Mission and History

The Chicago Livebearer Society was created in 2011 by Rick Borstein, a local area hobbyist and long-time member of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association. Although an experienced breeder of cichlids, he had always been interested in livebearing fish. Like many hobbyists, he had kept livebearers like platies, guppies and swordtails as a kid. He picked up a few livebearing fish locally, but wondered how he would be able to locate some of the more unusual species.

In 2008, Rick attended his first American Livebearer Association convention which was an eye-opening experience. There he met many dedicated hobbyists interested in livebearers. He also learned about the poor conservation status of many livebearing fish in the wild.

The 2011 ALA was the aegis to make a difference in the local Chicago community. With the support of a few local livebearer hobbyists such as Mark Schmidt and Mike Schadle, Rick put out the word that he was starting a club.

The club first met informally in June 2011 in Wheeling, IL. Ted Coletti, Ph.D. the author of Aquarium Care of Livebearers, was the speaker and 17 hobbyists attended the first meeting.

On September 18, 2011, a constitution was drafted and signed at the second meeting of the club. A board was elected:

  • Rick Borstein, President
  • Mark Schmidt, Vice-President
  • John Sobel, Secretary
  • Jason Libasci, Vice-President

Club Mission

The Chicago Livebearer Society is dedicated to the advancement and/or dissemination of information related to all aspects of the biology of livebearing fish, their maintenance and breeding and captivity, and the conservation of habitats of livebearing fish.

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Club Programs

While we are still in the formation stage, it is hoped to roll out the following programs:

Breeders Award Program (BAP)

The Breeder's Award Program recognizes member achievements in breeding various livebearing fish. The BAP objectives are:

  1. To learn to breed livebearers and further one's interest activity and knowledge in the hobby;
  2. To accumulate points at each level, as outlined below, and receive a plaque commemorating the achievement;
  3. To succeed in becoming a Master Breeder, as defined below, entitling the member to receive a lifetime membership in the Chicago Livebearer Society.

Point System

We haven't set point levels yet. Two different systems are typically used:

  • One point per spawn
  • Varying points per spawn

When the group officially forms, we will choose the system used.

Rick Borstein's Observation: I greatly prefer the single point system. It makes record keeping easier and helps to avoid disputes.

Eligible Spawns

Another topic that needs to be considered is what does a member have to turn in to count as a spawn?

My initial suggestion to the group is:

  • Six (6) fry at least two months old
  • Must know the species of the fish
  • Location varieties may count as an additional spawn
  • Color or fin varieties (e.g. line bred fish) do not count as additional spawns

Award Levels

As members turn in additional fish, they reach various goals and are awarded with certificates.

10 Points - Beginner
20 Points - Advanced
35 Points - Expert
50 Points - Master

Additional levels could be added.

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