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August 2011 Aquarium Fish International Editor's Note

Attracting Future Fish Breeders

By Cassandra Radcliff, Associate Editor |

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Hi, AFI readers! I’m Cassandra, the Associate Editor here at Aquarium Fish International magazine (that person you’ve been talking to on Facebook), and this month I’m standing in for Editor Clay Jackson and writing a guest editorial. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk with you about the breeding issue you hold in your hands. Breeding fish is just one of the many niches in this hobby. Many people think keeping fish is just putting an animal into water and watching it swim around — but there can be much more to it than that. If we elevate this perception and get more new people involved in the hobby, it will benefit everyone. There will be more people keeping and propagating aquatic plants, corals and fish, which will lead to better aquarium care, more scientific break-throughs, more interest in threatened species and beyond.

The AFI editors attended America’s Family Pet Expo (AFPE) at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Southern California this past April to help make people more aware of the hobby and its many facets. Just as I told the AFI Fans on Facebook, I had a ton of fun volunteering at the “Aquatic Experience” section of AFPE. There were biotope tanks, an invert touch tank, inspirational living room, bedroom and office tank setups, contests and a fully functional pond in the middle of the room. To see more about AFPE from Clay Jackson, turn to page 44, and then visit to see a slideshow and write-up. If you missed this show, there’s another AFPE on July 8 to 10, 2011, at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center in Puyallup, Washington.

I’m sure the Aquatic Experience at AFPE successfully attracted some new hobbyists. And these new people may become the hobby’s next fraggers, plant propagators or even the creator of the next interesting clownfish morph. Yes, they may be the hobby’s future breeders.

But for today’s fish breeders, we present to you this breeding issue (and if you’re not into breeding, don’t worry; there are plenty of other reef, plant and general fish care topics, too). In this issue, you can get a geography and breeding lesson from those always-adorable killies in “5 Killifish Breeding Projects” by Mike Hellweg, starting on page 28; learn how to house and feed marine fish larvae in “Breeding and Raising Marines” by Tim Hayes, page 36; and of course, there’s also Mike Hellweg’s “Adventures in Fish Breeding” column on page 16 about breeding what is often a hobbyist’s first fish: the goldfish. So condition those fish, set up those breeding tanks and tell all your nonfishy friends about how great fishkeeping can be!

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