Don Danko

Central American Cichlids

Don Danko is a cichlid enthusiast, author, photographer, collector and speaker with more than 30 years experience with these amazing creatures. He has written many articles on collecting, keeping and breeding cichlids from Central America, Lake Tanganyika and other locations. He enjoys maintaining 28 large cichlid aquariums that are equipped with an automatic water changing system to make the experience even more enjoyable.


I love to travel with fish friends to see cichlids in their native waters.  I am certainly proof that you do not have to be a diver or a photographer to enjoy chasing cichlids.  Over the years I have become a better swimmer (ha ha!) and with the help of a GoPro I have lots of great video.  It is really fun and such a joy to see fish in the wild that you have kept in your own aquarium(s).  There is no doubt that being able to observe fish in their natural habitat has made me a better fish keeper.

I am an Honorary Life Member of the Sacramento Aquarium Society, Pacific Coast Cichlid Association and the American Cichlid Association.  I like to write about my fish experiences and have been published in the Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlidae Communique, Cichlid News and aquarium societies from Australia to Sweden.  I have received numerous writing awards from the ACA and FAAS, including “Best Continuing Column” and “Author of the Year.”  I am honored to be named a “Fellow” of the American Cichlid Association and the Cichlid Room Companion.

I am a founding member of “Babes In The Cichlid Hobby” where we try to make a difference in cichlid keeping, by raising money (Over $150,000.00 to date) for Cichlid Conservation and Cichlid Research.

Along with my husband Gary, we have about 150 tanks in our fish house, filled with cichlids from Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi.

Tropheus: Friday @ 4:30pm 

Swimming with Cichlids - Lake Tanganyika: Saturday @ 1:30pm