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The confirmed date for SAKE is Saturday, March 24, 2018.  It will be held at the La Quinta Inn North Phoenix on the northeast of I-17 and Greenway Rd in Phoenix.

Programs:  All at tentative at this date
  • Steven Waldron, owner of Aquarium Zen in Seattle - his talk will be "From nature to the Nature Aquarium", about aquascaping, aquarium design and natural inspiration.[/]

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We encourage you to patronize the companies listed below and to purchase their products. Please mention the Arizona Rivulin Keepers when you contact them.

Sponsoring Local Stores:

    Aquatouch  12040 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85028-1219, Phone: 602-765-9058  http://www.aquatouch.com/
    Studio Blue  13370 W Foxfire Dr, #104, Surprise, AZ 85378, Phone: 623-398-8954  http://www.studioblueaquatics.com/
    Tropical Treasures  3502 W Greenway Rd #7, Phoenix, AZ 85053, Phone: 602-903-2347 http://www.tropicaltreasuresaz.com/


Sponsoring Mail Order Companies:

    Amazonas magazine  http://www.amazonasmagazine.com  and  http://www.coralmagazine.com
    American Aquarium Products  http://americanaquariumproducts.com/   
    Back-to-Nature Filtration  http://www.backtonaturefiltration.org
    Brine Shrimp Direct  http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/  5% discount on all purchases when using ARK affiliate id 05114 in the
             promotional code box during checkout. 
    Drs. Foster & Smith  http://www.drsfostersmith.com/
    JehmCo, Inc.  http://www.jehmco.com
    Nilocg Aquatics  http://nilocg.com/
    Tannin Aquatics  http://www.tanninaquatics.com/
    The Pleco Feeder  www.theplecofeeder.com
    Your Fish Stuff  http://www.yourfishstuff.com/


Sponsoring Aquarium Product and Distribution Companies:

    Acurel  http://www.acurel.com/
    Aquatic Life  http://www.aquaticlife.com/
    Blue Life USA  http://www.bluelifeusa.com/
    Central Aquatics  - distributors of Aqueon, Kent Marine, Zilla, Oceanic, Coralife products  http://www.central-aquatics.com/ 
    Dr. Tim's Aquatics  http://drtimsaquatics.com/
    Ecological Laboratories  www.microbelift.com
    Hikari USA  http://www.hikariusa.com/
    Fluval  http://www.fluvalaquatics.com/
    Koller Enterprises  http://www.kollercraft-products.com/
    Lifegard Aquatics  http://www.lifegardaquatics.com/
    Omega Sea, LLC  http://www.omegasea.net/
    Pisces Pros  http://www.piscespros.com/
    Red Sea  http://www.redseafish.com
    San Francisco Bay Brand  http://www.sfbb.com/ and Ocean Nutrition  http://www.oceannutrition.com/
    Seachem Laboratories  http://www.seachem.com/Home/index.html
    Sera  https://www.sera.de/us/
    Tetra USA  http://www.tetra-fish.com/
    Tropical Sciences Biolab  http://www.tsbiolabs.com/
    ZooMed  http://www.zoomed.com/cm/Home.html

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The 19th annual Southwest Aquarium Keeper Event (or SAKE) is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017.  We will have several programs, a giant raffle, and both a silent and a regular auction.  There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome.  We do encourage you to donate fish, aquatic plants, live food cultures, and aquarium items for the auctions to help us defray our expenses.  Although technically a "killifish event," all types of fishes suitable for smaller aquaria can be donated to the auctions.


LOCATION:  SAKE will be held at the same location as last year:

    La Quinta Inns & Suites
    2510 W Greenway Rd  (NE corner of I-17 at Greenway)
    Phoenix, AZ 85023


REGISTER NOW:  There is no registration fee to attend SAKE.  You can register at the door; however, we encourage you to "register" before the event.  There may be some incentives offered at the event for those who register early. To register early, on or after January 15, 2017, please send an e-mail to azkillie@yahoo.com.  The e-mail to register must include:

    1.   Your name
    2.    Any current aquarium club affiliation(s)
    3.    Current hometown (and state)

If you are registering a spouse, children, or a friend, please include the same information for each attendee.  When your registration has been processed, you will see your name listed on the ARK website. To be eligible for possible incentives, early registration requests must be sent before 6 p.m. Arizona time on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  You can scroll down this page to find a list of registered attendees.


