June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

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June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby mewickham » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:12 pm

We have an all-time great speaker, this month-- all the way from St. Louis!

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Bio: Mike Hellweg

Mike has been fascinated by fishes all his life, and has had various fishes as pets since he could barely reach the top of the goldfish bowl. He has been successfully breeding and trading fish with local shops since he was nine years old. Over the past four decades plus he has specialized mainly in miniature fishes, and has had successful spawns from various miniature fishes totaling over 400 species from 32 families of fish. He is the top ranked breeder of all time in the Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. (MASI) Breeder's Award Program (BAP), and the top ranked aquatic horticulturist of all time in MASI’s Horticultural Award Program (HAP) with over 300 submissions from 50 families-- including more than a dozen by seed. He credits his success to large regular water changes, keeping live plants in every tank, and culturing and feeding an assortment of live foods daily, for feeding his breeding stock and for growing the fry of these diverse fish.

Mike has given nearly 300 talks to classes, clubs, groups and conventions all over the USA and Canada. He has documented many keeping and spawning successes in more than 250 articles published in hobby publications around the world, and has had two books published on live foods by TFH Publications.

Mike Hellweg has fish for sale!
Our speaker has fish for sale that he can bring to the meeting. This is mostly stuff that you won't find in stores. Check out the list here:
http://nwaas.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3804
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby mewickham » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:16 am

Our speaker has fish for sale that he can bring to the meeting. This is mostly stuff that you won't find in stores. Check out the list here:
http://nwaas.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3804
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby sskruzr » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:51 pm

FIRST TIME EVER!!!
We will be having dinner at AQ Chicken in Springdale on Saturday at or about 5:30.
And here's the first time ever.
THE CLUB IS PAYING FOR EVERYONES' DINNER.
Of course there'a hitch, you have to be a paid member.
I am sure Mike will chime in with a few other tidbits like the address.
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby mewickham » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:53 pm

The address is:
AQ Chicken House
1207 N Thompson St
Springdale, AR 72764
(479) 751-4633
I'd post a link to their website, but Norton is flagging it as dangerous. Someone must have hacked it. So I can't tell you what's on their menu besides chicken.

Please post if you plan to attend, so that we can reserve the appropriate size/number of tables.

Our guest speaker, master breeder, and author, Mike Hellweg, will be there, too. Come help make him feel welcome!
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby mewickham » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:55 pm

Sharon and I plan to attend.
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby tboy » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:42 pm

Is this open only to paid members? I understand the supper is for paid members, but I was wondering about the speech and to buy fish.
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby JesusSqueesus » Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:58 pm

Ashley and I will be there for the dinner and meeting.
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby sskruzr » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:51 pm

tboy wrote:Is this open only to paid members? I understand the supper is for paid members, but I was wondering about the speech and to buy fish.


Anyone is welcome to join the dinner, if not a paid member, you'd have to pay for your meal.
The public is encouraged to come to the meeting. Mike gives a great program and it's free.
If you would like some fish, post what you want here and plan on picking them up at the meeting. I need to have all orders by noon Friday.
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby sskruzr » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:53 pm

I will be at the dinner
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby JoanneDisFan » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:24 pm

I plan to be at the dinner.
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby mewickham » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:51 pm

It was an AWESOME presentation, tonight-- perhaps the best ever given to the club! The talk was fast-paced and never boring. Mike Hellweg let us in on many secrets of fish-breeding, and it was easy to see why he is one of the top fish breeders in the world. Nice job, Mike!
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby sskruzr » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:20 am

mewickham wrote:It was an AWESOME presentation, tonight-- perhaps the best ever given to the club! The talk was fast-paced and never boring. Mike Hellweg let us in on many secrets of fish-breeding, and it was easy to see why he is one of the top fish breeders in the world. Nice job, Mike!


Ditto Mike. I for one took away tips on breeding a couple of my corydoras species that I have been struggling with.
We should probably think about having Mike back again next year for another talk.
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Re: June 2016: Adventures in Breeding (Mike Hellweg!)

Postby sskruzr » Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:26 pm

For those of you that enjoyed Mike's talk Saturday will be happy to know I just booked him for September 2017. Program to be determined.
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