Thursday 1st July was another lovely summer’s evening and about a dozen members came along.
John reviewed The Union of Scottish Aquarists annual Open Show and auction which took place last Sunday 27th June. Details are on the USA website.
There was a good showing by club members with first places in several classes awarded to Susan Rennie, Graham Ramsay and Wilma Alma. John Reid, Susan Rennie and Graham Ramsay showed breeder’s teams and first-time bred certificates were awarded to Graham Ramsay for Scleromystax sp. C112 and Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi; and to John Reid for Barbus candens.
John has received more new books for the library and Ian added them into the register. The library now has an excellent selection of books on a range of fish-keeping topics.
Jean has organised a subscription to Practical Fishkeeping magazine and the first magazine is now in the library. A subscription gift will be used as a prize at the Fair City Aquarist Society Open Show this September.
Graham Geddes will organise a show pack for the FCAS Open Show.
Tee-shirts, polo shirts, sweat shirts and caps are available with the club logo. See John Reid if you want any of these items.
It was “Bring a fish” night. Basically a fishy “Show and tell”.
John Reid – John brought in a trio of Corydoras sodalis.
This species is not commonly seen for sale and is notable for the variability of the reticulated markings. It’s often confused with C. reticulatus but it lacks the dark spot on the dorsal fin of that species. This is one of the corydoras that represents a real challenge to hobbyist breeders with very few breeding successes recorded.
Ian Sinclair – Ian has a passion for live-bearing fishes and brought along one of his rare swordtails, Xiphophorous nigrensis.
This species is one of three members of the pygmy swordtail clade, the others being X. pygmaeus and X. multilineatus. It is best kept in a multi-generation species colony. Like all swordtails and platies it hails from Mexico.
Davie Melville – Davie brought in a nice cichlid, Geophagus steindachneri (formerly known as G. hondae).
This is a mouth-brooding cichlid from Colombia and Venezuela. Like all Geophagus cichlids they dig in the substrate and sift through it for food. Geophagus means earth eater. The males of this species develop significant nuchal humps as they mature from which they get their common name of red-hump earth-eater.
Jean Symington – Jean brought in a rosy barb (Puntius conchonius).
The rosy barb is a popular aquarium fish that is peaceful and lively. It is a medium-sized barb getting to about 7cm or so. It’s great for a medium or large-sized aquarium and is very hardy. Jean’s fish was very lively which made it difficult to photograph.
Eric Jones – Eric brought a fish he’d caught locally – a male three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Sticklebacks are commonly found in still and slow-running waters throughout the UK. Many a life-long interest in fish has been started by the catching of one of these little beauties. Stickleback males build nests and drive a female into it to spawn. The male then fertilises and guards the eggs and fry. This species has been used by scientists to study animal behaviour (ethology), in particular the famous ethologist – Niko Tinbergen.
Ian Moncur – Ian brought perhaps the most unusual creature of the evening. A pair of axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum).
Axolotls are fascinating amphibians that are found in parts of Mexico where they are given the name of “river dogs”. Ian fed them with some mealworms and when they were snapping at the worms they did indeed look very dog-like. Axolotls are fully aquatic and have evolved to be sexually mature before their metamorphosis is complete. A condition known as neoteny.
Graham Ramsay – Graham’s contribution was a new danio, Danio tinwini.
As this meeting was sandwiched between the USA auction and the WLAS auction there were no fish offered for sale.
Thursday 15th July when a DVD will be shown. Subject to be chosen by John Reid.