A Publication from the Members of the Minnesota Aquarium Society


May 2008-Sept 2008

2008 Minnesota Aquarium Society Tropical Fish Show Best of Show “The Beauty or The Beast” 


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Minnesota Aquarium Society
Board of Directors
President* Bob Carter 651-633-4351 president@mn-aquarium.org Vice-President* (tie breaker only) Jenny Kruckenberg 651-457-2302 vicepresident@mn-aquarium.org Treasurer* Tom Gromek 651-462-8223 treasurer@mn-aquarium.org Secretary* Mike Harris secretary@mn-aquarium.org Under-director* Milo Squires 952-448-4153 underdirector@mn-aquarium.org Director-2yr.* Clark Orlaska director1@mn-aquarium.org Director-2yr,* Dave Stewart director2@mn-aquarium.org Director-1yr.* Curtis Kafer director3@mn-aquarium.org Director-1yr.* Rachel Kahler director4@mn-aquarium.org
*Voting Member

Committee Chairs
Aqua News Editor Historian Curtis Kafer Rodger Anderson 763-444-0270 763-535-4364 editor@mn-aquarium.org historian@mn-aquarium.org Auction Chair Librarian Tom Gromek Jon Heyer 651-462-8223 952-215-2043 auctionchair@mn-aquarium.org librarian@mn-aquarium.org Brad Swanson MAS/ACA Liaison 612-522-4399 Bob Randall auctioncochair@mn-aquarium.org 952-432-6298 ACAliaison@mn-aquarium.org BAP Chair BAPchair@mn-aquarium.org Membership Chair Bob Carter BAP Data 651-633-4351 Chris Smith membershipchair@mn-aquarium.org BAPdata@mn-aquarium.org aquasmith12@gmail.com Program Chair Mike Fries Bowl Show Chair 651-489-2973 Bob Carter programchair@mn-aquarium.org 651-633-4351 bowlshowchair@mn-aquarium.org Promotions & Advertising Mike Harris Book Points Chair promotions@mn-aquarium.org Mike Harris secretary@mn-aquarium.org Rachel Kahler advertising@mn-aquarium.org Donations Chair donations@mn-aquarium.org Show Chair Bob Randall Exchange Editor 952-432-6298 Brentt Helland showchair@mn-aquarium.org exchangeeditor@mn-aquarium.org Special Event Chair HAP Chair Jenny Kruckenberg Milo Squires 651-457-2302 952-448-4153 specialevent@mn-aquarium.org HAPchair@mn-aquarium.org Webmaster HAP Data webmaster@mn-aquarium.org Dave Behler 952-215-2043 HAPdata@mn-aquarium.org



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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 in July.) at 7:30 pm. in St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2300 N. Hamline Avenue., Roseville, MN. (at the NE corner of Hwy 36 and Hamline Avenue.) Most meetings focus on a presentation by a speaker who is often nationally recognized. Visitors are welcome to attend. Board Meetings MAS Board of Director meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, (except for July) at the same location as our general meetings, at 7 pm. and are open to members of MAS. Those wishing active participation are encouraged to attend. 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: mas-admin@careytech.net Discussion Group List MAS maintains a monitored Discussion list through Yahoo Groups. MAS Members can subscribe to this list by going online to: http://groups.yahoo. com/group/mnaquarium/ 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. Articles and artwork may also be submitted to the editor 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/ copyable medium such as pen and ink. Submissions are printed in black and white only at this time. All articles are subject to editing. 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 publication. 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

From your Editor:
I hope you enjoy the show results and photos. I Again beg for assistance and submissions, to help produce a quality newsletter. Thank you Curtis Kafer MAS Aqua News Editor editor@mn-aquarium.org

President’s Message
Breeders Award Program Following the Rules 2008 Show Results

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Any other reprinting is by permission of the author only.



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“Hello. My name is Bob, and I’m a fishaholic.”

President’s Message

Well it looks like summer has drawn to an end. This also signals the end of the MAS year. Our outgoing president has left the society in fine shape. Now it’s my turn to try not to screw things up too badly. Lots of exciting things are scheduled for the coming months. It should be a fun year. I’ve been told (and I tend to believe) in order for a group such as MAS to prosper that participation from the members is key. What exactly constitutes participation? Good question. There are all sorts of levels of participation. Some may be more important that others but all levels are needed to keep MAS strong. Each member should be contributing in some way to the success of MAS. Here are ways you can help. There are several positions open within the MAS leadership. We’ve talked about some of these positions previously, but I’m going to cover them again anyway. Donations / Raffle – Dennis Drews has been doing this as long as I’ve been a member (and probably much longer). We need to find a new person to organize and run the monthly raffles. Trophies – Brad Hedlund has been making the trophies and wishes to step down from this responsibility. You would be responsible for assembly of the BAP and HAP trophies. This position may also help with the Annual Show trophies, but is mainly concerned with the regular awards during the year. 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.

