C.E. Fish Essentials ambassador Alex Carslaw is known for his keeping, breeding & conservation of various well known & several endangered Rainbowfish species. He also has some pretty amazing fishkeeper friends and in this article we will follow Alex’s trip to visit George Funkner, a well respected Killifish keeper who also works to preserve several rare & endangered fish.
Located in Glasgow’s busy Darnley area, George Funkner’s fishroom is a haven for all things aquatic, killifish in particular. With 260 tanks, yes, 260 ! George is kept well busy in a fish house that far outnumbers any aquatic retailer you will find in this fine city. On the approach to George’s place you could be forgiven for thinking you have made a wrong turn, it is situated at the back of some retail/workshop units. Once inside you will be gobsmacked, it’s an Aladdin’s cave as I like to call it. Measuring some 300 ft² and the main room is crammed floor to ceiling with tanks.
Set off the main room, George has a nice big area where he can prepare and receive shipments to send to hobbyists worldwide. I jokingly asked him when he is going to fill this room also, to which he pointed me in the direction of a large shipment of new shelving. Soon, it looks like the 260 will become 400! Total dedication from a man who really knows his stuff.
A warm welcome is always a priority for George
George’s tanks are filtered using various methods and all connect to a single main air ring fed from some pretty big air blowers. The room is space heated and one thing I did notice was the lack of condensation which is probably down to the tight fitting tank covers of the ‘sometimes suicidal’ Killifish.
Temporary Pool at the locality “Trinidad East BPBV 2014-09” in Cercado Province, Department of Beni, Bolivia
George has been keeping fish since 1982 and in this time has bred nearly 900 species of fish from the humble guppy to the more tricky African killifish like Aphyosemion wildekampi. Looking into each tank it’s clear to see George’s success, with many hosting fry, sub-adult and adult fish all within the same perfectly decorated and leaf strewn tank. George supplies many people from all over the world with the eggs of some of the rarest Killifish you will find and this allows funding for George’s many collecting trips to the likes of Bolivia, from where he has only just returned bringing with him many new and undescribed species of fish. Here are just a few of his wonderful collection.
Hoplosternum sp. Nuevo Palmar | Chromaphyosemion volcanum «Ekondo Titi, Manga Water CB3SR
Nematolebias papilliferus «Inoã» | Hypsolebias sp. Urucuia
Fundulopanchax clauseni «Akure» (Albino) | Hypsolebias picturatus «Volta das Pedras»
Oryzias nigrimas «Lake Poso»
I always look forward to visiting George as here you will find fish you will not see very often if at all. Always with a smile on his face, George has no problems explaining his methods and success’s to which he has many. A true gent, a good friend and a fantastic aquarist.
Written by: Alex Carslaw – Editor: Chris Englezou
Photography: George Funkner © & Alex Carslaw ©