January 2009


For general info on the GFSA publication, The Goldfish Report, and specific instructions for authors, take a look here. This page is updated as information is provided to the Webmaster.

If you have let your membership lapse or have been thinking about joining the GFSA, now is a great time - here is a form you can print. To submit material for the Goldfish Report to our editor, please see the updated society contact info. Articles and photos in electronic form are particularly appreciated.

The current line-up of people filling the GFSA offices is on the society officers page. The GFSA Board of Directors continues 2009 with a focus on ensuring that the society is undertaking activities and providing services that our members want. Tell us if there is something you really want (even better, volunteer to help us do it).

Interested in joining the GFSA but still not sure? We have two sample Goldfish Reports available to download, to demonstrate that every issue is packed with thought provoking information and pictures available nowhere else. We are also promoting an electronic membership option that significantly lowers the cost of membership! Only $10US gets you a year of informative, timely color issues of the GFSA's Goldfish Report, sent directly to your email inbox.

Lessons Learned "Quick Hits"

We are soliciting short lessons-learned from hobbyists: events that possibly left you sadder, but measurably wiser. Have a good one? Please send it to the  .

Do you buy bulk bags of fish pellets or make your own gel food? Here are two "zip-lock" hints for long term storage. For the pelleted foods, many of the 1 kg and up sizes come in nitrogen purged bags with resealable openings. This is great, since the food keeps well until opened and then once opened it can be resealed and stored in the freezer. The typical approach is to transfer 2 weeks worth of food from the main bag to a smaller air tight container that is kept at room temperature and used for daily feeding. Here is the tip: when you take the big bag from the freezer, before you open it, use the palms of your hands to warm both sides of the zip lock closure. The plastic used for the closure seal can become very stiff in a deep freeze and may actually break or separate from the bag if you try pull it open before warming it a bit. Also, when you retrieve the daily food container supply from the big bag, don't leave the big bag sitting out open. Squeeze out the extra air, seal it up and get it back in the freezer before significant condensation starts collecting on the cold pellets.

For homemade gel food, typically you want to cool the mixture and then freeze it in 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick pieces for easy feeding when defrosted. Rob Crosby pointed out to me that you could just measure the appropriate amount of warm gel food mixture into a Ziplock-style bag, squeeze out the air, seal it up and then lay it flat in the freezer. It will flatten out and freeze. The bag can be opened and chunks broken off to use (but follow the recommendation above on warming the seal). Using this approach results in much less freezer burn from long-term storage.