Glenrothes Aquarist Society Open Show 2014

Sunday the 18th of may saw the first open show on the Federation of Scottish Aquarist Society’s calendar. The host club was Glenrothes Aquarist society, a small, yet long established and well respected club from the kingdom of Fife. Alex Carslaw gives his account of the day.

 

Sunday the 18th of May saw the first open show on the Federation of Scottish Aquarist Society’s calendar. The host club was Glenrothes Aquarist Society, a small, yet long established and well respected club from the Kingdom of Fife. After last months event in Kirkcaldy I had decided I would no longer be submitting any of my home-bred fish for auction. Whilst I regret not being able to support this and other local auctions, there are a number of reasons for this. The main contributing factor for this decision (and I’m sure anyone who raises their own fish would understand) is that I can no longer justify the stress it causes to my fish. Last months event saw me bringing home fish that had been bagged up all day to be simply returned to the tank, I don’t like to stress my fish for no reason and in any case I like people to come to me to buy my stock rather than just snapping it up because it was only £2 a bag. When aquarists come to me to collect fish I know that person actually has an interest in the fish species I keep rather than just a bargain.

F1 Red-Line Rainbowfish Melanotaenia rubrostriata (Kopi River)

 

The judges working hard to determine the eventual winning fish

Free of the stress of catching auction lots I decided I would enter a few breeding teams of my Rainbowfish and claim a first time bred certificate for them. I entered three groups of four fish, F1 Red Line Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia rubrostriata)“Kopi River” the parents of these fish were caught by my good friend (and owner of Pier Aquatics) Neil Woodward on his trip to West Papua a few years ago (with Hans George Evers), the critically endangered Sentani Rainbowfish (Chilatherina sentaniensis) and its close relative the Barred Rainbowfish (Chilatherina fasciata). There are many fantastic breeders in Scotland but for some reason the first time bred registers seem to be a bit dated and unused, perhaps the registers could benefit from being a bit more simplistic and an online application form created for claimants on the FSAS website.

The Spotted Blue-eye (Pseudomugil gertrudae Aru II)

Unfortunately there was no class for Rainbowfish at the event and decided I would put a couple of young bue-eyes into the AOV egg-layers class. I entered one Blue back blue-eye (Pseudomugil cyanodorsalis) and one Spotted blue-eye (Pseudomugil getrudae) “Aru II”. The spotty is a stunning wee fish and one with particular interest to me. This fish began its life after being hatched from an egg deposited on a small piece of Java fern I gave to my son for his massive vivarium’s water hole. Due to the viv not being completed the fish received no light, food or filtration for the first 3 months of its life and survived solely on detritus worms and micro fauna created from the breakdown of plants in the darkened water hole. When I discovered it I could not believe the colours the fish was displaying and how it was in such good health. If you breed these take a look at the most colourful fry, you will notice no doubt, that these are the ones who will be hanging around the sponge filter pecking away at the micro fauna that inhabits it. Sometimes we can interfere to much as far as foodstuffs are concerned and a natural aquatic environment containing natural micro fauna is far superior for these small fry than a laboratory plastic tub type environment. This is my excuse for my algae covered breeding tanks and I’m sticking to it !

 

Abramites hypselonotus     Peckoltia lineola

 

Puntius oligolepis               Hyphessobrycon amapaensis

 

Epalzeorhynchos frenatum       T. argenteus

With a 1pm start for the auction and judging, this show suits me fine as I am not a morning person. I need 5 cups of coffee and half an hour in my fish hut before I will even speak to anyone. As usual, even with the late start I arrived with 10 minutes to spare and just got my entries in on time and straight off headed for a coffee and a roll and sausage before finding a seat in the crammed auction area. The auction as usual was full of some fantastic buys and first time auctioneer Billy Aitchison from WLAS did a great job moving the lots along and it was good to see members from other clubs joining in and helping out. I was determined not to buy any fish and it wasn’t till the last lot I finally gave in and purchased a Pakistani loach (Botia almorhae) to add to my existing trio. I love these fish. Entry numbers for this year’s show were a bit on the low side at 107 but entries had come as far as Yorkshire, Cumbria and Tyneside. Great support for people to come this far!
  

