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**Gary Lange - Rainbowfish** Free Presentations at GSAS June 11th & June 12th

**Gary Lange - Rainbowfish** Free Presentations at GSAS June 11th & June 12th



Gary Lange is one of the most prominent experts on Rainbowfish in the country, as well as a columnist, author, photographer and collector. He's also a professional chemist. Gary has been keeping fish since he was 10, has been associated with the organized hobby for the last 30+ years, and is very active in the Missouri Aquarium Society (MASI). He started the Rainbowfish Study Group of North America (RSG) in 1987. His photos and articles have been published in all the major aquarium magazines.

In 2002 he was the first to import eight new rainbowfish into North America from the world explorer, Heiko Bleher, including the Millennium rainbow, the Zigzag and the dwarf parva rainbowfish. In 2003 he made his second trip to Australia and did some more collecting while there. In 2005 he took the rainbowfish collectors dream trip – collecting in Papua, the western portion of New Guinea. He made another trip back in 2008, recollecting Melanotaenia praecox. A third trip was made in 2010. He brought back fish that have never been seen in the hobby including Chilatherina alleni. On his 2013 trip alone, four new species of rainbowfish were brought back and wait a scientific write up. He is currently running over 90 tanks and keeping over 65 species and locations of rainbowfish and blue-eyes.

Gary will be doing two talks for GSAS:

On Monday, June 11: Cruising Papua - Following New Roads and Exploring the “Bird’s Head”
All over Papua they are making new roads leading to different river systems that were either difficult or impossible to reach just a few short years ago. This talk will be about my 2015 road trips in Northern Papua and then down the eastern border as far as we could go at the time. The rest of the talk will be about our 2017 adventures in the far western side of Papua, The Bird’s Head, home of Melanotaenia boesemani and several other interesting rainbowfish.

This special extra talk will take place at our usual meeting building, Otto-Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus, but in room 127 (the next room behind our usual room). Talk starts at 7:00 PM just for this special presentation. There will be rainbowfish egg kits auctioned after the talk.


Tuesday, June 12: Falling in Love With Blue-Eyes
No I’m not talking about Gary's three blue-eyed cats but rather the Genus Pseudomugil, also known as “Blue-eyes” because of their very distinctive blue eyes. We’ll look at most of the Pseudomugil that are currently in the hobby and how they are alike and how they differ from each other. Some we have collected in essentially rain water conductivity whereas others have been collected in pure salt water. Some are ridiculously easy to keep and breed and others can really be a challenge. We’ll also look at a few that I’ve actually collected myself as well as one that I’m pretty sure is a new species.

This is our monthly meeting, in our usual spot, Otto-Miller room 109. Meeting starts at 7:30, social time at 6:30, and monthly auction to follow.

The presentations, which are open to the public, will be Monday June 11th and Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at the times and room numbers mentioned above on the Seattle Pacific University in Otto Miller Hall; West Nickerson Street and 3rd Avenue West.

After the meeting, join us for our monthly auction and help to support the club that brings us all our these outstanding speakers.

Guests are welcome; no entrance fee

Family friendly but no childcare provided
Free parking, accessible building
No furry or feathered pets
Go to Greater Seattle Aquarium Society (https://www.gsas.org/) for more information and directions

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Oh man I wish that it was closer by. Would love to be there. Should be good!


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Hi Greggz,

Gary does excellent presentations, I have heard him twice in the past here in Seattle and once at GPAS in Portland. The last time he was here in Seattle my wife and I hosted him for his stay and are doing so again this time. The 'off the cuff' stories he tells about collecting in Papua and Australia are maybe even better than his talks! Have you had the opportunity to hear him speak, I ask because he does talks at clubs all over the country.
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Hi Greggz,

Gary does excellent presentations, I have heard him twice in the past here in Seattle and once at GPAS in Portland. The last time he was here in Seattle my wife and I hosted him for his stay and are doing so again this time. The 'off the cuff' stories he tells about collecting in Papua and Australia are maybe even better than his talks! Have you had the opportunity to hear him speak, I ask because he does talks at clubs all over the country.
Regrettably I have not.

I have been in contact with Gary various times over the years. But I am sure he has no clue who I am. If I am ever down his way, I am going to invite myself to see his fish room. Would be a thrill for me, because as I am sure you know, I have been promoting Rainbow fish in planted aquariums for quite some time now.

He is without doubt the leading expert on Rainbow fish, and I have quite a few specimens that originated from his stock.

I'll look forward to hearing about his visit with you........and am just a bit jealous.


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Regrettably I have not.

I have been in contact with Gary various times over the years. But I am sure he has no clue who I am. If I am ever down his way, I am going to invite myself to see his fish room. Would be a thrill for me, because as I am sure you know, I have been promoting Rainbow fish in planted aquariums for quite some time now.

He is without doubt the leading expert on Rainbow fish, and I have quite a few specimens that originated from his stock.

I'll look forward to hearing about his visit with you........and am just a bit jealous.
Hi Greggz,

I have had the opportunity to visit his fishroom just north of St. Louis. He has a large collection of various rainbowfish species including many he collected during his trips to Papua and Australia. I just received a mop of his Melanotaenia boesemani 'Uter' eggs. They are from Gary's F-2's so my fry will be F-3's (Gary got the F-2's from a collection trip by Gilbert Maebe (Belgium)). The eggs are just beginning to hatch today. I've only spotted one fry so far but there are a lot of eggs in the mop.

Melanotaenia boesemani 'Uter' (Maebe)


Gary Lange and I in his fishroom (2013)


I know that Cory McElroy (a GSAS member) of Aquarium Co-op did a video in his fishroom last fall, here is a YouTube link:
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The video of his fish room is really interesting and a good watch! I really enjoyed it!

Those boesemani look beautiful. One day I would love to get some of his strains in my tanks!



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Hi All,

Just a reminder that Gary Lange's first talk covering his two most recent collecting trips to Papua will be tomorrow (Monday). It will be at 7:00 PM in Otto Miller Hall, Room 127. There will be an auction of Gary's strains of rainbowfish egg kits following the presentation.

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Hi All,

If you missed last nights talk on Gary Lange's last to explorations on Papua you missed a very good talk. BUT, YOU HAVE A SECOND OPPORTUNITY! Tonight the talk will be covering the genus Pseudomugil (Blue-eyed Rainbowfish). The meeting starts at 7:30 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm at Seattle Pacific University, Otto Miller Hall, Rm 109. There will by the usual monthly auction after the meeting, Gary Lange has brought egg kits of some of the excellent rainbowfish strains that he keeps - hope to see you there! -Roy

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