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ALA Akron (Cross post from livebearers at aquaria_net)

>Hi Mark,
>Why don't you give us a brief accounting of your experience there?  I would
>love to here how the event went.

Well, I really just dropped in on Saturday to check out the show entries.
I know this event is a good opportunity to see live specimens of fishes
that most people will never see.  Fortunately, lots of the ALA people are
into collecting and maintaining the unusual and neglected wild livebearers
from all over the Americas and the Caribbean.  I'm sure someone else on the
list (livebearers at aquaria_net) can talk more about the ALA activities and

I did get to see some unusual species, most of which I was not familiar
with.  I think it was Mike Schadle had a big display of used books from
which I selected The Inland Fishes of Washington.  Kingfish Services had
their customary displays and donations of new manufacturers' samples.
These were auctioned off with many, many bags of common, rare and unusual
livebearers.  I was hoping to get a bag of Priapella intermedia so my
single female would have some company.  I didn't want to pay the price for
the first few bags that came up though, so I passed.

I guess Rusty Wessel, famed fish hunter, also donated lots of wild caught
specimens including some cichlids.  He used the breathable bags and also
included some kind of sponge material for absorbing ammonia?  Anybody
familiar with that?

Anyway, another cool fish event.  Definitely check out ALA when you can.

Mark Binkley
Columbus Ohio USA          <))><
mbinkley at earthling_net

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him
to use "the Net" and he won't bother you for weeks.