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2008 Minnesota Aquarium Society Tropical Fish Show

A Publication from the Members of the Minnesota Aquarium Society May 2008-Sept 2008

Best of Show “The Beauty or The Beast”

 AQUA NEWS May 2008-Sept 2008

Minnesota Aquarium Society

Board of Directors Committee Chairs

President* Aqua News Editor Historian

Bob Carter Curtis Kafer Rodger Anderson
651-633-4351 763-444-0270 763-535-4364
Auction Chair Librarian
Vice-President* Tom Gromek Jon Heyer
(tie breaker only) 651-462-8223 952-215-2043
Jenny Kruckenberg
651-457-2302 Brad Swanson MAS/ACA Liaison
612-522-4399 Bob Randall
Treasurer* 952-432-6298
Tom Gromek BAP Chair
651-462-8223 Membership Chair BAP Data Bob Carter
Chris Smith 651-633-4351
Mike Harris Program Chair Mike Fries
Bowl Show Chair
Bob Carter 651-489-2973
Milo Squires Promotions & Advertising
Book Points Chair Mike Harris
Mike Harris
Director-2yr.* Rachel Kahler
Clark Orlaska Donations Chair Show Chair
Exchange Editor Bob Randall
Director-2yr,* Brentt Helland 952-432-6298
Dave Stewart Special Event Chair
HAP Chair
Milo Squires Jenny Kruckenberg
Director-1yr.* 651-457-2302
Curtis Kafer 952-448-4153
HAP Data Webmaster
Director-1yr.* Dave Behler
Rachel Kahler 952-215-2043

*Voting Member
AQUA NEWS May 2008-Sept 2008
The Minnesota Aquarium Society (MAS) is an
incorporated, non-profit organization of tropical fish
enthusiasts that was established in the 1930’s and
is one of the largest local level clubs in the United
States averaging about 200 current members. MAS
is a member of the Federation of American Aquarium
Society (FAAS)
Monthly Meetings
Monthly meetings are held on the 1st Thursday
of each month (Note: there are no monthly meeting From your Editor:
in July.) at 7:30 pm. in St. Christopher’s Episcopal
Church, 2300 N. Hamline Avenue., Roseville, MN. (at I hope you enjoy the show results
the NE corner of Hwy 36 and Hamline Avenue.)
and photos.
Most meetings focus on a presentation by a
speaker who is often nationally recognized. Visitors I Again beg for assistance and
are welcome to attend. submissions, to help produce a
Board Meetings
quality newsletter.
MAS Board of Director meetings are held on
the 2nd Thursday of each month, (except for July) at Thank you
the same location as our general meetings, at 7 pm.
and are open to members of MAS. Those wishing ac- Curtis Kafer
tive participation are encouraged to attend. MAS Aqua News Editor
E-Mail Group List
MAS has a monitored e-mail announcement
list available to all members. Messages are broadcast
to all members on the list. If you would like to have
a message broadcast or subscribe to this list you must
send your request to:
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through Yahoo Groups. MAS Members can subscribe
to this list by going online to:
Aqua News
The Aqua News is a publication of the MAS.
It has been recognized with national awards and is
a great source of information. The Aqua News is
included with membership. Members are encouraged
to submit original articles for publication and may be
submitted by sending them to the address below. Ar-
ticles and artwork may also be submitted to the editor Contents
at monthly meetings or by email. Submissions may be
hand written, but typed and submitted on 3.5 diskette
or CD is preferred. Artwork must be in a printable/ President’s Message 4
copyable medium such as pen and ink. Submissions Breeders Award Program 5-9
are printed in black and white only at this time. All Following the Rules 10-11
articles are subject to editing.
2008 Show Results 12-27
Exchanges and Reprinting
Exchanges with other non-profit groups are
welcomed. Articles may be reprinted provided proper
credit is given to the author, this society and publica-
tion. Two (2) copies of the publication containing the
article must be sent to the exchange editor at Minnesota
Aquarium Society P.O.Box 130483 Roseville, MN 55113
Any other reprinting is by permission of the author
 AQUA NEWS May 2008-Sept 2008

