For the first time in five years I am headed for the A.K.A. National Convention very early tomorrow morning (about 4am) It is roughly a 10-11 hour drive so I expect to arrive sometime in the early/mid afternoon. This will be the first time I go to a convention without Dan Nielsen as my cohort since the early 1990s. My wife, Phyllis, will join me this year. I do appreciate someone riding along as I get older. It becomes more and more difficult to travel long distances and stay awake *laugh*. This from a man planning to drive to Florida next January. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a bit of collecting on that trip.
My last convention was in 2014. In a more serious vein, I have missed the conventions and I am looking forward to renewing old friendships and perhaps making a few new ones.
I have been working in my fish room over the winter and have added a few species of killies, but nothing is old enough to show this year. I hope to become more active that way before the next convention. I have roughly 50 tanks of various sizes set up and running, about 20 are currently occupied, so I hope to find a few pairs either in the Sale Room or the Auction that I can bring home and breed. In addition, I am looking for a male Riv. cryptocallus and a female Riv. derhami. If anyone has either or both, I would appreciate it if I could purchase them.
I do have a couple of the easier Nothos (foerschi & guentheri) breeding and have some peat I expect to hatch early this fall. I hope to begin selling some killies in the BNL next Spring. I do have a few fry coming up now, but I suspect it will be 2020 before they are large enough to sell (I don’t want to offer barely sexed out fish). Right now there is nothing rare – some Riv. tenuis, Epi. dageti Monrovia and a few Chr. bitaeniatum Lagos red. I have picked a few eggs from a newer Epiplatys (sp. Akio).