Our next meeting is Sunday, April 28th @2PM

Pat Hartman speaks on "A Rookie Goes to Mexico Part II"

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

Marriott Hoffman Estates
4800 Hoffman Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Program

Pat’s Talk “A Rookie Goes to Mexico Part II, the NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour 2017” will be a recap of this trip including sampling of fish at 7-8 native habitats, visit the famed Fish Ark in Morelia, and learn about the Reintroduction effort with Zoogoneticus tequila at Teuchitlan Springs, plus some cultural education and Pat’s personal observations along the way.

About the Speaker

pat hartman cropped 200Pat Hartman has been keeping fish for over 45 years. Although not a founding member, he has been a member of the Southwestern Michigan Aquarium Society (SWMAS) in Kalamazoo, MI since early 1979, and is active with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club (GVAC) in Grand Rapids, MI. In the early 1980’s he developed a special interest in livebearing fishes, and rapidly became involved with the American Livebearer Association (ALA) where he served in various capacities including Chairman.

Pat has been involved in most every aspect of the ALA, having won several major Show Awards at the ALA Conventions, participates in the Species Maintenance Program, serves as auctioneer, and has successfully bred over 170 species of livebearers in the ALA Breeder’s Award Program. Pat was also instrumental in the formation of the ALA Vern Parish Fund (VPF) where he served as Co-Chairman from 1996-2007. Currently he is Co-Chair of the ALA Graduate Student Poster Session (GPS) and back as Co-Chair of the VPF. Today he specializes almost exclusively in wild species of Livebearers. Pat was honored by being named “Fellow of the ALA” in 2006.

Pat is also active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and finally made his first trip to Mexico in Nov 2014 for the 4th International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes, along with the GWG Meeting, visit to the Fish Ark, and Collecting Goodeids in the Wild. He made his second trip to Mexico in February 2017 as a part of the first ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour, and a third trip to Guadalajara as an invited Speaker at the GWG 2nd International Convention.

Donations for our Table

The primary way we raise money for our club is through table sales at the GCCA Swap Meet. Please bring your donation fish to our table as early as possible.

This helps us raise money for the club to present programming to you!

Please bring your BAP fish as usual, but make sure you bring a filled out BAP form with you. 

 

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CLS Donates $1000 to North American Goodeid Working Group

The Chicago Livebearer Society it pleased to announce a donation of $1000 to the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG).

The North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG) is an organization dedicated to the conservation, study, and propagation of Goodeid fishes. Goodeids are a family of about 45 small freshwater fishes found in the highlands of central Mexico and the deserts of the southwestern United States. Most species are endangered. NAGWG works to protect Goodeids through support of on-the-ground conservation efforts, research, and captive husbandry. NAGWG members include hobbyists, conservationists, and scientists from throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. NAGWG is a standing committee of the American Livebearer Association, a U.S. 501(C)(3) organization, and a component of the international Goodeid Working Group, which includes members from Europe, South America, and Asia. For more information, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The donation was funded by a recent Rare Livebearer Auction which was held in January 2018. The club sold over 120 bags of rare and hard to find livebearers and a portion of the proceeds helped offset the dontation.

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Build a Dual 20G High Tank Stand

The Chicago Livebearer Society was invited to participate in the 2017 Aquatic Experience Show. This required the club to set up a display in a 10 foot by 10 foot booth. Early on we decided that we would like to have some tanks in the booth to attract the public.

Our goal was to be able to display both wild-type and domestic livebearers. The tanks needed to be at a comfortable viewing height and we knew that we needed a custom rack to do so. Time would not allow us to build a rack from scratch onsite, so we knew we needed a rack that could be bolted together and taken down quickly. The rack would need to be inexpensive and built with materials sourced from local home stores, so 2X4 construction was the method used.

We chose to set up two, 20GH tanks which measure:

  • 24¼ W
  • 12½ D
  • 16¾ H

Since the tanks would be displayed side by side, we knew we needed a stand that was at least 48-1/2" wide. We opted for bit of extra width and went with 49" for the width. As for height, we went for 40” which would offer comfortable viewing for standing patrons.

DownloadPDF with instructions, drill guide and illustrations

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