SCHEDULE:
  9:00 a.m.  Set up begins (log in and sort mailed in fish shipments; set up Silent Auction and raffle tables; etc.)
10:30          Doors open for attendees
11:30          Silent Auction begins
11:45          First program:  Sam Murphy - "Going Natural, The Walstad Aquarium"
 1:00 p.m.  1st Raffle Drawing session
 1:30           Second program: Dr. Joe Meinholz - "Tips and Tricks for the Aquarium Hobbyist"
 2:45           Break
 3:00           Silent Auction ends!!!   Items will be distributed starting at 4:45 (if you can’t stay until then, please do NOT bid on
                        items in the Silent Auction)
 3:00           Regular Auction – first session (you can pay for your items starting at either 4:45 or after the evening auction)
 3:30           Third program: Drs. Ron Harlan and Tom Wilkinson - "Bolivia 2016"
 4:45           2nd (final) Raffle Drawing session 
 4:45           Silent Auction distribution begins
 5:15           Dinner break starts
 6:30 p.m.  Fourth program:  Shane Essary - Keeping and Breeding South American Annual Killifishes
 7:45           Break
 8:15           Regular Auction - second session - until completed


EVENT SPONSORS:  We encourage you to buy products from the companies who are donating to SAKE.  For the list of companies from whom we have received raffle items, go to
http://forum.azrivulinkeepers.org/index.php?topic=1116.0



RAFFLE ITEMS:  If you have items you would like to donate to the raffle, they are certainly welcome.  However, all raffle items should be new and in the original packaging whenever possible.  Partially used or "not new" items should go into the auction.


BRINGING DONATED AUCTION ITEMS:  If you are bringing items for the auctions, it would greatly help if you fill out an auction form BEFORE you arrive.  Bring the form with you and turn it in when you check in at SAKE.  The form is attached as a pdf file below.  If you are unable to print the pdf, you can write your items on a piece of paper and provide the same information.  Almost anything "fish-related" is welcome as a donation.  Please e-mail your list to - john.kukowski@gmail.com


BRINGING ITEMS FOR SALE:  THIS IS NEW - If you are only donating items, this does not apply to you.

While we try to discourage people from bringing items for sale, preferring instead to have you donate them, in the past we have allowed mostly out-of-state attendees to sell some of their items so they can cover some of their expenses in coming to SAKE.  Starting this year, we have decided to simplify things and anyone wanting to sell fish or other items will have all of their items lumped together under their registration number.  Whatever the total sales credited to their number, they will receive a 50% split of the total sold. 

We would still like to approve all sales items ahead of time. If you would like to sell something at SAKE, please contact Allan Semeit at azkillie@yahoo.com.


SHIPPING AUCTION ITEMS FOR SAKE:  If you would like to send fish for the auction, please e-mail Allan Semeit at azkillie@yahoo.com for the shipping address.

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We encourage you to patronize the companies listed below and to purchase their products. Please mention the Arizona Rivulin Keepers when you contact them.

Sponsoring Local Stores:

    Aquatouch  12040 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85028-1219, Phone: 602-765-9058, http://www.aquatouch.com/
    Tropical Treasures  3502 W Greenway Rd #7, Phoenix, AZ 85053, Phone: 602-903-2347  http://www.tropicaltreasuresaz.com/


Sponsoring Mail Order Companies:


    Amazonas Magazine    http://www.reef2rainforest.com/amazonas-magazine/
    AquaDine Nutritional System    http://aquadine.com/
    Back-to-Nature Filtration    http://www.backtonaturefiltration.org
    Brine Shrimp Direct    http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/?AFFILIATE=05114 (this link gives you a 5% discount)
    Dr. Tim's Aquatics    http://drtimsaquatics.com/
    Drs. Foster & Smith    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/
    Nilocg Aquatics    http://nilocg.com/   
    Your Fish Stuff    http://www.yourfishstuff.com/



Sponsoring Aquarium Product and Distribution Companies:

    Blue Life USA    http://www.bluelifeusa.com/
    Boyd Enterprises    http://www.chemi-pure.com/
    Central Aquatics - distributors of Aqueon, ESU, Kent Marine, and All-Glass products    http://www.central-aquatics.com
    Cobalt Aquatics    http://www.cobaltaquatics.com/
    Eheim North America    https://www.eheim.com/index.php
    Fritz Industries - manufacturers of Fritz and Mardel products    http://www.fritzpet.com/
    Hikari USA    http://www.hikariusa.com/
    Hydor    http://www.hydor.com
    Lifegard Aquatics    http://www.lifegardaquatics.com/
    Omega Sea LLC    http://www.omegasea.net/
    Prodibio    prodibio.com/
    R.C. Hagen - distributors for Fluval, Marina, Nutrafin, AquaClear, and more    http://usa.hagen.com/
    Seachem Laboratories    http://www.seachem.com/Home/index.html
    sera    http://www.sera.de/en/home.html
    United Pet Group - distributors for Tetra, Marineland, Jungle, Aquarium Systems, Jungle, Instant Ocean, Perfecto - A Spectrum Brands Company                       
             http://www.unitedpetgroup.com/
    ZooMed    http://www.zoomed.com/cm/Home.html

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The 18th annual Southwest Aquarium Keeper Event (or SAKE) is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2016.  We will have several programs, a giant raffle, and both a silent and a regular auction.  There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome.  We do encourage you to donate fish, aquatic plants, live food cultures, and aquarium items for the auctions to help us defray our expenses.  Although technically a "killifish event," all types of fishes suitable for smaller aquaria can be donated to the auctions.

