highlight for me of the 2003 Ohio Cichlid Association’s annual
Cichlid Extravaganza was to finally meet in person the “Cory
God” of the
"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!
||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).
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!
||"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
(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.
||(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.
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
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 (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.
(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.
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
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
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.
Hank Marzina (PA), Eric, Dr. Wayne Leibel (PA), Scott Voelker (PA). ACA
||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 and my
good friend & fellow "fishhead" Hank
Marzina visit the fishroom, Feb. 2000.
||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
||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, 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!
||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"
(L-R) Julio Melgar (Peru), Myself,
Don Kinyon (VA). Two top notch, South American fish
specialist. Don loves his Corys and Julio......well, anything
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.