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All-Aquarium Catfish Convention

All-Aquarium Catfish Convention The All-Aquarium Catfish Convention is the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society's biennial event dedicate Please stay tuned for information about the All-Aquarium Catfish Convention 2022 hosted by the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society!

You will enjoy world-class speakers on a variety of catfish topics, social events with fellow aquarists, buying and selling aquarium fishes (especially rare and unusual specimens), and much, much more! Keep an eye on the page or the convention web page, catfishcon.com, for details and announcements. Whether you are new to fishkeeping or a seasoned expert you will have a great time, become

You will enjoy world-class speakers on a variety of catfish topics, social events with fellow aquarists, buying and selling aquarium fishes (especially rare and unusual specimens), and much, much more! Keep an eye on the page or the convention web page, catfishcon.com, for details and announcements. Whether you are new to fishkeeping or a seasoned expert you will have a great time, become

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Once again, a HUGE thank you to The Wet Spot Tropical Fish for their support of the convention.  You saw their fish, the...
10/20/2022
Freshwater Tropical Fish For Sale Online - The Wet Spot Tropical Fish

Once again, a HUGE thank you to The Wet Spot Tropical Fish for their support of the convention. You saw their fish, the bags, their speaker sponsorship, and maybe even got to speak with Steve for a minute. These are top-notch people with a fantastic business. Take a look at their fish lists. Don't see something you're looking for? Ask.

We specialize in both common and rarely seen freshwater tropical aquarium fish. Come check out the largest variety of fish for sale online!

10/14/2022

Once again we had a phenomenal group of speakers to share their expertise. Huge thanks go out for great presentations and sharing time with everyone who attended. Two of them spent more time travelling than they did at the convention!

Eric Thomas: Your energy and sense of humor are infectious. Steven Grant: You have us looking a Corydoras a little different, and maybe taking a closer look at some tiny Asian catfishes. Oliver Drescher: Showing us how a breeding report is done; great job! Barbie Fiorentino: You were supposed to make us laugh, but it was great taking a look back. Leandro Sousa: Absolutely awesome how you brought us a little closer to your corner of the world and your critical work there.

Thanks also, of course, to the sponsors who helped bring us these terrific people:

Freshwater Exotics
The Wet Spot Tropical Fish
Aquatic Life Farm
Capital Cichlid Association
PlecoCaves.com
Repashy
Aqueon

Please support the businesses that support the hobby and its events!

This is what we do at fish conventions.
10/14/2022

This is what we do at fish conventions.

The All Aquarium Catfish Conventions movement to convince Cairn's mom that he should have more tanks!!!

10/13/2022

You've probably already joined Catfishes of the World. If you love catfishes and haven't yet, you really should.

10/13/2022

Stock List updated with new stock!!

10/11/2022

One of the best moments of the convention was our two lightning talks by "junior" aquarists. Sean Hensley (13) from Alabama and Cairn Graham (16) from Scotland gave superb reports of their catfish keeping activities! Both were poised, knowledgeable, and organized better than some experienced adult speakers we've seen. Big thanks to Cairn and Sean for being a part of this convention! Thanks also to Julian Dignall and Eric Thomas for assisting with these presentations, and David Snell for coming up with this fantastic idea.

10/11/2022

Big thanks to our vendors! Please support the businesses that support aquarist events. Swiss Tropicals, Alex's Fishroom NYC, Saburai Aquatics, Carol's Bettas, ATS Aquashop, Aurum Aquatics, Cunningham Cichlids.

If you'd like to see more about Leandro's IctioXingu project:
10/10/2022
Leandro Sousa - YouTube

If you'd like to see more about Leandro's IctioXingu project:

Este é um canal que trata de assuntos relacionados a peixes, desde aquarismo até a ictiologia, que é a ciência que estuda os ...PEIXES!Estamos sempre trazend...

10/10/2022

Photos from Bekateen's FishRoom's post
10/10/2022

Photos from Bekateen's FishRoom's post

10/10/2022

What a wonderful weekend of fish and friends. Specific acknowledgements will follow in the coming days, but huge thanks to everyone who participated!

10/09/2022

One last pic. In the presence of more legends.

Just a couple blokes talking about catfish.
10/09/2022

Just a couple blokes talking about catfish.

Brazilian scientist comes to the United States to find Amazon swordplants for his fish room.
10/09/2022

Brazilian scientist comes to the United States to find Amazon swordplants for his fish room.

Photos from NBM Aquatics's post
10/09/2022

Photos from NBM Aquatics's post

The folks who attended all nine AACCs.
10/09/2022

The folks who attended all nine AACCs.