BAP Chair – Chris Smith will continue as the data entry and upkeep the BAP database. He wants to have a BAP Chair who is responsible for the running of the program including determining points for new fish, presenting awards, etc. These are the big four positions we need filled now. If something catches your fancy and you want to volunteer to help, please contact myself or one of the other directors. There are various other ways to volunteer your time to help MAS thrive. Sound like too much? There are many little things we can all do to help. Participation in the BAP and HAP programs, showing fish at the monthly bowl shows, sharing your opinions about the annual show via our new survey (Thanks Clark!), and participating in the annual show are just a few ways that you can support MAS. At our auctions we always have positions that need to be filled. Contact Tom Gromek to find out what you can do to help with the auctions. These jobs can be as simple as runners, who carry bags of fish to the proud new owners. I’ve always been a sucker for participating in any way possible. I feel that in order to pay MAS back for all the information and knowledge I’ve soaked up from others; I need to be actively involved. I’m sure many of the other directors and committee chairs feel the same way. Oh by the way, my fish are doing fine. It was a rough summer for some and some didn’t make it. But that means I’ve got room in tanks for new species of fish and plants. The next auction is coming up soon. I better start saving money.



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Breeders Award Program
BAP Rookie Breeder of the Year Points for 2008
Ends Van Kempen, Bill Swanson, Jason Lowe, Bette Pham, Doug Honsey, Amy Miller, Matt Allegree, Christina Hanson, Greg Skiba, Dale Srdar, Chris Beres, Daryl Kahler, Rachel 07/2008 01/2008 05/2008 05/2008 04/2008 04/2008 07/2008 11/2008 04/2008 12/2008 04/2008 08/2008 Points 295 290 270 90 85 80 75 60 50 30 10 5 Spawns 27 29 27 10 8 10 9 7 6 3 1 1 04/08 04/08 04/08 04/08 04/08 03/08 03/08 03/08 Wilson, Zack 09/08 09/08 08/08 08/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 20 10 10 10 10 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 05/08 05/08 04/08 04/08 10 10 10 10 04/08 02/08 02/08 02/08 02/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 Haplochromis sp. “fluorescent pink piebald” Aulonocara sp. “maulana” Aulonocranus dewindti Haplochromis sp. “purple princess” Iodotropheus sprengerae Aulonocara carolae cyanotilapia afra “White Top”, Hara Haplochromis latifasciatus Aulonocara sp. “lwanda” Aulonocara sp. “strawberry peacock” Harpagochromis sp. “Golden Duck” Tropheus sp. “red moliro” Pseudotropheus estherae Aulonocara jacobfreibergi “ablino eureka” Aulonocara sp. “rubencens” Spawns:21 Belonesox belizanus Labidochromis caeruleus Xiphophorus maculatus Paracyprichromis nigripinnis Zoogoneticus tequila Pelvicachromis taeniatus, Lokoundje Tropheops sp. “lilac” Apistogramma viejita Pseudomugil cyanodorsalis Elassoma okefenokee Apistogramma rupununi Girardinichthys multiradiatus Apistogramma sp. “abacaxis” Micropoecilia picta Poecilia wingei Apistogramma elizabethae Tateurndina ocellicauda Taeniacara candidi 10 15 15 15 15 10 15 10 5 15 15 20 Neolamprologus caudopunctatus10 Neocaridina heteropoda “Yellow”5 10 20 10 5 15 10 10 Pts:255 10 10 10 10 20 10 10 10 10 15 10 10 10 10

BAP Rookie Breeder of the Year Points for 2009
Ends Massmann, Brent Stewart, Dave Albers, Jason Orlaska, Clark Moon, Sandy 05/2009 05/2009 01/2009 03/2009 04/2009 Points 140 95 40 25 20 Spawns 13 10 4 3 3

Awards Earned in October, 2008
Clark Orlaska has earned the 25 Point Beginner Award. Ron Hansen has earned the 1000 Point Master Award.

