CCAC July 6th, 2023 MEETING – Gerald Griffin – “Wild Betta Slide Show”

The Fishy Biography of Gerald Griffin
I first started keeping fish at the age of nine and by ten bred my first fish species Colisa lalia, followed shortly by Colisa chuna (sota), Colisa fasciata and labiosa. At the age of twelve I read All About Bettas by Walt Maurus and fell in love with wild Bettas, the only problem was that in the 1970s I could not find any living in Oklahoma. By the time I went to college I found articles on
wild Bettas in the school library and joined the International Betta Congress and started  corresponding with various fish keepers and found some wild Betta stocks and started collecting them and writing articles. In college I started taking Ichthyology classes and am a trained Ichthyologist and during the course of my study managed the Ichthyology laboratory at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. During that time, I picked up a lot of information on
disease and pathogens as well as the Native Fishes of North America. Around the year 2000 I once again got hit with the Betta bug and started keeping domestics again and as soon as I did the wild
Betta bug hit me again and I went crazy again collecting them. I have run over 80 tanks dedicated to a number of different fish. As I became more involved in my local fish club the Oklahoma City Aquarium Association I started keeping a variety of species and have since spawned various Barbs, African Cichlids, Killifish, Native American fish, American Cichlids, Livebearers, and a number of miscellaneous fishes including some saltwater fishes (clownfish and seahorses) however wild Bettas and Anabantoids will always be my first love and the primary fish I keep.

I am currently the Judging Board Chair of the International Betta Congress and the editor of FLARE! magazine. I am also involved in my Local Aquarium Association serving as BAP chair and the President of the Oklahoma Aquarium Association. In previous years have been their HAP and Presentations Chair. I am also the Treasurer for the American Labyrinth Fishes Association as well
as the President of the Oklahoma Betta Breeders Association. I am also a board member and Secretary of FOTAS (Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies, a multistate regional organization that covers Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana) as well as the editor of the FOTAS Fish Tales Magazine which won numerous awards from FAAS.


This is an overview of all of the “Wild Betta Species” which I first created over 20 years ago.
This presentation has been used in over 20 countries and translated into a dozen languages from my original form. There are also people in the US that still use my template. This has been one of my most popular talks and I have given it across the US to many Aquarium Societies.


CCAC Monthly Meeting Online Viewing

06 July, Thursday @ 07:30 PM EST

What to expect:

A typical meeting we start setting up about 7:00 pm and will official start around 7:30 pm. At the start of the meeting all club business and announcements are made.

Next is our speaker/presentation. Typically they last about 1 hour. Topics have a very broad range as far as a hobbyist can see.

After that a brief intermission.

The Conclusion consists of door prizes, a members-only raffle item donated from one of our many proud sponsors/supporters, and a members-only mini-auction of fish and aquarium related goods.  Meetings usually last until 9:30 or 10:00 pm

I’m with the Circle City Aquarium Club out of Indianapolis IN. I’m currently the Vice President and the program/speaker chair. I’m looking to fill our 2023 calendar. Our meetings are on the first Thursday of the month roughly at 7:30pm Eastern.