President’s Message
“Hello. My name is Bob, BAP Chair – Chris Smith will continue as
and I’m a fishaholic.” the data entry and upkeep the BAP database. He
Well it looks like summer has drawn to an wants to have a BAP Chair who is responsible for
end. This also signals the end of the MAS year. the running of the program including determining
Our outgoing president has left the society in fine points for new fish, presenting awards, etc.
shape. Now it’s my turn to try not to screw things These are the big four positions we need filled
up too badly. Lots of exciting things are scheduled now. If something catches your fancy and you
for the coming months. It should be a fun year. want to volunteer to help, please contact myself or
I’ve been told (and I tend to believe) in one of the other directors. There are various other
order for a group such as MAS to prosper that ways to volunteer your time to help MAS thrive.
participation from the members is key. What Sound like too much? There are many little
exactly constitutes participation? Good question. things we can all do to help. Participation in the
There are all sorts of levels of participation. Some BAP and HAP programs, showing fish at the
may be more important that others but all levels monthly bowl shows, sharing your opinions about
are needed to keep MAS strong. Each member the annual show via our new survey (Thanks
should be contributing in some way to the success Clark!), and participating in the annual show are
of MAS. Here are ways you can help. just a few ways that you can support MAS. At our
There are several positions open within the auctions we always have positions that need to be
MAS leadership. We’ve talked about some of filled. Contact Tom Gromek to find out what you
these positions previously, but I’m going to cover can do to help with the auctions. These jobs can
them again anyway. be as simple as runners, who carry bags of fish to
the proud new owners.
Donations / Raffle – Dennis Drews has been
doing this as long as I’ve been a member (and I’ve always been a sucker for participating
probably much longer). We need to find a new in any way possible. I feel that in order to pay
person to organize and run the monthly raffles. MAS back for all the information and knowledge
I’ve soaked up from others; I need to be actively
Trophies – Brad Hedlund has been making
involved. I’m sure many of the other directors and
the trophies and wishes to step down from this
committee chairs feel the same way.
responsibility. You would be responsible for
assembly of the BAP and HAP trophies. This Oh by the way, my fish are doing fine. It was
position may also help with the Annual Show a rough summer for some and some didn’t make
trophies, but is mainly concerned with the regular it. But that means I’ve got room in tanks for new
awards during the year. species of fish and plants. The next auction is
coming up soon. I better start saving money.
Annual Show Chair – Bob Randall has done
a fine job with the show the past two years. This
year will be his third year as chair. However for
the 2010 show we are looking for a new chair.
Now would be a good time to volunteer for this
position. I believe that the annual show is one of
the best and most important events MAS holds.
Volunteer for 2010 Show chair now and I’m sure
Bob will allow you to shadow with him and learn
as you go.
AQUA NEWS May 2008-Sept 2008

