Welcome to the home of the Pittsburgh Area Planted Aquarium Society.
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!
On August 3rd Eric Bodrock and Regina Spotti will present;
Plants & Planted Tanks from Around the World
The program will take you on a tour of places we have visited in the past few years, including: Tomas Kaliebe’s (ZOOlogiCa) greenhouse in Altlandsberg, Germany. Tomas has hybridized at least 19 Echinodorus sword plants in the hobby today! A visit at the world-leading exhibition;InterZoo, in Nürnberg Germany. We’ll run thru a couple shops & fishrooms in the UK and Norway! Maybe even a few stops here in the good ol’ USA!
Eric Bodrock, I am 52 years old and have been interested in fishkeeping since age 10 when my Mother brought home five Corydoras paleatus, which spawned soon after and started my aquarium keeping adventure! By age 20 I had opened my first retail store, have owned three since then. In addition I have worked in the retail, wholesale, installation and hatchery aspects of the industry. Today I continue to operate All Oddball Aquatics, an aquarium specialty business. I have been active in the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, Inc. since the mid 70's and at the end of 2007, finally reached the highest title of "Grand Master Breeder" by spawning more than 450 species of fish, including over 90 species of catfish, and accumulating nearly 5,000 points in the club's Breeders Award Program. Along with my fiancé, Regina Spotti, we currently maintain about 260 aquariums at our home hatchery and continue to work with many species of fish, with Corys still my focus. I have judged dozens of fish shows, had articles published, given many presentations and/or attended events thru out the USA, Canada, Norway, Germany and the UK. My highlight in the hobby has been getting to be good friends with so many great hobbyists thru out the world……looking forward to the next 50 years!!
Regina Spotti has been keenly interested in nature since childhood. Aeons ago she persuaded her mother to allow her to bring some goldfish home from, of all places, a grocery store. These “promotional items” quickly led to an interest in the tropical fish hobby which has lasted over forty years. She enjoys keeping and breeding various tropical fish from all corners of the world. Whether it’s a “lovely” betta, an “awesome” cichlid, a “boring rivulus”, “a plain rasbora”, or an “ugly catfish”, Regina will make room for it in one of her fish rooms. She currently maintains about 70 aquariums not including the fry tanks, all of which are filled with a wide array of species from cory cats to characins. An active member in the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, she quickly attained the status of Master Breeder and enjoys writing articles on species of fish she has worked with. While her hobby may be described as out of control by some of her peers, Regina finds the fish keeping hobby relaxing and rewarding. One of her favorite things about the hobby, other than the fantastic people she meets-watching the expressions on people’s faces when she tells them her hobby is keeping and breeding tropical fish.