Want to know what this month’s presentation will be? Well, you get to chime in and help us decide!
Our October meeting will be Friday, October 20th at 6:30 PM at the New Berlin Ale House. We will have an auction just two days later at the same venue (other side of the building). Nominations for the 2018 Board will also be accepted, as this meeting is the deadline. Elections will be held at our November meeting.
Our speaker for our October meeting is Mike Hellweg. Mike has been fascinated by fishes all his life, and has had various fishes as pets since he could barely reach the top of the goldfish bowl; he has been successfully breeding and trading fish with local shops since he was 9 years old.
Over the past four decades plus he has specialized mainly in miniature fishes, and has had successful spawns from various miniature fishes totaling over 400 species from 32 families of fish. He currently owns a small fish hatchery and maintains about 3000 gallons divided into 100 tanks. He is the top ranked breeder of all time in the Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. (MASI) BAP and the top ranked aquatic horticulturist of all time in MASI’s HAP with over 300 submissions from 50 families, including more than a dozen by seed. He is an ALA Century Breeder, with over 100 species of Livebearers spawned. He credits his success to large regular water changes, keeping live plants in every tank and culturing and feeding an assortment of live foods daily for feeding his breeding stock and for growing the fry of these diverse fish.
Over the past three plus decades, Mike has given well over 325 talks to classes, clubs, groups and conventions all over the USA and Canada, has documented many of his keeping and spawning successes in over 300 articles published in hobby publications around the world, and he has had two books on live foods published by TFH Publications.
Based on a popular vote, his presentation will be:
Wild Livebearers – More than just the Retail “Big Four”
Please stick around after the meeting, we have the room, and would love to catch up with fellow members and prospective members over dinner and drinks.
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 bar, oh, and please silence your phones.