Breeders Award Program

BAP Rookie Breeder of the Year Points for 2008 06/08 Haplochromis sp.
“fluorescent pink piebald” 10
Ends Points Spawns 06/08 Aulonocara sp. “maulana” 10
Van Kempen, Bill 07/2008 295 27 06/08 Aulonocranus dewindti 15
Swanson, Jason 01/2008 290 29 06/08 Haplochromis sp.
Lowe, Bette 05/2008 270 27 “purple princess” 10
Pham, Doug 05/2008 90 10 06/08 Iodotropheus sprengerae 10
Honsey, Amy 04/2008 85 8 06/08 Aulonocara carolae 10
Miller, Matt 04/2008 80 10 06/08 cyanotilapia afra 10
Allegree, Christina 07/2008 75 9 “White Top”, Hara
Hanson, Greg 11/2008 60 7 04/08 Haplochromis latifasciatus 10
Skiba, Dale 04/2008 50 6 04/08 Aulonocara sp. “lwanda” 10
Srdar, Chris 12/2008 30 3 04/08 Aulonocara sp.
“strawberry peacock” 10
Beres, Daryl 04/2008 10 1
04/08 Harpagochromis sp.
Kahler, Rachel 08/2008 5 1
“Golden Duck” 10
BAP Rookie Breeder of the Year Points for 2009 04/08 Tropheus sp. “red moliro” 20
03/08 Pseudotropheus estherae 10
Ends Points Spawns
03/08 Aulonocara jacobfreibergi 10
Massmann, Brent 05/2009 140 13
“ablino eureka”
Stewart, Dave 05/2009 95 10
03/08 Aulonocara sp. “rubencens” 10
Albers, Jason 01/2009 40 4
Wilson, Zack Spawns:21 Pts:255
Orlaska, Clark 03/2009 25 3
09/08 Belonesox belizanus 20
Moon, Sandy 04/2009 20 3
09/08 Labidochromis caeruleus 10
Awards Earned in October, 2008 08/08 Aphyosemion bivittatum funge 10
Clark Orlaska has earned the 25 Point Beginner Award. 08/08 Xiphophorus maculatus 5
Ron Hansen has earned the 1000 Point Master Award. 06/08 Paracyprichromis nigripinnis 15
06/08 Zoogoneticus tequila 10
BAP Breeder of the Year Points for 2008 06/08 Pelvicachromis taeniatus, 10
Swanson, Jason Spawns:27 Pts:295 Lokoundje
10/08 Tropheus sp. “black remba” 20 06/08 Tropheops sp. “lilac” 10
09/08 Haplochromis sp. “44” 10 06/08 Neolamprologus caudopunctatus 10
09/08 Haplochromis burtoni, Burundi 10 06/08 Apistogramma viejita 15
08/08 Astatotilapia aeneocolor 10 06/08 Neocaridina heteropoda “Yellow” 5
08/08 Aulonocara jacobfreibergi, 10 06/08 Pseudomugil cyanodorsalis 15
Otter Point 05/08 Elassoma okefenokee 15
08/08 Melanochromis auratus 10 05/08 Apistogramma rupununi 15
08/08 Aulonocara stuartgranti, Gombe 10 04/08 Girardinichthys multiradiatus 10
08/08 Pseudotropheus sp. 04/08 Apistogramma sp. “abacaxis” 15
“kingsizei, lupingu” 10 04/08 Micropoecilia picta 10
08/08 Copadichromis borleyi 10 02/08 Poecilia wingei 5
08/08 Pseudotropheus sp. “acei” 10 02/08 Apistogramma elizabethae 15
06/08 Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos 10 02/08 Tateurndina ocellicauda 15
06/08 Aulonocara maylandi 10 02/08 Taeniacara candidi 20
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Lowe, Bette Spawns:24 Pts:240 02/08 Cryptoheros cutteri 10
10/08 Iodotropheus sprengerae 10 Chronakos, Tom Spawns:17 Pts:175
10/08 Aulonocara baenschi 10 09/08 Pseudotropheus estherae 10
09/08 Thorichthys meeki 10 09/08 Cynotilapia afra 10
09/08 Copadichromis borleyi 10 09/08 Copadichromis borleyi, Kandango 10
08/08 Sciaenochromis fryeri 10 09/08 Dimidiochromis compressiceps 10
08/08 Cynotilapia afra, Jalo Reef 10 09/08 Placidochromis sp.
06/08 Haplochromis latifasciatus 10 “electra superior” 10
05/08 Melanochromis joanjohnsonae 10 08/08 Labidochromis sp.h”ongi” 10
05/08 Maylandia greshakei 10 08/08 Haplochromis sp. “blue fire fin” 10
04/08 Pseudotropheus elongatus 10 05/08 Pseudotropheus sp. “acei”, Msuli 10
04/08 Aulonocara sp. “ngara” 10 04/08 Cyprichromis leptosoma 15
04/08 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” 10 “Blue Flash”
04/08 Aulonocara jacobfreibergi 10 04/08 Haplochromis sp. “Kenya gold” 10
“ablino eureka” 01/08 Metriaclima sp. “msobo deep” 10
03/08 Pseudotropheus demasoni 10 01/08 Haplochromis sp. “flameback” 10
03/08 Pseudotropheus estherae 10 01/08 Protomelas taeniolatus 10
03/08 Sciaenochromis fryeri “Iceberg” 10 01/08 Aulonocara sp. “lwanda” 10
02/08 Haplochromis sp. “flameback” 10 01/08 Aulonocara sp. “rubencens” 10
02/08 Haplochromis sp. 01/08 Iodotropheus sprengerae 10
“hippo point salmon” 10 01/08 Haplochromis sp. “ruby green” 10
02/08 Labidochromis caeruleus 10 Hansen, Ron Spawns:13 Pts:150
01/08 Lamprologus ocellatus 10 10/08 Gnathochromis permaxillarus 10
01/08 Melanochromis auratus 10 09/08 Vieja maculicauda 15
01/08 Ancistrus sp. “albino” 10 09/08 Xenotilapia sp. “papilio” 10
01/08 Aulonocara sp. “strawberry “Isanga Sunflower”
peacock” 10 05/08 Neolamprologus brevis, Magarae 10
“albino” 05/08 Lethrinops sp. “”red cap”” 10
01/08 Neolamprologus multifasciatus 10 05/08 Aulonocara sp. “maisoni” 10
Randall, Bob Spawns:17 Pts:190 04/08 Eretmodus sp.
09/08 Maylandia callainos 10 “Blue Point Sambia” 15
09/08 Pterophyllum scalare 10 01/08 Cyprichromis coloratus 15
08/08 Tilapia snyderae 10 01/08 Xenotilapia spiloptera, Kapere 15
08/08 Aequidens pulcher 10 01/08 Julidochromis transcriptus, Kissi 10
08/08 Xenotilapia spiloptera, Kapere 15 01/08 Herichthys bartoni 10
05/08 Tramitichromis intermedius 10 01/08 Aulonocara korneliae 10
05/08 Gephyrochromis lawsi 10 01/08 Ancistrus sp. “albino” 10
05/08 Simochromis diagramma 10 Miller, Matt Spawns:16 Pts:150
05/08 Ancistrus punctatus L182 20 08/08 Aulonocara stuartgranti, Gombe 10
04/08 Pundamilia nyererei, Igombi Island 08/08 Aulonocara jacobfreibergi 10
10 “lemon Jake”, Undu Reef
04/08 Oreochromis tanganicae 10 08/08 Aulonocara jacobfreibergi
04/08 Protomelas spilonotus 10 “eureka” 10
04/08 Haplochromis sp. “ruby green” 10 08/08 Aulonocara baenschi “sunshine” 10
02/08 Amphilopus sp. “chancho” 10 06/08 Xiphophorus maculatus 5
02/08 Xenotilapia sima 15 05/08 cyanotilapia afra, Cobue 10
02/08 Metriaclima hajomaylandia 10 05/08 Thorichthys meeki 10
