Rare Fish Auction and Bag Swap

CLS will hold a Rare Fish Auction and Bag Swap on Sunday, November 15th at 2:30PM.

Please be prompt since GCCA is holding their bag swap at 3:30PM following our event.

Ladendorf Fieldhouse
2541 Harrison St, Glenview, IL 60025

Tell me more!

We will hold a bag swap (swap fish) and a small auction of rare livebearers in a new, heated location.

A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the American Livebearer Association.

Street parking is available and free. Many thank to the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association which is making this available to our club free of charge.


We are bringing in some fairly rare species of fish. Here's what we expect to have available:

  • Allodontichthys sp. to be named
  • Xenotoca melanosoma"Rio Ayuquila"
  • Alloophorus robustus "Zacapu"
  • Chapalichthys pardalis "Presa de San Juanico"
  • Skiffia francesae "Sayula V188"
  • Ilydon xantusi
Want to help?

Donate some fish to the auction!  Please enter the fish you want to bring in our Auction Form. 

Bag Swap

Bring up to six bags of livebearers (no more than two bags per species) and receive a raffle ticket for each bag. Please bring pairs or groups only.

‍‍Raffle numbers will be called in random order. When your name is called, you can choose a bag from what is available!

‍This is a great way to move out some fish and bring home some new ones!

‍Bring your BAP fish! You can Download the BAP Form PDF here.

Social Distance, Please!

Please practice social distancing. We insist that you wear a mask and maintain distance from other individuals.

Bag Swap Rules

  1. Only CLS paid members may participate.
  2. Limit of six bags total, no more than two per species.
  3. Pairs or groups of juveniles only. No single fish, please.
  4. Please bring desirable species only.
  5. You will receive a raffle ticket for each bag you bring.
  6. Raffle tickets will be randomly selected. If your number is called, you can choose any bag from a designated table.
  7. Please wear masks and maintain social distance. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  8. CLS personnel handling tickets will wear gloves and masks.

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Free Livebearer Webinar: Joel Ankowiak speaks on "CARES, Splitfins and More!"

Free Online Webinar: Joel Ankowiak

Joel Ankowiak speaks on "CARES, Splitfins and More!"

Join us at 7PM Central Time on Sunday, December 6th. You can join from your phone or your web browser.

Join the webinar a few minutes before 7PM Central Time on Sunday, December 6th at the URL below:

About the Program

This program will briefly discuss the CARES Preservation Society and focus on the family Goodeidae, a group of live bearing fishes where nearly all species are addressed in the CARES program. I will also share some insight into some of the other livebearing species of fishes that are currently on the CARES Priority List that I have kept over the last 40+ years.

About the speaker

Antkowiak JoelBorn on the Southside of Pittsburgh in 1962, Joel's first brush with the organized hobby came in 1976 when he found an ad for the American Killifish Association in an old aquarium hobby magazine. Having always appreciated the beauty of these fishes from the color plates in the old "Innes book", and not seeing them in local stores, he joined in order to acquire some. A few years later Joel found the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, where he was a member for a few years before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and moving out of the area. Joel is now living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he is an active member of the Aquarium Club of Lancaster County. Joel has earned many of the club’s annual awards, and was the FAAS Author of the Year for 2012. Joel has been awarded the club’s annual “CARES Member of the Year” award for each year from 2011 thru 2016. Joel was recently honoured with lifetime membership in the ACLC for completing the highest level of the club’s Writer’s and Artist’s Award Program. Joel has maintained anywhere from a few to about 60 tanks at any one time throughout his adult life and has kept many different species of fish. He is often amazed at how some species were once very common and now seem to be non-existent despite their attractiveness and ease of care and husbandry, seemingly pushed out of the hobby by the “next great thing.” Joel has most recently been added to the official CARES speaker list and is honoured to be able to work with some of the greats in hobby in this capacity.

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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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