ACA News, Volume 5, #1-2

Volume 5, #1-2, January-February 2019

Editor: Alan De Angelo

Contact: [email protected]

Greetings and Salutations to all!

The new year got off to a crawl with the polar vortex pouring down out of Canada. When people talk about building walls, can we consider a big thermal wall to block all of that cold from coming down to the States? It broke a record here in Chicagoland one night, -27°F (-32.8°C). Now, to those of you that live up north that may be calling me a sissy, that’s okay. -27°F is when I cry “Uncle!”


The ACA Convention that is being hosted by NECA is coming on strong. With a great list of speakers and events, you won’t want to miss it. But, no matter what, the chance to spend a few days with fellow cichlid hobbyists is always worthwhile. Make sure to make your reservations for this great event. Remember, nothing is better than FISH, FRIENDS and FUN.

ACA-CON 2019

Thanks to Sam Scalz for the artwork.


Tanganyika Cichlids #4

When I bought Ad Konings’ previous update of his classic Tanganyika Cichlids in their Natural Habitat, I was enthralled with the great information presented but disappointed in the matte finish. Well, hold on to your hats because a new, 4th edition is about to come out. With GLOSSY PHOTOS, no less. Ad Konings has provided me with the following:

The book is not yet available but will have glossy photos. Anything that there is to know about it you can find here:

Be ready to get your copy as soon as it comes out. You cannot get this type of information for free on the internet.

While you have the purse strings untied, you may as well get the greatest book on Malawi cichlids ever printed, Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat, too. There are so many questions that people ask on-line that could be correctly answered by getting this book. Note that I said “correctly answered“. Especially IDs. The great thing about these books is that you can reference them repeatedly, at any time of the day or night and the information is timeless. And, yes, I own every edition of both of these books. Get them at your local bookseller or from

Malawi Cichlids #4

~ VALE ~

Some sad news has come across my desk. Many of you probably have heard of the passing of Jack Wattley. His accomplishments with discus are legendary. The hobby will sorely miss him.

In that same light, Ron Georgone, Mr ACA Showman has recently passed away. Every time I would attend a convention, it seemed like Ron would wear a rut in the floor walking up to the stage for the numerous show awards that he received. What a fabulous collection of outstanding fish. Hopefully, there are fish shows in Heaven. Please see the obituary below.

Vale: Ron Georgeone


Elections will be sneaking up on us before you know it. Please send your bios to me at [email protected] if you would like to serve on the BOT.


Would you like to see your name up in lights? Or at least in print? Our intrepid BB Editor, Daryl Hutchins, is always looking for articles and photos for BB. We will even do the editing for you if you feel the need. Please send all submissions to Daryl at the following email address: [email protected]. The ACA pays for articles and photos too.


A special note to all BOT members and cadre:
please feel free to send any reports, updates or notes to our members to the ACA NEWS so our membership can keep informed on the latest accomplishments/events/projects of the organization. It’s a great way to reach out to the membership.

ACA NEWS is also a great way to announce other club events, etc. It is available to our members, too.


B. I. T. C. H. – Babes In The Cichlid Hobby
– “Excellence Through Experience”

Greetings from the Babes In The Cichlid Hobby!

We are seeking donations for the famous Babes In The Cichlid Hobby Silent Auction. It will be held this year at the ACA Annual Convention in Cromwell, CT, July18-22, 2019.
We cannot thank you enough for your loyal support over the years! We know that you are passionate about Cichlid Research and Cichlid Conservation, so let’s make this our best year ever! We can’t do it alone – we will need your help!
If you are an artist, draw us a picture! If you are a photographer, donate some pictures. If you are a collector of aquarium artifacts, please donate a collectible that will help raise some money! If you have been published, bring an extra copy and sign it for our auction. Tired of that fish jewelry, donate it! Maybe you have old publications or books of aquarium literature that you could donate?

It is all for a worthy cause! All of the money (100%) will go to the Guy D. Jordan Endowment Fund, Paul V. Loiselle Conservation Fund and Stuart M. Grant Conservation Fund; you pick where you want your donation to go.

Please bring your donations to the convention. If you can’t make it, and you are willing to donate, please send your donations to us at the hotel. Cut-and-paste the address below. And remember if you don’t have anything to donate, you can always bid high on something that catches your eye or make a cash/check contribution. All donations are tax deductible.

Pam Marsh – (Guest Arriving 7-17-19)
Red Lion Hotel Cromwell
100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT 06416

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Cichlid Power!
Pam Chin

About the Babes In The Cichlid Hobby: We are women cichlid keepers who want to make a difference in the hobby. Cichlid habitats are plagued by pollution, over-fishing, deforestation, hydro-electric power projects, mineral exploitation, global warming, floods, and troubled governments. With 25 years of fundraising we have provided financial aid for cichlid research and cichlid conservation all over the world. We strive to widen awareness and encourage responsible cichlid keeping.

That’s all for now.

– Alan


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Buntbarsche Bulletin #1-296 is now available on an updatable/re-usable, 32GB USB via BB Back Issues for

* $24.95 *


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

Gift Memberships

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 e-mail 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 e-mail welcome letters from the ACA and CRC.

Gift Memberships

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