The British Cichlid Association
For every aquarium there is a Cichlid...
The British Cichlid Association (BCA), founded in the autumn of 1970 by a small group of cichlid enthusiasts, is one of the oldest national cichlid groups in existence in the UK. Its objectives are to gather, organize and promote both knowledge and interest in the captive maintenance and breeding of fishes from the family Cichlidae, particularly within the United Kingdom. Another core aim is to encourage and further the study and conservation of cichlids, both in captivity and within their natural habitats. The diversity of cichlids, their maintenance and breeding challenges and the need for cichlid conservation has kept interest in these fish healthy to this present day.
After his presentation Chris is also going to give a workshop on setting up a Rio Atabapo biotope fish tank in a 36x24x20" (Length x Width x Height) tank with external filter, heater and two 90cm overtank luminaire/lights. The substrate will consist of white sand with both biotope and none biotope correct leaves and timbers. The fish will consist of Biotope correct fish, Biotodoma wavrini, Apistogramma poiroa, Apistogramma cf. doplotaenia, Copella meinkeini, Hyphessobrycon simulans and Hyphesspbrycon bleheri. We would have loved to find a few Poecilocharax weitzman also, but these cave brooding characins are not that easy to find when you want some. Plants will include Philodendeon erubescens or Philodendeon monstera.
We would have loved to have put on a 48" tank for larger P. scalare Angelfish or P. altum but it would be difficult to transport the tank to and from the event.
The tank will be raffled off at the end of the event.
Chris will also have a stand highlighting his Conservation efforts and work, plus he will also be selling some of his frozen foods on the day.