Willem's topic inquiry

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Which talk should Willem do?

Belize, searching for cichlids
4
11%
Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium
21
58%
Central America, history of the area and origin of its cichlids
1
3%
My Cichlidarium, a personal history
6
17%
Nicaragua, cichlids from the crater
0
No votes
Nicaragua, searching for cichlids
2
6%
Cichlasoma, rise and fall of a cichlid genus
2
6%
 
Total votes: 36

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Willem Heijns
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Willem's topic inquiry

Post by Willem Heijns » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:32 pm

I've been asked to disclose the topic of my talk on this year's Extravaganza. The problem is: I can't decide. :? So would you guys help me choose? Here's a list of my current talks:

Belize, searching for cichlids
This talk comprises a travel report to the beuatiful country of Belize (just east of México). Visits were made to the rivers and lagoons trying to find cichlids both for filming and collecting. There’s footage of cichlids in many rivers as well as an exciting boatride with a local fisherman on Freshwater Creek.

Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium
Here’s an overview of my experience with breeding Central American cichlids. It contains some surprising information on their husbandry and many species reports, including the (best?) way of selecting between the many fry some species can produce.

Central America, history of the area and origin of its cichlids
A challenging talk about when and how the landbridge we now call Central America was formed and how the cichlids came to occupy this new land. Information on the phylogenetic relationships of the many cichlid taxa are given, as well as an overview of their great diversity. Many species are presented in beautiful pictures and the talk closes with footage of one of the most interesting species for the larger home aquarium.

My Cichlidarium, a personal history
Keeping cichlids on a larger scale requires adequate facilities. Therefore I have created a fish house (the Cichlidarium) that suits my needs, especially for keeping big cichlids. This talk covers the way to build such a fish house (stands, tanks, water supply, lighting, etc) and closes with some dramatic events that can happen to you on the way. Still to be continued....

Nicaragua, cichlids from the crater
During three trips to Nicaragua I visited 8 of this beautiful country’s craterlakes. I managed to get footage in the majority of these lakes, showing the behaviour of cichlids in their natural habitat. An exciting example of altruism (still heavily debated among scientists) completes this talk. Special attention is given to the cichlids belonging to the Amphilophus citrinellus complex that has undergone interesting evolutionary processes in the craterlakes.
This talk can also be given as a 1 hour film which has been released on DVD (copies available for sale).

Nicaragua, searching for cichlids
Besides visiting the craterlakes I have also travelled other parts of Nicaragua extensively. This talk is a travelogue of these trips. It contains footage of the cichlids occurring in the rivers in the northern and eastern parts of Nicaragua.

Cichlasoma, rise and fall of a cichlid genus
This talk is an overview of the reasons and backgrounds of the (many) name changes some of our cichlids have undergone. Using Cichlasoma as an example, the taxonomic history of the many species that once belonged to this genus is presented. The main conclusion is that every name change is really adding to our knowledge of the species concerned. And we are still learning....


So take your pick and choose your favourite. By the end of this month I will try and compute the end result. If I don't succeed we can always make the final decision at the event.

Thanks for cooperating!
Slàinte mhath!

Uilleam

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by TheFishGuy » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:05 pm

Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium

======================OR=======================

Cichlasoma, rise and fall of a cichlid genus

Can't decide......... do both :shock:

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by gorgesfish » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:47 pm

i would like to here central american breeding

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by gorgescichlids » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:32 pm

I would like to hear about the central americans breeding aswell

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by ajsubotnik » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:23 pm

'Cichlasoma, rise and fall of a cichlid genus' would be my vote.
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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by LewC » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:33 pm

Breeding Central Americans!

Thanks for asking!

Lew

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by fmueller » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:00 am

Another vote for: 'Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium'

K-DOG

Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by K-DOG » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:54 am

My Cichlidarium, a personal history

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by TYTONK » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:03 am

Another vote for: 'Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium'

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by Klaus Steinhaus » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:09 am

Hi Willem,

Look very much forward seeing you again and listening to your presentation on "Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium". But whichever you choose, I'm sure it will be interesting.

See you in November,

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by Jombi21 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:08 pm

Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium and maybe some photos at the end of the presentation of the Cichlidarium. :)

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by steveh28 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:39 pm

I would love to hear a few of those talks. I always like hearing about collection trips and have never heard anyone talk on Nicaragua and the unique things found there. The one about classification of Chiclasoma fishes would be neat too, finding some of the history of the hobby. I would love to see your Cichlidarium and hear your experiences and issues with it.

It looks like everyone wants to get some tips on breeding Central American cichlids, and that would be fine with me as well! I can't wait to hear whatever you choose.

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by dogofwar » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:06 pm

"Central America, history of the area and origin of its cichlids" would be my choice.

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by FishyFred » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:56 pm

My vote goes to "My Cichlidarium, a personal history"

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by arzerkle » Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:17 am

'Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium' got my vote as well
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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by Willem Heijns » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:37 pm

So far I have had 21 votes here for the subject of my talk. Assuming those 21 will be present when I give it, the decision can be considered taken. We'll find a small space somewhere (maybe my hotel room?) and we'll have a good time. :)

But...... I sincerely hope there will be more attendants. 8) So here's the dilemma: how can we get the "non-voters" to express their thoughts? Should we have a voting on the spot? Or does anyone have another idea?

This post can also be regarded as a "bump". :D
Slàinte mhath!

Uilleam

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by Dan Woodland » Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:15 pm

Willem, scuttlebutt outside the forum is "Central America, breeding cichlids in the home aquarium" around here is the one they want Saturday with "My "Cichlidarium, a personal history" Late Night Friday.

On the other hand if you'd like to give everyone a choice at the onset of your talk that would certainly be unique.

I'll also pole the audience this Friday at our monthly meeting for more input.

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by TheFishGuy » Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:43 pm

As long as he's not talking about AFRICANS... :D

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by tom evers » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:08 pm

Belize, searching for cichlids, is my first choice, but i wish i could hear them all
you can never have too many cichlids!

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Re: Willem's topic inquiry

Post by CichKid » Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:36 pm

I would prefer the Belize talk, but anyone of these choices from Willem will be great!

Barry

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