Aphyosemion bivittatum funge 10

BAP Breeder of the Year Points for 2008
Swanson, Jason 10/08 09/08 09/08 08/08 08/08 08/08 08/08 08/08 08/08 08/08 06/08 06/08 Spawns:27 Haplochromis sp. “44” Astatotilapia aeneocolor Aulonocara jacobfreibergi, Otter Point Melanochromis auratus Pseudotropheus sp. “kingsizei, lupingu” Copadichromis borleyi Pseudotropheus sp. “acei” Aulonocara maylandi Aulonocara stuartgranti, Gombe 10 Pts:295 Tropheus sp. “black remba”

Haplochromis burtoni, Burundi 10

Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos 10



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Lowe, Bette 10/08 10/08 09/08 09/08 08/08 08/08 06/08 05/08 05/08 04/08 04/08 04/08 04/08 03/08 03/08 03/08 02/08 02/08 02/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08

Spawns:24 Iodotropheus sprengerae Aulonocara baenschi Thorichthys meeki Copadichromis borleyi Sciaenochromis fryeri Cynotilapia afra, Jalo Reef Haplochromis latifasciatus Maylandia greshakei Pseudotropheus elongatus Aulonocara sp. “ngara” Ancistrus sp. “unknown” Aulonocara jacobfreibergi “ablino eureka” Pseudotropheus demasoni Pseudotropheus estherae

Pts:240 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

02/08 Chronakos, Tom 09/08 09/08 09/08 09/08 09/08 08/08 08/08 05/08 04/08 04/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 Hansen, Ron 10/08 09/08 09/08 05/08 05/08 05/08 04/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 Miller, Matt 08/08 08/08 08/08 08/08 06/08 05/08 05/08

Cryptoheros cutteri Spawns:17 Pseudotropheus estherae Cynotilapia afra

10 Pts:175 10 10

Copadichromis borleyi, Kandango10 Dimidiochromis compressiceps 10 Placidochromis sp. “electra superior” Labidochromis sp.h”ongi” 10 10

Melanochromis joanjohnsonae 10

Haplochromis sp. “blue fire fin” 10 Pseudotropheus sp. “acei”, Msuli10 Cyprichromis leptosoma “Blue Flash” Haplochromis sp. “Kenya gold” 10 Metriaclima sp. “msobo deep” 10 Haplochromis sp. “flameback” 10 Protomelas taeniolatus Aulonocara sp. “lwanda” Aulonocara sp. “rubencens” Iodotropheus sprengerae Spawns:13 Vieja maculicauda Xenotilapia sp. “papilio” “Isanga Sunflower” Neolamprologus brevis, Magarae10 Lethrinops sp. “”red cap”” Aulonocara sp. “maisoni” Eretmodus sp. “Blue Point Sambia” Cyprichromis coloratus 10 10 15 15 10 10 10 10 Pts:150 10 15 10 15

Sciaenochromis fryeri “Iceberg”10 Haplochromis sp. “flameback” 10 Haplochromis sp. “hippo point salmon” Labidochromis caeruleus Lamprologus ocellatus Melanochromis auratus Ancistrus sp. “albino” Aulonocara sp. “strawberry peacock” “albino” 10 10 10 10 10 10

Haplochromis sp. “ruby green” 10 Gnathochromis permaxillarus

01/08 Randall, Bob 09/08 09/08 08/08 08/08 08/08 05/08 05/08 05/08 05/08 10 04/08 04/08 04/08 04/08 02/08 02/08 02/08

Neolamprologus multifasciatus 10 Spawns:17 Maylandia callainos Pterophyllum scalare Tilapia snyderae Aequidens pulcher Tramitichromis intermedius Gephyrochromis lawsi Simochromis diagramma Ancistrus punctatus L182 Pts:190 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 20

Xenotilapia spiloptera, Kapere 15 Julidochromis transcriptus, Kissi10 Herichthys bartoni Aulonocara korneliae Ancistrus sp. “albino” Spawns:16 Aulonocara jacobfreibergi “lemon Jake”, Undu Reef Aulonocara jacobfreibergi “eureka” Xiphophorus maculatus cyanotilapia afra, Cobue Thorichthys meeki 10 5 10 10 10 10 10 Pts:150 10

Xenotilapia spiloptera, Kapere 15

Aulonocara stuartgranti, Gombe 10

Pundamilia nyererei, Igombi Island Oreochromis tanganicae Protomelas spilonotus Amphilopus sp. “chancho” Xenotilapia sima Metriaclima hajomaylandia 10 10 10 15 10

Haplochromis sp. “ruby green” 10

Aulonocara baenschi “sunshine”10



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cyanotilapia afra, Jalo Reef Ancistrus sp. “unknown” Aulonocara sp. “strawberry peacock” Pseudotropheus sp . “Msobo higga reef” Archocentrus nigrofasciatus Pelvicachromis pulcher Labidochromis caeruleus Spawns:13 Neolamprologus brevis Neolamprologus tetracanthus Iodotropheus sprengerae Maylandia greshakei Maylandia callainos Ancistrus sp. “unknown” Labidochromis caeruleus Neolamprologus gracilis Cryptoheros sp. “honduran red point” Julidochromis transcriptus Spawns:9 Dermogenys pusilla Celestichthys margaritatus Tanichthys albonubes Lepidiolamprologus nkambae Chlamydogobius eremius Aulonocara sp. “ngara” Simochromis diagramma Spawns:10 Archocentrus nigrofasciatus Haplochromis latifasciatus Maylandia mbenjii Cynotilapia afra, Lumbila

