestnut.shtml

 

 

* refers to the primary habitat of
the species. A = aquatic; T = terrestrial; W = wetland; ** means species most
likely to be encountered in trade

Revised 7 May 2013

 

 

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