ACA News, Volume 5, #5

ACA News

Volume 5, #5, May 2019


Editor: Alan De Angelo

Contact: [email protected]


Greetings from the Midwest,



Alright, it finally (sic) happened, I made a little slip. The ACA-NECA Convention will be held in Cromwell, CT. Connecticut, not New Jersey. Sorry about that. Thanks to Paul Loiselle for calling attention to that little geographic mishap. You know, I got so caught up in envisioning the festivities that it got by me. So, make your plans to attend the convention in Cromwell, CT. If there is a Cromwell, NJ and you go there, you may be all alone and miss out on all of the fun.

Let’s talk about FaceBook

If you are like me, you belong to a number of FB groups. Cichlids, livebearers, bettas, characins, you name it and there is a group or 20 for the topic. The one thing that I notice about all of the people on these groups, from all across the globe, typing in all manner of languages, is that fish people are just that, fish people. I see guys in Russia admiring big plecos, Ukrainians drooling over featherfins, Iranians keeping Tropheus and Venezuelans eating their prized earth-eaters, oh, uh, I mean Argentinians showing off Malawi Cichlids. It’s amazing, all over the world, fish people just want to be fish people. If only governments could get along that way. Building and sharing with a common goal in mind.

While on the topic of FB, the ACA FB page has 5400+ members. We have rebuilt it slowly but surely and our presence is growing. But, as I look around FB I see that the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association has 3700 members, which is better than a lot of groups, the OCA has a tidy number of 7300 members while some specialty pages are doing better than I thought. The lowly convict, actually one of my favorite cichlids and the Rodney Dangerfield of cichlids (“I get no respect!”), has a following of 2627, Apistogramma 4967 and, are you ready for this one, Angelfish Enthusiasts International has a whopping 75,789 followers. Wow! My hearty congratulations to Brenda Carpenter, the head honcho of the site. She should be proud of her accomplishments.

If you are not on the ACA FB site, please join it and after that, invite all of your friends to “Like” it, too. The more members we have, the larger the community of cichlid keepers we have and the more information we can share. That’s what it’s all about. Help us grow the ACA FB site. Type in American Cichlid Association, “Like” the site and invite all of your friends to like it, too. Thanks.

And remember, be kind when discussing things on FB. It’s only FB! People may have differing opinions, different methods, techniques, and that’s okay. But, also remember, the person responding may know a helluva lot more than you on a topic so be open to suggestions and other ideas. Or, conversely, they may be a neophyte and are going to ask what you may think are dopey questions. It’s all a part of learning. Be kind! One thing that I have learned on FB is that you can argue until you are blue in the face and no one is going to change their opinion. Instead of making enemies, just move on. Or, and here is a novel thought, use your computer, you know, the awesome power of the internet, and do some research on your own instead of asking others’ opinions, look for facts!

FB can be a touchy subject for some. The ACA Convention is a great way to meet people. One only has to go down to the Hospitality Suite for a refreshment and you can meet all manner of people. I remember at the Cincinnati convention, I sat down at a table of what I thought were complete strangers to have some lively conversation when the man I sat next to, turned my way, read my name tag and said “Hey, you unfriended me!” I looked at his name tag and saw that it was none other than Erwin Gundrum. I said: “Yes, I did. You were playing some goofy game and my whole feed was Erwin did this and Erwin did that and I had enough.” After a good laugh and some playful jabs, we renewed our friendship on FB. It was a great way to actually meet Erwin. By the way, his gaming adventures no longer appear on his feed. Thank goodness!

ZooMed          ZooMed

Have you ever gone to the ZooMed website and looked at the products that they have for aquarium keeping? I recently did and got a real education about what they offer. Holy Cow! I never realized the number of Betta products that they carry. Anyone that keeps a Betta or two, and who doesn’t, can make a palace for their long-finned buddies. ZooMed also makes a variety of the bare-chested mermaid models for the aquarium. I counted 11 different mermaids and bathing beauties. What a collection you could have! Tack on foods, filters, power heads, thermometers, LED lighting and the products keep coming. Perhaps the best product for me is the 50 gallon Low Boy Frag Tank. After seeing this tank, it got the wheels turning. What would I put in a 48″x24″x10″ tank. Hmmm! What immediately came to mind were Apistogramma, Pelvicachromis, Laetacara, Julidochromis, cylindrical Neolamprologus, Shellies galore, Teleogramma, Steatocranus and many, many more. Oh, and what a great tank to breed Pearl Gouramies in. However, after a quick email to ZooMed, I found that, apparently, no glass top is made since it is supposed to be a frag tank. I’m sure that any serious aquarist could find a way to remedy that. Two pieces of glass, a hinge and you’d be in business. Check out the ZooMed website and find out all they have to offer!

Donate to the BABES!

Go through your stuff, see what you don’t want or need anymore and donate it to the BABES Auction. Remember, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. You could always buy something new for the BABES auction or get your creative juices flowing and create a work of art, a quilt, a painted toilet seat, whatever and donate it. It’s all for a great cause, cichlid research and conservation.

(See the bottom of this newsletter for shipping address, if required.)


From what I see on the FB sites/pages/groups, there are a lot of people who enjoy typing long diatribes about many topics. Why not harness that energy and write an article for BB? You have proven that you can write, so use it for the ACA. You even get paid! Daryl, Hutchins, our ever-lovin’ BB Editor will jump for joy at your submission and maybe even do the happy dance. Send your articles, art and photos to Daryl: [email protected].

The Convention is fast approaching

ACA-CON 2019

Please register and make your room reservations soon. Go to the ACA or NECA websites or look at the ACA Convention Page on FB for the particulars. Oh, and did I mention that it’s in Cromwell, CT? What’s better than a weekend of Fish, Friends and Fun! Many thanks to all of our convention sponsors.

A word of Thanks!

Periodically, I get soft-hearted and make sure that I give credit to those around me. Yes, I can share the fame, fortune and lime-light of being the ACA News Editor. If you were not aware, I write the words for the AN but Daryl Hutchins makes it all pretty and sends it out via email. Without Daryl, you would have none of the cool graphics and color images, etc. So, a special thanks to Daryl Hutchins for his help. I hope he is blushing like a Cryptoheros panamensis now. 😑


Send your biography to me at [email protected] to become one of the BOT candidates. Lend your special talents to the ACA to keep it running on-track.

Sad News

The hobby has lost another great one. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Jinks family.

Rest in Peace

Larry Jinks

Larry Jinks

● Honored Life Member of NJAS;
● Former NJAS President and Breeder’s Award Program Chair;
● One of the country’s most accomplished fish breeders, winning the NEC’s Breeder of the Year on several occasions;
● Winner at numerous fish shows across the country since the 1990s;
● Friend of the organized hobby and to hobbyists of all levels;
● Modest, generous, and welcoming always.

Larry was retired and living in Raleigh, NC area at the time of his passing, surrounded by family, after a very brief and rare illness. He was active in his local club and fishroom up until recently.

Tributes to Larry will be many in the next weeks, both on social media and at meetings around the region. Please keep Larry’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Godspeed old friend.

Ted Coletti


That’s all for now. Don’t forget about the fish with the arrival of nice weather!

– Alan


Babes In The Cichlid Hobby 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.

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



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