2018 Convention Speakers Bio's


Bryan Chin

Bryan Chin graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with Analog Systems and Biomedical degree. He has won International Fancy Guppy Association (IFGA) Best in Show awards in tank and delta categories. Also he has won in guppy color class awards in Greens, Multicolor, Blue, Reds, Purple, Blue-Green Bicolor, and Breeder Male. In 2013 he was named Guppy Man of the Year. He has written fancy guppy articles published in Tropical Fish Hobbyist (TFH), the IFGA newsletter and his Guppywest website (guppywest.com). He has also spoken at aquarium clubs regarding the breeding of show guppies. His fish photographs have been used in multiple websites and have been published in Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Amazonas magazines. He has also published books: Breeding Show Guppies and Healthy Freshwater Aquarium Fish.

Presentation summary:
This guppy presentation is about breeding techniques that are explained through development of guppy strains that are illustrated by photographs of each generation. Information will build on what I have explained in my book. Some of the techniques are based on genetic theory and can be used with breeding decisions for fish other than guppies.

Greg Steeves

As a life long aquarist, Greg Steeves is known for his fascination with the family cichlidae, in particular haplochromine cichlids. He has written three books, authored many articles in a dozen languages and speaks on the subject internationally. Together with Lee Ann (Mrs. Steeves), they maintain a fairly large collection of cichlids, catfish and other lineages of aquatic creatures. Greg is the founding member of the Hill Country Cichlid Club and president of the Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies (FOTAS). He is a fellow of the Haplochromis Society based in France as well as the Cichlidroom Companion for whom he has contributed nearly since its inception. He considers his greatest accolade his association with the CARES Conservation Program where he coordinates the Lake Victoria cichlid species.

His love of cichlids and people, together with his message of conservation can be heard (with an ever present humorous undertone) loud and clear on his internet radio show called “Let’s Talk about Cichlids”.

Native South Texas aquatic plants and animals have been an interest of Greg’s for many years and he has both explored and written on the diverse life found in this area, particularly the out flows of the Edwards Aquifer.

Greg and Lee Ann travel to fish events around the country whenever possible meeting old friends and making new ones at every stop. Fish and fish people are a large part of his life as is spreading his message about the joys of working with haplochromine cichlids and the importance of ensuring that they survive for the next generations to enjoy.

Rick Borstein

Rick Borstein is the Webmaster of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA), President of the Chicago Livebearer Society (CLS) and President of the Federation of American Aquarium Societies (FAAS).
Rick was the Chairman of the successful 2006 American Cichlid Association Convention held in Chicago, IL.
Rick has spawned over 200 species of cichlids and is one of only fourteen people to hold the title of Master Breeder in the GCCA. Rick’s basement fishroom has 44 tanks ranging in size from 5 gallons to 240 gallons. Rick is primarily interested in cichlids and livebearers.

Mike Hellweg

Mike has been fascinated by fishes all his life, and has had various fishes as pets since he could barely reach the top of the goldfish bowl; he has been successfully breeding and trading fish with local shops since he was 9 years old. Over the past four decades plus he has specialized mainly in miniature fishes, and has had successful spawns from various miniature fishes totaling over 400 species from 32 families of fish. He currently owns a small fish hatchery and maintains about 3000 gallons divided into 100 tanks. He is the top ranked breeder of all time in the Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. (MASI) BAP and the top ranked aquatic horticulturist of all time in MASI’s HAP with over 300 submissions from 50 families, including more than a dozen by seed. He is an ALA Century Breeder, with over 100 species of Livebearers spawned. He credits his success to large regular water changes, keeping live plants in every tank and culturing and feeding an assortment of live foods daily for feeding his breeding stock and for growing the fry of these diverse fish.

Over the past three plus decades, Mike has given well over 325 talks to classes, clubs, groups and conventions all over the USA and Canada, has documented many of his keeping and spawning successes in over 300 articles published in hobby publications around the world, and he has had two books on live foods published by TFH Publications.

Jeff Cardwell

Jeff Cardwell has been active in the aquarium hobby for more than 40 years. He maintains over 60 aquaria and his interests and expertise extend to catfish, killies, rainbowfishes and cichlids. Jeff has traveled extensively to collect aquarium fishes on more than 40 trips to Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Suriname, Uruguay, Mexico, El Salvador, the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An enthusiastic keeper of North America's native fishes, his collecting trips have also taken him to many parts of the United States. Both as a speaker and a judge, Jeff has been a familiar figure at shows throughout the Midwest for more than thirty years. He is an active member of the American Cichlid Association, the American Livebearer Association, and the Circle City Aquarium Society.


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