Saturday, October 13, 2018 the Capital Cichlid Association hosts: Mike Liu - Rare and Unusual Cichlids from Africa John F. Kennedy High School 1901 Randolph Road Silver Spring, MD 20902 Doors open at 1 PM; meeting starts at 2 PM I am currently the President of the New England Cichlid Association. It is through our cichlid club that I, along with a few other members, have been able to acquire some species that aren’t being kept in the hobby. I’ve been keeping tropical fish since 1983. I quickly developed an interest in Cichlids and one tank turned into 2, then 3, then 4, then 5 . . . you know the story. It turns out there are a lot of cichlids and I wanted to keep them all! My interest narrowed to New World cichlids and my claim to fame is that the first cichlid I successfully spawned was the Discus, King of the Aquarium as they were known back in the day. The second cichlid I spawned was the Convict. Yes, I took a step way back and started at the bottom of the cichlid ladder. It turned out I really liked the Convict and for many years I primarily kept Central American cichlids with the aim of spawning every species I acquired. I’ve also kept African Rift Lake Cichlids, some West African species, and a few Madagascar species. Since 2013 my interest has shifted to the cichlids of the Lake Victoria basin. Virtually all of the cichlids from this region are at some risk and I’ve acquired a few species that are reported to be extinct in their natural habitat. I felt that after so many years in the hobby, I should devote a tank or two to endangered species. Well, one tank turned into 2, then 3, then 4, then 5 . . . you know the story.