CLS December 2017 Meeting
Speaker and Program
Speaker: 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 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. 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 over 300 talks to classes, clubs, groups and conventions all over the USA and Canada, has documented many of his keeping and spawning successes in more than 250 articles published in hobby publications around the world, and he has had two books on live foods published by TFH Publications.
Program: Oddball Livebearers
This talk covers many of the less common livebearing fish that are occasionally available in the hobby, including information about the biological adaptations and mechanics of livebearing in fish, husbandry and breeding information, and a look at what makes some of these groups of fish so unique.
Donations for our Table
The primary method we use to raise funds is through sales at the GCCA Swap Meet. We need your donations of fish and other goods to help raise money for the club. Please bring your items to the swap and the earlier the better!