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 Mike Hellweg, a well known breeder and author from St. Louis, MO. 

Mike has been fascinated by fishes all his life, and has had various fishes as pets since he could barely reach the top of the tank; he has been successfully breeding and trading fish with local shops since he was 9 years old. Over the past 40+ years he has specialized mainly in miniature fishes, and has had
successful spawns from various miniature fishes totaling over 400 species from 32 families of fish. He is the top ranked breeder of all time in the Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. (MASI) BAP and the top ranked aquatic horticulturist of all time in MASI’s HAP with over 300 submissions from 50 families, including more than a dozen by seed.  He credits his success to large regular water changes, keeping live plants in every tank and culturing and feeding an assortment of live foods daily for feeding his breeding stock and for growing the fry of these diverse oddball fish.

Mike has given over 250 talks to clubs and groups all over the USA and Canada, has documented many of these keeping and spawning successes in more than 250 articles published in hobby publications around the world, and has had two books on live foods published by TFH Publications. 

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