2018 Ultra Aqua Speaker – Pat Hartman

Pat Hartman

Program title:
“A Rookie Goes to Mexico—Part 2—NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour 2017”

Program Description:
Pat is active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and in February 2017 he made his second trip to Mexico as a part of the first-ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour. Pat will describe his experiences of sampling fish in native Mexican habitats, visiting the famed Fish Ark in Morelia, and viewing reintroduction efforts with Zoogoneticus tequila at Teuchitlan Springs.

Pat Hartman Bio:Pat Hartman has been keeping fish for over 40 years. Although not a founding member, he has been a member of the Southwestern Michigan Aquarium Society (SWMAS) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, since early 1979, and is active with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club (GVAC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the early 1980s, Pat developed a special interest in livebearing fishes and rapidly became involved with the American Livebearer Association (ALA) where he served in various capacities, including Chairman. Pat was honored by being named “Fellow of the ALA” in 2006. Pat is involved in most every aspect of the ALA, having won several major Show Awards at the ALA Convention, participates in the Species Maintenance Program, serves as auctioneer, and has successfully bred over 170 species of livebearers in the ALA Breeder’s Award Program. Today he specializes almost exclusively in wild species of livebearers.

Pat is active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and he made his first trip to Mexico in November 2014. During that 2014 trip, in conjunction with the 4th International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes and jointly with the Goodeid Working Group meeting, Pat visited the Fish Ark and collected Goodeids in the wild. He made his second trip to Mexico in February 2017 as a part of the First ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour.

May 11th 2018- Meeting Summary

Our May Meeting was a very entertaining one as Steve Brunn, along with some assists from Rich, Dave, and Ken told us all about what happened at the ALA Convention 2018 including presentations, speakers, collecting trips, shop hops, and even hotel room fish shopping! The next best thing to being there!

It looked like a weekend of great fun, and if you are interested in going next year, then mark those Calendars for May 23-26 2019 when the next ALA Convention will be hosted by Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers in Louisville KY.

We did have a smaller turnout than usual this month, but it was nice to see some faces that we hadn’t seen in awhile too!

We had 4 BAP spawns & 3 HAP propagations turned in, as well as several Donations from our speaker Steve Brunn that he had brought back from the convention. All were auctioned off, giving some of our members some great deals! 

Ray Weaver won our Doorprize of $15 Cash and another Mermaid!

Jeremy Harsh got our GreenPleco Plushie for the month.

Our Bowl Show Results were

May’s  Bowl Show

Rift Lake Cichlids
1st   – Jeff Plazak – Brichardi
2nd – Dave Williamson – Sunspot Brevis
3rd – Jeff Plazak -Leleupi

Sharks and Loaches
1st  – Dave Williamsonsidthimunki
2nd- Dave Williamson – Kuhli
3rd – Misty & Will White – Golden Dojo

Aquatic Invertebrates
1st   – Dave Williamson – Bee Shrimp
2nd – Dave Williamson – Dwarf Crayfish
3rd  – Bob Williams – White Crayfish

Our Refreshment table had Salsa and chips, Cakes, Cookies, Drinks and more while our Raffle table was loaded as usual with tanks, filters, Greenpleco plushies,  Bowl Show carriers, decor, food, and even a shrimp tee shirt! plus so much more!

Instead our usual meeting night will be setting up for the ULTRA AQUA SHOW!!  Anyone is welcome to come help set up at 7pm at the Tallmadge Community Center! 

Hope to see you there!

For the original meeting announcement including Steve Brunn’s Bio, Read below Continue reading “May 11th 2018- Meeting Summary”