Our speaker in November has a number of talks 1. The Rationalized Fishroom Experience Rick’s journey building his dream fishroom—actually, two fishrooms one tropical and one subtropical—from scratch! Rick’s set-up has over 1600 gallons of water and 44 tanks in total. Rick’s fishroom has been featured on Joey Mullen’s King of DIY channel on YouTube and around the internet. You’ll learn about wall construction, flooring choices, racking and layout, electrical and heating, humidity control, filtration, air and how to drill tanks. This talk includes several illustrative videos. 2. Sixty Tips in 60 Minutes In this talk, you'll hear and see— in rapid fire fashion— tons of tips to make it easier, faster or more fun to manage and breed your fish. The presentation is picture-driven and offers tips on better ways to feed, change water, pack and ship fish and lots more. Some do-it-yourself projects are included. Best of all, all the tips are published in a concise PDF online for you to refer to after the talk. 3. The Road to Master Breeder: Tips and Techniques for Spawning Cichlids In "The Road to Master Breeder", Rick Borstein will share quality photographs, diagrams, tips, and techniques to help you get more out of your fishroom... and more spawns from your cichlids. You'll learn about Rick's preferred products and why he uses them. Also included in the talk are some do-it-yourself project ideas and some great cichlid pictures. Talk content is suitable for both cichlid neophytes and more advanced hobbyists. 4. No buckets, no hoses. Automating Water Changes in your Fish Room How would you like to change the water in 35 fish tanks in under an hour . . . automatically? In "Automating Water Changes in your Fish Room", Rick Borstein will tell you how to build an automatic water changing system. That's right, no more buckets, hoses or Pythons! You can save hours of time each week. In this talk, you'll learn about various types of automatic water changing systems and tips on how to drill tanks, set up drain lines and plumb fresh water back to your tanks. This talk includes plenty of animations and video, so you can see how it all works in practice. 5. Digital Imaging for Aquatic Hobbyists In this talk, Rick Borstein— a Solutions Consulting Manager for Adobe Systems Incorporated— will show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to repair and enhance pictures of your fish. You'll learn about camera options and hardware via slides, but after that it is all demo. See how to remove scratches and water droplets from photos, remove objects from photos, replace backgrounds, correct color and sharpen your pictures to improve quality. 6. Collecting Goodeids in Mexico and the Goodeid Working Group Conferences Goodeids are livebearing fish native to Mexico. In many cases, the habitat of these interesting fish is threatened. In this talk, you'll learn more about goodeids and see pictures and video of collecting these fish at two locations— La Mintzita and Rancho Molino, both in the Mexican state of Michoacán. In addition, you'll learn about the work of the Goodeid Working Group and the folks who are working hard to save these fish. 7. Livebearer Reproduction Livebearers are an interesting and diverse group of fish that go far beyond guppies, swordtails and platies. In this talk, Rick Borstein, the President of the Chicago Livebearer Society, will review livebearer anatomy, incubation, nourishment of the fry, and techniques for saving the most fry from your spawns. This talk is ideally suited to beginners.