The Meeting Place
The Potomac Valley
The American Cichlid Asso
uly 17–20 • Atlanta, GA
ciation (ACA) will be holding their annual convention July
17–20 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel, hosted by the Atlanta Area Aquarium
Association. The event will feature presentations from a variety of experts on Central
American, South American, and African cichlids—and more—as well as workshops
on fish diseases, fish photography, and even catfish. In addition to the banquet
and auction, trips will be made to the Georgia Aquarium and the Atlanta Botanical
Gardens. For more information, please visit www.aca2008.com.
October 16-19 • Laurel, Maryland
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.catfish2008.com.
ome 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 www.cichlid.org.
American Killifish Association
he 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 bi-monthly 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
ngelfish 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 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
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 more information.
Great Lakes Cichlid Society
n 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
ernational 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
he 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
tive 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 members@
makc.com or visit www.makc.com.
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 information.
Northwest Killies Club
orth west Killies Club (N WK) 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 visit www.cichlidworld.com.
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.
8-370-6930 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, Tempe, AZ.
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.
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.).
Meetings the third Sunday of each month,
the ReMax Building, 1740 Chapel Hills Drive,
Colorado Springs, CO.