Do you like fish? Do you own an aquarium? Do you know what a cichlid is? Then come to the American Cichlid Association’s annual convention hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society. The convention, otherwise known as the “infamous yearly gathering of cichlidiots, cichlidophiles and fans of all things cichlid,” is themed “Fish Wars, the Hybrid Menace.” (Cichlid, by the way, is a type of fish that has around 1,300 different species.) But don’t worry, there will be no actual warring of the fish. Instead, different fish breeders will be competing for the most colorful and unique man-made hybrid fish. The convention will feature several well-known speakers in the cichlid field, as well as workshops in catfish breeding and aquarium and underwater photography. The convention concludes with a huge fish auction where convention goers have the opportunity to buy dry goods and rare fish unavailable in most local markets. The convention is taking place from July 30 through Aug. 2 at the Cincinnati Sheraton North on Chester Road. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the concluding auction begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
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