Modern Aquarium

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JANUARY 1995 volume II number 1



Series III

Vol. II, No. 1

January, 1995


The Rontosa cyphotilapia, on this month's cover might enjoy sharing some of your food. For some interesting culinary ideas on this subject, read "Table Food For Tropicals" in this issue. Photo by Joe Lozito

President's Message


The Editor's Apprentice


1994 Modern Aquarium Index


Millions Fish


GREATER CITY AQUARIUM SOCIETY Board Members President , .Joseph Ferdetizi Vice-President

. Ben Haus


Emma Haus

Corres, Secretary

Greg Wuest

Recording Secretary . . .

Pat Piccione

Membership ...

Susan Priest

Members At large Mary Ann Bugeia Joe Bugeia Don Curtin Doug Curtin Mark Soberman Jack Oliva Steve Sagona Vincent Siieo Warren Feuer MODERN AQUARIUM Editor . . . „ > , . . > . . , , Warren Feuer Assistant Editor . . . . Alexander Priest Art Director ,'.,., . , , Stephari Zander Advertising Mgr Mark Soberman Executive Editor . . . . Joseph Ferdenzi

Table Food For Tropicals


Wet Leaves (Book Review)


Past G.C.A.S Award Winners


G.C.A.S. 1993-1994 Award Winners


The Mark of Quality


G.C.A.S. Happenings


Fin Fun (Puzzle Page)


Printing By Postal Press

Anicles submitted for consideration in MODERN AQUARIUM must be received no later than the 10th day of the month, three months prior to the month of publication. Copyright 1994 by the Greater City Aquarium Society. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form of the articles, illustrations or photographs appearing in this magazine is prohibited without express written prior permission. Unless other rights have been retained by the author, and noted in the article or photograph, the Greater City Aquarium Society generally grants noncommercial reproduction rights to other recognized aquarium societies and naturalist organizations upon request. The Greater City Aquarium Society meets every month, except during July and August. Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month and begin at 8:30 P.M. Meetings are held at the Queens Botanical Gardens. For more information, contact Warren Feuer at (718)793-8724.

The Editor's Apprentice ALEXANDER A. PRIEST

f you're looking for the "fish in a cup" that sits on the Editor's Desk, you won't find it. That's because our Modern Aquarium Editor, Warren Feuer, is recovering from eye surgery and has entrusted this issue to me. This issue of Modern Aquarium marks the start of its second year following its revival as "Series III." A year ago, Joe Ferdenzi wrote a history of Modern Aquarium as a publication of Greater City. Under Joe's overall direction, Warren's guidance, and the practiced eye of our Art Director, Stephan Zander, the publication you now hold has evolved into a professional quality magazine that brings credit to GCAS. Warren has written an article, often more than one, in every issue this past year. Yet, he modestly avoided any description of the fears, problems, mistakes and doubts that the Editorial Staff encountered in our inaugural year. I will relate them from my perspective. Hopefully, this will not become what I call an "Aye, Aye, Aye" article (with every other sentence beginning with the word "I" and with the emphasis on Me, My and What I Did (and how hard it was to do). Rather, I want this to serve as both a testimony to the behind the scenes work of several dedicated people, and as a mini lesson to other aquarium societies on what not to do when upgrading your newsletter. It was sex that brought me to GCAS and love that made me stay. Let me explain. I was (and still am) a member of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society. However, certain personal commitments made the fairly lengthy (for me) trip to BAS meetings difficult. At one BAS meeting I was able to attend, a speaker named Joe Ferdenzi talked about "Fish Sex." The talk was excellent — both informative and amusing. More important, I learned Joe was president of an aquarium society that met much closer to my home — close enough for me to be able to attend most meetings! My wife, Susan, and I came to a meeting. We loved every minute. We joined. Shortly thereafter, Joe mentioned that the newsletter of GCAS, Network, was to be replaced and does anyone have computer skills and equipment who might be able to help? Well, directly opposite our 90 gallon community tank sit three computer systems and a laser printer my hobby for over 10 years. I looked at Susan; she nodded to show she had no objection. So, I told Joe I might be able to help. I thought Joe


