Five meetings a year of the GSGB
( www.gsgb.co.uk) are held at the YMCA,
Errol Street, London, with one each at
Chigwell, Basingstoke, and the Festival of
Fishkeeping in Hayling Island. In addition
to the GSGB, there are currently four
active regional goldfish clubs in the U.K.—
Association of Midlands Goldfish Keepers,
Bristol Aquarist Society, Northern Goldfish
& Pondkeepers Society, and North East
Goldfish Society—that are not associated
with the GSGB. So goldfish keeping is very
much alive in the U.K.
A prize-winning mini paludarium.
Lectures at the Festival
Over the two days of the festival there
was a comprehensive set of lectures that
were very well attended. Dr. Peter Burgess
gave an interesting lecture on “Fish Health:
Understanding Immunology,” while Rupert
Bridges delivered a good presentation
on “Water Quality.” Adrian Taylor’s talk
was on “Hillstream Catfish,” which are
now readily available in the U.K. Charlie
Grimes from the United States gave a good
talk on “Livebearers” on Saturday, and on
Sunday his very interesting talk was on
“Native Fish from Southeastern U.S.A.,”
something that hobbyists in the U.K. know
little about. Bernd Degen from Germany,
who was here to judge discus as well, gave
an interesting presentation on “Preparing
Discus for Competition,” with his easy style
and continuous rapport with the audience
very well received. The next day Bernd’s talk
was on “The Making of a Grand Champion,”
which gave the audience food for thought.
Charlie Grimes (United States) gave talks on livebearers and native fishes from the Southeastern U.S.
The UK Aquatic Plant Society sets up their stand.
Stands and More
Three fish societies had made the effort
to come to the show and set up nice stands
with live fish and information on how to care
for them. The Anabantoid Society of Great
Britain (AAGB), with a website at www.
aagb.org, had an interesting stand with some
hard-to-get mouthbrooding anabantoids on
display. Some of these anabantoids that had
been bred from wild-caught fish brought
back by members on previous expeditions
in Indonesia and Malaysia were available for
sale at a rather modest price.
The Viviparous Society ( www.viviparous.
org.uk), dedicated to livebearing fish, had
a nice collection of hard-to-find poeciliids
and goodeids. I was particularly enamored
by some large, colorful, five-year-old
Ilyodon “ameca” that were not for sale.
The stand had plenty of information and