March 2006


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 is kicking 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:

As a learning exercise, try sketching your goldfish some time. You can learn a tremendous amount by trying to answer the questions needed to produce an accurate sketch. Are all of the scales the same size? How big is the head relative to the body? How long is the pectoral fin compared to the caudal fin? This kind of a mental workout can help you really see your fish, understand how they are put together, and gain new insights into how different varieties differ from each other. You may find yourself looking in technical books (or Web sites) to find the name of some feature you had never noticed that the fish had before.

A side benefit is that if you can make quick, recognizable sketches of your fish, you will find that you can also put them in your notes and create something that is fun to look back on, to remember fish or events that were particularly interesting or unique.