John Krepper, entered the aquarium hobby in 1968. His earliest interests were the larger live-bearers, but he quickly got swept up in the African cichlid craze of the time. During the early 1970s, he began focusing on Tanganyikans, and except for a ten year period ending in 2005, has kept them ever since.
John has been active in the organized hobby from the very beginning, having joined the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers as a junior member. As a young man, he moved to California and founded the Santa Barbara Aquarium Society in 1979. Upon his return to Kentucky, he rejoined the LTFF and was eventually elected president. He has lived in Indianapolis since 1993.
John, a long-time ACA member, is a fixture at American Cichlid Association conventions. It was during his time as president that the LTFF hosted the 1992 ACA convention.
John has accumulated a great amount of knowledge of, and experience with, Tanganyikan cichlids. During his presentation he will discuss his years of experience keeping Tanganyika featherfins and sand dwellers, including the best tank mates, nutritional requirements, tank layouts, water conditioning, and general maintenance. He will also share his collection of photos and videos of Tanganyika featherfins and sand dwellers in his own tanks and in fish rooms he has visited.
CCAC’s very own Jeff Cardwell has been active in the aquarium hobby for more than 50 years. He maintains over 60 aquaria and his interests and expertise extend to catfish, killies, rainbowfishes and cichlids. Jeff has traveled extensively to collect aquarium fishes on more than 40 trips to Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Suriname, Uruguay, Mexico, El Salvador, the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An enthusiastic keeper of North America’s native fishes, his collecting trips have also taken him to many parts of the United States. Both as a speaker and a judge, Jeff has been a familiar figure at shows throughout the Midwest for more than forty years. He is an active member of the American Cichlid Association and the Circle City Aquarium Club.
Pam has been a tropical fish enthusiast for years and cichlids are her passion. The organized hobby has been a big part of her fish keeping and she enjoys the social aspect it offers. It has given her the opportunity to find the fish she desires, and to learn more about them. Over the years she has made lifelong fish friends and they have enriched her hobby as well. Pam loves to travel to see cichlids in their native waters. She is proof that you do not have to be a diver or a photographer to have fun chasing cichlids. With many trips to both Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika she enjoys sharing stories and videos about these Cichlid Safaris on YouTube. Pam says, “It is really fun and such a joy to see fish in the wild that you have kept in your own aquarium(s). There is no doubt that being able to observe fish in their natural habitat has made me a better fish keeper.” Pam is an Honorary Life Member of the Sacramento Aquarium Society, Pacific Coast Cichlid Association and the American Cichlid Association. She enjoys writing about her fish experiences and has been published in the Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlidae Communique, Cichlid News and aquarium societies from Australia to Sweden. She has received numerous writing awards from the ACA and FAAS, including “Best Continuing Column” and “Author of the Year.” She is most honored to be named a “Fellow” of the American Cichlid Association and the Cichlid Room Companion. Pam is a founding member of “Babes In The Cichlid Hobby” where their goal is to make a difference in cichlid keeping. By raising money for Cichlid Conservation and Cichlid Research (Over $150,000.00 to date). She believes conservation is a must, and works as an advocate for cichlids at risk. In her own words, “Conservation is all about awareness and education.” Along with her husband Gary, they are currently maintaining over 150 aquariums in their fish house filled with cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, Lake Malawi and Central America. #luckycichlidgirl.
Your club leadership is planning on this being a virtual meeting.
Free and open to the public.
Meeting Time: Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM