maintained extinct-in-nature or endangered
fish in his own aquaria and has spread
them worldwide to the proper persons for
their preservation in the hobby.
He organized the 34th meeting of
the Desert Fishes Council (devoted to
protecting desert fish habitats) in his
hometown, San Luis Potosi, back in 2002.
The Desert Fishes Council (http://www.
desertfishes.org) was the organization
that saved the Devil’s Hole Pupfish in
Death Valley from extinction back in the
1960s, and is constantly working hard to
protect desert fish. He had published, by
invitation, in Cichlid Research: State of the
Art (Journal of Aquariculture & Aquatic
Sciences Special Issue, 2001) an article
entitled “Conservation Status of Cichlids
We of the American Cichlid Association
are proud to have Juan as an active member
of our organization and are grateful for
his many long-term contributions to
the international cichlid hobby and to
cichlid science and conservation. To top
it off, he’s just a great guy! He will be
speaking at this year’s upcoming ACA
Convention in Atlanta, so do consider
Thank you Juan, for all you do
(and have done) for our magnificent
Juan Miguel in April, 2007, swimming with a school of Astyanax mexicanus in the Río Mante at
attending and learning from this master
of Mesoamerican (and other) cichlids.
hobby, and for our beloved cichlids!
I, for one of many, am pleased and
proud to call you friend and fellow