This is a new presentation that gives an overview of species available in the hobby, their unique needs and behaviors, and specialized housing. It is meant as an introductory presentation to dispel some myths and make these unique creatures more approachable.
Presented by Rachel O’Leary AKA MSJINXED
A life-long fish keeper, her interests range from microfish to monsters, with a focus on invertebrates and dwarf species. Rachel has spent the last 10 years studying invertebrate husbandry, aquascaping, and breeding practices. Rachel’s fishroom consists of over 100 tanks ranging from 10 to 220 gallons, and her breeding program includes members of the Corydoradinae group, apistogramma, ancistrus, hypancistrus, pelvicachromis, as well as various cyprinids and livebearers. One of the leading importers of invertebrates in the US, she works with dozens of dwarf shrimp and snail species, as well as dwarf crayfish and crabs, and is regularly bringing in new and hard to find specimens. Rachel is a frequent contributor to Amazonas magazine, and recently had a book published titled The 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species: How to Choose & Keep Hardy, Brilliant, Fascinating Nano Fishes, Plants and Invertebrates.
As dedicated to education and community as she is to her fish, Rachel has served as a moderator in several of the largest online aquatic communities. A member of close to a dozen associations, she can frequently be found at conventions and club meetings around the country.