After a longer-than-desirable pandemic hiatus, the American Cichlid Association (ACA) show is back, and with a plan to make up for lost time. To maximize the impact of their grand return to public events, this year’s attendees weren’t just treated to cichlids, but also to killifish, livebearers, rainbowfishes, and much more. This came in the form of the Aquatic Triple Crown, a joint event featuring representation from the three largest specialty national tropical fish organizations – the American Cichlid Association (ACA), the American Killifish Association (AKA), and the American Livebearer Association (ALA) – as well as the Rainbowfish group of the North American Australian New Guinea Fishes Association (NA ANGFA). Dang, that’s a lot of acronyms!
This melting pot of specialist groups made for a truly fantastic event complete with a huge turnout, loads of aquarium hobby celebrity speakers, massive fish auctions, and the incomparable hospitality of Rusty Wessel. It was an event to remember, and hopefully to be repeated! Here’s a quick look at the show floor and some memorable moments.
Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.