The HCCC C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program

What it is, and how you can help.




Recognition and Responsibility


Sharing and Support

The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program was started by Claudia Dickinson in 2004 to give the hobbyist an opportunity to help in the preservation of at-risk fish. The CARES Preservation Program itself not only includes cichlids, but also anabantids, catfish, killifish, livebearers, loaches, rainbowfish, and other freshwater fish, as well as quite a few sea horses, so both freshwater and marine clubs can implement the program. Today, many people are volunteers in the C.A.R.E.S. effort and without their contributions, past, present, and future, none of this would be possible. Please visit for more information. Several of these folks you will recognize as HCCC members, so remember to say 'Thanks' the next time you see them.

HCCC C.A.R.E.S., the C.A.R.E.S. flagship club, implemented its C.A.R.E.S. program in 2009 and shares all the same purpose and goals, only we specialize in cichlids. How we do that is how this club shines. The purpose of the HCCC C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program is to encourage members to devote tank space to one or more species-at-risk, while helping to form information network between aquarists, scientists, and conservationists.

The HCCC C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program has four major objectives:

  • to bring AWARENESS to the critical situation of fish in nature, while educating and stressing the importance of our roles as RESPONSIBLE aquarists;
  • to RECOGNIZE, ENCOURAGE, and offer SUPPORT to hobbyists who maintain species-at-risk;
  • to SHARE fish as well as data and experiences through notes, graphing, and manuscripts so that others may learn to maintain those identical, and similar species; and
  • to PRESERVE species-at-risk for future generations.

HCCC C.A.R.E.S. is how our members are making a difference in the fight to preserve species-at-risk. This fight needs you, the average hobbyist, to devote some tank space. Deforestation, invasive species introduction, and over fishing are just a few of the forces that are wiping some species from the face of the planet forever. Come and join our members and help preserve these beautiful fish for future generations to enjoy.

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