Charles Clapsaddle, Chief Scientist and Hatchery Manager
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, the mosquito fish, and Poecilia latipinna, the sailfin molly. By junior high he had graduated to fancy guppies. His fascination with livebearers continues today. The family hatchery breeds many fishes, but it’s the development of new 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.
Susie Clapsaddle, Business Manager
Susie began her fish-keeping career after marrying Charles Clapsaddle and becoming infected with the fish-keeping bug in 1984. Susie insures the hatchery is operated as a business instead of an overgrown hobby. Her favorite fishes are cichlids and she participates in the selection of each generation’s breeders. She has a BA in Education from New State University.