This year’s AKA Convention was well run and the Columbus club really worked hard and did a great job. Congrats folks!
I think my only real disappointment this year was the number of entries in both the Fish Sale Room and the Fish Show. I don’t know the exact number in either, but there was no doubt the entries in both were lower than I can remember in the past. We, the hobbyists, really have to work harder for next year’s convention. While no one knows what will happen in a year, I know I have committed to bringing as many pairs for the show as possible and definitely want to have at least 20 pairs for the sale room. Now admittedly, a million things can change that wish list, but I have a year to accomplish both.
Heinz Ott definitely brought some great fish for the “New & Rare’ class. Prices went well over $300 for several pair of A. maculatum, herzogi, and mimbon. It was almost scary as the bids from Charles McLamb and Tom Dean kept going higher and higher.
In terms of the show, I was disappointed in the annuals, both Africa and South American. Both were very small classes and there was nothing of real note in either. I did come away with some N. rubripinnis, but that was it.
The main reason I love to go to the National Convention is the opportunity to spend time with old friends and make a few new ones. I was very successful in both pastimes this year and got to know Sarah Walker a bit. She was fun to chat with and has lots of great ideas to enhance the AKA. She is already doing that with the Killifish Lounge on facebook.