CCAC September 2nd, 2021 MEETING

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.

 

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CCAC Summer Trunk Sale August 21, 2021, 6pm-8pm Aquatic Arts Parking Lot (New Location)

Circle City Aquarium Club is hosting a Trunk Sale.

WHAT: CCAC Trunk Sale

WHEN: Saturday August 21, 2021, 6pm – 8pm

WHERE: Aquatic Arts Parking Lot, 6352 Airway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46241

              **** The building signs  say “SkyBus” as that is who the previous occupant was.

WHO: All CCAC members as well as the public.

What you need to know.

  • If possible, CCAC will staff a table to answer questions, and to renew memberships. 
  • Aquatic Arts is graciously letting us use their parking lot, however, this event will occur after normal business hours. We will not be permitted inside the building.
  • All sales are exclusively between the buyer and the seller. CCAC does not guarantee any item bought or sold.
  • All state and local requirements for PPE and social distancing must be followed.
  • All state and local requirements, including DNR regulations, regarding the sale of live plants and animals must be followed.
  • Pre -registration is not required. But CCAC reserves the right to remove any individual from this event.
  • This a free event to buy or sell. CCAC nor Aquatic Arts, however, will NOT be providing tables, umbrellas or tents.
  • Sellers, no preregistration is required.  There are no seller fees.   As a CCAC sponsored event, only hobby related items, in good condition can be sold.

Keep in mind that we are living in a very dynamic situation. Please stay tuned to this page. As we get closer to the event, your leadership team will use this page to communicate those changes.

 

 

CCAC August 5th, 2021 MEETING: Charlie Grimes, “Catfish, The Grimes Way”

Come meet Mr. Charley Grimes. Charley is extremely well-known in the hobby and has been an avid aquarist since the age of 14. His first fish tank was a 12+ gallon tank that he made from an old gasoline pump cylinder.  He has maintained well over 100 tanks and has worked with  small barbs, killies, native fishes, rainbow fishes, various Badis species, cichlids, as well as gobys and gudgeons just to name a few.

Living in the Indianapolis area, Charley is active with the Circle City Aquarium Club. He has 1523 points and is a Grandmaster Breeder. He is one of the best-known pure hobbyists among US aquarists. His popularity is the result of his aquarist skill and experience, his personality and sense of humor and his willingness to share all of the above with others. There is a HUGE demand for Charley’s presentations, especially among the cichlid- and killifish-oriented clubs. He has spoken at American Cichlid Association and American Killifish Association conventions, at past OCA meetings and at four OCA Extravaganzas. Charley has also been an avid fish collector and has taken three trips to South America and one to Mexico. In the spring, he often gets “Native Fish Fever” and collects locally in Indiana and in the southeastern part of the country. He has been keeping fish for sixty years and still loves it. Come listen to his amazing talks that people come from afar to listen to. It is not one to be missed.

As Charlie says about this talk:
“I was almost always have at least one species of Corys and Ancistris in my fishroom.
Occasionally I get into the Corydoras mode and I’ll be working with a dozen or more species.
I originally created this presentation to give at an OCA convention in Cleveland.”
 
Free and open to the public.

Meeting Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Meeting Location:

La Quinta Inn & Suites                                                                                                                   5120 Victory Dr.                                                                                                                        Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

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  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

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

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