I'm glad you guys are enjoying it. We're having a blast, too. That's the reason we are doing the race - to get other hobbyists interested in breeding fish, and to have fun.
As you guys know, I had a really lousy autumn last year, and had almost a month where I barely went into the fishroom at all except to feed the fish. Not an excuse, just reality. It puts me about 4 weeks behind Ted. That's just the way things go. We move on. With all of his work as the ACA Convention chairman coming up, I'm sure that time framework will even out. Even with that gap, I still successfully spawned over 30 species in the first three months - much more than I thought I would! And after that very bumpy start, my breeding program has really picked up the past few months, and momentum is gaining as we go forward. But I can't really share any more than that as I don't want to put out any spoilers.
Since the July issue is out I can say that my actual count at the 6 month point is 73 species, not 70. I haven't really paid too much attention to the numbers, but I guess I'd better go back through and see what was missed. Plus, we'll be posting the halfway point totals on the TFH blog soon. We're actually competing by points, not just raw numbers.
Thanks to many of my fellow MASI members and my friends in HAAS and other clubs, I've had the chance to work with many beautiful fish, and so far have spawned most of these gifts and loaners but those giant Oreochromis monsters that came from Cory!
There will be some really cool stuff coming up, so stay tuned!
I really appreciate all of your support, too.
Mike Hellweg, President Emeritus
Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc.