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Mar 152019

Yesterday I had the pleasure to speak at the Tropical Fish Club of Burlington (VT) and it was a great time.  I want to thank the warm and knowledgeable hobbyists for inviting me to talk about killies.  I think at least a couple came away with an interest in trying out the fish – demonstrated by the prices the two pairs I donated took in at auction.

The founders of the club, Dave and Jeanine Banks invited my wife and I out to dinner before the meeting. We hit a ‘Thai’ restaurant and really enjoyed the food.

TFCB is planning a 30th anniversary convention in early June and we look forward to taking part in the event.  I suggest that if you can make it – do so.  The info is on the web and can be found by going to https://www.tfcb.org/30th-anniversary/


 March 15, 2019  NEWS & INFORMATION No Responses »
Mar 082019

I am scheduled to speak at the Tropical Fish Club of Burlington (TFCB) next Thursday – March 14th – and I am looking forward to it immensely.  I am in the process of building a brand new program designed for new and intermediate killiekeepers – A how-to program.  I am going to focus on a couple different ways of breeding mop spawners, but to be honest, you know I have to stick something about annuals in there.

For the first time in years, I am planning a couple trips to shows – the NEC annual convention and the AKA National show.  I’ve missed several years of both – mostly because after my heart attack and the after affects, I stopped keeping fish except for a couple display tanks in my living room (which are now empty due to old fish dying off).

Once UNYKA reformed last year, I could feel my desire to breed killies come roaring back and I have now a few things going, but very little reproducing yet.

I began working on a redesign of the fish room this morning.  While there are still easily a hundred tanks down there that all I need to do is clean, I decided I wanted to move several 10-gallon tanks to a higher level and move the 5s elsewhere.  Of course to make this work I need to go get some 14-in wide planks that go across the sitting 10-inch wide 2x4s that held the 5s.  This is so I can slide the 10s out from beneath the level above or I won’t be able to get into the tanks.  Oh well – its only a 10 minute drive.

What I really want to do is breed Nothos in the 10s and my mopspawners in the 5s against the back wall.  (I know no one really knows what my fish room looks like but …) In the pic to the right, you can see a 10 set up the way I want it and several 5s before it.  I want to replace the 5s with three 10s.  After that I can work on some other sections.  Of course I do need some fish.

What I really need to do is revise my blower system.  I’v been using a varierty of pumps for some time now, but I have a perfectly fine 1/8 hp blower sitting idles.  I need to take the time to install 2-inch PVC pipes around the entire room and then hook the filters to that system.  I have everything I need except the pipe.  I guess I need to head to Home Depot very soon.   I suppose I will need a bunch of new plastic tubing also.

Sadly, amongst my fish I have several singles which I will need to grab partners for.  Maybe with a bit of luck I will find them at one of the shows before I have to start begging.  I am mainly after Rivulus and annuals.  I might do a couple popular species (gardneri, etc.) to sell in the BNL simce there does not seem to be much activity there anymore.

Feb 282019

FEB. 28, 2019 – For some reason, I decided to take a look at KillieNutz today and see what I needed to do.  Obviously a lot.  I have been slacking off and I know it.  It has always been my hope to provide the best possible killifish website possible, but sometimes I just seem to drift off in other directions.  While I still have my fish room, it is not overly active – yes I have fish, but am not actively breeding them.  I hope this will change this Winter and Spring.  I am planning on going to a few shows this year including the AKA National, probably NEC and the Killie Klash.  Be nice to bring back a few pairs to add to what I have right now.

Anyway …

At this time, my plans are to reorganize the current design of the “Species Database” and bring everything up to date.  I need to make this area easy to navigate and provide as much information as I can for each section and ultimately each species.  Reality of this is simple.  It will take time and serious effort.  One of my weaknesses is a limitation of photographs.  If you wish to provide some sics, please feel free.  I will give complete credit to the photographer.

Hopefully, between the website and my future books, I will be able to obtain a serious library for your use.

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Feb 232019

FEB. 23, 2019 – Upstate New York Killifish Association has scheduled its first meeting of 2019 for March 3rd at Casa Too Mucha in Utica, NY.  The meeting is scheduled to start at Noon.  Attendees will purchase their own food/drinks.


13 Genesee St
New Hartford
NY 13413

Members of the club will be discussing several topics including the upcoming conventions for the Northeast Council and the American Killifish Association.  

Anyone interested in Killifish (or the tropical fish hobby) is welcome at the meeting.


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Jan 212019

JANUARY 21, 2019 – Its the dead of Winter and of course UNYKA is not holding any meetings until late March because of the weather up here in the cold North Country and Upstate NY.  However!  We are planning for the rest of 2019 with several ideas being seriously bandied about.

Believe it or not, we are actually talking about an online meeting using some sort of conferencing software – Skype, etc.  The idea is to talk about our plans and try to come up with a great first 2019 meeting.  Plans are still to meet regularly in Utica, NY at the Casa Too Mucha restaurant.  Len & Mary are also planning another ‘Killie BBQ” at their farm for sometime in the Spring or Summer.  Last year we were able to a bit of sampling of the fish nearby and came up with a number of interesting species ranging from Darters to Dace.  No killies that time.

Now for the BIG NEWS!

While we are not going to go back to the original format for NEW (Northeast Weekend), we are discussing a social get together and auction sometime in the second half of 2019.  Essentially our plan is for a Saturday evening with pizza (or something) and beer and the an auction on Sunday.  Currently we have no plans for speakers or anything of that nature.  Its meant more to be a time of socializing with friends from around the North East.

 January 21, 2019  NEWS & INFORMATION No Responses »
Jan 182019

… if I will ever be able to really keep killies again.

There is no doubt I truly enjoy keeping fish and like to work with them, but unfortunately it is becoming more and more difficult to make the effort because of my legs.  Sadly I can’t stand for more than 5 minutes with my calf(s) becoming very painful.  It’s not exactly cramping, but much more like shin splints (if you have ever had them) and a burning ache.  I literally have to sit with my legs up for 5-10 minutes for the pain to subside. It is very frustrating in many aspects of my life – for example, I cannot walk around Walmart, I have to use a scooter.

Sadly, I still go down to the fishroom in my basement and look at the many empty tanks (yes I do have a few fish) and wish they were full of breeding pairs (or sometimes some dwarf Cichlids and Livebearers.

Despite all of this, I am planning a few show trips in 2019 – the AKA National Convention is #1 and a week later, a trip the the Tropical Fish Club of Burlington (Vt) 50th anniversary convention.  I expect to return to the KillieKlash in Pennsylvania in the fall.  Outside that, I really am not sure.  I wish I could have some fish to take with me to support the shows, but for the past couple of years its been very difficult to even care for the fish I have, much less breed them in numbers to take with me.  But who knows, maybe I will start taking pain meds or something that will allow me to do the work.

I still have the same fantasies about my hobby – to breed difficult fish in decent numbers to provide them to the hobby.  I still look at large buildings for sale and imagine building a real facility where I could work with endangered species in an effort to maintain them until they could be returned to the wild (among other things).  I’m not really in it for money, but simply for my joy of doing something of value for this hobby.  At one point I considered a ‘Go Fund Me’ page to build up the available money to invest in that project until it reached the point where government grants could become available.  But the truth has become much more realistic the past few years – I don’t have the energy to the necessary work.  Heck I’d even go on that silly show where millionaires fund projects and see if I could convince them to advance me a few dollars.  Truth is, none of this is likely to happen, but its a nice fantasy (just like being able to go to Africa or South America and collect).

Now I mostly enjoy getting together with other hobbyists and shooting the $h1t.

Sorry if this is a bit of a downer, but sometimes its just helpful to whine a little and then pour a glass of wine.

Aug 042018

Upstate New York Killifish Association will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, Aug. 5th at noon in the Casa Too Mucha restaurant in New Hartford NY. (13 Genesee Street).  Meals are purchased from the restaurant.  This is be an open discussion meeting with a focus on plans for the upcoming Keystone Class in Pennsylvania.  There will be several pairs of killies purchased for the auction for this meeting including Aus. nigripinnis, Chrom. biv. Lagos Red, Chrom. splendopleure and N. fuscotaeniatus.

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Jul 032018
What Are You Looking For in a Killie Website?

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 killienutz@killienutz.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. Join the forum discussion on this post