Clapsaddle, Charles

Charles began his fish-keeping career about age 7 (lots of years ago) when he won some goldfish at carnival. After growing them up, he successfully spawned them and was hooked on fish forever.

Shortly after the success with goldfish, he turned his attention to livebearers, the first of which were locally collected Gambusia affinis, mosquito fish, and Poecilia latipinna, sailfin molly. By junior high he had graduated to fancy guppies. His fascination with livebearers continues today.

Although his family hatchery ( breeds many other fishes, it’s the development of new livebearer strains and the improvement of existing strains that occupies his best efforts.

Charles has spoken to aquarium clubs across the country on various topics relating to the hobby. He has a BSc in Zoology from The University of Texas at Austin.


  • Raising Show Quality Fish
  • Hatchery Operations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Native Gambusia Populations
  • Hatchery Operations
  • Closed System Aquaculture of Ornamental Fish
  • Magnificant Mollies
Speaker Type: 
Speaker Topics: 
Fish Rooms, Professional Breeder Facilities
US Native Fish

Past Speaking Events

Event Name Date
DAAS Special Event Friday, August 24, 2018 - 19:30
NJAS Meeting Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 12:30
NJAS Tropical Fish Weekend Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 13:00 to Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 18:30
NEC 2008 Convention - "The Pirates of the NEC" Friday, April 11, 2008 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 18:30
NEC 2013 Convention - "Keepin' It Green" Friday, April 5, 2013 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 18:00