10 10 10 10 5 10 10

06/08 Macmillan, Sue 09/08 02/08 02/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 01/08 Balfanz, Ken 08/08 08/08 02/08 02/08 02/08 Fries, Mike 10/08 10/08 06/08 03/08 02/08 02/08 Pham, Doug 05/08 05/08 05/08 05/08 02/08 Van Kempen, Bill 03/08 03/08 03/08 03/08 03/08 Hanson, Greg 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 03/08 Allegree, Christina 06/08 06/08

Aulonocara stuartgranti, Hai Reef10

Labidochromis caeruleus “Yellow” Spawns:7 Limia vittata Oryzias javanese Nomorhamphus ebrardtii Limia sp. “tiger” Xenotoca variata Xiphophorus montezumae Xiphophorus alvarezi Spawns:5 Betta fusca Corydoras duplicareus Danio roseus Lamprichthys tanganicanus Pseudomugil tenellus Spawns:6 Pelvicachromis taeniatus , Bipindi Girardinus metallicus Julidochromis marlieri Chlamydogobius eremius Melanotaenia parkinsoni Spawns:5 Archocentrus nigrofasciatus Rhadinocentrus ornatus Betta edithae Archocentrus septemfasciatus Labidochromis caeruleus Spawns:5 Tropheops sp. “red moliro” Haplochromis sp. “44” Iodotropheus sprengerae Spawns:5 Labidochromis sp. “zebra” , Lundo

10 Pts:75 10 10 15 10 10 10 10 Pts:70 15 15 10 15 15 Pts:70 10 10 10 15 15 Pts:55 5 15 15 10 10 Pts:50 10 10 10 Pts:40 10

04/08 03/08 03/08 02/08 01/08 Massmann, Brent 10/08 10/08 10/08 09/08 09/08 09/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 Smaciarz, Rich 08/08 05/08 05/08 03/08 02/08 02/08 02/08 02/08 02/08 Stewart, Dave 09/08 09/08 08/08 08/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08 06/08

Melanochromis joanjohnsonae 10 Pts:140 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Pts:105 15 10 10 10 15 10 10 Pts:95 5 10 10 10

Neolamprologus caudopunctatus10

Cyphotilapia frontosa, Burundi 20

Neolamprologus multifasciatus 10

Aulonocara stuartgranti, Ngara 10

Pseudomugil signifer, Ross River15

Haplochromis sp. “flameback” 10

Pundamilia sp. “crimson tide” 10

Haplochromis sp. “ruby green” 10

Ancistrus sp. “mato grosso lda 08 (tank raised)” 10 Neolamprologus multifasciatus 10 Poecilia wingei Xiphophorus hellerii Spawns:5 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” Poecilia reticulata 5 5 Pts:40 10 5

Aulonocara stuartgranti, Ngara 10 Melanochromis joanjohnsonae 10 Nimbochromis venustus Aulonocara jacobfreibergi 10 10

Haplochromis sp. “ruby green” 10



06/08 03/08 01/08 Albers, Jason 05/08 02/08 02/08 02/08 Skiba, Dale 09/08 09/08 08/08 01/08 Srdar, Chris 01/08 01/08 01/08 Morrison, Steven 02/08 01/08 Orlaska, Clark 10/08 04/08 04/08 Mathis, Jim 06/08 06/08 Fraley, Beth 10/08 04/08 Ancheta, Lenny 09/08 04/08 Moon, Sandy 05/08 05/08 05/08 Kruckenberg, Jenny 09/08

Cynotilapia sp. “Hara”, Gallireay Reef Aulonocara baenschi Xiphophorus hellerii Spawns:4 Ancistrus sp. “unknown” “Chocolate” Betta splendens Xiphophorus hellerii Tateurndina ocellicauda Spawns:4 Danio roseus Gambusia affinis Nematobrycon palmeri Xiphophorus variatus Spawns:3 Sciaenochromis fryeri, maleri island Labeotropheus trewavasae “Red Top”, Kitumba Aulonocara sp. “sunburst” Spawns:2 Apistogramma baenschi Geophagus sp. “Altamira” Spawns:3 Neocaridina denticulata Ancistrus sp. “unknown” Pelvicachromis pulcher “Super Red” Spawns:2 Aulonocara sp. “mamelela” , Undu Reef Pseudotropheus sp. “Msobo”, Maganga Reef Spawns:2 Labidochromis caeruleus Pseudotropheus sp. “acei” Spawns:2 Otopharynx lithobates Pelvicachromis subocellatus “Moanda” Spawns:3 Neocaridina denticulata Ancistrus sp. “unknown” Xiphophorus maculatus Spawns:1 Cyprinella spiloptera