LOCATION:  SAKE will be held at the same location as last year:

    La Quinta Inns & Suites
    2510 W Greenway Rd  (NE corner of I-17 at Greenway)
    Phoenix, AZ 85023

     NOTE: For anyone planning to spend the night, our use of the meeting rooms at La Quinta is NOT dependent upon any room reservations.  La Quinta
     expects to be fully booked due to Cactus League Spring Training so feel free to shop for the best rate among the nearby hotels and motels. For some
     alternatives, check the attachment below.
 
REGISTER NOW:  There is no registration fee to attend SAKE.  You can register at the door; however, we encourage you to "register" before the event.  There may be some incentives offered at the event for those who register early. To register early, on or after January 10, 2016, please send an e-mail to azkillie@yahoo.com.  The e-mail to register must include:

    1.   Your name
    2.    Any current aquarium club affiliation(s)
    3.    Current hometown (and state)

If you are registering a spouse, children, or a friend, please include the same information for each attendee.  When your registration has been processed, you will see your name listed on the ARK website. To be eligible for possible incentives, early registration requests must be sent before 6 p.m. Arizona time on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.  You can scroll down this page to find a list of registered attendees.

SCHEDULE:
  9:00 a.m.  Set up begins (log in and sort mailed in fish shipments; set up Silent Auction and raffle tables; etc.)
10:30          Doors open for attendees
11:30          Silent Auction begins
11:45          First program – Ron Harlan "Dwarf Cichlids"
 1:00 p.m.  1st Raffle Drawing session
 1:30           Second program - Dan Pape "Nothobranchius Survival Mechanisms"
 2:45           Break
 3:00           Silent Auction ends!!! Items will be distributed starting at 4:45 (if you can’t stay until then, please do NOT bid on items in the Silent
                       Auction)
 3:00           Regular Auction – first session
 3:30           Third program – Chuck Rambo "Rift Lakes For Rookies"
 4:45           3rd (final) Raffle Drawing session 
 4:45           Silent Auction distribution begins
 5:15           Dinner break starts
 6:30 p.m.  Fourth program – Andrew Furness  "The evolution of an annual life cycle in killifish"
 7:45           Break
 8:15           Regular Auction - second session - until completed

EVENT SPONSORS:  We encourage you to buy products from the companies who are donating to SAKE.  For the list of companies from whom we have received raffle items, go to
http://forum.azrivulinkeepers.org/index.php?topic=1100.0

BRINGING DONATED AUCTION ITEMS:  If you are bringing items for the auctions, it would greatly help if you fill out an auction form BEFORE you arrive.  Bring the form with you and turn it in when you check in at SAKE.  The form is attached as a pdf file below.  If you are unable to print the pdf, you can write your items on a piece of paper and provide the same information.  Almost anything "fish-related" is welcome as a donation. 

BRINGING ITEMS FOR SALE:  We allow out-of-state attendees to sell some of their items so they can cover some of their expenses in coming to SAKE.  Even then there will be limits as to what can be entered and how much.  Please contact Allan Semeit at azkillie@yahoo.com for approval of sale items PRIOR to SAKE.  In-state participants can also request to sell items, but we would expect they would donate 50% or more of their items to help us cover expenses. Again, obtain prior approval before bringing any sales items.

SHIPPING AUCTION ITEMS FOR SAKE:  If you would like to send fish for the auction, please e-mail Allan Semeit at azkillie@yahoo.com for the shipping address.

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The 17th annual Southwest Aquarium Keepers Event (SAKE) was held on March 21, 2015, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Phoenix, AZ.  Attendees started arriving at 10:30 AM where they registered themselves and their auction items.  They also bought raffle tickets.  Participants were able to bid on silent auction items and there was also a regular auction as well.  Five speakers entertained and enlightened the audience.  Bob Goemans spoke about LED lighting.  Dr. Ron Harlan presented an introduction to killifishes, Dan Pape talked about live foods for fry, Stacy Fenhaus surveyed the array of wild-type bettas, and Scott Jacobson described the thrills and perils of collecting fish in Peru.  By all accounts, 2015 SAKE was an enjoyable and successful event.

***See the Arizona Rivulin Keepers Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.863521160374557.1073741844.110036592389688&type=1) for descriptions of each photo.

