The Meeting Place
more information see our website, www.aquatic-gardeners.org. For a sample copy of The Aquatic
Gardener, please send $6 (US, Canada, Mexico—
shipping extra elsewhere) to AGA Bookstore, 2303
Mt. Sinai Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA.
The Canadian Association
of Aquarium Clubs
The Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs
(CAOAC) is a non-profit association of aquarium,
herptile, and pond clubs from across Canada and
New York State. Some of the things we offer
are: a national awards program to honor those
in member clubs who have achieved success in
breeding, plant propagation, or other endeavors
related to the hobby; a Fish Rescue Program to help
those hobbyists with large or unwanted fish to find
new homes for them; and a chance to become
involved with people who share similar interests.
Please visit our website at www.caoac.on.ca for
Great Lakes Cichlid Society
Join one of the Midwest’s top cichlid clubs now
celebrating its 20th year in progress. Members come
from all states surrounding the Great Lakes area
and throughout the nation. The club meets on the
fourth Friday of every month, excluding July, 8 p.m.
at the Masters Church (771 east 260th St. Euclid,
Ohio, 10 minutes east of downtown Cleveland).
There are local and national speakers monthly,
raffles, breeder award programs, refreshments,
and great fish talk. For more information visit
International Fancy Guppy Association
The International Fancy Guppy Association (IFGA) is
an organization for guppy breeders and hobbyists
interested in breeding and showing fancy guppies.
A monthly publication is available and many
shows with over 40 color/tail-shape classes are
held throughout the country yearly. For more
information visit www.ifga.org.
Mid-Atlantic Cichlid Keepers
The Mid-Atlantic Cichlid Keepers (M.A.C.K.) is a
group of amateur aquarists whose main interest is
the breeding, raising, and management of cichlids.
Monthly meetings are held from September to
May on the 3rd Friday of each month, at 8 p.m.
(doors open at 7: 30 p.m.), in the Springfield Town
Hall building, 50 Powell Road Springfield, PA 19064.
For further information, email membership@
mackattack.org or visit www.mackattack.org.
Mid-Atlantic Koi Club
An active and friendly club for people who are
interested in the study and enjoyment of koi,
goldfish, and outdoor ponds. Monthly meetings
provide a variety of activities, including lectures,
pond tours and Koi shows, as well as an opportunity
to meet other enthusiasts. For information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.makc.com.
September 5–7 • Atlanta, Georgia
The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) is the largest and oldest
conference focused on the marine aquarium hobbyist. MACNA XX will take place September
5-7 at the Westin Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Aquarium enthusiasts will have the opportunity
to meet and mingle with peers, professionals, and researchers from various fields such as
aquaculture and marine biology. Over thirty presentations on reef-related topics will be
featured, including speakers from National Geographic and the Smithsonian.
September 20–21 • Cumberland, Rhode Island
Tropical Fish Society of Rhode Island Fall Show and Auction. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 1303
Menden Rd., Cumberland, Rhode Island. For more information, please visit www.tfsri.org.
October 16–19 • Laurel, Maryland
The Potomac Valley Aquarium Society presents the All-Aquarium Catfish Convention:
Amazon Expedition 2008! PVAS will take you on an Amazon Expedition through South
America, exploring the Amazon Basin and surrounding areas from land and water, and
habitats big and small of catfishes and much, much more. Speakers scheduled are Devon
Graham, Ph.D.: Expedition Amazon; Wayne Leibel, Ph.D.: Waters of the Amazon; Julian
“Jools” Dignall: Collecting Catfishes in South America; Ingo Seidel: Breeding Loricariid
Catfishes; Hans-Georg Evers: Ecology of Corydoras & Other Small Aquarium Catfishes;
and Lee Finley: Keynote Address. The Friday night workshops feature Ian Fuller: Breeding
Corydoradine Catfishes; Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association: Catfishes for the
Planted Aquarium; John Maier: Multiple Aquarium Air Systems; and Mark Soberman:
Aquascaping the Catfish Aquarium—with more soon to be added. Friday, we’ll offer
field trips to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, local fish stores, and collecting at Unicorn Lake
with former North American Native Fishes Association President Bob Bock. www.
American Cichlid Association
Come join in the largest and most distinguished
national organization of the cichlid hobby! Your
membership in the American Cichlid Association
(ACA) entitles you to six issues per year of our
highly acclaimed Buntbarsche Bulletin and access
to our online Trading Post, and each July the ACA
hosts a fabulous convention not to be missed!
Your membership in the ACA will offer so much
more, such as participation in the Paul V. Loiselle
Conservation Fund, cichlid research through the
Guy D. Jordan Endowment Fund, hands-on cichlid
conservation through ACA C.A.R.E.S., a speaker
program, a Club Liaison Program, special awards,
and an up-to-date, informative ACA website at
American Killifish Association
The American Killifish Association (AKA) is dedicated
to the propagation, study, and conservation
of killifish. Enjoy the benefits as a member.
