MAS Auction Sunday, March 15th (Wow, Ides of March already). Great opportunity to do a bit of spring cleaning, reset some of those tanks and make some room for that dream fish that you’ve been wanting, but never had a place to put it. If you’ve got room, all the better. Plants and live fish will be on the auction block, starting promptly at noon, and running until the last bag is sold.
Viewing starts at 10, with the auction itself starting at noon. New Berlin Ale House has a good Bloody Mary, so you can get your breakfast Connie style while awaiting the auction. Bid early, bid often, and remember, we take plastic now!!!
Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in February’s meeting/workshop. Thanks to Andy and Aquatics for being gracious hosts. This month we’ll have a speaker again, Charley Grimes, and he’ll be presenting his infamous “Dead Fish” talk. I’ve heard about it, but never seen it in person.
Charley is an avid fish collector, having taken several trips to South America and Mexico. In the spring, he often gets “Native Fish Fever” and collects locally in Indiana and in the southeastern part of the country.
His popularity is the result of his aquaristic skill and experience, his personality and sense of humor.
I got my first fish tank when I was twelve or thirteen years old. It was a 12+ gallon tank that I made from an old gasoline pump cylinder. Shortly after ‘cutting my teeth’ on some Mollies and Zebra Danios, I added my first cichlids, two Angelfish, two Green Severums, and two Festivums. Within six months, my quarter sized Angelfish had body size a lot bigger than a silver dollar and erased any doubt that Angelfish are true cichlids——-they ate all of the Molly fry, and then all of the Zebra Danios.
I learned three things during my first year of fish keeping:
1) I really like keeping fish
2) By and large, it is cichlids nature to eat fish if given the opportunity
3) I really like cichlids!!!
Except for my college years, I have always kept tropical fish, and, I have never been without cichlids. Our current home has a 600 square foot fishroom that I added onto the existing house. I currently have over a hundred tanks operating in my fishroom (I’ve had more, a lot more, but that was too much). For me, a hundred tanks is a good number; enough for both fun and projects, but not so many as to become burdensome. I have, by the way, been keeping fish for sixty years and still love it.
Oh, yeah, there’s another thing I learned 45 years ago:
4) Being around other aquarists makes a fun and rewarding hobby even more fun and more rewarding. Some of the nicest people in the world belong to the A.C.A.”