April 2008


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 2008 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  . Here is a key insight from board member and master breeder Matt Lyon:

Keep Some Extra Mature Filter Media On Hand At All Times

This is a lesson that some hobbyists have learned multiple times the hard way. It’s a good idea to use filters with enough space for some extra filter media, be it sponge, bio balls, ceramic media, or another type. And it’s a good idea to use that space to store a little extra “mature” filter media at all times. You never know when you might need some mature media to set up a quarantine tank. You may get the occasional call from a newbie with “new tank syndrome”. There are lots of other routine and emergency reasons for keeping some surplus bacteria-laden filter media ready for action. And with a little careful planning, your filter media can be compatible among multiple sizes and types of filters. Aquaclear power filters are great for this. For example, 4” sponge cubes can be cut in half and used in just about any size Aquaclear power filter. The model 50 (formerly model 200) will hold one half of a 4” cube sponge. The model 70 (formerly model 300) will hold three half sponges and the model 100 (formerly model 500) will hold four half sponges. It’s also a good idea to use full 4” sponge cubes when possible, because it will allow you to quickly convert a cube into a traditional sponge filter for a fry or hospital tank.

Tune in next month for Matt's expert advice on selecting for color in Edonishiki spawns.