The next ANGFA Queensland meeting is on Friday, August 9 at 7:30 and it’s going to be a good one!
Jungle Perch (Kuhlia ruprestris) have become quite a rarity for Queensland aquarists, as habitat modification has seen wild stocks decline to the point of local extinction from some river systems. As such there is a possession limit of one per person. Michael Hutchison of the DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Bribie Island Research Centre has spent many years researching Jungle Perch, leading projects such as testing genetic structure among east coast Queensland Jungle Perch populations and, more recently, the first ever successful captive breeding of Jungle Perch. With their success last Summer, Michael is hopeful that they’ll have a productive breeding season later this year – aiming for monthly spawns from November through the Summer. Michael’s presentation will give us some insights into the techniques they’ve used for breeding this difficult species and a look at the future for Jungle Perch restocking and recovery.
We’ll also have our Aquarama rundown from Greg Ure who’s brought back a stack of photos from the 2013 show. Definitely worth a look to find out about the latest trends in the hobby, what exotics might be on their way to Australian shores, and what the rest of the world has been up to with Australian and New Guinea natives (who could forget the balloon incisus from last time !?!).
If you’re not a member please feel free to come and have a look. The club shop with dry goods and supplies will be open, as will the drinks stand. There’ll be an auction after the talks where anyone can buy, though you must be a member to register as a seller.