Come meet Mr. Charley Grimes. Charley is extremely well-known in the hobby and has been an avid aquarist since the age of 14. His first fish tank was a 12+ gallon tank that he made from an old gasoline pump cylinder. He has maintained well over 100 tanks and has worked with small barbs, killies, native fishes, rainbow fishes, various Badis species, cichlids, as well as gobys and gudgeons just to name a few.
Living in the Indianapolis area, Charley is active with the Circle City Aquarium Club. He has 1523 points and is a Grandmaster Breeder. He is one of the best-known pure hobbyists among US aquarists. His popularity is the result of his aquarist skill and experience, his personality and sense of humor and his willingness to share all of the above with others. There is a HUGE demand for Charley’s presentations, especially among the cichlid- and killifish-oriented clubs. He has spoken at American Cichlid Association and American Killifish Association conventions, at past OCA meetings and at four OCA Extravaganzas. Charley has also been an avid fish collector and has taken three trips to South America and one to Mexico. In the spring, he often gets “Native Fish Fever” and collects locally in Indiana and in the southeastern part of the country. He has been keeping fish for sixty years and still loves it. Come listen to his amazing talks that people come from afar to listen to. It is not one to be missed.
As Charlie says about this talk:
“I was almost always have at least one species of Corys and Ancistris in my fishroom.
Occasionally I get into the Corydoras mode and I’ll be working with a dozen or more species.
I originally created this presentation to give at an OCA convention in Cleveland.”
Free and open to the public.
Meeting Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
La Quinta Inn & Suites 5120 Victory Dr. Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
What to Expect:
A typical meeting we start setting up about 7:00 pm and will official start around 7:30 pm. At the start of the meeting all club business and announcements are made.
Next is our speaker/presentation. Typically they last about 1 hour. Topics have a very broad range as far as a hobbyist can see.
After that a brief intermission
The Conclusion consists of door prizes, a members-only raffle item donated from one of our many proud sponsors/supporters, and a members-only mini-auction of fish and aquarium related goods. Meetings usually last until 9:30 or 10:00 pm
Red Raffle Tickets are priced as follows:
1 ticket $1.00 6 tickets $5.00 15 tickets $10.00 35 tickets $20.00
Rick Borstein is the Webmaster of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA) and President of the Chicago Livebearer Society (CLS). Rick was the Chairman of the successful 2006 American Cichlid Association Convention held in Chicago, IL. Rick has spawned over 250 species of cichlids and is one of only sixteen people to hold the title of Master Breeder in the GCCA. Rick’s basement fishroom has 42 tanks ranging in size from 10 gallons to 240 gallons. Rick is primarily interested in cichlids and livebearers.
Sixty Tips in 60 Minutes
In this talk, you’ll hear and see— in rapid fire fashion— tons of tips to make it easier, faster or more fun to manage and breed your fish. The presentation is picture-driven and offers tips on better ways to feed, change water, pack and ship fish and lots more. Some do-it-yourself projects are included. Best of all, all the tips are published in a concise PDF online for you to refer to after the talk.
Our speaker is Lawrence Kent who will share with us the presentation he made as the keynote speaker at the American Cichlid Association’s last annual convention — “Seeking Friends and Holy Grail Fish: Stories from Mauritania and Nigeria.”
The presentation will cover his 2019 trip to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and other forays into the wild world of Nigeria. He found some interesting fish in both of these strange and rarely visited countries, and not just cichlids but also characins, mormyrids, and catfish. If you like African fish or just funny stories, please join this webinar!
Lawrence works for a humanitarian foundation based in Seattle combatting poverty and malnutrition in Africa and South Asia. He travels abroad frequently for his job and takes advantage of these trips to look for freshwater fish on the side. He has made fish presentations in twenty-five cities on three continents, collected fish in 23 countries, and published two dozen articles in Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Amazonas, the Cichlid News, the Buntbarsche Bulletin, American Currents, and the German magazines DATZ and BSSW Report . Lawrence currently serves as an Associate Editor for Amazonas magazine, US edition, and as a judge in the North American category of the Biotope Aquarium Design contest. He keeps 27 tanks at home filled with African cichlids, catfish, and tetras, Southeast Asian labyrinths, and self-collected native fish.