March 19, 2016 |Rusty Wessel: Central American cichlids


rustyRusty Wessel from Louisville, Kentucky, is a well known specialist in Central American cichlids. Rusty has visited Central American habitats for countless occasions. Rusty is a well known cichlid author and speaker. Much involved in the organized hobby, Rusty has taken many positions in several aquarium fancier associations, both local and national, and has been rightly awarded the highest honor of the American Cichlid Association, the fellowship status, for his many contributions to the cichlid hobby. Rusty is also a frequent contributor to the Cichlid Room Companion.


His presentation is Fishes of the Maya! A photo and video presentation on the fishes that live in the area where the ancient Mayan civilization once existed. It covers Southern Mexico, Guatemala and Western Honduras.

Rusty specializes in breeding Central American fish, predominantly cichlids and livebearers, in his fishroom of over 90 tanks and 8000+ gallons. He has taken his hobby to a point where he has successfully collected fish from the Africa, Central America and South America. He has introduced many new species of fish to the aquarium hobby; if it lives in the water, chances are that Rusty has either caught it, been bit or stung by it. Theraps wesseli, a beautiful and elusive cichlid discovered during one of his expeditions, was later named after Rusty by Dr. Robert Rush Miller, emeritus professor of the University of Michigan.

Rusty is a prolific author and photographer; his writings or photographs have appeared in a wide distribution of specialized publications. He has been heavily involved with the American Cichlid Association, including being awarded the ACA Fellowship, its greatest honor. On the local level, he is currently treasurer for the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers. Rusty has lectured and judged numerous fish shows throughout the United States, including the annual “Florida Tropical Fish Farmers” show and several ACA conventions.


Also at this meeting

Club business

Gadget Contest prizes.

Grimey Awards


and after the meeting join us at the Great Dane on the East Side.