2019 May HAAS Meeting - Cory Catfish by Matt Schauer - NBM Aquatics

Added to Calendar: 05-11-19


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Our May meeting will be a talk about Cory Catfish with Matt Schauer from NBM Aquatics!

HAAS is proud to present Matt Schauer at our May meeting. Matt will be discussing Cory cats in the aquarium. He will be providing some donations for the club mini auction during the meeting!

Bio: Matt was born and raised in Central Wisconsin. When he was a child his parents owned a small shop in
Mequon focusing primarily on freshwater tropical fish and exotic birds. They had 72 tanks in the store
and another half-dozen at home. They left the business when he was 8 but some of the knowledge stuck
with him. In ’06 he was given his first tank, a 75 gallon, by a friend whose former roommate had left it
behind. At the age of 26 his passion began. The intent was a nice looking planted community tank.
Within a few months of its setup; the breeding of Badis badis, Corydoras paleatus and Nomorhamphus
liemi (Celebese Halfbeak), quickly had it cluttered with fry boxes and breeder baskets. It wasn’t long
before a few more tanks were added. He tapered off at 5 tanks until he moved from Wisconsin to
Northern Illinois in 2008. In a new town with few friends he had little better to do than sit online
shopping for new tanks and fish to play with.
Matt’s love for Silruiforms started early during his fish keeping when he saw his first Royal Whiptail for
sale at a local shop. Before that he was not familiar with anything but common plecos and corys with
the occasional synodontis or other basic species being offered. This peaked his curiosity and he began
scouring the internet astounded at all the species that existed. In 2010, with a catfish collection of less
than 10 species, he attended the All Aquarium Catfish Convention. He had loads of fun, learned a lot,
and met some great people. Matt then started collecting many species; but due to space constraints,
focused on the Callichthyidae and the Loricariidae types that remain small. By 2011 he had acquired
quite the collection and launched a website. Even then he would have never thought he would be
attending subsequent Catcons with a healthy supply of tank raised fish to sell and trade. Since then has
been successful with more than 65 species of Corydoradinae and over 23 species of Loricariidae.
In late 2016 Matt downsized his near 120 tanks and moved to Southern Wisconsin. His main focus still
being Catfish. He is currently keeping more than 70 species of catfish in 70 tanks, and is in the process of
building a 600 sqft fishroom which will house near 200 tanks.

1:00 - 4:00 Meeting

Plant Buy/Mini Auction
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Since Matt will be speaking about Corys, the bowl show will be catfish with 5 extra points on the the year total if you actually bring corys.