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Have you ever wanted to make the fish in your tank happier and healthier by adding live plants?

Were you ever awed by the beauty of an aquascaped aquarium and wanted to try it yourself?

Thought you were the only one in the Pittsburgh area who cared about such things? PAPAS is here to help!

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The Pittsburgh Area Planted Aquarium Society fondly remembers Takashi Amano. Without his vision, the planted aquarium hobby would simply not be what it is today. His vision, drive and relentless pursuit of creating Nature in an aquarium introduced planted tanks to many, and spawned an entire industry. He passed August 4th, 2015 from pneumonia as a complication of his battle with cancer. PAPAS sends its most sincere condolences to Amano’s family and loved ones.

Our August field trip is coming up fast! August 8th we will be heading to Cranberry Glade Lake, just outside Ohiopyle. 

Crannberry Glade 3

There are many species to observe in their natural settings.

There are two possible meeting times for this adventure.  If you would like to carpool from Oddball Aquatics, the meeting time will be 9:00 am.  Tim Gross will be organizing the carpool so if you are interested in carpooling out to the location, please let Tim know by either responding to this email or getting in touch with him directly.  His contact information is: 

Tim Gross: 412-480-7470 (cell)
Tim Gross: (email)

If you would like to travel directly to the collecting site, we will be meeting up at the Ohiopyle Bakery & Sandwich Shop @ 11:00 am.  The address for this meeting place is: 

Ohiopyle Bakery & Sandwich Shop

85 Commercial StreetOhiopyle PA 15431

This location has been suggested as they supposedly have really great BBQ and will make a great place to have lunch and gather before heading out.  

Cranberry Glade 1

Please note:  
This is a State Park.  It is illegal to take any flora out of the park.  PAPAS cannot be held liable if you do.  If you plan on taking any fish you must have a current valid fishing license.

We hope to see everyone there!  

Crannberry Glade 2

2015 is going to be a big year for PAPAS. It is our 10th Anniversary, we have strengthened our partnership with GPASI, our display tank at Oddball is doing better than ever, and the AGA was only a short drive away this year. 2015 also brings the return of our strongest group of officers along with some resourceful and innovative new faces in the Society. We invite you to come and join us as we take the club in new and unexpected directions.


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