Dave Schumacher visits for June 5th meeting.

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Dave Schumacher visits for June 5th meeting.

Post by LewC » Wed May 27, 2015 6:24 pm

I first met Dave Schumacher some 10 years ago, at an ACA convention, introduced by a mutual friend. Dave is one of those people you just can’t help liking; one of those people you never hear anyone say anything unkind about.

Dave has been keeping cichlids since he was sixteen. That’s also when he started working in aquarium shops, so his experience with the fish and with the retail tropical fish business both run deep. We was able to save the money to buy what, originally, was one of the first large on-line purveyors of cichlids. Based in San Antonio, he renamed the business “Dave’s Rare Aquarium Fish”, and soon earned the reputation of offering high-quality livestock. He has one of the largest selections of African cichlids in North America, and quite a few catfish (mostly Loracariid and Synodontid species) along with a few other cichlids and oddball fish.

Dave is also active in the organized hobby. He is on the board of the Hill Country Cichlid Club, in Texas, and has served a term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Cichlid Association. Dave is an active supporter of Ad Konings’s Stuart M. Grant Cichlid Conservation Fund and the C.A.R.E.S. program.

The title of Dave’s talk is “Lake Malawi Mbuna”

Dave says he can deliver fish to the meeting, so if you want to order something without paying shipping, here's a link to his site: http://www.davesfish.com
He has an incredible selection of Lake Malawi species.

Next month, Dr. Ron Coleman, of California State University, Sacramento, a 2013 Jim Smith Endowment Fund recipient, will be speaking on Cost Rican cichlids.

Another note: The January, 2016, OCA meeting date falls on New Year’s Day. To work around that, we will be holding a joint meeting with the Medina County Aquarium Club on January 8…more to follow.


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