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05/08 cyanotilapia afra, Jalo Reef 10 06/08 Labidochromis caeruleus
05/08 Aulonocara stuartgranti, Hai Reef 10 “Yellow” 10
04/08 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” 10 Macmillan, Sue Spawns:7 Pts:75
04/08 Aulonocara sp. 09/08 Limia vittata 10
“strawberry peacock” 10 02/08 Oryzias javanese 10
04/08 Pseudotropheus sp 02/08 Nomorhamphus ebrardtii 15
. “Msobo higga reef” 10 01/08 Limia sp. “tiger” 10
03/08 Archocentrus nigrofasciatus 5 01/08 Xenotoca variata 10
03/08 Pelvicachromis pulcher 10 01/08 Xiphophorus montezumae 10
02/08 Labidochromis caeruleus 10 01/08 Xiphophorus alvarezi 10
01/08 Melanochromis joanjohnsonae 10 Balfanz, Ken Spawns:5 Pts:70
Massmann, Brent Spawns:13 Pts:140 08/08 Betta fusca 15
10/08 Neolamprologus brevis 10 08/08 Corydoras duplicareus 15
10/08 Neolamprologus caudopunctatus 10 02/08 Danio roseus 10
10/08 Neolamprologus tetracanthus 10 02/08 Lamprichthys tanganicanus 15
09/08 Iodotropheus sprengerae 10 02/08 Pseudomugil tenellus 15
09/08 Maylandia greshakei 10 Fries, Mike Spawns:6 Pts:70
09/08 Cyphotilapia frontosa, Burundi 20 10/08 Pelvicachromis taeniatus
06/08 Maylandia callainos 10 , Bipindi 10
06/08 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” 10 10/08 Neolamprologus multifasciatus 10
06/08 Aulonocara stuartgranti, Ngara 10 06/08 Girardinus metallicus 10
06/08 Labidochromis caeruleus 10 03/08 Julidochromis marlieri 10
06/08 Neolamprologus gracilis 10 02/08 Chlamydogobius eremius 15
06/08 Cryptoheros sp. 02/08 Melanotaenia parkinsoni 15
“honduran red point” 10 Pham, Doug Spawns:5 Pts:55
06/08 Julidochromis transcriptus 10 05/08 Archocentrus nigrofasciatus 5
Smaciarz, Rich Spawns:9 Pts:105 05/08 Rhadinocentrus ornatus 15
08/08 Dermogenys pusilla 15 05/08 Betta edithae 15
05/08 Celestichthys margaritatus 10 05/08 Archocentrus septemfasciatus 10
05/08 Tanichthys albonubes 10 02/08 Labidochromis caeruleus 10
03/08 Lepidiolamprologus nkambae 10 Van Kempen, Bill Spawns:5 Pts:50
02/08 Pseudomugil signifer, Ross River 15 03/08 Haplochromis sp. “flameback” 10
02/08 Chlamydogobius eremius 15 03/08 Tropheops sp. “red moliro” 10
02/08 Aulonocara sp. “ngara” 10 03/08 Haplochromis sp. “44” 10
02/08 Pundamilia sp. “crimson tide” 10 03/08 Haplochromis sp. “ruby green” 10
02/08 Simochromis diagramma 10 03/08 Iodotropheus sprengerae 10
Stewart, Dave Spawns:10 Pts:95 Hanson, Greg Spawns:5 Pts:40
09/08 Archocentrus nigrofasciatus 5 06/08 Labidochromis sp. “zebra”
09/08 Haplochromis latifasciatus 10 , Lundo 10
08/08 Maylandia mbenjii 10 06/08 Ancistrus sp. “mato grosso lda 08
08/08 Cynotilapia afra, Lumbila 10 (tank raised)” 10
06/08 Aulonocara stuartgranti, Ngara 10 06/08 Neolamprologus multifasciatus 10
06/08 Melanochromis joanjohnsonae 10 06/08 Poecilia wingei 5
06/08 Nimbochromis venustus 10 03/08 Xiphophorus hellerii 5
06/08 Aulonocara jacobfreibergi 10 Allegree, Christina Spawns:5 Pts:40
06/08 Haplochromis sp. “ruby green” 10 06/08 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” 10
06/08 Poecilia reticulata 5
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06/08 Cynotilapia sp. “Hara”, 10 Squires, Milo Spawns:1 Pts:15
Gallireay Reef 10/08 Betta albimarginata 15
03/08 Aulonocara baenschi 10 Hirsch, Jim Spawns:1 Pts:10
01/08 Xiphophorus hellerii 5 08/08 Puntius conchonius 10
Albers, Jason Spawns:4 Pts:40 Carter, Bob Spawns:1 Pts:10
05/08 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” 10/08 Ameca splendens 10
“Chocolate” 10 Hansen, Kim Spawns:1 Pts:10
02/08 Betta splendens 10 06/08 Melanotaenia lacustris 10
02/08 Xiphophorus hellerii 5
BAP Standings as of October, 2008
02/08 Tateurndina ocellicauda 15
Skiba, Dale Spawns:4 Pts:35 Participant Points Spawns
09/08 Danio roseus 10 Carey, Randy 2565 191
09/08 Gambusia affinis 10 Mathis, Jim 2085 193
08/08 Nematobrycon palmeri 10 Randall, Bob 1815 157
01/08 Xiphophorus variatus 5 Ancheta, Lenny 1425 118
Srdar, Chris Spawns:3 Pts:30 Smaciarz, Rich 1385 101
01/08 Sciaenochromis fryeri, 10 Sarslow, Anchor 1175 96
maleri island Nordby, Ken
01/08 Labeotropheus trewavasae 10 & Sharron 1100 93
“Red Top”, Kitumba Peterzen, Pete
& Carol 1055 88
01/08 Aulonocara sp. “sunburst” 10
Hansen, Ron 1005 86
Morrison, Steven Spawns:2 Pts:25
Kruckenberg, Jenny 960 90
02/08 Apistogramma baenschi 15
Garrity, Paul 840 73
01/08 Geophagus sp. “Altamira” 10
MacNabb, Larry
Orlaska, Clark Spawns:3 Pts:25
& JoAnne 780 70
10/08 Neocaridina denticulata 5
Swanson, Brad
04/08 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” 10 & Nancy 730 67
04/08 Pelvicachromis pulcher Fries, Mike 700 63
“Super Red” 10
Wilson, Zack 700 54
Mathis, Jim Spawns:2 Pts:20
Chronakos, Tom 695 62
06/08 Aulonocara sp. “mamelela”
Rees, Craig 655 62
, Undu Reef 10
Gromek, Tom 645 63
06/08 Pseudotropheus sp. “Msobo”, 10
Ruzek, Kenneth V. Jr. 620 54
Maganga Reef
Swanson, Jason 585 56
Fraley, Beth Spawns:2 Pts:20
Byers, LeeAnne 555 47
10/08 Labidochromis caeruleus 10
Balfanz, Ken 540 43
04/08 Pseudotropheus sp. “acei” 10
Nab Dahl, Barry 495 50
Ancheta, Lenny Spawns:2 Pts:20
Scepurek, Terry 480 45
09/08 Otopharynx lithobates 10
Hougen, Dean
04/08 Pelvicachromis subocellatus 10
& Teague, Cynthia 465 40
Jolivette, Kris & Ted 425 35
Moon, Sandy Spawns:3 Pts:20
Ellickson, Dani 390 37
05/08 Neocaridina denticulata 5
Squires, Milo 360 31
05/08 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” 10
Lowe, Jay 350 33
05/08 Xiphophorus maculatus 5
Lowe, Bette 340 34
Kruckenberg, Jenny Spawns:1 Pts:15
Macmillan, Sue 325 30
09/08 Cyprinella spiloptera 15
Morrison, Steven 325 29
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Berglund, Ken 320 29 Albers, Jason 40 4