10/08/2022
Photos from All-Aquarium Catfish Convention's post
10/08/2022

Photos from All-Aquarium Catfish Convention's post

10/07/2022
10/07/2022
Getting ready for the surprise lightning talk.
10/07/2022

Getting ready for the surprise lightning talk.

Breakfast with the speakers!
10/07/2022

Breakfast with the speakers!

10/07/2022
Photos from All-Aquarium Catfish Convention's post
10/07/2022

Photos from All-Aquarium Catfish Convention's post

These fellows know a thing or two about catfishes.
10/06/2022

These fellows know a thing or two about catfishes.

Who's heading to a fish con?
10/06/2022

Who's heading to a fish con?

10/06/2022
10/05/2022

If you're flying in to Washington Dulles Airport, there is a free shuttle service to the hotel.

During normal business hours the shuttle departs the hotel on the hour and half hour.

Pick up is on the lowest level - 2B and 2G.

The shuttle is labeled Hyatt Regency - don’t take the Hyatt Place shuttle.

10/04/2022
Auction Preview/Selling | Potomac Valley Aquar

Sunday, Oct. 9 Auction! For info on selling in the auction or previewing registered auction lots:

If you would like to preview the lots for the Oct 9 All-Day Auction or wish to sell in the auction, please visit https://mygroupauctions.com/. You'll need to create an account and join the PVAS group. Once logged in look for the line for the Convention Auction. Click the binocular icon to view

How many have you been to?  At the Cocktail Hour on Saturday we'll have a special photo opp for those who have attended ...
10/04/2022

How many have you been to? At the Cocktail Hour on Saturday we'll have a special photo opp for those who have attended all nine conventions.

One of the hallmarks of our convention is that we bring in the best speakers, no matter from how far.  We do it with tre...
10/02/2022
Wild Caught Fish - Freshwater Exotics Freshwater Exotics

One of the hallmarks of our convention is that we bring in the best speakers, no matter from how far. We do it with tremendous support. This year Freshwater Exotics was instrumental in bringing us Leandro Sousa all the way from Altamira, Brazil. Please give them a visit some time and see if you can't find something interesting on their lists.

We are direct importers of high quality wild caught aquarium fish from South America. Also offering Ornamental Fish Expeditions.

A huge thank you to Jason's Plecos and Cichlids for their support of the convention!
10/01/2022
Welcome to Jason's Plecos & Cichlids LLC

A huge thank you to Jason's Plecos and Cichlids for their support of the convention!

If you are looking for plecos (Loricariidae) and cichlids, you have come to the right place. We import and stock one of the most diverse selections of pleco species in the USA. Currently we have imported and obtained from captive bred lines, 183 different types and species of plecos which includes s...

A huge thank you to Chico's Natural Pet Market for their support of the convention!
10/01/2022
Premium Pet Food and Supplies | Chico's Natural Pet Market | Falls Church, VA

A huge thank you to Chico's Natural Pet Market for their support of the convention!

Chico's Natural Pet Market is confident that you will choose us as your first place for natural foods and quality supplies for pets. Our trained associates are passionate about pets and are looking forward on providing an entertaining and educational shop

10/01/2022
PVAS Lovingly Used Aquarium Sale | Potomac Valley Aquar

PVAS will be selling its inventory of aquaria at the convention! 20H, 10, 5.5, and 2.5-gallon tanks available.

PVAS will sell all the aquariums belonging to the club. Many will be used for the last time with fish donations placed in the raffles and auction. Up for sale: 84 - 2.5Gs $1 each 57 - 5Gs $2 each 31- 10Gs $3 each 7 - 20G talls $5 each The tens and twenties will not be available to take away until Su

A huge thank you to Harris Teeter for providing us fruit for the convention!
09/29/2022
Shop Groceries, Find Digital Coupons & Order Online - Kroger

A huge thank you to Harris Teeter for providing us fruit for the convention!

Shop low prices on groceries to build your shopping list or order online. Fill prescriptions, save with 100s of digital coupons, get fuel points, cash checks, send money & more.

Paul and the Gumans look great, don't they?  Make sure you wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt to the Saturday banquet!  (...
09/27/2022

Paul and the Gumans look great, don't they? Make sure you wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt to the Saturday banquet! (Headgear and grass skirts optional)

A huge thank you to Sera for their support of the convention!
09/21/2022
Aquarium, Pond, Terrarium | sera

A huge thank you to Sera for their support of the convention!

high quality products for aquarium, terrarium & pond care: ✔fish food ✔aquarium accessories ✔pond accessories ✔terrariums. ▶ Discover now!

