" Lee is currently employed at the Vancouver Aquarium as the Curator of the Graham Amazon Gallery "
Lee Newman, of Vancouver, Canada, has been keeping freshwater tropical fish for 27 years and for the last 18 years has primarily been keeping and breeding South American cichlids. For the last decade or so, Lee has been studying the husbandry of demonfish, cichlids of the genus Satanoperca. He has collected cichlids, mainly Satanoperca, in Peru and Brazil.
After having completed an Aquaculture program, Lee is currently employed at the Vancouver Aquarium as the Curator of the Graham Amazon Gallery. He has contributed to the ACA's journal, the Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlid News and ACARA, journal of the South American Cichlid Study Group (SACSG).
The lectures that Lee currently presents include:
- Demonfish; South American Cichlid Fishes of the Genus Satanoperca Starting with an introduction to the genus by way of the hobby "jurupari", the presentation covers the group of long-snouted, sifting eartheaters collectively referred to by aquarists as "demonfish". The first part covers basic husbandry requirements while the second part is an in-depth study of the six formally described species and some of the "geographical variants" that find their way into aquaria. The presentation highlights the fact that this group of interesting fishes offers a wide range of husbandry challenges as well as opportunities for aquarists to contribute to the understanding of their biology.
- Peruvian Adventures with "Arboreal Fishes" and Alluvial Deposits; The presentation is a blend of natural history and travel-louge information as observed in two trips to the Peruvian Amazon where in the flood season the author dipnetted angelfish from partially submerged trees and in the dry season had to wade through meter-thick muck just to get to the water! The presentation shows the habitats that were sampled and the fishes that were caught. Also included is information on keeping and breeding some of the Peruvian cichlid species collected.
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