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….
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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…
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….
The most recently completed project in the fish room is a rack of plastic bins for growing fry. I needed more space for small fry, and I wanted to design a system that would be faster and easier to change the water in. The end product is a rack of twelve 6-gallon bins plumbed to permit flow-through water changes. Since plastic bins of shallow water are hard to control the temperature in, the rack is also equipped with under-bin heating. It has been up and running for just about two months, and I am very happy with the results. This project will be presented in two parts. The first covers how to assemble the rack, and the second how to install the bins and water change/heating systems.
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!
Allen Repashy sent me a Schrek Chia pet to use for feeding Repashy Superfood. This is a little video I came up with….
Rachel O’Leary has earned the reputation of being an excellent source of hard to find freshwater fish and invertebrates. She supplies mostly nano-fish species, Asian snails (such as fancy nerites), shrimp and crays. All of her business is run out of her basement fish room, from which she ships dozens of boxes of livestock each week. You can see what she has to offer here: Rachel’s Website.
There are lots of cool things in Rachel’s room, but I want to specifically point out the welded iron racks that her husband Chris builds. These racks are a functional work of art. Someday I may have to pay for the O’Learys (and their welding equipment) to take a vacation in Wisconsin!
Jim Cormier was my host when visiting the New England Cichlid Association in February, 2012. We had plenty of time to kill between my arrival in town and the meeting, so im took me to see his fish room. My assumption was that we were going to his house, but that was not the case. Jim’s hatchery is located in rental space inside an old industrial mill. I wish we had places like this in Wisconsin! I would love to double the size of my room and have it ‘off site’. Not that I dislike having my fish room in my basement (very convenient), but just think about how easy it would be to ‘get lost’ if the aquariums were on the other side of town!