ACA News, Volume 4, #5




Volume 4, #5, May 2018



Editor: Alan De Angelo

Contact: [email protected]



Greetings and hot salutations!

It’s been a scorcher here over the Memorial Day weekend. 96 degrees and 84% humidity. Whew, not my idea of great weather to be outside unless you are in a pool. I tried to turn on the lawn sprinkler to sit under it, but only dust came out. Now that’s hot! But, it will be cooling down into the mid 70s soon and all will be well.
I want to thank our esteemed BOT Chair, Jan Benes, for filling in for me last month. Sometimes life gets a little too busy to do everything we want to do. Thanks again, Jan.

The convention in Houston is creeping up on us fast. If you have not made your reservations or registered yet, there is still time. Go to the convention website to learn how …

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And now for the BIG news. Daryl Hutchins, our man downunder and illustrious BB Editor, has finished the enormous, no, the Herculean task of reviewing all of the past BBs, editing them, “fixing” them by touching them up, correcting OCR results, etc, etc, so they are easily readable and digitizing the whole kit and kaboodle of them.
To top things off, the whole database of information is searchable. What a deal! And, wait for it … the USB should be available for purchase at the convention in Houston. As I write, the price has not been set, so I would be remiss if I quoted one, but it will be very affordable. So, get two! One for now and one for later, or for a Christmas gift, or as a birthday gift for me! (It’s coming up soon!)
Following the convention launch, the USB will be available for mail order. So be sure to pick one up in Houston and save on the p&h.

I have been in communication with the videographer, Don McConnell, and the video is progressing nicely. It is taking a bit longer than anticipated as numerous additional interviews have been added. Our own Art Parola will be included in the interviews, too, from what I hear. I am eager to see the final product. If you recall, last year, the ACA donated $2,500 to this educational video project.

That’s about all for this edition of the AN. I wish that I had more to report but the summer doldrums are settling in. Now, get ready for the convention as time is ticking by fast.

Take care,

– Alan

ACA-CON 2018

Please check out the link to get more information about our annual convention that will be held in Houston this year. Indications are that a lot of CARES fish will be represented. As usual, all of our conventions are full of fish, friends and fun.

Plan to be there for the festivities.



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Authors/photographers please contact the Editor for details: [email protected].

You do not need to be an ACA member to submit material for publication (you are welcome to put part of your payment toward a membership).

ACA does not assume copyright of images, neither are images submitted for publication added to a database without permission. In the event that we desire to re-use an image in other projects, permission would be sought and supplementary payment is guaranteed.
Funds can be redirected to Research or Conservation projects in your name if you prefer.


New Membership Structure:

$35 Annual ACA Membership.

Life Memberships β€” build your membership levels incrementally and move up in rank. All memberships above the basic Life Membership will be published annually in an ACA publication to recognize your contributions to Conservation, Research and Education.

$1000 LIFE Membership β€” all current Life Memberships still honored, no increase in dues. This and all higher-level memberships receive a Life Membership to the ACA.

Higher levels of donation/membership:

$1250 Patron Member;
$1500 Endowment Member;
$1750 Benefactor Member;
$2000 Conservation Member;

$2500 Legacy Member;
Chairman’s Circle(individual donations of $5000+)

You can also include the ACA in your estate plan as several members have already done. Please visit the link below.

General Donations

You can also donate smaller or larger increments, make personal or corporate donations, etc at the link below. It is only by your support that the ACA can maintain its leadership in Cichlid Conservation, Research and Education. Remember, it is tax deductible. Please find out more at the link below:

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You can very easily give your friends/family an ACA Gift Membership, bringing them all the benefits attendant thereto. A lasting gift that has flow-on beneficial effects via the ACA’s research and conservation
programs, etc.
To organise an ACA Gift Membership, please:

1) Send payment(s) of $35 per gift membership to the ACA PayPal account at [email protected].

2) Send an email to ACA Treasurer, Tim Hovanec, at [email protected] with a CC to ACA Membership Coordinator, Claudia Dickinson ([email protected]), stating that you have just
sent money for a gift membership/s and the names and email addresses of the recipients.

3) Each ACA Gift Membership recipient will then receive an ACA Gift Member email with a copy to the
gift-giver, followed by email welcome letters from the ACA and CRC.





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Send your cichlid-related news/events to the AN Editor at [email protected] and we will be happy to spread the word for you. Allow six weeks lead time. Thank you.

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Go to and click your username in the Welcome Panel
Select the Edit Tab and make changes
Click Save


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