July 7th 2016 Speaker Brian Zimmerman – Bio
I have been interested in North American Native Fish for almost my whole life. My father has photos of me playing in a stream when I was 2 years old. My parents got me interested in reading by getting me fish books because I had no interest in reading otherwise. By the time I was in middle school I knew I wanted to work with fish and by high school it was definitely natives. While still in high school I began breeding fish in aquariums and built a 1/4 acre wetland just to breed my own grass pickerel in my parents backyard. I then went to college at Heidelberg University in Tiffin Ohio where I double majored in water resources and environmental biology...Read More
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...Read More