In May, our speaker will be Gary Lang, speaking on his 2015 road trips in Northern Papua and down the eastern border, and his 2017 adventures in the far western side of Papua, The Bird’s Head, home of Melanotaenia boesemani and several other interesting rainbowfish.
Gary has been keeping fish since he was 10 and has been associated with the organized hobby for the last 35 years. He is a member of the Missouri Aquarium Society (MASI) and has held various positions in the club. He is a grand master breeder in MASI, and has won "Best Fish In Show" on four different occasions, twice with rainbowfish.
In the fall of 1987 he started the Rainbowfish Study Group of North America (RSG). He got in fish photography mainly because there weren't many quality pictures of rainbowfish. He has had his photos published in FAMA, TFH and AFM and has published several articles for the Aquarium Fish Magazine and TFH.
In 2002 he was the first to import eight new rainbowfish into North America from the world explorer, Heiko Bleher, including the Millennium rainbow, the Zigzag (Glossolepis dorityi) and the dwarf parva rainbowfish. In 2003 he made his second trip to Australia and did some more collecting while there. In 2005 he took the rainbowfish collectors dream trip – collecting in West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), the western portion of New Guinea. He’s also made trips in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017. He brought back rainbowfish that have never been seen in the hobby including Chilatherina alleni and Melanotaenia vanheurni. With these trips he’s collected and brought back at least 15 different undescribed species of rainbowfish. Along with his collecting partner, Johannes Graf, they are currently working on naming them. He is currently running over 90 aquariums (~2,500 gallons, 9,500 liters) and keeping over 65 species and locations of rainbowfish and blue-eyes.