Our next meeting is Sunday, December 2nd @2PM

Dr. John Lyons speaks on "The life, death, and rebirth of the goodeid livebearer fauna of the Teuchitlan Springs, Mexico"

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

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!


Dr. John Lyons of the University of Wisconsin will speak on "The life, death, and rebirth of the goodeid livebearer fauna of the Teuchitlan Springs, Mexico".

"I'll review the natural and human history of these amazing springs, which are (or were) the home of the (relatively) well-known goodeids Ameca splendens, Skiffia francesae, and Zoogoneticus tequila. Then I'll trace the decline and loss of much of the native fauna, and I'll end with the ground-breaking efforts of Mexican conservationists, supported by hobbyists in North America and Europe, to re-introduce and restore extinct fish populations in the springs."

John Lyons 200 212About the speaker

"I’ve been a fish nerd nearly my entire life, observing, catching, and keeping fish for well over 50 years. Currently, I’m Curator of the Fishes at the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum in Madison, a position I have held since 1985. Until I retired in 2017, I was also a fisheries research scientist and supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where I worked for over 32 years. I’m originally from New York State, and I came to Madison, Wisconsin, for graduate school in 1979, loved the area, and never left. I received my B.S. degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all with an emphasis on the study of fish. Although I’m interested in all fishes throughout the world, my specialties are the fishes of Wisconsin and the upper Midwest and the freshwater fishes of Mexico. I’ve made 39 (and counting) scientific trips to Mexico and other parts of Latin America, working on a wide variety of species in many different habitats and locations. Currently, much of my focus has been on the conservation of Goodeid livebearers and other fishes in central Mexico. I’m a better field biologist than aquarist, but I currently maintain four species of rare Goodeids at home and at the Zoological Museum."


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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Return your Stealth Heaters

In case you haven't heard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently ordered the recall Marineland's Stealth series of heaters.

The Stealth heaters are pretty easy to identify...  they are black plastic.

I've heard from hobbyists that have had heaters explode and cause damage to tanks. The plastic sheath of the heater will distort and crack allowing water to come into contact rapidly with the heating element. In my case, a "zit" appeared on the side of the heater and when I put my hand in the water I received a shock.

I had four, 25 watt Stealth heaters to exchange.

Fortunately, the exchange process is pretty easy.

Last week, I called Marineland at 800-338-4896. You'll need to know the model number of the heaters and the wattage of the heaters. You can find the model numbers in the official Marineland Recall Notice.

The call took about ten minutes and the agent on the line was very pleasant.

I was very pleased to yesterday when I received four, brand new Visitherm glass heaters which are definitely superior.


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Inaugural Meeting

The Chicago Livebearer Society's initial meeting will be on Friday, June 3rd.

We hope all tri-state area livebearer hobbyists will join us to here Ted Coletti of Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine speak on the topic "Livebearers Unlimited".

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