Van Kempen, Bill 295 27 Fraley, Beth 40 5
Weber, Robin 270 26 Newton, Bruce 40 4
Marchan, Edward 245 23 Carter, Bob 35 4
Nystrom, Steve 230 22 Rossa, Ron 35 4
Turley, Paul 220 14 Bishop, Dava 35 4
Heinen, Shane 205 19 Srdar, Chris 30 3
Robertson, Terry 205 19 Orlaska, Clark 25 3
McAninch, Carter 205 20 Harris, Mike 25 3
Lucken, Robby 195 17 Hutchinson, Melissa 25 3
Hallett, David W. 185 17 Rankins, Ted 20 2
Ekstedt, Chet 180 14 Moon, Sandy 20 3
Alegre, John N. 175 14 Carlson, Jan 20 2
Miller, Matt 165 19 Stowe, Chris 20 2
Engelking, Robin 160 13 Behler, David 15 1
Ekstedt, Chuck & Rita 150 15 OGara, Debbie 15 1
Bradbury, Richard 150 14 Helland, Brentt 10 1
Kalvig, Peggy 150 16 Brueland, Garrett 10 1
Massmann, Brent 140 13 Lover, Joe 10 1
Hirsch, Jim 140 14 Beres, Daryl 10 1
Schoeler, Karl 135 14 Lauer, Richard 10 1
Routh, Bruce 125 12 Severson, Tiffany 10 1
Johnston, Brian 125 12 Siegel, Bob 10 1
Steffensen, Jerry Christopherson, Karen 10 1
& Shana 120 10 Dale, Andrew 5 1
Stemper, John 95 10 Doyle, Chris 5 1
Stewart, Dave 95 10 Kahler, Rachel 5 1
Pham, Doug 90 10
Methven, Paul 90 5
Smith, Christopher 90 8
Honsey, Amy 85 8
Hansen, Kim 80 7
Skiba, Dale 80 9
Allegree, Christina
Loh, Willie
2008 MAS Auction
25 October 2008
Robb, Chad 70 7 Preview 10:00 am
Mechtel, Chuck 65 7 Auction starts at 11:00 am
Hanson, Greg 60 7 Lutheran Church of the Redemption
French, Will 60 6 927 E Old Shakopee Road
Heyer, Jon 60 6 Bloomington, MN 55420
Lowe, Mike 50 5 Questions, contact Auction Chair:
Brobst, Curtis H. 50 5
Philstrom, Richard K. 50 5
Benson, Brandon 45 6
Trembly, Lisa 45 5
Meuret, Patrick 40 4
10 AQUA NEWS May 2008-Sept 2008

