ACA News, Volume 5, #6

ACA News

Volume 5, #6, June 2019


Editor: Alan De Angelo

Contact: [email protected]


Greetings from the Soggy Midwest,

No Crappies!

5/19/19 Solon Springs, WI, just south of Duluth.

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. We have been getting soaked as downpour after downpour has rolled through. It was the wettest May on record with 8.25″ falling. We cannot even mow our lawns due to the saturation of the soil. And, to top it all off, it has been cool. I tried to go crappie fishing in north MN 5/19-5/26 and on the way up, we had a blizzard while driving just south of Duluth, MN. Three inches of snow fell, on May 19th! We then proceeded to have days of strong NNE winds and, you guessed it, rain. Miserable. The crappies remained safe!




Did you see issue #300 of BB? What a milestone for the ACA! If you haven’t yet read it, download it today and take a gander. It is chock full of wonderful articles by guys like Dick Stratton, Al Klee, Paul Loiselle, Tim Hovanec and … me! That little ditty about zebra danios was written in 1978, that’s 41 years ago. I was just a young pup back then being 23 years old and was already making my foray out into the world of aquatic journalism. I have written numerous articles for BB since then and now, the AN. I also wrote many articles for the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association (PCCA) when Kurt Zadnik was the Editor of the CICHLIDAE communiqué. Soon after, I found myself writing a fair number of articles for and edited The Apistogram, the periodical of the the Apistogramma Study Group. But enough about me, let’s turn the discussion to you. As you can see with the presence of a few shorter articles in BB 300, you do not need to write long scientific masterpieces to be published in BB. Actually, shorter articles come in quite handy for Editors as they allow a number of topics to be covered. Set your experiences to print, whether you want to explain about water-quality, home-made filtration, buildout of a fishroom, constructing tank stands, lighting, foods, experiences like Rusty Wessel’s Ross Socolof story, or any experiences with breeding your cichlids or an Index-type article like Josh Cunningham’s, send it in. Daryl Hutchins, our esteemed Editor, will help you with anything too. Just send it in. You even get paid for it! Lastly, this is not a men’s club either. Ladies, you can submit your experiences, too. BB is an equal-opportunity magazine. Send your submissions to Daryl Hutchins at: [email protected].


ACA-CON 2019

In case you have been living under a rock, or spending your time in a large clay flowerpot, it’s almost time for the ACA Convention in Cromwell, CT. There is still time to make your reservations and register for the cichlid event of the year! For the best weekend of fish, friends and fun, be sure to get there. The Awards Banquet is always great and the menu looks delicious, too!


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It’s that time again. If you would like to help steer the ACA on its future course, send a short bio to me at [email protected]. If you are unsure what a BOT member does, feel free to speak with any of them that are attending the convention or drop any of them, or me, an email. Although I am the official Elections Chair, Daryl Hutchins is my footrest, so you can contact him as well.
Sponsors and Advertisers
A special Thank You! goes out to all of the supporters of the ACA in their many forms of contributions. Please patronize our sponsors and advertisers.


ACA Sales

Check out the items for sale at the ACA table. Back issues of BB always go fast. (Thanks to ZooMed for printing these for us annually.) The BB thumb drive should be available too, along with other items.


BABES Auction

Don’t forget to donate to the Babes auction and if you have never attended the Babes auction, make sure that you do. It’s a lot of fun and the proceeds go to cichlid conservation and research projects.


Get Involved

Don’t be afraid to get involved with the ACA and the convention in general. It’s a great way to make friends that can last a lifetime.
Have a great month and clear out some tank space, or better yet, set up a few new tanks, as you will have the chance to get some really cool, new and rare fish at the convention.

Take care,

– 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, July 18-22, 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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Buntbarsche Bulletin #1-296 is now available on an updatable/re-usable, 32GB USB via BB Back Issues for





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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