Southern California Killifish Club March 2023 Meeting Summary

The March meeting at Ray Van Veen’s home was another successful meeting for membership growth. We welcomed several new people, including those with planted tank backgrounds. The plants sold well at the auction, providing inspiration for those of us with bare-bottomed tanks.

In line with SCKC+ and the club’s expansion beyond killifish, the auction featured several species of wild-type livebearers, rainbowfish, and even dwarf crawfish. The club also discussed local areas where daphnia and moina could be found during the rainy season.

Please note that SCKC will not be meeting in April due to the 2023 Southwest Aquarium Keepers Event (SAKE) on April 22, 2023, in Phoenix. If you are able to attend, it is well worth the drive, as you will see fish that are not commonly seen in Southern CA clubs. Additionally, “regular” fish tend to sell for higher prices in Arizona. Our club president, Ron Harlan, who gave a great talk at last year’s SAKE will be speaking again this year. If you plan to attend, register below.

2023 Southwest Aquarium Keepers Event (SAKE) – April 22, 2023.  SAKE is a free all-day freshwater fishkeeping convention near Phoenix, AZ.  Email with the information below to register for SAKE

1. Your name
2. Any current aquarium club affiliation(s)
3. Current hometown (and state)

The AKA/ALA convention is scheduled for May 19-21 in Kalamazoo, MI, and there was an open question about whether SCKC would meet that month. The club will likely meet on May 28, but the venue is still to be determined. If the meeting happens, expect to see some new fish from the AKA convention. As soon as the details for the meeting are finalized, SCKC membership will be notified.

SCKC’s annual Fish Fry/BBQ will be held at Ray Van Veen’s home on Saturday, June 24th, at 1:00 PM. If you are new to the club and are interested in attending, please contact the club to introduce yourself. Last year, we had 40-50 attendees, including guests from Arizona and Northern California. The June meeting will be an excellent opportunity to meet new fishkeepers and reconnect with people who are do not attend our regular meetings.

Bonus content!

George (Kevork) went to his first SCKC meeting last month.  Some of the members toured his fishroom after the meeting and everyone who visited came away impressed.  Shortly after the meeting he posted a video tour of his fishroom on YouTube.  It’s a great watch, especially if you find breeding fish and densely planted tanks interesting.

George’s fishroom tour

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