Our next meeting is Sunday, December 4th

About the Meeting

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

Best Western Hilliside Hotel
4400 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL 60162

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

Our Speaker

Rit Forcier speaks on "Livebearers"

Richard “Rit” Forcier has kept tropical fish since the age of 10. He was a member of the former Aqua Land Aquatic Society of Bristol, CT since 1982 and its President in 1986. He also held the title of President of the Exotic Fish Society of Hartford, CT in 1985. The two clubs merged in 2009 and formed the Greater Hartford AS. Rit is the co-founder and first Chairman of the Northeast Livebearer Association, and currently is the Treasurer and Membership Chair.

He has been a member of the American Livebearer Association for over 15 years, Elected to the ALA Board of Directors in September of 2002, a position he still holds and he became Vice Chairman in April of 2003. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in October 2003 and was re-elected four times. Rit was honored by Aqualand in December of 1999 with a honorary lifetime membership for his “sincere dedication and generous support.” He also is an honorary lifetime member of the Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society (MA), 2006 Recipientof the Betty Mueller Award from the Northeast Council of Aquatic Societies for his contributions to the hobby and has published in many hobby magazines, including TFH.

Rit maintains 45 tanks, some of which do not contain livebearers. He has been an auctioneer for many clubs, including ALAS, PVAS, Nassau (LI) Northeast Council and the ALA. His livebearers have won Best of Show at Aqualand in 1996, and third place in the Wm. T. Innes competition of the Northeast Council in March of 2010, among other honors. He’s earned the Master Breeder designation of the Northeast Council and holds Senior Breeder status in the ALA.

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!




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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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