Following the Rules: Dicrossus filamentosus

Author: Zack Wilson
of very nice wild-caught specimens and set them up in
a nice tank where I could enjoy them. Within less than
five weeks I again found them spawning, and again
I found that the females were generally willing to
guard and care for their own spawns. So how is this?
These fish came from a totally different source, several
years apart, and yet they displayed the ability and
willingness to reproduce. So why do so many find it to
be such an aggravating feat to get the parents to raise
the fry? I’d like to claim some magical discovery or
personal quality, but over the years I’ve developed the
belief that it’s largely about how well one can follow
the rules.
With many of the fish we are privileged to keep,
there are other talented and dedicated hobbyists that
have come before us. There are those who have done
the work of discovering what does and does not work
For the second time in eight years, I find myself with a particular species. While filamentosus may not
watching a female filamentosus leading around fry. be a simple species to spawn, they are not impossible,
The first time was really a preperatory experiment; and there are others who have published their findings
a challenge to prepare me for my true objective, on the care of this and other species. If one does their
Dicrossus maculatus. The Lyretail Checkerboard homework, they should be able to reproduce the
has had a reputation as being a challenging but not results. Lots of people would say they are following
impossible species, similar to maculatus, but is the recommendations, but I have to wonder. There
much more readily available. I figured this would are times when innovation is called for, and there are
be a good starting point. Though I always had my many species still out there which are not so fully
eyes on maculatus, filamentosus are beautiful fish in understood, but there are also times when following a
their own right. Thing is, I constantly see posts from prescribed set of guidelines produces the best result.
other dwarf-cichlid keepers inquiring about how to If one takes a casual approach to reproducing what is
successfully raise this fish, and they are often met with recommended, and they try to incorporate too much
less-than-encouraging answers. It seems that very few of what they “know”, it is possible to miss something
people are successful in inducing D. filamentosus to critical, and it might be just that that explains why
spawn and raise their own young. I had not originally they fail. When I set out to spawn D. filamentosus, I
given this much consideration and on my first attempt mainly relied upon the accounts given by Horst Linke
I succeeded in spawning them repeatedly within a and Dr. Wolfgang Staeck in their Tetra Press book
span of a couple months. I finally moved on, having Dwarf Cichlids . It was, at the time, the best book I
satisfied myself that the prescribed strategies would had been able to lay my hands on. They gave detailed
work. Several years later, I found myself wishing I information not only about the natural habitat of
could enjoy filamentosus again. filamentosus, but also tried guidelines for successful
I guess I’ve been on a Dicrossus kick lately. It’s spawns. They cautioned that success was not
sort of been my thing in the last couple years. I finally guaranteed, but I figured it was the best I had to go on.
did manage to acquire a nice group of maculatus, I like 20 longs for my dwarfs, and this is what
as well as a newer species, D. sp. “Tapajos”. It just I chose to set them up in. I decided to spare no
seemed fitting, then, to revisit my first Dicrossus. The effort in reproducing the ideal environment for my
Lyretail is not really a hard species to obtain, and so it checkerboards. If, even under ideal conditions, success
wasn’t long before I saw an opportunity come along might be difficult, it didn’t make much sense to
that I decided to take advantage of. I picked up a group stray. I used a natural red flint sand for the substrate,
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pH slowly dropped down to about 5.0. At this point I
was constantly monitoring the pH with an electronic
meter. I had added a very small amount of carbonate
buffer, but not enough to register on my tests. The
TDS measured around 50ppm. The fish were looking
great, and the male was spending much of the time out
displaying to or chasing the females. Still no spawns
though. I lowered the pH a little more, continuing to
use water treated with small amounts of sulfuric acid.
I also increased the temperature slightly to 81F. Then,
after a little less than three weeks, eggs. Just like that.
The pH was registering at 4.52. I crossed my fingers.
Everything came off without a hitch. The eggs were
very well-attended and they hatched after a couple
days. I backed the temperature off a little, to prevent
the fry from burning up their yolk sacks prematurely.
In a week I had free-swimming fry able to take baby
with some plantings of anubias, Wisteria, and Java brine shrimp and really from there it was a simple
Moss. Some nice pieces of driftwood added some matter of raising them up. They stayed with mom in
structure. Very soft water, with a conductivity below the 20 long for over a month before I finally had to
3ppm was called for, as well as a pH well below 6. I move them out. After this, more spawns came and I
started with raw RO water, thinking it made the most quickly accumulated a pile of checkerboard cichlids.
sense to eliminate everything that I might not want, So, didn’t that sound easy? Okay, so maybe not
and then I could add back what was necessary. After entirely. It wasn’t without effort. But truthfully, in the
filtering through peat for a few days, the RO water end, I found this to be a formulaic process. I used the
was added to the tank. This by itself only got me a recipe, and it worked. Once I had met the parameters,
pH of 6.5 though. It was good, clean water, so this is it just worked. I’ve had plenty of species that, despite
where I started. Based on some past experiences, I’ve following recommendations, I’ve had to struggle, or
found that often my dwarfs are triggered to spawn wait long periods, to get fry. It may be that a piece of
by a progression into ideal conditions, starting with a the puzzle was/is still missing. Sometimes there just
period of heavy feeding and conditioning in conditions isn’t enough information available (those are good
that aren’t necessarily meant to induce spawning. Call times to innovate). When there is, though, use it! Be
it simulating a progression into the rainy season, if precise. If you’re having trouble, look again, and make
you will. I began by feeding several times a day with sure you’re following all of the directions on the box.
small amounts of brine shrimp, live blackworms, some If you’re not, then you really can’t blame the fish. On
bloodworms, and bbs. In my most recent efforts I’ve the other hand, if you are following everything, and
actually switched to red wigglers (E. foetida) instead it’s still not working...well, then, maybe I do have
of blackworms, but otherwise conditions and care magic water.
have been much the same. Frequent small feedings,
several times a day, if possible, seems to really get
the fish in spawning condition quickly. In most cases
I find my dwarf cichlids itching to spawn with a week
or two of heavy feedings of redworms.
Once the checkerboards looked good and plump,
I began working towards the conditions set out as
ideal in the books. The peat alone wasn’t dropping
the pH below 6, so I began doing small, 10% water
changes with water that had been treated with acid
to reach a pH of 4. This slowly began to drop the pH
in the breeding tank. Over the course of a week, the
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Division A - Community
Aquatic Plant - Sponsored by Clark Orlaska

First Place Second Place Third Place

Nymphoides sp. var Tiawan Echinodorus “ozelot” (Ozelot Sword- Anubias nana “petite”
Shown by Clark Orlaska plant) Shown by Dale Skiba
Shown by Clark Orlaska

