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"Breeding the Scatterers - tetras, barbs, rasboras, Oh My!"
Tuesday, November 10th, 7:00 PM
Randy Carey is an enthusiastic aquarist and writer. He launched one of the first aquarium sites and authored the first online aquarium blog in the 90s. Randy wrote a quarterly column in TFH magazine (The Art of Characins), traveled to places like the Smithsonian and Amazon to write articles, and was hired to write the book Tetras and Barbs.
Randy's fishroom grew from a few tanks to nearly one hundred -- a portion for display, and a portion for focused breeding. As he transitions into semi-retirement, Randy is spending more time in the fishroom and developing programs for select species.
His presentation will include photos and commentary illustrating the pattern of scattering strategy as practiced by the characins and cyprinids. As the aquarium is ill-suited to the scattering strategy, the focus on the talk is on what the aquarist must do to succesfully breed and rear these fish. This is one of the few talks on breeding egg-scatters currently available to aquarium societies, so we hope you will join us for this unique experience!
Date: October 13, 6:00 PM PDT (Note early start time!)
Where: YouTube Stream gsas.org/stream
Mike Drawdy, owner of Imperial Topicals of Lakeland Florida, will give us a first hand overview of an example of one of Florida's leading tropical fish farms, specializing in breeding high quality community fish, American and African Cichlids, invertebrates and more. Their 20-acre farm is host to millions of inhabitants, distributed throughout over a hundred ponds and hundreds of breeding vats, which are housed in several large greenhouses.
Mike is a third-generation Florida fish farmer, literally growing up on the farm. In addition to breeding livebearers, tetras, catfishes and cichlids, he shares his aquarium fish passion with hobbyists through lectures, YouTube videos and pictures on Facebook. Mike served on the board for the Florida Farm Bureau, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association.
As with previous meetings, we will be taking questions for Mike through the YouTube chat. We will also have the usual club business and updates at the start of the meeting.
Thanks so much to all the folks who bought and sold at our 2019 General Auction. The auctions are the club's primary funding, so your bidding is helping us bring more big speakers, fund the huge home show coming up in February, and pay for the BAP and HAP awards coming up this month.
A special shout-out to our local stores who donated product, even with the weird fall schedule we had this year. Please let them know by visiting and purchasing from them this holiday season and the upcoming year.
We've had some requests from people who couldn't make it to our auction or meetings to buy our nice new T-shirts (design by Ryan Henry Ward of Seattle mural fame). For a few bucks extra, we'll ship you one. Go to https://gsas.org/t-shirt/ to order.