September General Meeting 2013

Hope you all had fun at the August meeting – I know I did!

The next general meeting of the Milwaukee Aquarium Society will be Friday, September 20th, 7:30 pm at Hoffer’s Tropic Life Pets.

This month’s speaker is a good one! Gary Lange will be coming to talk to us about Rainbowfish.

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Here is a little bit about the talk:

 “Extraordinary New Rainbowfish From Papua” – mainly about my 4th trip
in 2012 to Nabire to collect C. alleni and the Wapoga Red Laser as well
as several other possibly new species collected on the trip.

and Gary’s Bio:

Gary has been keeping fish since he was 10 and has been associated with the organized hobby for the last 32 years.  He is a member of the Missouri Aquarium Society (MASI) and has held various positions in the club.  He is a grand master breeder in MASI, and has won “Best Fish In Show” on four different occasions, twice with rainbowfish.                                                                 In the fall of 1987 he started the Rainbowfish Study Group of North America (RSG).  He got in fish photography mainly because there weren’t many quality pictures of rainbowfish.  He has had his photos published in FAMA, TFH and AFM and has published several articles for the Aquarium Fish Magazine and TFH.                                                                                                                                                           In 2002 he was the first to import eight new rainbowfish into North America from the world explorer, Heiko Bleher, including the Millennium rainbow, the Zigzag and the dwarf parva rainbowfish.  In 2003 he made his second trip to Australia and did some more collecting while there.  In 2005 he took the rainbowfish collectors dream trip – collecting in West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), the western portion of New Guinea.  He made another trip back in 2008, recollecting Melanotaenia praecox.  A third trip was made in 2010 and a fourth just completed in August of 2012.  He brought back fish that have never been seen in the hobby including Chilatherina alleni, both color varieties. On the third trip alone, five new species of rainbowfish were brought back and wait a scientific write up.  He is currently running over 90 tanks and keeping over 65 species and locations of rainbowfish and blue-eyes. 



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