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CNYAS March 20, 2024 Monthly Meeting

Jason Den Haese

Lessons Learned Setting up my Fish Research and Conservation Lab at D’Youville University Including an Update on Spawning, Growth, and Survival of Fry from the Armored Catfish Family: Loricariidae.


I have a strong and diverse research background acquired from experience in industry, clinical, and academic settings. In industry, I served as the director of gene cloning and research at IMMCO Diagnostics Company where I used my training in molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry to produce 2 new products for diagnosing autoimmune disease in patients in just under 3 years. In a clinical research setting, I spent 13 years working at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC), focusing on cancer prevention and leukemia. At D’Youville University in 2020, I started my research program with fish from the armored catfish families of the Amazon River Basin of South America focusing on the breeding, growth, and survival of fry. To date in my fish research lab, I have spawned 27 different species of plecos spanning 7 different genera. My passion for this research is only rivaled by my passion for teaching and service to others. I strongly believe in giving back to those in need and am actively involved in volunteering at both D’Youville University and the greater community. When I am not at work, I spend time with my wife Charlene, and seven children.

Presentation Synopsis:

I will talk about the many lessons I learned from the creation of my fish research lab at D’Youville University from its inception in January 2020 until the present.  I will cover not only the many challenges I faced and overcame but also highlight some of my modest successes along the way. Throughout the presentation, I will share pictures of my fish lab, some of my L-number pleco groups and their fry as well as updates on my current research.


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Annual CNYAS Auction Rules


SELLER REGISTRATION. Obtain seller’s ID and paperwork by emailing

List items consecutively on the form with no empty lines between items. The ID# on the form should correspond with the label ID# on the item.

Completed sheet(s) are to be taken to the registration table prior to the start of bidding. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 5 ON SIMILAR HARD GOODS (examples: heaters, filters, etc.) AND 5 BAGS PER SPECIE OF FISH OR PLANT, AT THE OPTION OF THE BOARD.

We use the “10 table” system so place your item on the table that corresponds with the last number of your item’s ID. For example, on Table 1 place items 1,11,21, etc.; on Table 2 place items 2,12,22 etc. After items on Table 2 have been auctioned, the remaining table numbers will be randomly selected and this will determine which table will be auctioned next. No items can be renumbered or moved. There is a $3 fee if you would like to “fast track” an item which will start after table 2 is completed. Items brought in late will be auctioned off later on in the afternoon. Once the auctioneer starts selling items from the last table number selected by lottery, checking out will be suspended. After the last item is sold, 15 minutes will be allowed for the computer operators to enter the remaining tags before checking out is resumed.

  • Equipment: Label each item and mark equipment that is not working properly or is not in its brand name box.
  • Livestock: Bag & label fish/plants in bags obtained from pet shops or from our meetings. Double bagging is recommended and food storage bags will NOT be accepted. Fish labeled as a pair must be a male and a female. $3 fee will be charged if any rebagging is necessary.
  • Payments: A check and a copy of your “Seller Sheet” will be mailed out within 5 business days. Members receive 75% of selling price; Non-members 70%.

*At the end of the auction sellers may apply what they have purchased towards what they have sold. If an individual buys more than he has sold, he will pay the difference at checkout. If he is due money, he will receive a check by mail.


Buyer registration is done the day of the auction; there are NO cash transactions on the floor. Fill out the Buyer Registration Form and receive your buyer number & ID sheet. Hold up the sheet for each item where you are the high bidder.

Any buyer that wishes to leave the auction and return later on must turn in his sheet and number and pay for any items purchased. When returning, the buyer will need to re-register and obtain a new number.

Checking Out & Payments: Go to the cashier’s table and obtain a computer print out of the items you purchased. The treasurer will accept checks from club members only, all others must pay in CASH.

– Club donations can be identified by an ID beginning with the letter “C”.

– Only auction workers may remove items from a table.

– Items are auctioned in $1 increments, or left to the discretion of the auctioneer.

– Items not picked up at the end of the auction become the property of the CNYAS.

– CNYAS is not responsible for equipment purchased at the auction. Any problems are to be resolved between the

buyer and the seller.

– Computer operators will be keeping track of buyer ID numbers, items and prices.