|The Arizona Rivulin Keepers (ARK) is a not-for-profit, educational association dedicated to promoting the public knowledge, care, and breeding of a group of fishes collectively known as killifishes. Meetings are free and the public is invited|
The Arizona Rivulin Keepers (ARK) was formed in the late summer of 1998 by Allan Semeit. A long-time member of the American Killifish Association (AKA) and the (northern California) Bay Area Killifish Association (BAKA), Allan had relocated to Phoenix several months earlier. Past and present AKA members throughout Arizona, interested friends, as well as members of the Dry Wash Aquarium Society of Phoenix, were invited to attend an organizational meeting on September 12, 1998.
The first meeting was attended by over twenty people. Aside from discussion about what directions the group might take, there was a program and an auction. Peter Unmack, an Australian working on his doctorate at ASU on desert fishes, presented a video on desert fishes conservation activities in Nevada sponsored several aquarium clubs. A tremendous killifish auction followed. Many of the fish were donated by the Bay Area Killifish Association, primarily through the efforts of Bill Gallagher. Bob Schwiegerath of New Mexico also contributed some nice killies