Welcome to the website for the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association


Founded in August of 1980, the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association exists to meet the needs of the west coast cichlid hobbyist. By-Laws were constructed in 1983-1984 and the PCCA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the state of California on January 30, 1985. Since inception, the PCCA has grown rapidly from a local society of 20 members to one of national scope, with members all over the world.

News and Updates

Speaker for April 8, 2017

Pam Chin

Pam Chin – Lake Malawi National Park

Pam loves cichlids! She has been a tropical fish enthusiast for many years and cichlids are her passion. Along with her husband Gary, they currently maintain over 100 aquariums in their fish house filled with cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, Lake Malawi and Central America.

Pam is an Honorary Life Member of the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association (PCCA) and past editor of the PCCA’s award winning publication; Cichlidae Communique. She has been a long time member of the American Cichlid Association in the past she has served as Secretary and Chairman for the Board of Trustees and was named an ACA fellow, it is the highest honor the American Cichlid Association gives to members for their support of this national organization.

Pam is an avid writer her cichlid articles and “Ask Pam” column have been published in the Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlid News and aquarium societies from Australia to Sweden. She has received numerous writing awards from the ACA and FAAS, including “Best Continuing Column” and “Author of the Year.”

Pam is a founding member of “Babes In The Cichlid Hobby” where they try to make a difference in cichlid keeping, by raising money (Nearly $130,000.00 to date) for cichlid research and cichlid conservation.

Pam loves to travel with cichlid friends to fish events across North America. These friendships have led to expeditions and opportunities to visit fascinating places like Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika, South America & Mexico to observe cichlids in their natural habitats.

Her real job is working as a purchasing agent for a large mechanical contractor in Sacramento, Ca.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us at Harry’s Hoffbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129.

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