Pam Chin

Babes In The Cichlid Hobby

I have been a tropical fish enthusiast for years and cichlids are my passion. The organized hobby has been a big part of my fish keeping life and I enjoy the social aspect it offers.  It has given me the opportunity to find the fish I desire, and to learn more about them. Over the years I have made lifelong fish friends and they have enriched my hobby even more.


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