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Keystone Clash

This year, it's bigger than before!

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September 16, 17 & 18, 2016 at the Lancaster Host Resort

The C.C.Y's Clash of the Cichlids was so popular last year that we decided to invite the A.C.L.C. along this year & make the event twice as big! 


 For starters we've moved to a larger venue: The Lancaster Host Resort. Then we doubled the size of the fish show to include other types of fish. 


Then we seasoned it with all the fixings like t shirts, vendors, an auction and a grand prize winner between the 2 clubs will be crowned as well.


Then sprinkle in a killer line up of speakers like Ted Judy, Mark Denaro, Charlie Grimes, and Rusty Wessel. This is going to be the best Clash ever! Mmm Mmm good!

This year's speakers:

Rusty Wessel

Fishes of the Panuco Basin

Rusty Wessel maintains over 8000 gallons of freshwater aquariums in a state of the art fish house constructed specifically for fish.  The 90 plus aquariums predominantly contain cichlids and livebearers, which he successfully raise and breeds. Rusty's specialty is Central American fishes. He has taken his hobby to a point where he has successfully collected fish from the countries of Africa, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama , Mexico and Uruguay, from 1983 to the present, for over 150 trips to this date. Considered by many to be the ultimate collector, 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 or been bit or stung by it. Dr. Robert Rush Miller, emeritus professor of the University of Michigan named a beautiful and elusive cichlid discovered during one of his expeditions to Honduras, after Rusty in the June 1996 edition of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine, Theraps wesseli.


Rusty is as well a prolific author and photographer, his writings or photographs have appeared in a wide distribution of specialized publications, like Aquarium Fish Magazine, Aquarist and Pondkeeper, Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlid News, Ad Konings' Cichlids yearbooks, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium and Tropical Fish Hobbyist.


In the organized hobby, Rusty is currently the "Back issue Sales Person" for the American Cichlid Association and a speaker participant for the ACA/Zoo Med Speaker's Program. He is past chair of the ACA board of trustees (1990) and past convention chair (1992). In addition, he is an active solicitor for the "Guy Jordan Endowment Fund" (A fund set up under the ACA to grant endowments for cichlid research). On the local level, he is currently treasurer for the Louisville Tropical Fish Fanciers. Rusty has been awarded with the greatest honor the American Cichlid Association gives to its distinguished members, the ACA fellowship in 1997.

Rusty has lectured and judged numerous fish shows throughout the United States, including the annual "Florida Tropical Fish Farmers" show and several ACA conventions.

Ted Judy

Raising Fry from Egg to Adolescence & West African Aquariums

Ted Judy is an addicted aquarist with over 30 years of fish keeping and breeding experience.  He is a generalist who enjoys all types of fish from anabantids to tetras, but always finds plenty of room in his fish room for fish from West Africa (especially the dwarf cichlids).  Ted’s club affiliations are the American Cichlid Association, the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists and the Milwaukee Aquarium Society.  Ted is a former high school science teacher who now dabbles as a fish importer, retailer and wholesale distributer.  He is a prolific speaker, proficient writer, and wants to be a better photographer.  See more of Ted’s hobby by visiting his video blog at www.tedsfishroom.com. 

Charley Grimes

Charley is an avid fish collector, having taken several trips to South America and Mexico. In the spring, he often gets “Native Fish Fever” and collects locally in Indiana and in the southeastern part of the country. 


His popularity is the result of his aquaristic skill and experience, his personality and sense of humor.


"I got my first fish tank when I was twelve or thirteen years old. It was a 12+ gallon tank that I made from an old gasoline pump cylinder.  Shortly after 'cutting my teeth' on some Mollies and Zebra Danios, I added my first cichlids, two Angelfish, two Green Severums, and two Festivums.  Within six months, my quarter sized Angelfish had body size a lot bigger than a silver dollar and erased any doubt that Angelfish are true cichlids-------they ate all of the Molly fry, and then all of the Zebra Danios. 


I learned three things during my first year of fish keeping:

1) I really like keeping fish

2) By and large, it is cichlids nature to eat fish if given the opportunity

3) I really like cichlids!!!


Except for my college years, I have always kept tropical fish, and, I have never been without cichlids. Our current home has a 600 square foot fishroom that I added onto the existing house. I currently have over a hundred tanks operating in my fishroom (I've had more, a lot more, but that was too much). For me, a hundred tanks is a good number; enough for both fun and projects, but not so many as to become  burdensome.  I have, by the way, been keeping fish for sixty years and still love it. 


Oh, yeah, there's another thing I learned 45 years ago:

4) Being around other aquarists makes a fun and rewarding hobby even more fun and more rewarding. Some of the nicest people in the world belong to the A.C.A."

Mark Denaro
Fishy Trivia & The Namesakes

Mark Denaro has been keeping freshwater aquariums since 1970 and marine aquariums since 1976. Mark has been keeping planted and biotope aquariums since the mid-70s and was keeping reef aquariums before that term was coined. He has bred well over 200 species of freshwater fish and propagated over 150 species of aquatic plants.  He has spawned 10 species of marine fish and propagated over 30 species of marine invertebrates. Mark is a coauthor of Adventurous Aquarist Guide to the 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species, published by Microcosm, Ltd. in September of 2014. He has written articles for several national and international magazines and writes the recurring column ‘Into the Labyrinth’ as well as feature articles for “Tropical Fish Hobbyist” magazine. Mark has been involved in the organized hobby since 1984. He is a past president of the International Betta Congress, the Indianapolis Aquarium Society and the Bucks County Aquarium Society. He is a founding member and the inaugural president of the American Labyrinth Fish Association. He is a well-known speaker and judge and has lectured to more than 50 aquarium societies in 20 states plus Canada and Bermuda and spoken at numerous regional and national conventions.

Joel Antkowiak
Komments on KillieKeeping

Born on the Southside of Pittsburgh in 1962, Joel's first brush with the organized hobby came in 1976 when he found an ad for the American Killifish Association in an old aquarium hobby magazine. Having always appreciated the beauty of these fishes from the color plates in the old "Innes book", and not seeing them in local stores, he joined in order to acquire some. A few years later Joel found the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, where he was a member for a few years before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and moving out of the area. Joel is now living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he is an active member of the Aquarium Club of Lancaster County. A long time killifish hobbyist, Joel has written many articles on various aspects of keeping killifish. Joel was the FAAS Author of the Year for 2012. It is during 2012 that Joel was writing a continuing column he called “Komments on Killiekeeping”, which he first started penning during his days in Pittsburgh in the mid 80s. This also makes a great name for a program because, well, he just has to stand up there and talk about killies!


Joel has maintained anywhere from a few to about 60 tanks at any one time throughout his adult life and has kept many different species of fish. He is often amazed at how some species were once very common and now seem to be non-existent despite their attractiveness and ease of care and husbandry. Many of these are killifish. This program will touch on various aspects of the killifish hobby, including keeping and breeding killies and the never ending “name games.”

Hotel Information:  

Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center 

2300 Lincoln Highway East  (US Route 30) Lancaster PA 17602  


Special Rate $92/night

 – specify “Keystone Clash”  


For Reservations 

 -call 1‐(800) 233‐0121 

How do you get there?

2300 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602

2014 Best of Show Winner-Christine Keys (left photo)


2015 Best of Show Winner -Joel Antowiak (right photo)