just wanted to spruce up Network. I did not know then just how lofty his goals were. I was soon to learn. The first "Editorial Board" meeting I went to was in Joe's house. I discovered Warren was a computer programmer and that Stephan had magazine publishing experience. When Stephan used terms such as "dropcap" "leading" "fonts" "points" and "justification," Joe and Warren got the same look that I get when they use Latin names of fish — bewilderment. As Editor of a computer user group newsletter, I knew those publishing terms, but I never guessed this project would have such high standards and attention to detail. It took weeks of test files before Stephan decided on the style and size of the print and on the width and placement of columns that you see here. The thickness (or "weight") and size of the paper was debated, and how it would be stapled. Stephan had very definite ideas about what he wanted. Joe also had some definite ideas, one of which was his view that the aquarium hobby gives "visual" pleasure and our publication should be illustrated, preferably with some color photographs. The cost of color printing is very high. Stephan had a solution (though it meant a lot of work for him). He would have several prints made of a color photograph, put them together on one page and have a color photocopy made (since the cost to copy a page is the same if it had one picture or several). He would then hand cut and paste the photos into each issue! We planned 10 issues a year (one for each month GCAS meets). After the first issue, New York City's worst winter in years struck. I was snowbound and Stephan hurt his back. We could not meet to put together the February issue. One month after starting, we blew our first deadline. We decided to put out a "double" issue and call it February/March, 1994. The one month delay was a blessing in disguise. For the first issue, Stephan transferred each letter in the title Modern Aquarium by hand. He wanted a "Bodoni" font that neither Warren nor I could match with our computers. After the first issue was printed I received a product to review for a computer publication. That product was of professional quality fonts, one of which was a Bodoni font that exactly matched the look Stephan wanted. We could now do in minutes what took Stephan hours!

1994 Index - continued SPAWNING A Spawning of Cichlasoma haitiensis — Joseph Ferdenzi Badis badis So Nice, They Named It Twice — Pat Piccione Beautiful And Easy! [Haplochromis sp. "flameback"] — Steve Sagona Breeding Killifish In Natural vs. Artificial Conditions — Joseph Ferdenzi Breeding Nannacara anomola — Jose Perez How to Make an "Orange" Leleupi [Neolamprologus leleupi] — Joseph Ferdenzi It Doesn't LOOK Like A Rice Paddy [Betta] — Susan Priest Keeping And Breeding Lamprologus multifasciatus — Steve Sagona Spawning "Triggers" ["Triggering" Spawning Activity] — Gregory Wuest Sticks And Sticks And Sticks [Farlowella Catfish] — John Moran The Spawning & Care of Kribensis \Pelvicachromis pulcher] — Doug Curtin Try Something Different [Gourami] — Charles Kuhne COVER PHOTOS Cichlasoma haitiensis [photo by Joe Lozito]

1/94 10/94 6/94 5/94 5/94 . . 4/94 10/94 4/94 6/94 6/94 1/94 11/94


A Community Aquarium [photo by Joe Ferdenzi] Neolamprologus leleupi [photo by Joe Lozito]

2-3/94 4/94

Aphysemion gabunense [photo by F. Vermeulen] Farlowella Catfish [photo by John Moran]

5/94 6/94

Neolamprologus buescheri [photo by Joe Lozito] Betta splendens [photos by Sue and Al Priest]

9/94 10/94

Phanacogrammus interruptus [photo by Joe Lozito]


Pterophyllum scalare [photo by Joe Ferdenzi]


"FIN FUN" (Puzzle Page) "Axelrod" [Fish Named After Dr. Axelrod] 2-3/94 "Scrambled FINatomy" [Unscramble Names Of Fish Fins] 2-3/94 "Gold Rush" [Scrambled Names of Types Of Goldfish] 4/94 "Latin Greenery" [Match Plants With Their Latin Names] 4/94 "Yuppie Guppies" [Scrambled Words Associated With Guppies] 5/94 "Clowning Around" ["Clown" Or "Harlequin" Fish] 5/94 "Hidden Cost$" [Scrambled Fish Keeping Accessories] 6/94 "From Down Under" [Match Australian Freshwater Fish With Their Latin Name] . . 6/94 "What's In A Name?" [Find The Real Meaning Behind The Scientific Name] 9/94 "The Betta Bunch" [Match Scientific With Common Names of Betta Types] "Through The Labyrinth" [Scrambled Names Of Other Anabantoids] "All That Glitters" [Fish With The Name "Gold" or "Golden"] "Over The Rainbow" [Scrambled Names Of "Rainbow" Fish]

10/94 10/94 11/94 11/94

"All That Sparkles" [Fish With Common Names Of Things That Sparkle] "Groaners" [Nonsense Rhymes With A Fish Theme]

12/94 12/94

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