May 2016 GPASI Regular Meeting
Friday May 20th, 2016
“Experiences with Aphyosemion”
Jeremy Basch lives in Columbus, OH but is originally from Westlake, Cleveland, OH. He started keeping fish around 24 years ago when his father took him to a pet shop. At around 16 Jeremy started working at one of the local fish stores and started to acquire various sized aquariums and fish. He became hooked.
This continued until 2004 when he setup his first fishroom. Currently Jeremy is on this forth modification of his fishroom which now contains 140+ aquariums ranging in size from 2 ½ to 150 gallons. Over the years, he has bred over 40 species of fish including many cichlids, catfish, rainbows, killifish, livebearers and invertebrates. He was also the first person in the world to have the Jaguar Catfish, Liosomadoras oncinus, spawn and give viable offspring!
Jeremy’s main focus is on the cichlids and catfish from South America and killifish from West Africa. He is a current member and the chairman of the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts. Other fish associations belongs to include: the Ohio Cichlid Association, the Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society, the American Killifish Association and the American Cichlid Association. He has written a few articles which have appeared in the Buntbarsche Bulletin, his hometown club, the CAFE Menu and Amazonas sharing his first successful breeding of Liosomadoras oncinus, the Jaguar Catfish. Jeremy can be seen at many fish shows and conventions throughout the Midwest.
Jeremy’s talk showcases his methods of maintaining Aphyosemion & related Genera of Nothobranchidae of West Africa. He will share an update on his fishroom & the species he is currently working with. We will discuss tank setup, diet, maintenance, breeding & the raising of killifish. Jeremy will finish by sharing his favorite species of killifish & some brand new species being imported currently into the hobby.
June 2016 GPASI Regular Meeting
Friday June 24th, 2016
Heather Burke: “Danios and Danionins: The appreciation and breeding of small cyprinids”
The past decade has been an exciting one for die-hard danio enthusiasts, as more species of danios have become available in the hobby. This talk highlights some of the new and interesting species along with offering discussion on general care and breeding. Select species of other small cyprinids will also be discussed along with firsthand accounts of reproduction. Sample of featured species: Danio aesculapii, Celestichthys margaritatus, C. erythromicron, C. choprae, Danio tinwini, and Barbus hulstaerti.
Bio: Heather Burke is a 23-year-old aquarist from Lansing, Michigan. She has kept and bred fish for most of her young life and harbors a keen interest and passion for the aquarium hobby. She has been active in aquarium societies since the age of 14 and has witnessed some 40 spawns of freshwater fish and invertebrates spanning two clubs. Heather currently associates with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club most prominently. Her interests in fish are broad and range from nano species of cyprinids to wild-type livebearing fishes and dwarf cichlids. She is obtaining a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. She is also a current Preuss Pets employee in the freshwater fish department.
July 2016 GPASI Regular Meeting
Friday July 29th, 2016
Moving Fish by Rail
Inspired by a lifelong interest in tropical fish and model trains, Neal Schorr tells the story of transporting fish by rail. The practice began in the 1880’s with the development of railroad cars used to transport hatchery raised fish in the eastern United States for the stocking of streams in the west. These cars were the inspiration for the Nautilus, a railroad car built by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to transport fish that it collected along both the East and West Coasts as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Transport of fish to the Shedd by rail continued for many years until the practice was made obsolete by the use of air transport and the near demise of passenger rail service in the United States. The presentation looks at the fish transport rail cars, how the fish were safely transported, and the crew that collected and tended to them. It will also take a brief look at the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society as it existed over 40 years ago.
Neal Schorr Bio:
As a teenager, Neal was a member of GPASI between 1969 and 1974 when he maintained about a dozen fish tanks. He helped to edit the society’s publication during those years. With his departure for college, he had to sell of most of his fish and equipment, but he continued to have at least one aquarium during most of his adult life. He returned to the society in early 2015 following an absence of more than 40 years after purchasing an aquarium for his daughter Caroline a few months earlier. Besides his interest in tropical fish, Neal is an avid model railroader whose layout has appeared in numerous model railroad publications.
In addition to Neal’s main presentation, there will be several brief BAP presentations given by fellow members. An action packed evening for all ages!
September 2016 GPASI Regular Meeting
Friday September 30th, 2016
MARK DUFFILL ~ Loach Breeder Extraordinaire
Direct from the UK, we are honored to be the first group of hobbyist in the Unites States to hear Mark’s presentation:
Loaches for life, not just for snails!
Mark's passion for Loaches has seen him successfully spawn numerous species, which for some time Loaches were considered unbreedable but thanks to Mark and people like him, this myth has been dispelled. So far he has spawned 20+ loach species including Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki, Micronemacheilus cruciatus, Sewellia lineolata, Sewellia sp spotted, and Acanthocobitis zonalternans, also firsts such as Botia kubotai, Botia histrionica, Botia striata, Acanthopsoides species and Yasuhikotakia splendida.
Mark Duffill was born in 1972, he has had an interest in fish from a very young age. He got his first fish when he was 6 years old and was 'hooked' immediately. As soon as he was old enough he became a junior member of the local fish keeping club and soon got the bug for showing fish and winning prizes, Mark progressed in the club as a committee member and eventually club secretary. As well as the fishkeeping Mark owns and helps out with several websites and Facebook groups including Loach Fanatics.
This aside he also advanced to become an A-class judge for the North East Federation of Aquarist Societies. The hobby of fish keeping took a back seat for a while due to work commitments, however unfortunately his career as an electrician ended in 1999 when he was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and spondylosis in the spine. Since then he channelled his time, energy and passion for fish to keeping, breeding or catching and collecting them.
Mark works primarily with Loaches, Rasboras and other Asian species, although he has periodically diverted his attention to other fish including African Rift Cichlids, Characins, Corydoras, Discus, Livebearers of all descriptions and even at one point had nothing but Rainbow fishes, but no matter what he has kept he was always drawn back to Loaches, Barbs, Danios and Rasboras.
In 2009, Mark became the founder of the International Loach Association, formerly Loach Association of Great Britain. Mark has written books on loaches and also had his articles published in several magazines around the world and had them translated into numerous languages and has been invited to travel to clubs within the UK and now around the world to give presentations on Loaches.
Joel Antkowiak: “CARES, Splitfins and More”