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Welcome to the home of the Pittsburgh Area Planted Aquarium Society. 

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!

News - Meetings now start at 1 PM to accommodate Oddballs new hours!

Next meeting - Red Leaves, What’s the Point? presented by PAPAS President Collin Bachert.

Kermit the Frog once said, “It’s not easy being green,” but in the world of plants, it’s not easy being red.  Starting with the observation that aquarium plants often change color from green to red when transitioning from an emmersed to a submersed lifestyle, I was led to ask the question, “Why do plants turn red when underwater?”  To attempt an answer to this question we will look at why plants turn red in general touching on what makes the color red, what function does it serve and what factors regulate this coloring with excursions into all the other colors of the rainbow to be found in the plant world and how they all relate to each other, like “What do blue flowers have to do with red leaves?”   We will explore these topics looking at some cool, but accessible science combined with beautiful images and some fun with food.


Praise for Red Leaves:  What’s the point?

“A must see talk.  A good time was had by all.”

-A liar who couldn’t have seen a talk before it’s given- but surprisingly true.

 “It made me see red.”

            -Someone who saw it- possibly a future version of Shaun Howard.


            -Someone willing to try the food and isn’t too picky.

 “Cool.  So cool.

            -The wack-a-doodle giving this talk because it has some awesome science in it.


            Someone you’ll be sorry you listened to.


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