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A Walk Through of an Amazing Fish House- February Meeting

February 14, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM PST

Rusty will Be our speaker,  This will be online through  zoom. If You would Like the link messages GPASPDX@gmail.com.

Rusty maintains over 8000 gallons of freshwater aquariums in a state of the art fish house constructed
specifically for fish.  The 90 plus aquariums predominantly contain cichlids and livebearers, which he
successfully raise and breeds. Rusty's specialty is Central American fishes. He has taken his hobby to a
point where he has successfully collected fish from the countries of Africa, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba,
Guatemala, Honduras, Panama , Mexico and Uruguay, from 1983 to the present, for over 150 trips to this
date. Considered by many to be the ultimate collector, he has introduced many new species of fish to the
aquarium hobby. If it lives in the water, chances are that Rusty has either caught it or been bit or stung by
it. Dr. Robert Rush Miller, emeritus professor of the University of Michigan named a beautiful and elusive
cichlid discovered during one of his expeditions to Honduras, after Rusty in the June 1996 edition of
Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine, Theraps wesseli.
Rusty is as well a prolific author and photographer, his writings or photographs have appeared in a wide
distribution of specialized publications, like Aquarium Fish Magazine, Aquarist and Pondkeeper,
Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlid News, Ad Konings' Cichlids yearbooks, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium
and Tropical Fish Hobbyist.
In the organized hobby, Rusty is currently the "Back issue Sales Person" for the American Cichlid
Association and a speaker participant for the ACA/Zoo Med Speaker's Program. He is past chair of the
ACA board of trustees (1990) and past convention chair (1992 and 2015). In addition, he is an active
solicitor for the "Guy Jordan Endowment Fund" (A fund set up under the ACA to grant endowments for
cichlid research).
Rusty also chaired the American Livebearer Convention in 2018 with the highest profit on record for this
event. On the local level, he is currently treasurer for the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers. Rusty has
been awarded with the greatest honor the American Cichlid Association gives to its distinguished
members, the ACA fellowship in 1997.
Rusty has lectured and judged numerous fish shows throughout the United States, including the annual
"Florida Tropical Fish Farmers" show and several ACA conventions.


February 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM PST

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