Tropical Magic




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Tropical Magic 2017 – Chase Klinesteker


 I am a fish nut!!  I am currently writing a website ( to share what I have learned over many years in the tropical fish hobby so others can benefit.  I began keeping tropical fish in 1952 at the age of 12 with a tank of guppies.  A tropical fish show inspired me to join the Grand Rapids Aquarium Society and I became involved with the junior club and then the adult organization.  In high school I had 10-12 tanks in my bedroom and was breeding and trading many fish.  In the early 1980s’ I built a compact fishroom with about 50 tanks and began selling fish to local stores.  Also around this time I joined the Southwest Michigan Aquarium Society (SWMAS) and became heavily involved in breeding fish for their Breeders Award Program (BAP).  Later I also became involved with the Grand Valley Aquarium Society (GVAC) of Grand Rapids.  In 1984 I received the “Breeder of The Year” award from the Federation of American Aquarium Societies (FAAS) for breeding the most species of fish (79) that year.  The BAP program required writing articles about breeding fish to advance to higher levels, and by the time I reached the Grand Master level, I was addicted and continued writing for the club newsletter.  I was disappointed when the FAAS BAP program was discontinued because it seemed important in motivating aquarists to breed and distribute more species.  I had bred over 570 species of fish through that program and was told that I led all participants in total number of species bred.

My interest lies mainly in breeding all groups of tropical fishes, especially the more difficult species where knowledge might benefit the hobby.   Although Characins are one of my favorites, the Extended BAP Program at SWMAS was a great motivator to breed and write articles on all categories of fish, including South American Cichlids, African Cichlids, Live Bearers, Anabantoids, Barbs, Minnows, Rasboras, Mop Spawning Killies, Soil Spawnning Killies, Catfish, Rainbows, and Other.  Foods, live plants, aquarium maintenance, and proper care of fish all apply to keeping fish healthy and breeding them, so articles on those subjects are included also.  I strongly believe the hobby of keeping and breeding tropical fish is beneficial in many ways (see: “Why Tropical Fish” article).   My addiction to keeping and breeding tropical fish seems permanent, with no cure on the horizon!

In 2008, I retired from the practice of Dentistry after 43 years and, besides tropical fish, have much to keep me busy, including playing table tennis, teaching fishing (website:, and babysitting our 2 lovely granddaughters Anya and Arianna.  When I get it completed, I am hoping the reader will find the new website on “Breeding Tropical Fish” ( interesting and informative, so some of what I have learned can be passed on to others to benefit the hobby moving forward.