A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 American Cichlid Association Convention in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. I spent most of my time tending my vendor table, but I was able to get up to walk around and see the convention show fish and other attractions. I also caught a few minutes of a few of the speaker presentations, including Ad Konings’s remarkable accounts of Lake Tanganyika deepwater cichlid habitats, Anton Lamboj’s descriptions of many strange little West African cichlids and Oliver Lucanus’s amazing video and photography of South American cichlid habitats.
The convention was held at the Olympia Resort & Convention Center and was hosted by the Milwaukee Aquarium Society. I don’t have numbers at hand, but I gather that there must have been at least a couple hundred convention attendees. I thought I heard that there were around 250 show fish and there was a also a second room set up with about 100 livestock sale tanks. Another large room held manufacturer tables and displays, with representatives from Central Aquatics, United Pet Group and Seven Ports Inc., among others. The vendor room was set up for smaller manufacturers and retailers, including PlecoCaves.com, Captain Bob’s Fishtales and Aquatic Clarity. I was there by myself manning the Riparium Supply and Tank Planters table.
I got a few pictures of some show fish and the convention venue. I have most them formatted, but I’ll post the fish images later on.
Here is a shot of the vendor room. The table there in the left foreground is the Riparium Supply and Tank Planters setup.
And here is a picture of our table.
The fish show room…
…the livestock sales room…
…and the manufacturers’ display area.
I was truly impressed by the 300-gallon Lake Tanganyika setup. This tank had enough space to allow for very clear habitat partitioning by the inhabitants, with fish settling into their respective pelagic, benthic, and rock-associated habitats right away. These fish really made an excellent display. If I were to ever try a rift lake tank I would want to do something like this.