Colin opened the meeting by thanking everyone for attending and briefly covered the weeks announcements before reminding everyone that next week is Table Show No 1 and that the sheet for names for the KAS meal out on December 15th at the Amritsar Indian restaurant in Kirkcaldy is up in the club room.
Conversation then turned to a amusing discussion about the perils of electricity and water combining in the hobby with many members having stories of fish keeping related mishaps and stories of flooding various rooms of their houses on multiple occasions in the pursuit of fish keeping with Brian and Colin probably having flooded the house more than most much to the annoyance of their partners! Brian told the meeting about a recent problem he had with a external filter and received some very useful suggestions on how this issue could be prevented for reocurring. Discussion then moved on to problems with filters and changes in construction over the years and how effectively many modern ones are essentially built to fail in a far shorter period than used to be the case.
The members then talked about the last few years brine shrimp harvests and their effect on the pricing of brine shrimp eggs with one members bet on a further increase in price not going exactly as planned, this led to an interesting discussion on hatching methods which revealed a wide array of methods being employed all with a reasonable success rate, Laurie mentioned the importance of bringing the PH up slightly as the eggs needed the alkalinity to properly dissolve their outer casings. Laurie, Mike and Jill mentioned their recent experiences of a number of varieties of brine shrimp eggs.
Please remember next week is the first table show of the 2012/2013 ‘season’ so please do come along and enter especially if you have not done so before !