10 10 5 Pts:40 10 10 5 15 Pts:35 10 10 10 5 Pts:30 10 10 10 Pts:25 15 10 Pts:25 5 10 10 Pts:20 10 10

Squires, Milo 10/08 Hirsch, Jim 08/08 Carter, Bob 10/08 Hansen, Kim 06/08

Spawns:1 Betta albimarginata Spawns:1 Puntius conchonius Spawns:1 Ameca splendens Spawns:1

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Pts:15 15 Pts:10 10 Pts:10 10 Pts:10 10

Melanotaenia lacustris

BAP Standings as of October, 2008
Participant Carey, Randy Mathis, Jim Randall, Bob Ancheta, Lenny Smaciarz, Rich Sarslow, Anchor Nordby, Ken & Sharron Peterzen, Pete & Carol Hansen, Ron Kruckenberg, Jenny Garrity, Paul MacNabb, Larry & JoAnne Swanson, Brad & Nancy Fries, Mike Wilson, Zack Chronakos, Tom Rees, Craig Gromek, Tom Ruzek, Kenneth V. Jr. Swanson, Jason Byers, LeeAnne Balfanz, Ken Nab Dahl, Barry Scepurek, Terry Hougen, Dean & Teague, Cynthia Jolivette, Kris & Ted Ellickson, Dani Squires, Milo Lowe, Jay Lowe, Bette Macmillan, Sue Morrison, Steven 2565 2085 1815 1425 1385 1175 1100 1055 1005 960 840 780 730 700 700 695 655 645 620 585 555 540 495 480 465 425 390 360 350 340 325 325 Points Spawns 191 193 157 118 101 96 93 88 86 90 73 70 67 63 54 62 62 63 54 56 47 43 50 45 40 35 37 31 33 34 30 29

Pts:20 10 10 Pts:20 10 10

Pts:20 5 10 5 Pts:15 15



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Berglund, Ken Van Kempen, Bill Weber, Robin Marchan, Edward Nystrom, Steve Turley, Paul Heinen, Shane Robertson, Terry McAninch, Carter Lucken, Robby Hallett, David W. Ekstedt, Chet Alegre, John N. Miller, Matt Engelking, Robin Bradbury, Richard Kalvig, Peggy Massmann, Brent Hirsch, Jim Schoeler, Karl Routh, Bruce Johnston, Brian Steffensen, Jerry & Shana Stemper, John Stewart, Dave Pham, Doug Methven, Paul Smith, Christopher Honsey, Amy Hansen, Kim Skiba, Dale Allegree, Christina Loh, Willie Robb, Chad Mechtel, Chuck Hanson, Greg French, Will Heyer, Jon Lowe, Mike Brobst, Curtis H. Benson, Brandon Trembly, Lisa Meuret, Patrick

320 295 270 245 230 220 205 205 205 195 185 180 175 165 160 150 150 140 140 135 125 125 120 95 95 90 90 90 85 80 80 75 70 70 65 60 60 60 50 50 45 45 40

29 27 26 23 22 14 19 19 20 17 17 14 14 19 13 15 14 16 13 14 14 12 12 10 10 10 10 5 8 8 7 9 9 5 7 7 7 6 6 5 5 5 6 5 4

Albers, Jason Fraley, Beth Newton, Bruce Carter, Bob Rossa, Ron Bishop, Dava Srdar, Chris Orlaska, Clark Harris, Mike Hutchinson, Melissa Rankins, Ted Moon, Sandy Carlson, Jan Stowe, Chris Behler, David OGara, Debbie Helland, Brentt Brueland, Garrett Lover, Joe Beres, Daryl Lauer, Richard Severson, Tiffany Siegel, Bob Dale, Andrew Doyle, Chris Kahler, Rachel

40 40 40 35 35 35 30 25 25 25 20 20 20 20 15 15 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 5 5 5

4 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Ekstedt, Chuck & Rita 150

Christopherson, Karen 10

2008 MAS Auction
Lutheran Church of the Redemption
927 E Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN 55420 Questions, contact Auction Chair: tjg@usgo.net Preview 10:00 am Auction starts at 11:00 am

