Entertaining speakers share their journey and wisdom

Here are the speakers for the 2021 Keystone Clash:

Joe Gargas


Education: University of Illinois (Champaign Urbana) University Atlanta Georgia   


Selected Publications: Wrote for FAMA (Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine) TFH (Tropical FishHobbyist) Also had an ongoing column in the “Pet Dealer” Magazine (An Industry Trade Publication) Called “Facts on Fish” Which ran consecutively for several years. 

Research Interests: Developed applications for water treatment and analysis for the potable water industry as well as swimming pools, fountains, and the aquarium fish trade. 


Accomplishments: Was granted by the US Government 13 patents on new technologies and applications for potable water, swimming pools, fountains, and the aquarium fish industry.

Biography: Joe Gargas, a native of the south suburbs of Chicago, began his interest in tropical fish in the mid 60’s when an aunt gave him his first fish tank with guppies. His interest in tropical fish stayed and grew through the teen years which grew into walls of aquariums. In the late 70’s he became a law enforcement officer in Chicago. During that time, he worked extensively breeding Discus as well as other hard to breed species of fish making extra money in the process. Joe began writing for several aquarium fish publications and had a column in one of them that ran for 7 years. He also began teaching a class that he put together at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago called “Advanced Freshwater Fish Keeping.” This was a 6-week 6-part course that he gave twice a year. In the early 90’s he was approached by the Wardley Corporation in Secaucus, New Jersey (an aquarium fish food company) and was offered the job as a consultant. At this time, he began presenting the PIJAC “Freshwater Fish” certification seminar throughout the USA, Canada and the UK speaking on all aspects of the aquarium hobby.


In the mid 90’s, the Wardley Corporation was bought out by the Hartz Mountain Corporation and Joe was offered the job of the Director of Research for Wardley and he and his family were relocated to the Tampa Bay area where he lives today.  Joe lectured worldwide on behalf of the Wardley Corporation on all aspects of tropical fish keeping and developed many products. He currently has a hatchery where he is breeding discus, rams, and angelfish, selling to breeders and high-end stores across the country and is currently an active member of the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society. Through his research he has helped aquarists/hobbyists keep their fish alive and remain in the hobby.  


Water and the Aquarium – Part 2 (What’s new in aquarium fish keeping)

Do you ever wonder if the aquarium products that are offered for sale on Amazon and other websites on-line really work? Especially if they are made in Asia or other countries outside the USA!  Well, I do and took a step further and purchased several of them on an on-going basis and tested them. Being a former R&D Director of a major aquarium company, I have experience in testing products that are offered for sale in the aquarium trade. Join me and see what products I tested and what the findings were!!!!! I also will show where to acquire them at the best prices!

Saturday, September 25 at time

Eric Bodrock



Forty+ Years of Catfish Breeding

Eric Bodrock is the Owner of All Oddball Aquatics, a tropical fish hatchery
and independent online retailer located near Pittsburgh PA. Along with his
fiancé, Regina Spotti, they currently maintain about 250 aquariums in their
home-based hatchery and are working with many species of fish. Eric has
been active in the aquarium hobby since age 10 and has worked in the
retail, wholesale/distribution, installation, and hatchery aspects of the
industry. In addition to his accomplishment of successfully spawning over
500 species of freshwater fish, including more than 130 species of catfish,
he has published articles, judged dozens of fish shows and has given
countless presentations. In addition to covering much of the United States, he has traveled to aquarium related events in Canada, Germany, Norway, Peru, and the United Kingdom.  Eric has been an active member of the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, which he has been a member since 1976! He considers himself as a “Lifer” in the hobby and continues to promote the aquarium hobby in every possible way…you’ll often hear him say: “There’s always room for one more tank!”  Eric has successfully spawned more than 130 species of catfish ….and no, not all of them were Corys!


Eric’s presentation is going to cover a wide range of species & topics on these various spawns. Hopefully the attendees will pick up some interesting ideas that will be beneficial & useful in their own spawning attempts at home. Some of the techniques and many of his thoughts will also prove to be invaluable with the successful spawning many other species of fish as well!


Gary lange


jennifer williams


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