Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 1:00 PM
Acaras, the Forgotten Cichlids of South America - by Wayne Leibel
A review of the biology and Aquarium Husbandry of South American cichlids historically all classified in the genus Aequidens (which has since been split into several distinct genera) and commonly called ‘Acaras’. These include such well-known aquarium favorites as Blue Acaras, Flag Acaras, Green Terrors and many more (over 50 species and counting). Despite the popularity of these few fish, Acaras in general remain the poor cousins of the cichlid world, all but forgotten by aquarists. This talk will attempt to (re-) acquaint cichlidophiles looking for something different, with this interesting group of cool fish.
Wayne wrote the columns ‘Wayne’s New World’ and later ‘Cichlidophiles’ for Tropical Fish Hobbyist for more than 20 years. He was also the author of the series ‘Going South, Cichlids of the Americas’ in Aquarium Fish Magazine,
Wayne is a Fellow of the ACA, Recipient of Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award (ACA). For seven years he was editor of “Buntbarsche Bulletin” the Journal of the ACA and is the current editor of Cichlid News. Wayne is also the author of two books on South American Cichlids.