Characins - New World - Sponsored by Clark Orlaska

First Place Second Place Third Place

Erythrinus sp. “red” (Red Wolf Fish) Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma Pristella maxillaris
Shown by Zack Wilson (Bleeding Heart Tetra) Shown by Clark Orlaska
Shown by Eric Logan

Cyprinid (Barbs)

First Place Second Place Third Place

Puntius ticto (Ticto barb ) Puntius denisonni (Roseline Shark) Puntius conchonius (Rosy barb)
Shown by Bruce Cameroon Shown by Dave Stewart Shown by Amy Marvin
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Division A - Community
Cyprinids (Danios & Any Other Varieties)

First Place Second Place Third Place

Sawbwa resplendens Devario sondhii (Red Danio) Boraras brigittae
Shown by Carter McAninch Shown by Karen Bergem Shown by Carter McAninch

Labyrinth Fish - Sponsored by Rachel Kahler

First Place: Betta albimarginata - No Entry No Entry

Shown by Milo Squires

Betta - Aquarium Strains - Sponsored by Upper Midwest Betta and Livebearer Assoc.

First Place: Betta splendens (Red No Entry No Entry

Cambodian Butterfly Doubletail)
- Shown by Christina Allegree
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Division A - Community
Livebearers - Wild Type - Sponsored by Sue MacMillan

First Place Second Place No Entry

Girardinus metallicus Phalloceros caudimaculatus
(Metallic livebearer ) (Dusky millions fish )
Shown by Christina Allegree Shown by Carter McAninch

Livebearers - Aquarium strains - Sponsored by Christy Allegree

First Place Second Place Third Place

Xiphophorus hellerii Xiphophorus hellerii Xiphophorus hellerii
(Black & Orange Swordtail) (Red Hifin Lyretail Swordtail) (Red Sailfin Swordtail)
Shown by Christina Allegree Shown by Christina Allegree Shown by Christina Allegree

Loaches & Their Allies

First Place Second Place No Entry

Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki Chromobotia macracanthus
Shown by Eric Logan Shown by Bruce Cameroon
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Division A - Community
Community Tank - Sponsored by Ken Balfanz

First Place Second Place No Entry

Community Tank Community Tank
Shown by Dave Stewart Shown by Robert Fink

Division B Catfish Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.

Catfish - All Loricariids - Sponsored by Winnipeg Fish Forum

First Place Second Place Third Place

Panaque suttonorum Hypancistrus inspector (L-201) Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps
(Blue Eyed Plecostomus) Shown by Lenny Ancheta (sailfin pleco)
Shown by Karen Bergem Shown by Richard Bradbury
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Division B Catfish Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.

Catfish - All Other Species

First Place Second Place Third Place

Centromochius peruglae Mochokiella paynei Synodontis petricola
Shown by Mike Fries (paynes catfish) Shown by Dave Stewart
Shown by Carter McAninch

Division C - Killifish
Killifish - Aphysoemions

First Place Second Place Third Place

Aphyosemion dargei, Mbam Aphyosemion australe Aphyosemion splendopleure, Tiko
Shown by Milo Squires (Lyretail panchax) Shown by Milo Squires
Shown by Margie Johnson
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Division C - Killifish
Killifish - Fundulopanchax

First Place Second Place Third Place

Fundulopanchax puerzli, dibenni Fundulopanchax spoorenbergi Fundulopanchax gardneri, Misaj
Shown by John Aldrich Jr. Shown by Jenny Kruckenberg Shown by Craig Rees

Killifish - Peat Spawners - Old & New World

First Place Second Place No Entry

Moema ortegai,Puerto Maldonado Nothobranchius foerschi
Shown by John Aldrich Jr. Shown by Craig Rees

Killifish - All Other Varieties

First Place Second Place Third Place

Micropanchax macrophthalmus Procatopus nototaenia Pseudepiplatys annulatus
Shown by Milo Squires Shown by Milo Squires (Banded panchax)
Shown by Carter McAninch
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Division D: Cichlids: Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.

Cichlids - South American Excluding Dwarfs Sponsored by - Geokeeper

First Place Second Place Third Place

Geophagus sp. altamara Geophagus brasiliensis Krobia sp xingu orange spot
Shown by Steve Morrison Shown by Steve Morrison Shown by Steve Morrison

Cichlids - Central American Excluding Dwarfs

First Place Second Place Third Place

Geophagus crassilabris Thorichthys ellioti Herichthys carpintis
(Panamanian eartheater) Shown by Steve Morrison (Pearlscale Cichlid)
Shown by Steve Morrison Shown by Ricq Pattay

Cichlids - New World Dwarf Cichlids

First Place Second Place Third Place

Mikrogeophagus ramirezi Mikrogeophagus ramirezi Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
(ram cichlid) (ram cichlid) (ram cichlid)
Shown by Steve Morrison Shown by Steve Morrison Shown by Steve Morrison
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Division D: Cichlids: Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.

