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The Aquarium Society of Winnipeg is to thrilled to welcome the world-renowned Rachel O'Leary (a.k.a. Invertebrates by Msjinkzd!) as our guest speaker for our November monthly meeting! Due to limited space and the popularity of Rachel O'Leary, we are sorry to say that for this meeting the $5 drop-in fee will not be available. As usual, yearly memberships can be purchased. This is a great time to become a member !

Run by Rachel O'Leary, Invertabrates by Msjinkzd is located in York, Pennsylvania (United States). Rachel is a mother of three, loving wife, and an unmistakable personality at conventions and clubs around the country. A life-long fish keeper, her interests range from microfish to monsters, with a focus on invertebrates and dwarf species.

Rachel has spent the last 15 years studying invertebrate husbandry, aquascaping, and breeding practices. Rachel’s fishroom consists of 60-100 tanks ranging from 10 to 220 gallons, and her breeding program includes members of the Corydoradinae group, apistogramma, ancistrus, hypancistrus, pelvicachromis, as well as various cyprinids and livebearers as well as crabs, snails and shrimp.

A passionate educator, Rachel travels to lecture nationally and internationally for Aquarium Clubs and Conventions. She is a frequent contributor to various publications including Amazonas Magazine , The Aquatic Gardener Magazine, as well as producing twice weekly content on her YouTube Channel.

She is also the co-author of a book titled The 101 Best Freshwater Species: How to Choose & Keep Hardy, Brilliant, Fascinating Nano Fishes, Plants and Invertebrates . One of the leading importers of small fish and invertebrates in the United States, she works with dozens of dwarf shrimp, crab, fish and snail species, and is regularly bringing in new and hard to find specimens.

Come and join us at our next meeting for our semi-annual GIANT auction!

Doors open at 12:15pm and the meeting will begin at 1pm. We will perform our usual HAP (plant reproduction) and BAP (fish reproduction) award ceremony at the beginning of the meeting. We expect this to take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. We will then share some brief club news updates which should take about 5 to 10 minutes. There is no guest speaker at this meeting.

The auction will run from approximately 1:30PM to 4:00PM - the meeting will go until the last auction items are sold. MEMBERS can win items on credit and settle their final tab at the end of the auction, in cash or debit/credit (see our latest auction update ). NON-Member VISITORS must pay cash as they win each item. No credit privileges are extended to non-members.

Only members can SELL in the auction. Anyone can BUY. This event is free admission as we are waiving the $5 per meeting 'visitor' fee for non-members.

If you plan on becoming a member of the club at this event, we recommend completing the membership form in advance and arriving early to complete the process. The annual membership due is $25.00.

Similarly, we recommend sellers arrive as early as possible to hand in their completed auction items form and peruse the other sellers' items.

Bring your friends and neighbours as this event is open to the public!