Our speaker for January will be Douglas Sweet.
Doug has been a fish hobbyist for 45 years. He started with a goldfish bowl, then a ten-gallon tank, a dozen tanks, and finally culminating in 42 fish tanks in a “fish room” at his previous residence. Doug is most fond of domesticated fishes such as Siamese fighting fish and fancy goldfish. He also has a long term passion for finding the spawning triggers of kuhli loaches.
Doug’s previous position (for 19 years) was Curator of Fishes for the Belle Isle Aquarium-Detroit Zoological Institute. He oversaw the breeding and rearing of more than thirty-six species of endangered fishes including: Mexican Goodeids, pupfishes, Lake Victorian Haplochromines, and some southwestern U.S. imperiled species. He also became involved in freshwater mussel conservation and culture; conducted freshwater mussel surveys in southeastern Michigan; and propagation trials of several native freshwater mussels (fat-muckets, lilliputs, purple lilliputs and wavy-rayed lamp mussels).
When it comes to angling, Doug considers himself still a “kid”, preferring the action of bluegill and other pan-fish on hook and line in the spring.
His talk: Spawning Anguilliform (eel shaped) Loaches – or NOT!
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.