The New England Cichlid Association (NECA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, is a loose affiliation of fish people who love cichlids. Found on 4 continents, and possessing the most sophisticated and most interesting breeding behaviors, cichlids provide an infinite variety of colors and shapes, and can be as small as 1 ½ inches and as large as 3 feet.


NECA people who happen to live in New England enjoy getting together periodically to discuss and share the fish we love. Whether it’s a spaker meeting, or a meeting at a member's home where we tour fish rooms and eat extremely well, the club gets together to have fun and enjoy each other's company. Because food for meetings, speakers, and other costs are associated with running a club, we charge a $25 annual fee. If you want to attend an event or two, meet club members, etc., there's no fee to check it out, and the majority of the site and Facebook Group page is open to members and non-members alike.


Check us out regularly, and we are confident we’ll start seeing you, or at least hearing from you, on a regular basis.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are usually the second Saturday of each month, as scheduling allows.

Our club typically uses a meeting rotation schedule. Pot Luck Social Event at a members home, bring in a well known speaker, and organize some type of fish related trip.

Please check the EVENTS page for information about upcoming meetings, auctions, and other events.

Club Dues

Dues are $25 paid annually, and help to cover the cost of snacks at the meetings, speaker fees and other expenses. We hold mini-auctions at every meeting. Club members are entitled to place items, fish, etc in the auction and receive a 70/30 split in favor of the club member. Non-members will receive a 50/50 split.

501(c)(3) Documentation

Federal law requires that 5019(c)(3) applications and related items must be available for public inspection.  Please see the links below for NECA's 501(c)(3) application and the exemption acceptance letter from the IRS."

            501(c)(3) Application

          501(c)(3) Exemption Letter