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Exciting Classifieds Updates

All we recently upgraded our classifieds to provide some really nice features

  • Youtube support – have a video display directly in your classifieds ad
  • Status of ad’s waiting approval via the website, you can see ad’s in the my ad’s section prior to approval
  • Confirmation that your ad has been posted prior to approval via email
  • Confirmation once your ad is approved via email
  • Pictures can now be resized during the upload process; a number of users had challenges resizing pictures. Well the website will now handle that for you.
  • All of our emails have been updated to communicate to users to correctly categorize hybrids, almost every hybrid that was posted on the site was never posted under the hybrid section (people seem to not like to call the fish they sell hybrids)

GCCA Donates to the American Cichlid Association

The American Cichlid Association (ACA) is a national organization dedicated to the cichlid hobby. The annual ACA Convention is a highlight of the year for many cichlid hobbyists.

The ACA operates funds for cichlid research and habitat conservation. Both of these noble aims are fully supported by the GCCA and our club makes an annual contribution to the ACA.

At the 2012 ACA Convention in Indianapolis, GCCA contributed $500 to the ACA. We are proud to support the ACA.

GCCA donates $500 to the ACA

GCCA Treasurer Bob Chirempes presents a $500 check to ACA Chairman Dean Hougen.

 

Product Review: Coralife Colormax Mini Compact Fluorescent

If you have any older, incandescent hoods, you probably are aware that the standard bulbs used in these hoods generate a lot of heat and don't last very long. Worse, the quality of light from incandescent bulbs is harsh and doesn't make your fish look good.

There is an easy solution . . . the Coralife Colormax 10 Watt compact fluorescent bulb which is about $9.

Testing

How many cichlid hobbyists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Fortunately, just one . . . me! 

I had an old incandescent 5-gallon hood that came with a cheap boxed aquarium set and the light was certainly harsh and too hot.

Changing this out to the Colormax was easy. The new bulb has a standard screw-in bulb base. Just unscrew your existing lightbulb and screw in this fluorescent replacement.

Once I had the bulb in, I was very pleased with the appearance of the fish and the tank. The color looked natural and I even think the fish looked a bit happier.

The packaging states that this bulb "provides full spectrum light". I don't have a light meter, but it looked darn good to me.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a way to get better results from that old aquarium hood, give the Coralife Colormax 10 Watt compact fluorescent bulb a try.

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