Our next meeting is Sunday, May 21st @2PM

About the Meeting

CLS meets at 2PM right after the GCCA Swap Meet. NEW LOCATION

Marriott Hoffman Estates
4800 Hoffman Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL. 60192

Enjoy a great day at the swap meet then join CLS for a livebearer auction and a great speaker!


Mike Drawdy loMike Drawdy, owner of Imperial Tropicals in Lakeland, Florida, is a third generation Florida fish farmer. Because his family had been breeding and raising fish since 1970, Mike literally grew up on the farm. After spending four years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, he started working at Imperial and has not looked back. Mike keeps and breeds many different types of fish on their farm, including livebearers, tetras, catfishes and cichlids, and is always working to introduce new species that would be good for the fish-keeping hobby. He also loves to share his aquarium fish passion with hobbyists by aquarium society lecturing and posting entertaining fish farming videos on youtube and the latest fish pictures on facebook. Mike served on the board for Florida Farm Bureau, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association. 


The Life and Times of a Florida Tropical Fish Farmer

Donations for our Table

The primary method we use to raise funds is through sales at the GCCA Swap Meet. We need your donations of fish and other goods to help raise money for the club. Please bring your items to the swap and the earlier the better!




How to insulate your aquarium with Reflective Foil Insulation

I moved into a new home in the Chicago area recently and, lacking a fishroom, I decided to set up a 55G tank in the basement. I just had to have some fish!

Unfortunately, the basement in my new house is really cold, typically about 65F. I like to maintain my tanks at 76F, so that would mean keeping the tank 11F above the basement temperature. I knew I should insulate the tank to lower my energy costs.

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