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!
Summer Picnic - August 13th
Babbling Brook Grove, North Park
The GPASI summer picnic is going to be at North Park again this year, Same location as last year! Join us Saturday August 13th at the Babbling Brook Grove beginning at 1:00pm. The club will supply burgers, dogs, and drinks. We ask the attending members to bring a side dish or desserts. It is near the lake so bring your fishing and collecting gear (PA license required). There will be raffles for club related products. Please let John Barnes know what you are bringing so that it is not doubled.
August 2016 GPASI Regular Meeting
Friday August 26th, 2015
August Speaker: Bob Bach
"Are Cichlids Bizarro Sunfish, or are Sunfish Bizarro Cichlids?"
Borrowing a theme from an old Seinfeld episode, Bob's talk compares and contrast two groups of fishes that appear similar at first glance but nonetheless have very different evolutionary histories. Through these comparisons, he introduces the sunfish family, describes how to collect, maintain and breed them, and discusses their similarities and differences with the cichlid family.
Bio: Bob Bock has been collecting and keeping fish since the age of 7, when he brought home two mummichog from the Hackensack River Meadowlands of New Jersey. Bob likes writing and speaking about aquarium fish and belongs to all the Washington, D.C. area's freshwater aquarium societies. He is past president of the North American Native Fishes Association and author of the "Meet the Hobbyist" column of Tropical Fish Hobbyist. Along with sunfish and cichlids, he has bred catfish, livebearers, cyprinids, loaches, and killifish. When he's not busy in his fishroom, Bob likes collecting native fishes and through the years has led every collecting trip
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”
This program will discuss the CARES Preservation Society and focus on the family Goodeidae, a group of livebearing fishes where nearly all species are addressed in the CARES program. Joel will also share some insight into some of the other species of fishes that are currently on the CARES Priority List that he has kept over the last 40 years.
BIO: Born on the Southside of Pittsburgh in 1962, Joel's first brush with the organized hobby came in 1976 when he found an ad for the American Killifish Association in an old aquarium hobby magazine. Having always appreciated the beauty of these fishes from the color plates in the old "Innes book", and not seeing them in local stores, he joined in order to acquire some. A few years later Joel found the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, where he was a member for a few years before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and moving out of the area. Joel is now living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he is an active member of the Aquarium Club of Lancaster County. Joel has earned the club’s Breeder of the Year award twice, it’s “Mighty Fin Award” for most points earned in the club’s Writer’s and Artist’s Award Program during a year twice, has been honoured with the club’s Hobbyist of the Year Award, and has been selected the recipient of the club’s President’s Award twice, and was the FAAS Author of the Year for 2012. Joel is also the only member of the ACLC to be awarded the club’s annual “CARES Member of the Year” award since the ACLC joined the CARES Program in 2011. Most recently, Joel has just been honoured with lifetime membership in the ACLC for completing the highest level of the club’s Writer’s and Artist’s Award Program. Joel has maintained anywhere from a few to about 60 tanks at any one time throughout his adult life and has kept many different species of fish. He is often amazed at how some species were once very common and now seem to be non-existent despite their attractiveness and ease of care and husbandry.
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