| May's Featured Speaker
"Welcome to My World of Cichlids" an informative talk on the breeding of cichlids.
I have been involved in the aquarium hobby for well over 35 years, from being a hobbyist, importer, wholesaler and now a hobbyist again. I currently maintain 85 tanks, varying in size from 5-125 gallons. My tanks are filled with predominantly African Cichlids from the Lakes of Tanganyika, Malawi and Victoria as well as a few streams, ditches and wherever water can be found. I also am starting to have an extensive collection of plecostomus. Most of the fish in my room have spawned over the past years, I have had 100's of species of fish spawn and am always trying new fish, new techniques and new ideas. I enjoy the challenge.
I had the adventure and thrill of collecting fish in Uruguay a few years ago and still have those fish in my tanks.
I am an active member of Rocky Mountain Cichlid Association (RMCA), Colorado Aquarium Society (CAS) and American Cichlid Association (ACA). I am a founding partner in Rocky Mountain Cichlids.
I have spoken to a few clubs around the country and always have a great time. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at my presentation.
|Photo of the Month Results April 2012
CCA Quick Hits
*The forum averaged over 105 posts per day on the in April 2012.
*75% of all new club members join the forum first and then the club.
*Monster Aquaria Network really helps out the CCA a lot. Thank You Man!
*The CCA forum has a section to promote other club's meetings and events.
Auctions, Conventions, etc.
*July 11th - 15th American Cichlid Association convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
*September 15th - 16th Aquarium Club of Lancaster County's 40th Anniversary Event, Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA
*October 18th - 21st All-Aquarium Catfish Convention, Hyatt Dulles, Herndon, VA
*November 16th - 18th Ohio Cicihlid Association's Extravaganza, Strongsville, Ohio
|Support The Local Fish Stores that Support Your Club.
|Hello Members and Friends of the Capital Cichlid Association,
The May meeting of the Capital Cichlid Association is this Saturday, May 12th at 2 PM. J.F.K. High School, 1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Doors open at 1pm.
The 2012 CCA Schedule
May 12 - Bob Grauer - Welcome to My World of Cichlids
June 9 - Shane Linder - Collecting in Uganda, The Pearl of Africa
July ?? - 4th annual CCA Members cookout?
September 8 - Anthony Tu - Introduction to Frontosa
October 13 - Greg Steeves
October 13 - Club Elections
November 10 - Dr. Robert Adamski - Common Ectoparasites of Cichlids : The Dirty, The Slimy, and the Bloody. Also Jack Crosby - common Aquarium Algae Problems: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
December 8 - Members Holiday Party
Raffle Items for May Meeting.
Along with our usual bags filled with items trom the manufacturers, there will be a 1 pound bag of Spirulina Flake from YourfishStuff.com as well as a 250gph utility pump from Supreme. We will also be giving away af few more 1 year subscriptions to Amazonas Magazine. The people that won in March, have started getting their copies, to rave reviews.
|Enter your photo in the Photo of the Month contest on the CCA forum!
|We take up to 10 photos each month for the contest. The 10th of the month is the last day we take photos. Send your photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check the rules before you enter.
Be sure to vote for your favorite today!
For some reason we average around 70 votes per month yet
there are over 100 people on the site every day. Please make your voice heard. Vote!
Are you going?
So far I show 11 CCA club members going to the ACA convention in Indy. Thats over 5% of the club. Lets get registered and show them the CCA still travels. I am looking forward to seeing Rusty's Fish House. I have heard so much about it but this will be my first chance to see it. Pictures will be on the forum after the convention.
Oh, and remember to take your CCA club shirts! Show them who we are.
June Attendance Raffle
CCA is giving away 5 (YES I SAID 5) $100.00 gift certificates to local fish stores this June. The attendance-based raffle is free to all CCA club members. You just have to show up at the meetings and make sure your name is checked on the attendance record. The rules are posted on the forum. You can win only one time but the more meetings you attend, the more chances you have to win. You can also get 2 chances for each new club member that you get to join.
Sponsored by Monster Aquaria Network
Have you registered your items for the mini auction?
Don't forget to go to Mygroupauctions.com and register your items for this months mini auction and to check out what others are bringing.
Advertise YOUR Club!
I know this is a repeat but it is important so here it is again:
There are many ways you can help advertise your club.
Here are a few of them:
1) If you are on other forums, put CCA in your signature.
2) If you are going to a Local Fish Store, wear a CCA shirt.
3) Have some of the CCA business cards in your vehicle. Take them into a LFS with you. If you start talking to another customer, tell them about us and give them the card.
4) If you have a favorite store, check to see if we have our "rack cards" in there. I usually have them available at meetings if you need some. They are a great way to advertise our club.(Please try to use these for fish stores. We have the business cards for individuals that we encounter.)
5) Put a CCA sticker on your vehicle like I have. (That's how I found the club. Our first President had a bumper sticker on his van and I saw it in the parking lot of a fish store.)
6) Wear a CCA shirt to other clubs' meetings and conventions.
|Please remember to support those Manufacturers, Organizations, Online Retailers, Companies, and Local Fish Stores that support YOUR club. Without these companies we would not be here today.
CCA Board of Directors
President: Francine Bethea
Vice President: Tony Horos
Secretary: Sarah Roberts
Treasurer: Kevin Epps
Corresponding Secretary: Pat Kelly
Member at Large: Christine Keys
Member at Large: Jon Clark
Member at Large: Frank Cowherd
Member at Large: Matt Quinn
Membership Chair: Ruth Glaser
Program Chair: Patrick Kelly
The Biotope Editor: Tracey Kelly
The Biotope Layout and Production: Francine Bethea
Webmaster: Patrick Kelly
Breeders Award Program: Sarah Roberts
Auction Tsar: John Kim
Ways and Means: Patrick Kelly
Show Chair: Francine Bethea
Club Promotions: Matt Quinn
Refreshment Chair: Samantha Goldberg
Elections Chair: Charlie Campisi
Welcoming Committee Chair: Marge Collins
Equipment Chair: Christine Keys
Convention Location Chair: John Kim