About Jeremy Basch


Jeremy is quickly becoming a world authority on spawning oddball catfish, especially wood cats. He was the first in the world to spawn the jaguar catfish, Liasomadoras oncinus!!

Jeremy Basch lives in Columbus, OH but is originally from Westlake, OH near Cleveland. He started keeping fish over 25 years ago when his father took him to a local pet shop. For his first job and just short of his 17th birthday, Jeremy started working at the largest fish store in Ohio. Throughout the 12 years of working at the fish store, Jeremy was put in charge of fish husbandry, fish quarantine and eventually became an associate manager. He now works for Nationwide Insurance as a Commercial Underwriter.

Jeremy set up his first fishroom in 2004. His current fishroom contains 100+ aquariums ranging in size from 2.5 to 150 gallons. Over the years, he has had many species of fish spawn in his aquaria including various cichlids, catfish, rainbowfish, killifish, livebearers and invertebrates. Jeremy specializes in the catfish of the families, Loricariidae and perhaps more notably, Auchenipteridae, the Woodcats. Like most aquarists, Jeremy also enjoys other fish species including killifish and lampeyes from West Africa. He was the first person in the world to have the Jaguar Catfish, Liosomadoras oncinus, spawn and give viable offspring!

Jeremy is a current member and the former chairman of his hometown club, the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFÉ). Other fish associations Jeremy belongs to include: the Ohio Cichlid Association, the Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society, the Greater Akron Aquarium Society, the Catfish Study Group, the American Killifish Association and the American Cichlid Association. He has written a several articles which have appeared in the Buntbarsche Bulletin, his local fish club’s publication, the CAFÉ Menu and Amazonas. Jeremy’s article in Amazonas shared his first successful breeding of Liosomadoras oncinus, the Jaguar Catfish. Jeremy can be seen at many fish shows and conventions throughout the Midwest and beyond.