CLS is able to meet again now that a large portion of the populace has been vaccinated.
Note that Illinois currently has a mask mandate which applies to attendees of all indoor events.
|Topic||Breeding and Raising Livebearers – It’s Not Always Easy!
This talk discusses the often ignored topic of how to breed and raise wild-type
livebearers, with emphasis on ‘how I do it’. I cover breeding methods, breeding
tanks, feeding, and raising the fry. I give several examples in each of 5 different
families of livebearers, and encourage the audience to not be afraid to try new
species and to participate in Species Maintenance
Mike has been fascinated by fishes all his life, and has had various fishes as pets
since he could barely reach the top of the goldfish bowl; he has been
successfully breeding and trading fish with local shops since he was 9 years old.
Over the past four decades plus he has specialized mainly in miniature fishes,
and has had successful spawns from various miniature fishes totaling nearly 450
species from 32 families of fish. He currently owns a small fish hatchery and
maintains about 3000 gallons divided into 100 tanks. He is the top ranked
breeder of all time in the Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. (MASI) BAP and the top
ranked aquatic horticulturist of all time in MASI’s HAP with over 300 submissions
from 50 families, including more than a dozen by seed. He is an ALA Century
Breeder, with over 100 species of Livebearers spawned. He credits his success
to large regular water changes, keeping live plants in every tank and culturing
and feeding an assortment of live foods daily for feeding his breeding stock and
for growing the fry of these diverse fish.
Over the past three plus decades, Mike has given well over 325 talks to classes,
clubs, groups and conventions all over the USA and Canada, has documented
many of his keeping and spawning successes in over 300 articles published in
hobby publications around the world, and he has had two books on live foods
published by TFH Publications
Having Success With Livebearers: Specifics of Livebearer Husbandry
From information provided at this website, customers have sent beautiful pictures of their tanks to show how these guidelines result in very attractive tanks, and some are included. As well, the most common diseases, treatments and medications to have on hand are also discussed.
|Bio||Greg Sage BM., MEd., has written for "Livebearers", the Journal of the American Livebearer Association. He also led the ALA as chairman for 2 terms, from 2000 to 2004. Since 2008 he has also spent a few days a week as a visiting researcher,
assisting Limia research at the Fish lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in association with Dr. Alex Cruz. He is also the owner of Select Aquatics of Erie, Colorado, a licensed wholesale and retail seller of Tropical Fish.
Speaking to clubs since 2000, he has spoken at conventions and Fish shows throughout the country, particularly since the start of Select Aquatics in 2009.
A fish geek since middle school, a bedroom of 10 tanks of guppies is now a 120 tank fishroom breeding large numbers of many rare and difficult to obtain species of livebearers, as well as some barbs and catfish, so they can be better understood and maintained in the hobby.
The talk will be a round up of livebearers I have spawned with a bit about their origin and my difficulties and spawning techniques, etc. It will contain videos of most of them.
Depending on time there will be some from 4 families: Poecilidae, Goodidae, Anablepidae and Hemiramphidae. (Please check the spelling! ;)
Current title is "Livebearers I have known" but change to suit your needs. If you need more info please let me know.
There are so many videos it has frozen PPT in the past but think I have that solved, or at least have a way around it. I have given this talk twice before to local clubs.
Here is a video tour of part of my fishroom done a few years ago by Dustin of Dustin's Fishtanks. Things have grown in some since then and some fish have changed, Ha! But use as you see fit.
|Topic||Keeping and Breeding Goodeids|
|Topic||Xany for Xiphs|
|Speaker||RARE Livebearer Auction|
|Topic||CARES, Splitfins and More|
|Topic||CARES, Splitfins and More|
I would like to invite you to speak to the Chicago Livebearer Society (CLS).
The Chicago Livebearer Society is one of only a handful of livebearer-specific aquarium clubs in the United States. We care about livebearers and their conservation.
We take very good care of our speakers:
CLS meets from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Marriott Hotel in Hoffman Estates, IL outside of Chicago.
Our meetings take place after the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association Swap Meet which is a lot of fun to attend. The GCCA swap meets typically feature 80 to 100 vendor tables and over 700 attendees. It's a fun weekend with fish folks!
Would you please advise your availability for one of the following dates?
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
Chicago Livebearer Society
The Chicago Livebearer Society it pleased to announce a donation of $1000 to the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG).
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.
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:
Yes. Choose Account & Join> Check your Membership. Your membership status will be listed:
Yes. Choose Account & Join> Renew Your Membership. You can renew for one, two or three years:
CLS generally meets on Sundays from 2:15 to 3:30PM 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!