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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!


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 is 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.

We'd like to remind everyone that the AGA convention is rapidly approaching and would encourage everyone to attend!  This meeting is scheduled for April 10-12 @ Washington DC.  More information on the meeting can be found here: 

In order to encourage everyone to attend, PAPAS will be helping members out with their hotel expenses.  If you would like to save even more money and be interested in carpooling (either driving down or taking someone down with you) or splitting a hotel room, please email us at and let us know so we can try to get that arranged.  


PAPAS Officers

The next meeting is March 1st when Jeffrey Funk presents a talk on Aquarium Chemistry

Jeffrey Funks interest in planted aquariums originated from his love of gardening and plants.  "I consider myself lucky to have a father who also loved to garden so a lot of my early interest in plants was cultivated from him... And my neighbors" says Jeffrey. "When I was in high school," he continues "my neighbor Sandy ripped out her rose garden and put a pond in its place.  I thought it was the neatest thing and told myself that I'd have a water garden as well one day."  

After graduating college with a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Susquehanna University, Jeffrey went to Penn state university where he earned his PhD in chemistry.  While at penn state, Jeffrey realized that an aquarium can be thought of as an indoor version of a pond.  And this is how he got started on planted aquariums.  

"I moved out to the Pittsburgh area in 2006 to find a job and was very fortunate to find an enthusiastic planted aquarium scene" continues Jeffrey. "I would definitely consider myself more of a plant person than a fish person - I really have no tolerance for finicky fish.  And more importantly, keeping planted aquariums has made me a better gardener in general because you really have to think about everything that goes into the closed ecosystem that is a planted aquarium.  When you grow aquatic plants in an aquarium, you learn to deal with algae and observe how well your plants are growing... Or not growing.  In other words, you develop a sensitivity to your plants and that's often times the difference between success and failure.  There's a wonderful Chinese proverb (supposedly) that says the best fertilizer is a gardener's shadow.  The same is true for aquatic gardens and hopefully my presentation can help people grow aquatic plants better by increasing their knowledge and awareness of what's going on in their planted aquariums."






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