Jeff Cardwell has been active in the aquarium hobby for 40 years. He maintains over 70 aquaria and his interests and expertise extend to catfish, killies, rainbowfishes and cichlids. Jeff has traveled extensively to collect aquarium fishes in El Salvador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Suriname, the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An enthusiastic keeper of North America's native fishes, his collecting trips have also taken him to many parts of the United States. Both as a speaker and a judge, Jeff has been a familiar figure at shows throughout the Midwest for twenty-five years. He is an active member of the American Cichlid Association, the American Rainbow Fish Society, the Apistogramma Study Group and the Cichlasoma Study Group.