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Jun 072018
 

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)

Jun 012018
 

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!

May 312018
 

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.

May 142018
 

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.

 

May 092018
 

Upstate NY Killifish Association will be holding a meeting on Sunday, May 20th in New Berlin NY.

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.

May 082018
 

I just thought some of you would be interested to learn I am working on the second volume of The Killifish Encyclopedia.

This volume will be focused on African Annuals. (Gee … A on the list)

I am currently looking for photographs for the majority of species and will provide a list of what I need.  Any photographer whose pictures are used will receive a free copy of the book as a thank you, but since the sales numbers of a limited book like this are so low, I cannot afford to pay for each photo.  I am seeking many species that I can photograph myself.

 

Feb 232018
 

Maybe its the drugs I am taking for my ‘cold’ or maybe the winter doldrums are getting to me, but as I sit here, I realize how much I miss keeping killies.

Now there are valid reasons why I cannot do what I used to do – take care of upwards of 200 tanks of fish and Yes I do still have a tank of killies – a community tank in my living room which allows me to use dry foods to feed my E. annulatus, A. biv lagos red and Aplo. normanni, it’s just not the same as going down to the fish room, picking eggs, culturing live foods and raising fry.  Nope they are not reproducing in the community setting, or at least the fry are being devoured before I see them.

Since my heart attacks and subsequent surgery, my energy levels remain low to non-existent.  Maybe for a couple hours a day, early in the morning, I feel well enough to accomplish something, so I have focused on my writing and webdesign.  Yes, I just returned from a cruise and stop at WDW and I pushed myself pretty hard.  Still it has taken me several days to recover at all from the effort.  My body still aches and my legs are fatigued and hurt most of the time.  I really am not a complainer, but when I think of the fish room, it saddens me that I don’t have the energy to do the work necessary.

I also miss the connections I had through UNYKA (Upstate NY Killifish Assc.)  We really need to have a reformation meeting to find out just who is serious about continuing the club.  I firmly believe the social aspect of the hobby is what keeps it fresh.

I admit, I have ignored Killienutz website for awhile now.  I do need to get back to work on it.

Well, so much for my whining for now!

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Oct 312017
 

I just wanted to let everyone know how much I enjoyed getting together with the Burlington VT group again.  I even came home with some fish (A pair of guppies and a pair of Chrom. bitaeniatum Lagos red.  I nabbed a few plants also.

It was great to spend a little time with Mike Echt and Carlos Pereya from UNYKA.  We had a chance to talk about getting together soon.

Thanks Dave, Jeanine and the rest of the hard workers of TFCB.

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Oct 292017
 

Well,  I am off to the first auction I have been to in several years – in particular a general fish club one.  I am primarily looking for plants, perhaps a pair or two of killies and maybe something that catches my attention – guppies, odd livebearers or who knows what.  It will be good to see a few old friends and generally chat fish.  I am bringing a few copies of The Killifish Encyclopedia to donate to their auction and perhaps sell.