2022 ACA Convention

July 27 – 31, 2022, Louisville, KY

An event unlike any other before it.  Come celebrate 50 years of ACA. FOUR conventions for the price of ONE!  Your ACA registration gets you access to the ALA, AKA, and the NA-ANGFA for the entire show.

About 2022 ACA

 The Aquatic Triple Crown!

It’s actually happening.  It’s really actually happening!  After years of discussions and countless phone calls and text messages, the three largest specialty national tropical fish organizations in the USA hobby have agreed to hold their annual convention on the same weekend and under the same roof here in Louisville, Kentucky.  A combined event but separate. The American Cichlid Association (ACA), the American Killifish Association (AKA), the American Livebearer Association (ALA), and the Rainbow group, and the North American Australian New Guinea Fishes Association (NA ANGFA) are in attendance to help spread the cheer of this great hobby we all love.

The Louisville Tropical Fish Fancier’s Inc. and the Marriott East Hotel are proud to host the American Cichlid Association’s 50th National Convention. Yes, what a milestone!  Fifty years of cichlid conventions and counting! Louisville, your host city, is well known for its bourbon-rich heritage, fast horses, and just good old southern hospitality.  There will be plenty of opportunities to obtain that rare bag of cichlids that you just can’t find anywhere but at an ACA convention.  In addition, the speaker list is second to none.  So, sit back and enjoy this fishy weekend to its fullest.

If any questions arise, please feel free to ask any of our many volunteers with the Cobalt Blue STAFF shirts. We are all here to have an enjoyable stay.


Rusty Wessel
ACA Convention Chair 2022

Featured Talks & Speakers

These world-class speakers are giving 11 talks throughout the weekend for an unforgettable adventure in cichlids.

Bryan Landry

Bryan Landry is the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) International Operations Unit (IOU), stationed at FWS headquarters near Washington D.C. RAC Landry has over 17 years of experience with FWS OLE as a Wildlife Inspector and Special Agent at various duty stations throughout the United States, including: Atlanta, Georgia, Boston, Massachusetts, Phoenix, Arizona, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Joe Middleton

Joe Middleton has been keeping fish since before he could grow facial hair. Now that he is in his 50s and everything sags a bit that statement carries some weight. He has had a long association with many notorious fish people in the hobby. This means nothing to most people. His relationship with aquariums is best described as “friends without benefits.”

Dr. Tim Hovanec

Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec is the Founder and CEO of Dr. Tim’s Aquatics, LLC. a leading provider of innovative bacterial-based products to the aquarium industry including One and Only Live Nitrifying Bacteria.  Dr. Hovanec did his Ph.D. on nitrifying bacteria phylogenetics in aquaria and continues to research the microbial pathways of closed aquatic systems and to develop ‘green’ products for the aquarium industry.

Sandy Moore

Sandy Moore, President of Segrest Inc., has worked with the company for close to 30 years. Born in Melvin, Iowa, Sandy grew up in Ruskin, Florida, and became an aquarium hobbyist at the age of 5, after obtaining her first fish (an albino Corydoras catfish) from Woolworth’s.

Michi Tobler

Ever since childhood, Michi has had a weird obsession with fish and other animals that live in water.  Studying biology and becoming a scientist has allowed him to make his passion his profession.  Today, Michi primarily studies the ecology and evolution of fish species in Latin America, allowing him to travel to exotic places and observing fish in their natural environments.

Dan Sharifi

Dan Sharifi is the owner of Cichlids of the Americas, an internet-based fish provider. Dan has kept fish for nearly 30 years, focusing primarily on Central American cichlids, but with a number of South American cichlids as well. His current indoor facility is over 3,000 square feet, with additional outdoor pools and ponds used to raise fish. In his facility, there are tens of thousands of fish, with over 80 varieties currently in Dan’s breeding program. Dan is one of a few USDA-APHIS certified facilities in the U.S., and ships fish to literally every continent.

Spencer Jack

Spencer has had a lifelong passion in keeping and handling tropical fish since the age of 3.  He currently owns and runs a wholesale / retail tropical fish operation The A-fish-ionados Incorporated.  Which currently has over 35 thousand gallons of aquariums.

He has been active in aquarium societies since the age of 12.  His passions for fish have lead him to collecting on four continents and spoken at countless amounts of Aquarium clubs.

Richard Stratton

Richard Stratton was born in 1931 in Colorado.  He spent three years in the military during the Korean War.  Upon discharge, he attended the University of Colorado, getting married during that time.  Upon graduation, he moved to California to accept a teaching job, and he later became a public-school administrator.  He discovered aquarium fish and soon fell in love with cichlids.  He was fortunate to have Guy Jordan as his sponsor to shepherd him through this addiction.

Daniel Konn Vetterlein

Daniel Konn-Vetterlein was born in Germany in 1990. After he finished his schooling he served a voluntary year in ecology and found his passion for birds and the Wadden Sea in northern Germany, a world heritage area and signpost for the years to come. He decided to stay in the north and started his studies of Biology and Spanish at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. During his studies, he worked in environmental education, the monitoring of fauna, and the development of renaturation plans.

Juan Miguel Artigas Azas

Juan Miguel Artigas Azas is a naturalist living in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (actually, the very center of it). He has been passionate about fish ever since he can remember. Although his main interest is Central American fishes, he studies and is drawn to many other species and locales as well.

As creator and editor of the Cichlid Room Companion, Juan Miguel found that his strengths in both the computer and the natural world coincided with the revolution of the internet – an opportunity that lead to the vision of bringing them together in a venture for a site that could pass along the formation to cichlid aficionados and scientists for years to come! Juan has found this never ending project a commitment that he has been willing to maintain with fresh and invaluable scientific content uninterruptedly for over 20 years now.

Pricing &  Registration

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Contact Us


1903 Embassy Square Blvd
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 491-1184


Best Western

9802 Bunsen Way
Louisville, Kentucky 40299
(502) 499-0000

CODE:  Triple Crown hosted  by American Cichlid Association
Single - 149
Double - $189

Holiday Inn

1325 South Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 426-2600

Code: CIZ

(4 min from convention)


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Wine and Dine

The Triple Crown Hosted in Association with the American Cichlid Association