ACA News, Volume 4, #6




Volume 4, #6, June 2018

Editor: Alan De Angelo

Contact: [email protected]



Greetings and Conventioneering Salutations!

ACA-CON 2018

It’s almost here!

The 2018 ACA Convention is only a few days away. Trains, planes, automobiles, unicycles, skateboards, street luge and feet are all ways to get there. So plan accordingly.

From initial reports, a LOT of really cool fish are going to be at the convention to buy, so make some tank space ready for your new acquisitions. Besides the fish, world-class speakers will be sharing their experiences with you, too. And don’t forget, the Houston area has great attractions, drinking establishments and restaurants to handle any style of revelry. Please see the Convention ad in this issue and if you can get there, it will be well worth it. Have fun!

Not much to report this month as things are chugging along quite nicely. I hope to have great news from the BOT meeting at the convention that I will pass along to all of you. The July AN should be a lengthy one. Finally, eh?

Enjoy your time at the convention. Have a great 4th of July! Be safe. Travel well. And as always, remember the important part of all of this is the friends we make and the fun we have. Yeh, the fish, too!

See you in July!

– Alan


The convention in Houston is creeping up on us fast.

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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The entire catalog of Buntbarsche Bulletin will be made available on an updatable/re-usable, customised 32GB USB flash drive at the Convention in Houston for the never-to-be-repeated, ridiculously cheap price of

** $20 **

Following the launch in Houston, the USB will be made available via mail order for $24.95 +p&h. So be sure to pick one up in Houston and save!


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If you have not yet enrolled on the ACA Members-only FaceBook page, please do so now (click the “f”). Thanks!



Buntbarsche Bulletin submissions pay!

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 — 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 — 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:

Life Memberships/Donations

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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Check/edit your Contact Details on CRC yourself when you move or change your e-mail address. It’s so simple … try it.

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

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Simply go to, choose the American Cichlid Association as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of each purchase to the ACA!
It’s easy and basically free money. Please help spread the word.