25 October 2008

Philstrom, Richard K. 50



Following the Rules: Dicrossus filamentosus
Author: Zack Wilson

May 008-Sept 008

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 with a particular species. While filamentosus may not For the second time in eight years, I find myself be a simple species to spawn, they are not impossible, watching a female filamentosus leading around fry. and there are others who have published their findings The first time was really a preperatory experiment; on the care of this and other species. If one does their a challenge to prepare me for my true objective, homework, they should be able to reproduce the Dicrossus maculatus. The Lyretail Checkerboard results. Lots of people would say they are following has had a reputation as being a challenging but not the recommendations, but I have to wonder. There impossible species, similar to maculatus, but is are times when innovation is called for, and there are much more readily available. I figured this would many species still out there which are not so fully be a good starting point. Though I always had my understood, but there are also times when following a eyes on maculatus, filamentosus are beautiful fish in prescribed set of guidelines produces the best result. their own right. Thing is, I constantly see posts from If one takes a casual approach to reproducing what is other dwarf-cichlid keepers inquiring about how to 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 critical, and it might be just that that explains why people are successful in inducing D. filamentosus to they fail. When I set out to spawn D. filamentosus, I spawn and raise their own young. I had not originally given this much consideration and on my first attempt mainly relied upon the accounts given by Horst Linke and Dr. Wolfgang Staeck in their Tetra Press book I succeeded in spawning them repeatedly within a Dwarf Cichlids . It was, at the time, the best book I span of a couple months. I finally moved on, having had been able to lay my hands on. They gave detailed satisfied myself that the prescribed strategies would information not only about the natural habitat of work. Several years later, I found myself wishing I filamentosus, but also tried guidelines for successful could enjoy filamentosus again. spawns. They cautioned that success was not I guess I’ve been on a Dicrossus kick lately. It’s 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. I like 20 longs for my dwarfs, and this is what did manage to acquire a nice group of maculatus, I chose to set them up in. I decided to spare no as well as a newer species, D. sp. “Tapajos”. It just effort in reproducing the ideal environment for my seemed fitting, then, to revisit my first Dicrossus. The Lyretail is not really a hard species to obtain, and so it checkerboards. If, even under ideal conditions, success might be difficult, it didn’t make much sense to wasn’t long before I saw an opportunity come along that I decided to take advantage of. I picked up a group stray. I used a natural red flint sand for the substrate,


with some plantings of anubias, Wisteria, and Java Moss. Some nice pieces of driftwood added some structure. Very soft water, with a conductivity below 3ppm was called for, as well as a pH well below 6. I started with raw RO water, thinking it made the most sense to eliminate everything that I might not want, and then I could add back what was necessary. After filtering through peat for a few days, the RO water was added to the tank. This by itself only got me a pH of 6.5 though. It was good, clean water, so this is where I started. Based on some past experiences, I’ve found that often my dwarfs are triggered to spawn by a progression into ideal conditions, starting with a period of heavy feeding and conditioning in conditions that aren’t necessarily meant to induce spawning. Call it simulating a progression into the rainy season, if you will. I began by feeding several times a day with small amounts of brine shrimp, live blackworms, some bloodworms, and bbs. In my most recent efforts I’ve actually switched to red wigglers (E. foetida) instead of blackworms, but otherwise conditions and care 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

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 brine shrimp and really from there it was a simple matter of raising them up. They stayed with mom in the 20 long for over a month before I finally had to move them out. After this, more spawns came and I quickly accumulated a pile of checkerboard cichlids. So, didn’t that sound easy? Okay, so maybe not entirely. It wasn’t without effort. But truthfully, in the end, I found this to be a formulaic process. I used the recipe, and it worked. Once I had met the parameters, it just worked. I’ve had plenty of species that, despite following recommendations, I’ve had to struggle, or wait long periods, to get fry. It may be that a piece of the puzzle was/is still missing. Sometimes there just isn’t enough information available (those are good times to innovate). When there is, though, use it! Be precise. If you’re having trouble, look again, and make sure you’re following all of the directions on the box. If you’re not, then you really can’t blame the fish. On the other hand, if you are following everything, and it’s still not working...well, then, maybe I do have magic water.

May 008-Sept 008



May 008-Sept 008

Division A - Community
Aquatic Plant - Sponsored by Clark Orlaska

First Place Nymphoides sp. var Tiawan Shown by Clark Orlaska

Second Place Echinodorus “ozelot” (Ozelot Swordplant) Shown by Clark Orlaska

Third Place Anubias nana “petite” Shown by Dale Skiba

Characins - New World - Sponsored by Clark Orlaska

First Place Erythrinus sp. “red” (Red Wolf Fish) Shown by Zack Wilson

Second Place Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma (Bleeding Heart Tetra) Shown by Eric Logan

Third Place Pristella maxillaris Shown by Clark Orlaska

Cyprinid (Barbs)

First Place Puntius ticto (Ticto barb ) Shown by Bruce Cameroon

Second Place Puntius denisonni (Roseline Shark) Shown by Dave Stewart www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Puntius conchonius (Rosy barb) Shown by Amy Marvin