Membership is $26 per year and includes six issues
of the Journal of the American Killifish Association
and monthly issues of the Business Newsletter,
which gives members the opportunity to obtain
and sell killifish. Members are also given access to
the members-only section of the website. The AKA
hosts many events during the year, including the
big Memorial Weekend convention and affiliate
club shows, which occur all year long. Log on to
www.aka.org for more information.
American Livebearer Association
The American Livebearer Association (ALA) offers bimonthly publications, species maintenance programs,
access to various types of livebearers, an annual
convention, special publications, slides, and more. For
more information, visit http://livebearers.org.
The Angelfish Society
The Angelfish Society (TAS) is a collection of
angelfish enthusiasts, hobbyists, and breeders who
are interested in the advancement of our hobby
through improvements in the quality of the fish
we keep and breed by employing the standard
which this society will develop. TAS is dedicated
to the enhancement of the angelfish through
high-quality breeding programs using standards
established by the society. Informative online
chatroom meeting schedules can be found at http://
theangelfishsociety.org. Membership is $5 annually,
which includes the quarterly Fin TAStic newsletter.
Aquatic Gardeners Association
Membership in the Aquatic Gardeners Association
(AGA) includes a quarterly journal with informative
articles for beginners and advanced hobbyists alike.
Dues are $20 per year (US, Canada, Mexico), $33 all
other countries (multiyear discounts available). For
The Midwest Cichlid Association
The Midwest Cichlid Association (MCA) is a new
and exciting organization, dedicated to the
promotion of keeping, breeding, and specialization
of the cichlid fish hobby. We eat, sleep, and breathe
cichlids! If you would like more information about
The Midwest Cichlid Association, please email us at
Contact@MidwestCichlid.com or visit http://www.
North American Discus Association
The North American Discus Association (NADA)
is a non-profit organization of discus enthusiasts,
hobbyists, and breeders. Our goal is to educate the
general public, encourage new members, provide
information on the hobby, and promote discus at
fish shows. We offer a quarterly newsletter. Please
visit our website at www.discusnada.org for more
Northwest Killies Club
The Northwest Killies Club (NWK) is an affiliate club
of the American Killifish Association. Our intent is
to represent the interests of killifish keepers of the
Pacific Northwest and beyond. Membership is open
to all. Our members are widely scattered, living in
various parts of Oregon, Washington, and as far
away as Utah. For that reason, we call ourselves
a “virtual club,” using e-mail to keep in regular
contact and meeting physically only four times a
year. We also publish a quarterly newsletter. For
more information, visit nwk.aka.org.
The Pacific Coast Cichlid Association
Now celebrating its 20th year, the Pacific Coast
Cichlid Association (PCCA) meets in San Jose, CA the
second Saturday of each month. Meetings feature
a presentation (past speakers have included Dr. Paul
V. Loiselle and Ad Konings) with an auction and
raffle following. For more information, write to:
PCCA P.O. Box 28145t, San Jose, CA 95159-8145 or
October 19 • Newington, New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Aquarium Society will be holding its 16th annual auction at Newington
Town Hall on Sunday, October 19, 2008. Fish and related goods will be auctioned, and there
will be food and refreshments. Doors open at 9 AM for registration and preview. The auction
starts at noon. Pre-registration is available. For more information, check out our web page at
NE Arkansas Reef Club
Meet irregularly, but always available for online
support, especially for beginners, and to share
wealth of reefkeeping knowledge.
Meets 1 to 5 p.m., the first Sunday of each month,
the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center,
Victoria Room, 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA.
Contact: 818-370-6930 or email lafishfanatics@
This freshwater fish club meets in the San Fernando
Valley, the last Sunday of each month.
The Marine Aquarium Society
of Los Angeles County
Meets the second Friday of every month, Denny’s
Restaurant, 3060 San Fernando Road in the Los
Angeles area, 7 p.m.
San Diego Tropical Fish Society
Meetings the second Sunday of every month, 7
p.m., Room 101 of Casa del Prado, Balboa Park.
San Francisco Aquarium Society
Meetings are 8 p.m., the first Friday of every month,
and are free and open to everyone.
Silicon Valley Aquarium Society
Meets are every first Saturday, 6: 30 p.m., Round
Table Pizza, 4302 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA (Rt.
280 & Saratoga Ave.).
Arizona Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts
Meets every third Sunday of the month. See forum
for additional details.
Arizona Rivulin Keepers
Meets monthly (usually on the second Saturday),
7:00 p.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road,
Dry Wash Aquarium Society
Meets the second Thursday of the month, Peter
Piper Pizza, 10300 N. Metro Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ at 7
p.m., and everyone is welcome.
The Colorado Aquarium Society
General meetings the first Friday of each month,
7: 30 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 8235 W. 44th
Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO.
Rocky Mountain Cichlid Association
Meets September through June, 6 p.m., the second
Sunday of the month, the Englewood Recreation
Center, 1155 W. Oxford Ave., Denver, CO (1/2 mile south
of Hampden and one block east of Santa Fe Ave.).
Southern Colorado Aquarium Society
Meetings the third Sunday of each month, the ReMax
Building, 1740 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO.
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