Cichlids: Lake Malawi Mbuna Excl. Dwarfs-Sponsored by Brent Massmann

First Place Second Place Third Place

Maylandia zebra, Chilumba Metriaclima sp. “Sunburst” Pseudotropheus sp. callinos
(Zebra mbuna) Aurora group (Cobalt Blue)
Shown by Bob Randall Shown by Bob Randall Shown by Bob Randall

Cichlids - Lake Malawi Haplochromis - - Sponsored by MCA-MN Chapter

First Place Second Place Third Place

Tramitichromis intermedius Buccochromis lepturus Protomelas sp “thick lips”, Mbenji
Shown by Bob Randall (Slender Tail Hap) Shown by Bob Randall
Shown by Bob Randall

Cichlids - Rift Lake Mouthbrooders Sponsored by Jason Swanson

First Place Second Place Third Place

Petrochromis sp. “Texas” Pundamilia sp. “crimson tide” Cyphotilapia frontosa, Burundi
Shown by Bob Randall Shown by Bob Randall (Humphead cichlid)
Shown by Dave Stewart
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Division D: Cichlids: Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.

Cichlids-Old World Egg Layers Excl. Dwarfs-Sponsored by MCA-MN Chapter

First Place Second Place Third Place

Pelmatochromis nigrifasciatus Altolamprologus calvus Neolamprologus pulcher
Shown by Dave Stewart (Black Calvus) Shown by Jenny Kruckenberg
Shown by Dave Stewart

Cichlids-Angelfish-Aquarium Strains-Sponsored by The Angelfish Society

First Place Second Place Third Place

Pterophyllum scalare Pterophyllum scalare Pterophyllum scalare
(Hybrid BlackCombtail Veiltail Angel) (Gold Marble Angelfish) (Gld Mrbl Ghost Combtail Veil Angel)
Shown by Steve Morrison Shown by Charles Hawks Shown by Steve Morrison

Cichlids-Discus-Aquarium Strains-Sponsored by North American Discus Asso-

First Place Second Place Third Place

Symphysodon aequifasciatus Symphysodon aequifasciatus Symphysodon aequifasciatus
(Checkerboard discus) (Checkerboard discus) (Leopard Discus)
Shown by Willie Loh Shown by Willie Loh Shown by Willie Loh
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Division E - Odds and Ends

Rainbowfish - Sponsored by Australia New Guinea Fish Assoc.(ANGFA) of

First Place Second Place No Entry

Glossolepis pseudoincisus Melanotaenia lacustris
(Millenuim Rainbowfish) (Lake Kutubu rainbowfish )
Shown by Lenny Ancheta Shown by Dave Stewart

Brackish and Marine - Sponsored by

First Place Second Place Third Place

Pseudochromis porphyreus Cryptocentrus leptocephalus Ecsenius bicolor
(Strawberry Basslet) (Singapore Shrimp Goby) (Bicolor blenny)
Shown by Becky Bachand Shown by Robert Fink Shown by Robert Fink

Goldfish and Koi - Aquarium Strains

First Place Second Place Third Place

Carassius auratus Carpio carpio Carassius auratus
(Crown Pearlscale Gold) (Kohaku Koi) (Wakin Goldfish)
Shown by Robert Galvin Shown by Robert Galvin Shown by Robert Galvin
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Division E - Odds and Ends

Any Other Variety Fish

First Place Second Place Third Place

Tetradon nigrviridis Chlamydogobius eremius Mastacembelus cryptacanthus
(Green Spotted Puffer) (Desert goby ) Shown by Mike Fries
Shown by Mike Fries Shown by Carter McAninch

Family Breeder

First Place Second Place Third Place

Tateurndina ocellicauda Betta sp. mahachai Poecilia reticulata
(Peacock gudgeon ) Shown by Tiffany Severson (Guppy )
Shown by Mike Fries Shown by Vince Meyer

Aquascape, emersed plants

First Place Second Place Third Place

Aquascape, emersed plants Aquascape, emersed plants Aquascape, emersed plants
(Mizu Boru No Amerikasugi) (Rotala rotundifolia) (Anubias Nakajima)
Shown by Dale Skiba Shown by Dale Skiba Shown by Dale Skiba
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Division F - Creative
Aquascape, submersed plants

First Place Second Place Third Place

Aquascape, submersed plants Aquascape, submersed plants Aquascape, submersed plants
(Bright Tank) (Fundulopanchex Prime) (Orbis Recolligo Minor)
Shown by Dale Skiba Shown by Dale Skiba Shown by Dale Skiba


First Place Second Place Second Place

Artwork Artwork Artwork
(Koi & Lily Quilt) (Decopage Purse) (Needlework Pillow)
Shown by Karen Bergem Shown by Karen Bergem Shown by Karen Bergem

Photos and Slides

First Place Second Place Third Place

Photo Photo Photo
(Female Betta) (Rubber Lipped Pleco) (Split Tail Betta)
Shown by Mike Harris Shown by Mike Harris Shown by Mike Harris
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Best in Division A - Community

Sawbwa resplendens Shown by Carter McAninch

Best in Division B Catfish

Panaque suttonorum (Blue Eyed Plecostomus) - Shown by Karen Bergem
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Best in Division C Killifish

Aphyosemion dargei, Mbam - Shown by Milo Squires

Best in Division D Cichlid

Geophagus sp. altamara - Shown by Steve Morrison
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Best in Division E Odds and Ends

tetradon nigrviridis (Green Spotted Puffer) - Shown by Mike Fries

Best in Division F Creative

Artwork (Koi & Lily Quilt) - Shown by Karen Bergem
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Reserve best in Show Award

tetradon nigrviridis (Green Spotted Puffer) - Shown by Mike Fries

Best in Show-Sponsored by MCA-MN

Geophagus sp. altamara - Shown by Steve Morrison
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