May 008-Sept 008

Division A - Community
Cyprinids (Danios & Any Other Varieties)

First Place Sawbwa resplendens Shown by Carter McAninch

Second Place Devario sondhii (Red Danio) Shown by Karen Bergem

Third Place Boraras brigittae Shown by Carter McAninch

Labyrinth Fish - Sponsored by Rachel Kahler

First Place: Betta albimarginata Shown by Milo Squires

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

First Place: Betta splendens (Red Cambodian Butterfly Doubletail) - Shown by Christina Allegree

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May 008-Sept 008

Division A - Community
Livebearers - Wild Type - Sponsored by Sue MacMillan

First Place Girardinus metallicus (Metallic livebearer ) Shown by Christina Allegree

Second Place Phalloceros caudimaculatus (Dusky millions fish ) Shown by Carter McAninch

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Livebearers - Aquarium strains - Sponsored by Christy Allegree

First Place Xiphophorus hellerii (Black & Orange Swordtail) Shown by Christina Allegree

Second Place Xiphophorus hellerii (Red Hifin Lyretail Swordtail) Shown by Christina Allegree

Third Place Xiphophorus hellerii (Red Sailfin Swordtail) Shown by Christina Allegree

Loaches & Their Allies

First Place Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki Shown by Eric Logan

Second Place Chromobotia macracanthus Shown by Bruce Cameroon www.mn-aquarium.org

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May 008-Sept 008

Division A - Community
Community Tank - Sponsored by Ken Balfanz

First Place Community Tank Shown by Dave Stewart

Second Place Community Tank Shown by Robert Fink

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Division B Catfish Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.
Catfish - All Loricariids - Sponsored by Winnipeg Fish Forum

First Place Panaque suttonorum (Blue Eyed Plecostomus) Shown by Karen Bergem

Second Place Hypancistrus inspector (L-201) Shown by Lenny Ancheta

Third Place Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps (sailfin pleco) Shown by Richard Bradbury



May 008-Sept 008

Division B Catfish Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.
Catfish - All Other Species

First Place Centromochius peruglae Shown by Mike Fries

Second Place Mochokiella paynei (paynes catfish) Shown by Carter McAninch

Third Place Synodontis petricola Shown by Dave Stewart

Division C - Killifish
Killifish - Aphysoemions

First Place Aphyosemion dargei, Mbam Shown by Milo Squires

Second Place Aphyosemion australe (Lyretail panchax) Shown by Margie Johnson www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Aphyosemion splendopleure, Tiko Shown by Milo Squires


May 008-Sept 008

Division C - Killifish
Killifish - Fundulopanchax

First Place Fundulopanchax puerzli, dibenni Shown by John Aldrich Jr.

Second Place Fundulopanchax spoorenbergi Shown by Jenny Kruckenberg

Third Place Fundulopanchax gardneri, Misaj Shown by Craig Rees

Killifish - Peat Spawners - Old & New World

First Place Moema ortegai,Puerto Maldonado Shown by John Aldrich Jr.

Second Place Nothobranchius foerschi Shown by Craig Rees

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Killifish - All Other Varieties

First Place Micropanchax macrophthalmus Shown by Milo Squires

Second Place Procatopus nototaenia Shown by Milo Squires www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Pseudepiplatys annulatus (Banded panchax) Shown by Carter McAninch


May 008-Sept 008

Division D: Cichlids: Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.
Cichlids - South American Excluding Dwarfs Sponsored by - Geokeeper

First Place Geophagus sp. altamara Shown by Steve Morrison

Second Place Geophagus brasiliensis Shown by Steve Morrison

Third Place Krobia sp xingu orange spot Shown by Steve Morrison

Cichlids - Central American Excluding Dwarfs

First Place Geophagus crassilabris (Panamanian eartheater) Shown by Steve Morrison

Second Place Thorichthys ellioti Shown by Steve Morrison

Third Place Herichthys carpintis (Pearlscale Cichlid) Shown by Ricq Pattay

Cichlids - New World Dwarf Cichlids

First Place Mikrogeophagus ramirezi (ram cichlid) Shown by Steve Morrison

Second Place Mikrogeophagus ramirezi (ram cichlid) Shown by Steve Morrison www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Mikrogeophagus ramirezi (ram cichlid) Shown by Steve Morrison


May 008-Sept 008

Division D: Cichlids: Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.
Cichlids: Lake Malawi Mbuna Excl. Dwarfs-Sponsored by Brent Massmann