Venue/All-Aquarium Catfish Convention
09/14/2022
Venue/All-Aquarium Catfish Convention

Venue/All-Aquarium Catfish Convention

The All-Aquarium Catfish Convention will take place at the Hyatt Regency Dulles in Herndon, VA. See this page for details and follow the link to make reservations.

A huge thank you to Oase for their support of the convention!  Oase features filtration and accessories for freshwater a...
09/13/2022
Oase -Pond, Aquarium, Indoor Aquatics Supplies

A huge thank you to Oase for their support of the convention! Oase features filtration and accessories for freshwater aquaria and ponds, as well as nano tank setups and more.

Oase -Pond, Aquarium, Indoor Aquatics Supplies

Photos from Swiss Tropicals LLC's post
12/05/2021

Photos from Swiss Tropicals LLC's post

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11/19/2021

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Please stay tuned for information about upcoming All-Aquarium Catfish Conventions hosted by the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society! You will enjoy world-class speakers on a variety of catfish topics, social events with fellow aquarists, buying and selling aquarium fishes (especially rare and unusual specimens), and much, much more! Keep an eye on this page or the convention web page, catfishcon.com, for details and announcements. Whether you are new to fishkeeping or a seasoned expert you will have a great time, become a better hobbyist and probably take home some new and interesting fishes to try.

Speakers at past conventions include: Jon Armbruster, Heiko Bleher, Bob Bock, Eric Bodrock, Brooks Burr, Chuck Davis, Julian Dignall, Hans Evers, Lee Finley, Barbie Fiorentino, Ian Fuller, Devon Graham, Steven Hughes, Birger Kamprath, Ad Konings, Dinyar Lalkaka, Rusty Lalkaka, Anton Lamboj, Wayne Leibel, Shane Linder, Rob McLure, Heok Hee Ng, Ronald Nielson, Mark Sabaj-Perez, Christopher Scharf, Ingo Seidel, Mark Soberman, Regina Spotti, Melanie Stiassny, Stephan Tanner, Luiz Tencatt, Kamphol Udomritthiruj, Peter Unmack, Stanley Weitzman, Jeremy Wright

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Will be looking for a female L174 (or 2) this year. Anyone bringing any?
No Rivanna River collecting trip this year? Or is that potentially being organized outside of the event? I've got shoes I need to sacrifice to the garbage can deities at the collecting site!
Even the plecos in Ukraine are brave... Can't stop 'em breeding!
Booked and going with my old NEC road trip crew!
Baby L174s - hoping to bring a dozen or so in October.
Microglanis iheringi fry! Article in TFH later this year.
Hello dear fish people!

I am here to ask you for an important information. At the 2018 convention, I received donations of preserved Corydoras CW16 specimens. I know Rob donated part of this material but I cannot remember who else donated specimens for me. I would really like to mention the donators in the original description so, manifest here if you were one of my kind donators.

kind regards

Luiz
I don't see any excursions... no collecting trip on the Rivanna this year?
Join PVAS and The PVAS Foundation in supporting Project Amazonas.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/517518675839320/
Honey comb catfish???
I enjoy catfish!!! Looking for a few
leopard wood catfish and a green phantom pleco!
Hello everyone, how are you? a couple of days ago, Andrew sent me an e-mail asking about my visits to the US museums and collections, what exactly I do in such places and stuff like that. Basically, what exactly the hobby can do for a scientist (or as in my case, trying to be one lol).

To be honest, I love to talk fish. So I said, of course, I can tell you everything but maybe others in the group are also interested so I asked to do it here and not in a private message.

What exactly I do? I do alpha taxonomy. I use morphology/anatomy to (I´m trying to haha) recognize the only natural entity, the 'species'. Every species presents an "equation", a combination of features (rarely a single feature...) that can differ it from all other species (a diagnosis), and my job is to found such equations (a good enough one at least).

Remember my talk at CatCon 2018? the true identity of a taxon (a name, a species) can only be recognized through the comparison between the examined specimen and the 'name holder', the holotype or lectotype.

Very well, in big collections/museums, such as Smithsonian and Drexel, there are generally a huge number of type specimens. However, types are like other specimens, they get old, the color fade... And what I do? first, I do standard measures and counts. After that I check some key features: externally visible bones (infraorbitals for the win), spines (serrations), color pattern, etc...it´s very important to take very good pictures of them in three views, dorsal, lateral and ventral (so I have HD images to chech something more superficial later). This way, museum after museum, I´m building a database of Corydoradinae to build more solid diagnosis, provide redescriptions, reviews... =)

I hope this is what you asked Andrew =)

kind regards

Luiz
Thanks so much for having me, and for putting on such an awesome convention! It was a pleasure meeting everyone!
THANK YOU!!! Everyone!! Safe at home! ;)
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