CCAC June 7th, 2018 MEETING – Michael Monje “Beautiful Barbs & Rare Cyprinids ”

June 7th, 2018 Speaker Michael Monje– Bio

 

 

An avid and lifelong aquarist, past president of GVAC, Masterbreeder level in his home club (GVAC), Horticulturist level in his home club (GVAC), and what he considers his proudest moment in the hobby he was made a Fellow of GVAC in 2016. Mike has been lucky enough to travel to various locations around the world to collect and photograph aquatic life. At various stages in his hobby (obsession) he has worked with Wild-type livebearers, (esp. Limias), cichlids (esp. Victorians), his current obsession is Cyprinids, (esp. Barbs). Mike maintains a fishroom which houses over 1300 gallons of Freshwater and 400 gallons of Saltwater, in various sized tanks allowing him to work with many different species of fish, plants, and inverts (Freshwater and Marine).

Meeting Time:

Thursday, May 3rd , 2018 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Meeting Location:

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
2930 Waterfront Pky West Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46214

What to Expect:

A typical meeting we start setting up about 7:00 pm and will official start around 7:30 pm. At the start of the meeting all club business and announcements are made.

Next is our speaker/presentation. Typically they last about 1 hour. Topics have a very broad range as far as a hobbyist can see.

After that a  brief intermission

  The Conclusion consists of door prizes, a members-only raffle item donated from one of our many proud sponsors/supporters, and  a members-only mini-auction of fish and aquarium related goods.  Meetings usually last until 9:30 or 10:00 pm

Red Raffle Tickets are priced as follows:

1 ticket $1.00              6 tickets $5.00            15 tickets $10.00            35 tickets $20.00

Membership

Remember it is only $20.00 a year for membership. You can join in person or online http://ccacaqclub.org/membership-2/join-now/

CCAC May 3rd, 2018 MEETING – John Krepper “Lake Tanganyika Cichlids”

 

May 3rd, 2018 Speaker John Krepper– Bio

I first started keeping fish at age 12 (1968) and was quickly introduced to the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers and participated as a junior
member. I moved from high fin green molly’s to Rift Lake Cichlids in a short time and then settled in Lake Tanganyika in the early 1970’s and have keep them ever since with a break from 1994 to 2005. While in Santa Barbara California I founded the Santa Barbara Aquarium Society in 1979 and in 1985 returned to Louisville I rejoined the LTFF club and was later elected president then served for a few years and was the active president when LTFF sponsored the 1992 ACA convention. I am currently a member of the Circle City Aquarium Club. I have been a member of the ACA during my years in the hobby and regularly attend the ACA convention.

Over the years of keeping Lake Tanganyika Cichlids I have photographed my fish as well as my friend’s fish and will present these photo’s and share my experiences in the hobby and keeping Lake Tanganyika Cichlids in the aquarium. Topics include feeding, territory requirements, water conditioning, general maintenance and good fish pics.

Time:
Thursday, May 3rd , 2018 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location:

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

2930 Waterfront Pky West Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46214

CCAC April 5th 2018 MEETING – Rusty Wessel “Livebearers”

April 5th, 2018 Speaker Rusty Wessel – Bio

Rusty Wessel maintains over 8000 gallons of freshwater aquariums in a state of the art fish house constructed specifically for fish.  The 90-plus aquariums predominantly contain cichlids and livebearers, which he successfully raises and breeds.

Rusty’s specialty is Central American fishes. He has successfully collected fish from the countries of Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Mexico and Uruguay, and the continent of Africa. If it lives in fresh water, chances are that Rusty has either caught it or been bitten or stung by it. He has been collecting since 1983, and is recognized by other experienced collectors as one of the best. He has made over 150 trips, and has introduced many new species to the aquarium hobby. In 1991, Rusty discovered a beautiful and elusive new cichlid in an area that had already been thoroughly collected. In the June 1996 edition of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine, Dr. Robert Rush Miller, emeritus professor of the University of Michigan, described and named this species Theraps wesseli. (In the recent Rican reorganization, it is called Choritheros wesseli.)

Rusty is also a prolific author and photographer, as his writings and photographs have appeared in a large number of specialized publications, such as Aquarium Fish Magazine, Aquarist and Pondkeeper, Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlid News, Ad Konings’ Cichlids Yearbooks, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium and Tropical Fish Hobbyist.

In the organized hobby, Rusty is currently the “Back Issue Sales Person” for the American Cichlid Association and a speaker participant for the ACA/Zoo Med Speaker’s Program. He is past chair of the ACA board of trustees (1990) and chaired the 1992 and 2014 conventions. In addition, he is an active solicitor for the “Guy Jordan Endowment Fund”, set up by the ACA to fund cichlid research. Rusty has been awarded with the greatest honor the American Cichlid Association gives to its distinguished members, the ACA fellowship in 1997. On the local level, he is currently treasurer for the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers.

Rusty has lectured and judged numerous fish shows throughout the United States, including the annual “Florida Tropical Fish Farmers” show and several ACA conventions.

Time:
Thursday, April 5th , 2018 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location:

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

2930 Waterfront Pky West Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46214