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ACA Cichlid Speaker Program Sponsored by ZooMed Labs.

The American Cichlid Association believes the greatest asset to an aquarium society is the benefit received by the membership when a speaker gives a lecture at the monthly meeting. A live presentation by a speaker at a local meeting adds immensely to the enjoyment of the hobby and to further the knowledge of the attendees. The ACA, realizing the financial cost of bringing in an outside speaker, is proud to offer to our members the ACA Cichlid Speaker Program, sponsored by ZooMed Labs.

Basically, here's how the program works. Choose your speaker from the list (below) of ACA sponsored speakers. The ACA will pay half of the round trip transportation for any of these speakers to attend your meeting with a maximum dollar amount of $200.00. You will be responsible for all additional expenses including lodging and meals.

After selecting your speaker you will need to contact them directly to arrange a convenient schedule. Once the date has been finalized, please contact the ACA Club Liaison (currently Andy Hudson at 7960 S. Wayland Dr. Oak Creek, WI 53154 or by phone at 262 389 2456).
It is imperative to get in touch with the Club Liaison because the ACA has set a limit of 10 total speaking engagements per year for the ACA Cichlid Speaker Program. The Club Liaison will post on the ACA forum a thread for reservations for speakers around the date of the annual ACA convention. Reservations can be made on the forum thread or by contacting the Club Liaison directly.

Once you have made your reservation you will need to follow these easy steps to complete the program.

  1. Arrange transportation for your speaker.
  2. We ask that you provide links to the Zoomed website and ACA website on all club webpages, forums, or other promotional material for the speaker.
  3. Provide an address to which promotional material such as goody bags from Zoomed and Buntbarsche Bulletins (BB’s) can be sent to the club as promotions for the speaking engagement.
  4. Have your speaker talk.
  5. Submit a copy of the receipt for transportation to the Club Liaison afterwards. The Club Liaison will then arrange a reimbursement check from Zoomed for your expenses.

All societies are limited to one annual participation.

The ACA would like to thank ZooMed Labs for making this program possible!

Speakers available for this program:

Juan Miguel Artigas Azas

+52 4441898783
San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico
Website: http://cichlidae.com

Talks about cichlids from Mexico and Central America

Pam Chin

(916) 682-3742
Sloughhouse, CA, USA

Talks about cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, Lake Malawi, and the Rio Negro

Steve Edie

(636) 922-4232
St Peters, MO, USA

Talks about Tank-ganyikan cichlids

Eric Hanneman

(919) 561-0301
Durham, NC, USA

Talks about Lake Tanganyika, Cichlids of the Maya, Collecting Cichlids in Mexico, Advanced Cichlid Husbandry and Life Support Systems

Spencer Jack

(204) 295-5375, (204) 772-2354
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Talks about Collecting in Uruguay, Gymnogeophagus of Uruguay, Collecting in Suriname, Collecting in Bolivia, Tropical Fish Farming in Florida, Tropical Fish Idol, and Confessions of a Cichlaholic V.2

Steve Lundblad

(503) 287-4731
Portland, OR, USA

Talks on Lake Malawi Travelogue and Aulonocara

Chuck Rambo

(408) 422-9029
San Jose, CA, USA

Talks about Dwarf Cichlids, Lake Victoria Cichlids, Travels to Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika

Greg Steeves

Canyon Lake, TX, USA

Talks about Lake Victoria (Past, Present, and Future), Exploring the Rio Comal (World’s shortest river), Haplochromine cichlids, Furu Compatibility, Lake Victoria C.A.R.E.S.

Klaus Steinhaus

(905) 240 1029
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Talks on Tropheus (Are they really that scary?) and Official Speaker for the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program

Mike Wise

(303) 477 0148
Denver, CO, USA

Mike Wise has been a fish hobbyist for over 35 years and has kept dwarf cichlids almost from the beginning. He’s been a member of the Colorado Aquarium Society since 1977 and the American Cichlid Association since 1982. Presently, Mike curates Apistogramma at the Cichlid Room Companion web site. He has had articles published in several magazines and received writing awards from the ACA and FAAS. Mike has also translated into English three German language books on dwarf cichlids, as well as many scientific and hobby related papers. He is one of the contributors to the German/English book South American Dwarf Cichlids a “Special Publication” (Sonderheft) published by the German magazine DATZ. Among his many experiences are two, month-long collecting trips in which he of lived, ate, and collected fish with native collectors in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Mike has given programs at ACA & BCA conventions, as well as to local, regional, and international fish clubs on the various aspects of collecting, identifying, keeping, and breeding dwarf cichlids.



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