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
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.
The Chicago Livebearer Society (CLS) is a tropical fish club for hobbyists in and around Chicago to trade fish, learn more about livebearers and help raise funds for conservation.
The Chicago Livebearer society meets four to six times per year. We generally meet shortly after swap meets of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA). GCCA Swap meets attract hobbyists from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa, so this is a convenient time to bring livebearer hobbyists together.
Visit our Upcoming Events page to see all our future meeting dates.
A livebearer is unique category of mostly freshwater fish in the family Poeciliidae that has internal fertilization and gives birth to live young. There are many popular livebearers kept by aquarium hobbyists including the guppy, swordtail, mollies, and gambusias.
There are many reasons. Most livebearers are undemanding and may be kept and bred in small tanks at room temperature. Most livebearers are hardy and easy to keep, too. Some livebearers are beautiful and can be the centerpiece of a show tank. Aquarists concerned with conservation are also interested in keeping livebearing species which are threatened in the wild. By keeping these fish, we can ensure their continued survival.
Livebearers vary in their requirements. Many are easy to keep in small tanks (5-10 gallons) at a temperature of 70-78F. Good water quality is important for good health, so regular partial water changes are important. Many livebearer hobbyists like to use plants, either natural or plastic, to provide cover for the fry and to shelter females from the relentless pursuit of males.
Here are the most common questions we get about membership. If you can't find what you're looking for, please email the
One year is $10. Two years is $19. Three years is $27.
Yes, you can join us online. We use Paypal to process payments.
Yes. Just click the "Don't have a Paypal Account" link during checkout:
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Yes. Choose Account & Join> Renew Your Membership. You can renew for one, two or three years:
CLS generally meets on Sundays from 1:30 to 3:00PM after Greater Chicago Cichlid Association Swap Meets. GCCA Swap Meets (our cichlid friends) attract hundreds of people and many hobbyists from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin plan to attend. This is a convenient time to bring everyone together. We are a bit at the mercy of GCCA in planning our meeting time, so we generally only know about 6-8 weeks in advance when the next meeting will be.
Yes, we send meeting reminders about a week before each meeting.
First of all, it's only ten bucks. You can afford it! Humor aside, membership dues offset the costs of meeting space, our website, and paying for the honorarium, lodging and travel of speakers. Your ten bucks supports the livebearer hobby!
If you missed our April meeting, you missed some great fish and a great talk from speaker Rusty Wessel.
Goliad Fish Farms is a business owned by Charles Clapsaddle who is a board member of the American Livebearer Association. Charles was nice enough to donate two boxes of fish to our club including several types of rare wild mollies, plants and cherry shrimp.
Our speaker, Rusty Wessel, not only delivered a great talk, but he also brought several types of wild Mexican swordtails and other fish. It's very challenging to find these fish in the hobby!
Our club is up to 27 members and due to the donations from Rusty and Goliad Fish Farms, our treasury is in great shape.