I am in Bermuda this weekend as a guest of the Bermuda Fry Angle Aquarium Society. Yesterday I was taken out on a glass-bottom boat excursion with Reef Explorer. We had a great time! I highly recommend Reef Explorer when you visit here. You can get more information about the trips on the website www.bermudareefexplorer.com .
I went snorkeling on a reef for the first time in June 2015 in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bermuda is very different. First, the island is not in the Caribbean Sea… Bermuda is a lot further north, roughly on the same latitude as the the Carolina’s, east of the main flow of the Gulf Stream and in the western part of the Sargasso Sea. The Gulf Stream helps to keep the waters of Bermuda warm, but they are still quite a bit cooler in the Winter. That means that there is a lower diversity of life here than further south. But I believe that Bermuda does a better job of protecting their reefs, and maybe the pollution is not as bad here as it is in the Caribbean, because the corals all looked a lot healthier and larger. The fish were definitely larger! We saw some huge blue angelfish, a massive porcupine puffer, big parrotfish, and a really cool hogfish. Lots of butterfly fish and smaller species as well. Lots of fun! Enjoy…
My friend Todd is a gifted aquarist who has proven that you do not need a lot of space to breed a bunch of different fish. Here is the first video on his video channel. I hope we get to see many more! Todd has bred all kinds of fish in plastic bins… including Lake Malawi mbuna!
I had another opportunity to visit the Bireley family in California recently, and shot some more video of their home and fish room. I was last there two years ago, just after Rich had taken possession of some large catfish (and some that would be getting larger), and now we can see the plan for those fish complete. There is a lot of debate about whether or not large, ‘monster’ fish should be something we keep in captivity. 99% of hobbyists should not keep them. But if you have the resources to provide adequate space and adequate food, these animals can become wonderful pets. Yes…. pets. And they can live for a very long time.
The pond that these catfish are housed in is a 24-long fruit liner used for hauling fruit from orchards. Rich has one of these big tubs and two smaller. It is truly one of the most unique fish room features I have ever seen. Enjoy…
A few weeks ago I went on the trip out to Portland, Oregon, to give a talk to the Portland A. S., and while I was there I had the chance to visit a store that I have really wanted to visit for a long time: The Wet Spot Tropical Fish. Marcie and Steve Lundblad have established a great store. Easily one of the best in the USA. A video is worth a thousand words…. Enjoy.
Ray is a long-time hobbyist living in Liverpool, England. Matthew and I had the privilege of staying with Ray for a few days while over in England last Fall for a British Cichlid Association event. Ray is an great tour guide. He know where all the good beer is! His fish room is impressive. I say ‘fish room’, but his hobby spreads throughout his house. Ray’s passion is really whatever captures his interest, but he has a lot of interest in South American dwarf cichlids. Take a look….
If Pier Aquatics is not one of the top ten aquarium stores in the world, I want to see video of ten that are better….
I am over in England to attend and make a presentation at the British Cichlid Association Fall event (September 8, 2013), and I brought Matthew with me a few days early to do a bit of touring and visit a few hobbyists in the Liverpool area. This fish house belongs to Steven Chester, a gifted fish breeder and aquarist at a public aquarium. I have known Steven through apistogramma.com for some time, and getting the chance to meet him face to face and see his operation was really very special. He is in the process of remodeling his fish house, so the video should a bit of the old and the new. Enjoy…
I visited the COAST aquarium club in southern California a few weeks ago, and one of our tour stops was Dr. Anthony Mazeroll’s fish room. Dr. Mazeroll is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Soka University of America. His work on wild fish genetics and environmental impact of humans takes him all over the world. His fish interests are just as broad. He has a huge DIY aquarium in his living room that is full of Lake Tanganyika cichlids. His fish room has a fish diversity from fancy bettas to wild discus. Dr. Mazeroll is a man truly dedicated to tropical fish, both professionally and as a hobby. Enjoy….
Bob Schneider is one of the icons in the Chicago area aquarium hobby. He is actively involved in the Greenwater Aquarium Society, and participates in most of the club swaps and auctions in from southern Michigan to Wisconsin. Bob raises a lot of Corydoras sp. catfish, and he does it very well in a relatively small fish room. I have several catfish that I have picked up from Bob at various events, so it was a real pleasure to have the chance to see where they were born and raised. Enjoy…
Blue Fish Aquarium is an exceptional destination aquarium store in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you ever find yourself traveling through western Michigan, stopping in at Blue Fish is well worth the effort.