November 2006


We are still doing the 2006 goldfish breeders' survey, in an effort to compile a list of the (primarily) North American hobbyists involved in goldfish breeding. If you currently breed goldfish or have significant past breeding experience, please fill out our brief survey. Thanks!

The show season is wrapping up, with the GFSA having furnished judges to many of the significant goldfish shows in 2006. Two events also had GFSA meetings and sponsored seminars. This represents significant progress in presenting a more public face.

The September and October Goldfish Report is out, with proposed standards for Ryukin and Oranda, plus lots of other good stuff. For info and updates on the Goldfish Report, take a look here for info from the editor on upcoming issues of the Goldfish Report and the publication schedule.

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 kicked off 2006 with a renewed effort to ensure 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.

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  . Here is a brief diatribe from the Webmaster:

The wonders of duckweed (Lemna minor primarily here in the US). Much like peas, duckweed is a good source of roughage for goldfish that can help avoid or manage floatation problems. You can grow it outside in a container or in a modest sized aquarium under lights. A handful placed periodically in an aquarium with goldfish will soon be recognized as a delicacy and avidly consumed.