July 2005


The May/June eReport is out and the July/August is being worked. 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 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.

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 submission from the Webmaster:

Lazy record keeping: keeping journals and careful notes is a great way to build skills and powers of observation for new fish keepers. But often this discipline goes out the window as hobbyists get more experience, more fish and more tanks. Unfortunately there is some minimum level of record keeping that is imperative for successful fish keeping.

A simple solution is to keep the records on the tanks. Permanent markers can be used on glass and will come off with rubbing alcohol. Dry erase markers will work on glass and plastic tanks and just wipe off with a paper towel. Using this approach, you can write down dates of water changes and filter cleaning, when fry hatched, parents used in spawning, and lots of other useful info. Plus you will find with pen and tanks at hand, you will start "white boarding" on tanks for discussions with other hobbyists on culling, system design and any other topic.

This all assumes that your tanks are just fish containers and not major cosmetic additions to your home. So covering them with "graffiti" is acceptable.