**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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