In August 2019, the Southeast Louisiana Aquarium Society (SELAS) hosted the Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies (FOTAS) annual convention. It was a huge success with about 150 people attending.
Setting Everything Up…
No major aquarium conference would be complete without a vendor room…
Friday night started with Bill Allen talking about livebearers. Bill broke even broke out his guitar!
Dr. Karen Maruska started off the Saturday morning talks. Dr. Maruska discussed cichlid communication.
Dr. John Hawke of the LSU Vet School followed up with a talk about fish diseases and treatments.
Following a break for lunch, Mike Senske for Aquarium Design Group in Houston talked about the various set-ups that his company has done through out the country.
The final talk was from Dr. Jon Armbruster from Auburn University. He talked about his collection trips to South America as well as fish diversity.
Saturday Night Funny Money Banquet
Saturday night featured a talk by Greg Steeves on the history of FOTAS. Then there was the traditional FOTAS trivia contest and funny money auction.
Here are a bunch of other pictures from the event that I could not categorize. These include Bill Allen playing the guitar and the ever photogenic Jay Wilson of Fritz Aquatics!
The Sunday auction featured nearly 300 items. This was the largest auction for a SELAS event so far!