ACA 2012- Indianapolis

This post comes a little late. As many of you know, the American Cichlid Association had their annual conference a few weeks ago in Indianapolis. Luckily, I was able to attend as a speaker. The conference was tons of fun and it was great to see people I’ve not seen in quite some time and meet new people.

The conference had one of the best speaker lineups I can remember (and I’m not just saying that because I was one of them!). Anton caught us up on the Jewel Cichlids of the genus Hemichromis and how soon it will be broken up into two genera. Paul Loiselle discussed the fishes of Madagascar. Heiko Bleher talked about his adventures. Ad Konings talked about new taxonomy from Lake Malawi and the conservation of the lake. Heinz Buscher had an amazing talks on just about everything from Lake Tanganyika with some of the most amazing aquatic video I’ve ever seen. And I talked about everyone’s favorite fish and their relatives Convict Cichlids!

Me with my fellow speakers after the speaker lunch

There were a few very nice display tanks running at the hotel. the two that stand out the most are a Lake Tanganyika display and a Madagascan display. Here are some photos from both:

Aulonocranus dewendti is a cool Featherfin Cichlid from Lake Tanganyika

Callochromis melanostigma male

Apparently this Neolamprologus tretocephalus didn’t find the convention as exciting as I did

Paretroplus kieneri is the smallest Paretroplus species from Madagascar and quite oddly colored

Paratilapia sp. from Madagascar

Although the show was unusualy small there were quite some nice fish entered.

Altolamprologus compressiceps

Petrochromis sp. “kasumbe”

Gnathochromis permaxillaris

Astatotilapia burtoni

Astatotilapia calliptera

Aulonocara jacobfreibergi “Otter Point”

Aulonocara stuartgranti “Mdoka”

Lethrinops sp. “red cap”

Steatocranus cassuarius

Hemichromis sp. “neon” may in fact be a line bred Hemichromis guttatus according to Anton Lamboj

Astatotilapia sp. “44”

Paretroplis menerambo

Archocentrus centrarchus

‘Cichlasoma’ bocourti

‘Cichlasoma’ beani

Herichthys tamasopoensis

Herichthys sp. “turqoise”

Neetroplus nematopus

Parachromis managuensis

Parachromis loisellei

Parachromis motaguensis

Paraneetroplus gibbiceps

Paratheraps hartwegi

Petenia splendida

Rocio octofasciata

Theraps nourisatti

Vieja argentea

This Caquetaia kraussi won best of show

‘Cichlasoma’ festae

Geophagus altifrons “Rio Tocantins”

The true ‘Geophagus’ pelligrini! A very rare fish

Heros notatus

Hoplarchus psittacus

Astronotus ocellatus

Retroculus lapidifer

Symphysodon aequifasciata

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