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Atlanta Trip 2003
The Capital Cichlid Association Visit April 2004

IanFuller&Eric.jpg (21981 bytes) The highlight for me of the 2003 Ohio Cichlid Association’s annual Cichlid Extravaganza was to finally meet in person the “Cory God” of the UK , Ian Fuller
Larry_Desiano_Kingfish.jpg (46706 bytes) (L) Ray "Kingfish" Lucas of Kingfish Services (NY), who many have seen at various fish club events, recently met up with an old friend (R) Larry Desiano (without beard!). Larry was an active member of my home fish club, Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, in the mid -late 70's and founder of the, now inactive, North American Fish Breeders Guild. I remember visiting Larry's fishroom when I was in high school and I'm still amazed at what I had seen!
saltguys.jpg (44022 bytes) Members of the Wet Web Media Crew (www.wetwebmedia.com) stopped to visit in July of 2002 (L-R) Steven Pro (PA) at that time President of the Pittsburgh Marine Aquarium Society, Inc.  Lorenzo Gonzalez (MI) computer master extraordinaire Anthony Calfo (PA) authored, 
Book of Coral Propagation, Vol. 1 Reef Gardening for Aquarists
 
(450 pages, www.readingtrees.com).
wayneleibel.jpg (37758 bytes) Cichlid expert, Dr. Wayne Leibel (PA) takes a break while visiting in May of 2002. Wayne, is also one of the countries top collectors of Vintage Aquarium items, stopped by my house to see my room of vintage aquarium products. Made me happy to see that he spotted a few things he liked!
geraldlofstead.jpg (42286 bytes) "Gerald (Jerry) Lofstead, president of Back Bay Aquaculture, Inc. located in Lakeland Florida dropped in for a visit in July 2002. Gerald has been well known in the Western Pennsylvania area for a long time, as well as the AKA, Florida Fish Farmers & shippers/collectors world-wide."
cakc.jpg (48451 bytes) Members (L) Michael Brem & (M) John Burns along with Larry Tagrin (taking the photo) of the Chesapeake Area Killifish Club (CAKC) toured AOA in August 2002. Members of the Pittsburgh Area Killifish Association (PAKA) joined in for an excellent afternoon of "fish talk" & fishroom visits.
Randy Carey Jeff Natterer.jpg (28365 bytes) (L)Randy Carey, the author of the TFH column "The Art of Characins", (Minnesota) and (R)Jeff Natterer (Ohio) Stopped by to see the new AOA facility during the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society's 55th Anniversary Show, April 2002.
skipbarberic.jpg (36211 bytes) Long time friends and Pittsburgh's top fish breeder, Skip & Barb Waskowiak stopped by the new hatchery for a visit. I've known Skip for 25 years and don't know of a fish he has worked with and didn't spawn! 
leehatchery.jpg (33217 bytes) Lee Harper (PA) found time for a visit in the middle of 2002. He was in town for a talk on his collecting trip to South America. Lee also gives a good talk on Killifish.
Gary_Elson.jpg (75141 bytes) Gary Elson (Quebec, Canada) was in town July of 2001 as a speaker for my local fish club. Gary did a little fishroom hop while in town. Here he is standing next to some of my vintage aquarium pieces.
Kevin_Newsome.jpg (77729 bytes) Kevin Newsome (Utah) stopped by for a visit around Thanksgiving 2000. He carried, in a small bottle in his shirt pocket, a batch of Aspidoras sp. C-35 "Black Phantom" fry that were just days old. Most of those fish grew to adulthood and are now breeding for me.
HnkCrtJmfishroom.jpg (44801 bytes) (L-R) Curt Smith (Ohio), Jim Robinson (Canada) and Hank Marzina (Pa).  Jim was in to give a talk at the Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society and decided to visit the Pittsburgh area. This is a corner of Eric's fish room.
Randy Carey.jpg (49133 bytes) (L-R) Randy Carey, the author of the TFH column "The Art of Characins", (Minnesota), Rich Smaciarz (Minnesota), Paul Turley (Ohio), Scott Voelker (PA), Eric, Hank Marzina (Pa). During the ACA Convention 2000 in Cleveland, we took a trip over to Paul Turley's house to visit his fish room. Paul likes oddball catfish, a must see for me!
LeeFinley.jpg (48046 bytes) (L-R) Hank Marzina (PA), Eric, Lee Finley (Rhode Island), Scott Voelker (PA), Paul Turley (Ohio). Had to grab a photo with Lee at the ACA 2000 Convention. Lee is the owner of Finley Aquatic Books and specializes in Catfish. He also has one of the largest collections in the world of "Vintage" aquarium books, literature and the like.
Wayne Leibel.jpg (34876 bytes) (L-R) Hank Marzina (PA), Eric, Dr. Wayne Leibel (PA), Scott Voelker (PA). ACA Convention 2000.
Bob Fenner.jpg (59551 bytes) Bob Fenner, author of " The Conscientious Marine Aquarist", stopped by to visit in February of 2000. Bob was taking a photo of some Harliquin Rasboras in a display tank in my livingroom.
Bob Fenner Hank.jpg (34094 bytes) Bob Fenner and my good friend & fellow "fishhead" Hank Marzina visit the fishroom, Feb. 2000.
Ron Coleman.jpg (88694 bytes) Dr. Ron Coleman from Sacramento, California was in town and stopped by in Feb. 2000. Ron's web site; The Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com/, features an on-line science experiment know as the "Cichlid Egg Project". If you are interested in Cichlids you must visit his site. This photo of Ron was taken next to one of my displays of "Vintage" aquarium pieces.
Monty Lehmann.jpg (31221 bytes) Monty Lehmann (VA) stopped by with a "Wish List" as he was passing thru Pittsburgh in the summer of 2000. Monty was putting on a "Killifish Smile" in this shot!
Paul Turley photo.jpg (60554 bytes) Paul Turley, out of Ohio, was in for some photo taking of Catfish. Paul does a great job with fish photography and has many shots out on the web. He also gives a good "Fish Photography" talk for local fish clubs!
EricHankBillRoss.jpg (22576 bytes) Here are some of my best friends and top Killifish breeders in Western Pennsylvania (L-R) Hank Marzina, Ross Cronkhite, Me, Bill Shenefelt a.k.a. "SHENE"
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(L-R) Julio Melgar (Peru), Myself, Don Kinyon (VA). Two top notch, South American fish specialist. Don loves his Corys and Julio......well, anything South American!

 

Eriefishclub.jpg (47908 bytes) The Erie Aquarium Society (Pennsylvania) stopped by Eric's fishroom to visit in the summer of 2001. (L-R) Russ Lasher, Dave Hackenberg, Ben Winslow, Maurice (Maury) Phillips, Don Lasher, Susan Everett, Al Yunker (Pittsburgh), Dale Davison, Barb Hepp, Bonnie Sokolosky, Bob Cashin, Ray Sokolosky.

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