CCAC May 5th 2016 Meeting – Mike Helwig

May 5th 2016 Speaker Mike Helwig – Bio


I have been a hobbyist since the early 1970’s. Livebearers have been and still are my favorite group of fishes, and I’ve kept and bred more species of Livebearers than any other group of fishes. Several of my larger tanks are devoted to long-term colonies of Wild Livebearers. I’ve been a member of the ALA since I found out about it in the early 1990s.

Fancy Livebearers were the first fishes I submitted to my club’s BAP, and I still work with them. Since then, I’ve also worked with and successfully spawned over 125 Livebearing species, including dozens of Poeciliids, most of the known Goodeids, several Halfbeaks, a couple of Jenynsia, and a couple of Syngnanthiids. I recently earned the ALA Century Breeder Award...

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CCAC April 7th 2016 Meeting – Jeremy Basch

April 7th 2016 Speaker Jeremy Basch – Bio

392452_10150834095600520_1618726234_nJeremy Basch lives in Columbus, OH but is originally from Westlake, Cleveland, OH. He started keeping fish around 22 years ago when his father took him to a pet shop. At around 16 Jeremy started working at one of the local fish stores and started to acquire various sized aquariums and fish. He became hooked.

This continued until 2004 when he setup his first fishroom. Currently Jeremy is on his third modified fishroom design which now contains 100+ aquariums ranging in size from 2.5 to 150 gallons. Over the years, he has bred over 40 species of fish including many cichlids, catfish, rainbows, killifish, livebearers and invertebrates...

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CCAC March 3rd 2016 Meeting – Art Parola

March Guest Speaker

Art ParolaArt Parola’s interest in wildlife was sparked at an early age. At less than a year old, while accompanying his father on sabbatical in Australia, he attempted to swim out of a bottomless boat to explore the Great Barrier Reef below.  He spent his childhood tromping through the streams, woods, and fields of Kentucky and Pennsylvania, attempted to catch anything that slithered, crawled, or swam. At age 8, he got his first tropical aquarium after a small science experiment involving brine shrimp went array. A little less than a year later a rogue dwarf pufferfish started the proliferation of aquariums in his parents’ basement that never really ended until he left for college...

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