March 2005


March: in like a lion? Out like a lamb? The northeast US is looking at new snow on 3/1, so at least the first part is true. May be also for 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 editor Matt Lyon, 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. 

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.

Seasonal Advice

Surprise early warm-ups: if you have small outside ponds, particularly ones that are plastic covered and in the sun, keep track of the temperatures. Sometimes just a few sunny mild days can raise the water temperature to 70F (21C). Not only does this mean that you need to start feeding your fish, it also means they may spawn ... if that is something you want to catch, you might be surprised to find the "action" long over if you wait until April to uncover things. The other part of this is that your water plants will start growing; you may want to uncover the ponds to forestall this. Otherwise you could have lots of tender new growth that gets frost damaged in late freezes when you finally do uncover things. It is a bit of a balancing act.