First Place Maylandia zebra, Chilumba (Zebra mbuna) Shown by Bob Randall

Second Place Metriaclima sp. “Sunburst” Aurora group Shown by Bob Randall

Third Place Pseudotropheus sp. callinos (Cobalt Blue) Shown by Bob Randall

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

First Place Tramitichromis intermedius Shown by Bob Randall

Second Place Buccochromis lepturus (Slender Tail Hap) Shown by Bob Randall

Third Place Protomelas sp “thick lips”, Mbenji Shown by Bob Randall

Cichlids - Rift Lake Mouthbrooders Sponsored by Jason Swanson

First Place Petrochromis sp. “Texas” Shown by Bob Randall

Second Place Pundamilia sp. “crimson tide” Shown by Bob Randall www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Cyphotilapia frontosa, Burundi (Humphead cichlid) Shown by Dave Stewart 


May 008-Sept 008

Division D: Cichlids: Sponsored by Midwest Cichlid Assoc.
Cichlids-Old World Egg Layers Excl. Dwarfs-Sponsored by MCA-MN Chapter

First Place Pelmatochromis nigrifasciatus Shown by Dave Stewart

Second Place Altolamprologus calvus (Black Calvus) Shown by Dave Stewart

Third Place Neolamprologus pulcher Shown by Jenny Kruckenberg

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

First Place Pterophyllum scalare (Hybrid BlackCombtail Veiltail Angel) Shown by Steve Morrison

Second Place Pterophyllum scalare (Gold Marble Angelfish) Shown by Charles Hawks

Third Place Pterophyllum scalare (Gld Mrbl Ghost Combtail Veil Angel) Shown by Steve Morrison

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

First Place Symphysodon aequifasciatus (Checkerboard discus) Shown by Willie Loh

Second Place Symphysodon aequifasciatus (Checkerboard discus) Shown by Willie Loh www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Symphysodon aequifasciatus (Leopard Discus) Shown by Willie Loh


May 008-Sept 008

Division E - Odds and Ends
Rainbowfish - Sponsored by Australia New Guinea Fish Assoc.(ANGFA) of

First Place Glossolepis pseudoincisus (Millenuim Rainbowfish) Shown by Lenny Ancheta

Second Place Melanotaenia lacustris (Lake Kutubu rainbowfish ) Shown by Dave Stewart

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Brackish and Marine - Sponsored by Northernlightsaquatics.com

First Place Pseudochromis porphyreus (Strawberry Basslet) Shown by Becky Bachand

Second Place Cryptocentrus leptocephalus (Singapore Shrimp Goby) Shown by Robert Fink

Third Place Ecsenius bicolor (Bicolor blenny) Shown by Robert Fink

Goldfish and Koi - Aquarium Strains

First Place Carassius auratus (Crown Pearlscale Gold) Shown by Robert Galvin

Second Place Carpio carpio (Kohaku Koi) Shown by Robert Galvin www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Carassius auratus (Wakin Goldfish) Shown by Robert Galvin 


May 008-Sept 008

Division E - Odds and Ends
Any Other Variety Fish

First Place Tetradon nigrviridis (Green Spotted Puffer) Shown by Mike Fries

Second Place Chlamydogobius eremius (Desert goby ) Shown by Carter McAninch

Third Place Mastacembelus cryptacanthus Shown by Mike Fries

Family Breeder

First Place Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon ) Shown by Mike Fries

Second Place Betta sp. mahachai Shown by Tiffany Severson

Third Place Poecilia reticulata (Guppy ) Shown by Vince Meyer

Aquascape, emersed plants

First Place Aquascape, emersed plants (Mizu Boru No Amerikasugi) Shown by Dale Skiba

Second Place Aquascape, emersed plants (Rotala rotundifolia) Shown by Dale Skiba www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Aquascape, emersed plants (Anubias Nakajima) Shown by Dale Skiba


May 008-Sept 008

Division F - Creative
Aquascape, submersed plants

First Place Aquascape, submersed plants (Bright Tank) Shown by Dale Skiba

Second Place Aquascape, submersed plants (Fundulopanchex Prime) Shown by Dale Skiba

Third Place Aquascape, submersed plants (Orbis Recolligo Minor) Shown by Dale Skiba


First Place Artwork (Koi & Lily Quilt) Shown by Karen Bergem

Second Place Artwork (Decopage Purse) Shown by Karen Bergem

Second Place Artwork (Needlework Pillow) Shown by Karen Bergem

Photos and Slides

First Place Photo (Female Betta) Shown by Mike Harris

Second Place Photo (Rubber Lipped Pleco) Shown by Mike Harris www.mn-aquarium.org

Third Place Photo (Split Tail Betta) Shown by Mike Harris 


May 008-Sept 008

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


May 008-Sept 008

Best in Division C Killifish

Aphyosemion dargei, Mbam - Shown by Milo Squires

Best in Division D Cichlid

Geophagus sp. altamara - Shown by Steve Morrison


May 008-Sept 008

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


May 008-Sept 008

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


May 008-Sept 008

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