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….
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.
Here is a glimpse of the fishroom and homestead of my good friends the Bireley’s. Rich has a love of large tanks and the monster fish that go into them. Most serious hobbyists have one or two large tanks, maybe up to a 220 gallon (my largest is only 110!). Rich has several large aquariums, and some even larger vessels for holding fish. At one point in the video, Rich explains that the fish he is talking about needs a larger tank… the 180 it is in just will not do! You will also meet Anjoli, Rich and Laura’s daughter, who loves her big fish as much as her dad does. Great family. Great fish room. Enjoy….
Dave Herring is the owner/operator of a long-established aquarium maintenance company in Indianapolis: African Adventure. I knew Dave casually as another ‘fish guy’ when I was doing the retail aquarium thing in Bloomington and Indianapolis over 20 years ago. I ran into Dave at the ACA convention this past July. He was wearing a t-shirt that I designed and sold at the Louisville ACA convention… back in 1992!
Dave built himself an awesome fish house on the back end of his garage, and he is justifiably proud of it. He invited some friends and I over for a visit on the Sunday of the convention. Dave is also the leader of a rock band, and he built a ‘party’ room for his band to perform over the fish house. Dave’s fish are probably the rockin’est cichlid in the midwest. Here is Dave’s fish room. Enjoy!