Hypancistrus sp (L066)       Epalzeorhynchos bicolor

As for my fish, my wee spotty came 2nd to a fish of the same species, a beautiful and slightly more mature fish owned by my friend Jack Irish. I also took a 2nd in the breeders groups for my Red line Rainbowfish and a 3rd for the Sentani Rainbowfish, both loosing out to some very handsome King Tiger plecs (Hypancistrus sp L066) bred by David Gamble from Aberdeen AS. I was impressed with the quality of fish at the event and some tough decisions must have had to be made by the Federation judges. Best in show was won by B Kerrigan of STAMPS for his beautifully conditioned red tailed black shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor). Over all it was a very well run event and credit has to go to show managers Dave and Alan Smart as well as everyone who helped make it a success. Thanks and see you next year !
Class Winner Club Species
Guppies S Murphy P reticulata
Mollies D Smart Glenrothes AS P salvatoris
Platies S Murphy X maculatus
Swordtails J Irish WLAS X montezuma
AOV Livebearers G & AJ Cowan Solway AS C lateralis
Barbs A J Hetherington  Workington P oligolepis
Barbs B B Kerrigan STAMPS P denisonii
Characins A J Irish WLAS H amapayensis
Characins B J Irish WLAS T argenteus
Characins C J Douthwate STAMPS A hypselonotus
Danios/Minnows J Irish WLAS D freegradei
Gouramies Colisa J Irish WLAS C chuna
Siamese Fighters D Smart Glenrothes AS B splendens
AOV Anabantoids J Irish WLAS B pallafina
Catfish A F Bennett Fair City AS C pygmaeus
Catfish B D Gamble Aberdeen AS H ornatus
Catfish C D Gamble Aberdeen AS A spinosissimus
Dwarf Cichlids J Irish WLAS A Myrnae
Large Cichlids B Kerrigan STAMPS S casuaris
Rift Cichlids J Irish WLAS L helicanthus
Rasboras J Douthwate STAMPS R lacrimula
Sharks/fox/loach B Kerrigan STAMPS E bicolor
Toothcarps D Gamble Aberdeen AS S santanae
Albino B Kerrigan STAMPS E frenatum
AOV Egglayer J Irish WLAS P gertrudae
Unidentified D Smart Glenrothes AS ­
AOV Coldwater G & AJ Cowan Solway AS N chrosmosus
Pairs Livebearer J Irish WLAS P chamola
Pairs Egglayer J Milligan SLAG D tinwini
Breeders Egglayer D Gamble Aberdeen AS Hypancistrus sp (L066)
Junior Egglayer AJ Cowan Solway AS P Viitata
Best Livebearer G & AJ Cowan Solway AS C lateralis
Best Barb J Hetherington  Workington P oligolepis
Best Characin J Irish WLAS H amapayensis
Best Danio/Minnow J Irish WLAS D freegradei
Best Gouramie J Irish WLAS C chuna
Best fighter D Smart Glenrothes AS B splendens
Best AOV Annabantoid J Irish WLAS B pallafina
Best Catfish F Bennett Fair City AS C pygmaeus
Best Cichlid J Irish WLAS A Myrnae
Best Rasbora J Douthwate STAMPS R lacrimula
Best Sharks/fox/loach B Kerrigan STAMPS E bicolor
Best Toothcarp D Gamble Aberdeen AS S santanae
Best Albino B Kerrigan STAMPS E frenatum
Best AOV Egglayer J Irish WLAS P gertrudae
Best Unidentified D Smart Glenrothes AS ­
Best Coldwater G & AJ Cowan Solway AS N chrosmosus
Best Pair J Irish WLAS P chamola
Best Breeder D Gamble Aberdeen AS Hypancistrus sp (L066)
Best Junior AJ Cowan Solway AS P Viitata
3rd Best fish in show F Bennett Fair City AS C pygmaeus
2nd Best fish in show J Irish WLAS H amapayensis
Best fish in show B Kerrigan STAMPS E bicolor

Written by: Alex Carslaw

Photography: Alex Carslaw © | Allan James ©  | John Bradley ©

Editor: Chris Englezou

 

Alex Carslaw is without doubt the U.K’s most dedicated Rainbowfish enthusiast – award-winning in fact and he has made it his passion to become a significant contributor to the field in hope of preserving both their keeping in the aquarium hobby and in many cases stabilizing a future for several species of these graceful, diverse and unbelievably underappreciated fish. Alex has been keeping and breeding fish for just over 30 years and his passion for Rainbowfish began with a consigment of the stunning Melanotaenia boesemani which he encountered when working for a Glasgow importer of tropical fish. Alex is a great believer in the power of social media and has used this platform to create a worldwide network of Rainbowfish enthusiasts through his Facebook group and personal website. Alex’s work, whether his hours upon hours investing time & money into his fish, or researching, learning and teaching others about the wonderful Rainbowfish of the world, helps to keep raising awareness for many Rainbowfish which are in urgent need of protection. Some of these species originate from single lakes in what are now ‘developing areas’ and hence being destroyed, polluted or filled with invasive species which are outcompeting or even predating upon these pressurized populations. For some of these fish, their propagation within the aquarium hobby is their only chance to remain on earth.

Alex Carslaw

Alex Carslaw is without doubt the U.K's most dedicated Rainbowfish enthusiast - award-winning in fact and he has made it his passion to become a significant contributor to the field in hope of preserving both their keeping in the aquarium hobby and in many cases stabilizing a future for several species of these graceful, diverse and unbelievably underappreciated fish. Alex has been keeping and breeding fish for just over 30 years and his passion for Rainbowfish began with a consigment of the stunning Melanotaenia boesemani which he encountered when working for a Glasgow importer of tropical fish. Alex is a great believer in the power of social media and has used this platform to create a worldwide network of Rainbowfish enthusiasts through his Facebook group and personal website. Alex's work, whether his hours upon hours investing time & money into his fish, or researching, learning and teaching others about the wonderful Rainbowfish of the world, helps to keep raising awareness for many Rainbowfish which are in urgent need of protection. Some of these species originate from single lakes in what are now 'developing areas' and hence being destroyed, polluted or filled with invasive species which are outcompeting or even predating upon these pressurized populations. For some of these fish, their propagation within the aquarium hobby is their only chance to remain on earth.

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