Programs given by Emilie Myatt for GAAS…
– September 9 2017 – “You Sure Axolotl Questions”
Emilie Myatt & Hog and Lotl Breeder’s Biography
I grew up fishing and always had interest in aquatic critters. I have been keeping aquariums since second grade, started with wild caught baby largemouth bass and eventually upgraded to a tropical community tank. When I went off to college to get a degree in Biology (conservation), I wanted to work for ODNR division of wildlife. I could only keep a 10-gallon tank in my dorm room… so I snuck in a 20-gallon. I worked for Two Turtles Pet Center in Akron during college and that is how I originally found axolotls. They had gotten in a few from the Akron Zoo and I just fell in love with them. I got one for my 20-gallon tank, which already wasn’t allowed, but my Resident Assistant took my word when I said it was a 10-gallon tank. He was cool with my “Mexican walking fish,” emphasis on the fish, as amphibians were not allowed. I almost never came home with a paycheck, only fish supplies. I eventually left Two Turtles and started working an internship at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium which helped me build upon my knowledge of aquarium care. I have an Associates of Science from the University of Akron and will be continuing my education by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Kent. I now work at a chemical company called Scott Bader as a Laboratory Technician, which is kind of the opposite of what I wanted to do — but I enjoy science in general. I joined G.A.A.S. not too long ago in September 2017 and it has been nothing but a wonderful experience! With so many people with similar interests coming together to share knowledge on the hobby, I have found my people. I have learned so much about keeping aquatic critters from the meetings. I have been keeping axolotls for almost five years now, although I don’t keep axolotls exclusively. I currently have 6 community tanks and my favorite fish is a clown loach. I am very excited to own my own house so I can apply my knowledge to a fish room I can be proud of!