Several years ago I took this picture at an AKA or NEW convention, but for some silly reason I did not document the species. Does anyone recognize it?
I have been staring at KillieNutz Online for some time now and wondering what I could/should do to make it an active site that people make a regular stop on their internet travels. At one time several years ago, KillieNutz was a very active website. Now it is rarely visited.
I came to the realization, the best way to do this is to ask. So what would excite you enough to visit KillieNutz regularly? Please let me know either here as a comment or send me and email at email@example.com .
Some things I am implementing starting today include:
AKA/Killie Clubs News (including international groups. (I could sure use some help with people sending me what is going on anywhere.)
Daily checks on new species/name changes.
An ongoing review of available killies in the hobby.
Regular updates to all species of killifish. (This takes time to prepare and put online.)
Forums that are active (That is up to you – join KillieNutz and post away)
Please make suggestions as to what I can do to make KillieNutz the one place you want to check out regularly.
I will appreciate any assistance.
The next meeting of Upstate New York Killifish Association is set for July 8th in the Utica, NY region. We will be meeting at Noon in our regular spot: Casa Too Mucha, 13 Genesee St, New Hartford, NY. Members are responsible for their own meals (via the restaurant’s menu). There will be a program and an auction at this meeting.
UNYKA held its first meeting since May to begin the process of fully reactivating the club by appointing officers to oversee the group. Several topics of discussion were brought forward.
Dr. Dan Nielsen was appointed as President.
Len Futterman accepted the post of Interim Vice President
Mary Teelin became the Secretary for UNYKA
Scott Schlueter is now the Treasurer.
Tom Grady was appointed to run the website and act as correspondence secretary.
The club is now in the process of creating a new set of Bylaws and will be applying for an EIN and 401c Tax Exempt status. Scott Schlueter is in charge of the process.
Dues have been set at $15 per person or $18. for a family.
UNYKA will meet on the first Sunday of each month unless otherwise designated (holidays, etc.) except for December through March. The next meeting is July 1st at Casa Too Mucha in New Hartford NY (Utica)
Step 2 of reopnening my fishroom is happening today.
My local heating providers are coming in to install a natural gas heating system into my fish-room (basement) which should save me a ton of money from the past use of electric heaters. We added a gas furnace last summer for the house and saved a ton of money over fuel oil and electric, bot of which we tried. It will probably be the first time since I bought this house I will feel good about the way the area is kept warm during the winter. Over the past several years, I have lost a number of fish to power outages and simply inconsistent heating of the room. This system should take care of the heating quite well.
Wish me well!
It’s only been a couple weeks since we last met, but Upstate NY Killifish Association is scheduled to meet this Sunday (June 3rd) at noon in the Casa Too Mucha, 13 Genesee St, New Hartford, NY. This is a popular Tex Mex place where we can hold our regular meetings for the next few months.
The business part of the meeting should be short since we met a couple weeks ago.
There will be a program on New Killies in the Hobby. We also plan to have an auction, so feel free to bring any fish, plants, what have you.
For whatever it is worth, I’ve put in a few more hours working on my fish room and I am now ready to add a few killies.
Essentially, I have my brine shrimp hatcheries up and running, about 20 tanks cleaned and filled with fresh water and my work bench (egg trays etc,) ready to go. It takes me a little time to do this stuff now. I need to sit for a few minutes after each task is accomplished. It’s probably in part my legs hurt because of cardiac insufficiency – its like when you run and the legs become fatigued. I know that the heart itself is fine, but there are some issues with the blood vessels – mainly partial blockages. So my only excuse is to whine and push on as best I can. I’m just lucky that diabetic neuropathy hasn’t set in enough to cause problems with me feet.
Currently I am planning on seeing what’s available at the UNYKA meeting as a start, then I will spend some time on Aquabid and hopefully the AKA BNL will start having a few more fish available with better weather.
Unfortunately I won’t be available for the AKA Convention as much as I would like to attend. It’s been a few years, but this year things just won;t work out with some other obligations I have. I am not sure where it will be next year, but I am hoping things work out then. I expect to go to the KKG/Chesapeake Show in Pennsylvania this fall. It would be nice to see old friends again.
Yes, I am making some changes in the overall operation of KillieNutz Online. I have done this a few times over the years, but I think this time I have some ideas that should make navigation easier for most users and a bit more interesting. One of the things I enjoy is compiling information mainly for my own use, but there is no reason not to share what I come across. Some of it is information about new species, breeding techniques, killifish care and the overall hobby. But I also like some other fish outside the killie hobby. I may very well start adding sections about those.
Anyway, I just wanted my friends and users to know I am actively playing with both my fish and my website again.
I don’t know if it is the nice weather or just the infection taking over again, but I spent time in my fish room today and did some work to get it back up and in shape. Strangely, I found a healthy female Notho (guentheri I suspect) swimming in one of the tanks. She was just a little skinny, but I have no idea how she survived since I really haven’t done anything for many months. It’s not that I had many fish over the past few years, but I completely ignored the hobby over the winter and well back into the fall. Much as I hate whining, my legs simply were not well and climbing the stairs and standing long enough to care for the fish was exceedingly difficult. Fortunately, my E. annulatus and lampeyes are in the living room and they take dry food readily.
So the last couple of days have been strange. Actually got outside and did some yard work and somehow my legs seem somewhat stronger lately. So down into the basement I went. It actually is not in bad shape. Yes the tanks are mostly dried out (those without a cover), but the covered ones were fine. I actually have some java moss doing fine in one, so I guess I have a starter culture for that. I started a brine shrimp hatcher in order to give the female Notho some live food and also spread some into the upstairs tank and make the E. annulatus happy. We’ll see how long this older BBS eggs take to hatch and what percentage of hatch I get.
What am I going to do? I am still a bit unsure of my plans – both whether or when we are moving to Florida as well as how my body holds up. It drives me a bit insane not working with Nothos and I really would like to add some SA annuals too, but do I want to risk ignoring them in a month or two … I just don’t know yet. Some days I want to jump in feet first and run 200 tanks again and other days I consider that idea insane. Realistically, I suspect a few tanks with some easier fish is probably the way to start again.
UNYKA is meeting this coming weekend for the first time in a couple of years. I think I will see how it goes before I add any fish to the room.
Anyway … stay tuned. I will let you know what’s going on.
The get-together will be at Frankie’s Pizza on Route 8 (center of downtown, diagonally across from ‘Stewart’s Gas Station’in New Berlin at noon. Attendees may purchase food from the restaurant. The plans are to discuss the reformation of the club, meeting plans and hold a small auction along with general killie chat. Anyone (or not) in upstate NY is welcome to attend.