NOTE: Our March Auction date has been moved to May 15th
Our next swap is April 10th
Our March meeting will take place on Friday, March 18th at 6:30 PM. The first half hour is for introductions and catching up. Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the lobby, oh, and silence your phones, in case I forget to mention it.
Rusty maintains over 8000 gallons of freshwater aquariums in a state of the art fish house constructed specifically for fish. The 90 plus aquariums predominantly contain cichlids and livebearers, which he successfully raise and breeds. Rusty’s specialty is Central American fishes. He has taken his hobby to a point where he has successfully collected fish from the countries of Africa, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama , Mexico and Uruguay, from 1983 to the present, for over 150 trips to this date. Considered by many to be the ultimate collector, he has introduced many new species of fish to the aquarium hobby. If it lives in the water, chances are that Rusty has either caught it or been bit or stung by it. Dr. Robert Rush Miller, emeritus professor of the University of Michigan named a beautiful and elusive cichlid discovered during one of his expeditions to Honduras, after Rusty in the June 1996 edition of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine, Theraps wesseli.
Rusty is as well a prolific author and photographer, his writings or photographs have appeared in a wide distribution of specialized publications, like Aquarium Fish Magazine, Aquarist and Pondkeeper, Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlid News, Ad Konings’ Cichlids yearbooks, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium and Tropical Fish Hobbyist.
In the organized hobby, Rusty is currently the “Back issue Sales Person” for the American Cichlid Association and a speaker participant for the ACA/Zoo Med Speaker’s Program. He is past chair of the ACA board of trustees (1990) and past convention chair (1992). In addition, he is an active solicitor for the “Guy Jordan Endowment Fund” (A fund set up under the ACA to grant endowments for cichlid research).
On the local level, he is currently treasurer for the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers. Rusty has been awarded with the greatest honor the American Cichlid Association gives to its distinguished members, the ACA fellowship in 1997.
Rusty will be speaking on: “Fishes of the Maya: A slide and video presentation on the Fishes of Southern Mexico, Guatemala and Western Honduras including its cichlids and livebearers”
2016 Memberships can be renewed at this meeting.
BAP and Donation auction to follow the presentation. We generally go out and grab a bite and a drink or two at Mulligans following the meetings. Non-members are welcomed, and, importantly, welcomed to become members.