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We encourage you to patronize the companies listed below and to purchase their products. Please mention the Arizona Rivulin Keepers when you contact them.

Sponsoring Local Stores:

    Aquatouch  12040 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85028-1219, Phone: 602-765-9058, http://www.aquatouch.com/
    Tropical Treasures  3502 W Greenway Rd #7, Phoenix, AZ 85053, Phone: 602-903-2347  http://www.tropicaltreasuresaz.com/


Sponsoring Mail Order Companies:

    AquaDine Nutritional System    http://aquadine.com/
    Back-to-Nature Filtration    http://www.backtonaturefiltration.org
    Brine Shrimp Direct    http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/
    Dr. Tim's Aquatics    http://drtimsaquatics.com/
    Drs. Foster & Smith    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/
    Josh's Frogs    http://www.JoshsFrogs.com
    Spectrapure    http://www.spectrapure.com/
    Xtreme Aquatic Foods    http://www.xtremeaquaticfoods.com/ 


Sponsoring Aquarium Product and Distribution Companies:

    Blue Life USA    http://www.bluelifeusa.com/   
    Boyd Enterprises    http://www.chemi-pure.com/
    Central Aquatics distributors of Aqueon, ESU, Kent Marine, and All-Glass products    http://www.central-aquatics.com
    Danner Manufacturing, Inc.    http://www.dannermfg.com/
    Ecological Laboratories, Inc.    http://www.microbelift.com
    Fritz Pet Products    http://www.fritzpet.com/
    Ocean Nutrition    http://www.oceannutrition.com/
    Omega Sea    http://www.omegasea.net/
    Penn Plax    http://www.pennplax.com/Welcome.html
    San Francisco Bay Brand, Inc.    http://www.sfbb.com/     
    Seachem Laboratories    http://www.seachem.com/Home/index.html
    sera    http://www.sera.de/en/home.html
    Tropical Science Biolabs    http://www.tsbiolabs.com/
    United Pet Group (distributors of Tetra, Marineland, Jungle, Aquarium Systems, Jungle, Instant Ocean, and Perfecto - A Spectrum Brands Company)
            http://www.unitedpetgroup.com/
    Zoo Med    http://www.zoomed.com/


Special Offers:

    Marineland Precision Heaters    http://www.marineland.com/Precision-Heaters.aspx?utm_source=harmelin&utm_medium=banner-ads&utm_term=aquarium-heaters&utm_content=marineland-heater-offer&utm_campaign=marineland-precision-heater

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Maintenance / Local water parameters
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:37:48 AM »
Allan - Phoenix tap water                          40 TDS    180 Hardness    8.5 pH
Allan - House filtered by H2O concepts    180           180                   9.0
Allan - rainwater collected from roof            0             80                    6.5

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Photos / 2014 December Special meeting, raffle, and potluck
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:56:34 PM »
The 2014 December Special meeting of the Arizona Rivulin Keepers featured a potluck luncheon and the annual raffle.  There were over 20 people in attendance.  ARK provided the fried chicken and the attendees brought a tremendous variety of side dishes and desserts.  The raffle is one of the highlights of the year as raffle tickets are awarded based upon attendance, payment of dues, and participation in club-sponsored activities such as box exchanges and regional events.  There were over 120 items in the raffle, and, this year, everyone was a winner. 

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Miscellaneous / Pachtpanchax Killifish by Dr. Paul Loiselle
« on: December 09, 2014, 03:57:47 PM »
Pachypanchax killifish are suitable for a small, species-specific aquarium, where they may even breed. See the attached article.

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Maintenance / Joe Meinholz's fish room
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:08:00 PM »
These photos were taken on July 20, 2014, and show many of the tanks in Joe Meinholz's fish room.  Joe breeds a variety of fishes.  Of interest was that Joe uses sphagnum moss in most of his killifish breeding set-ups.

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Live Foods / Arizona Fairy Shrimp (commercial website)
« on: July 08, 2014, 06:28:29 AM »
All eggs on sale are USA native fairy shrimp, clam shrimp, Triops, water fleas, and seed shrimp species.  Collected from the southwestern deserts and raised in licensed facility.

http://www.arizonafairyshrimp.com/index.html


As a comparison, Brine Shrimp Direct using their Grade C brine shrimp eggs guarantee a hatch-out of approximately 175,000 nauplii (baby brine shrimp) per gram of cysts following a 24 hour incubation period. (Based on the most recent harvest, this equates to a hatch-out of approximately 65%.) Great Salt Lake origin.  Their price is $24.95 plus shipping and handling.  1 lb. equals 454 gm.

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Live Foods / Daphnia: An Aquarist's Guide
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:41:33 AM »
Written & compiled by John Clare, B.A., Ph.D.

http://www.caudata.org/daphnia/

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