April Meeting cancelled due to Covid-19

GCCA has cancelled their 4/5 swap meet and we have also cancelled our meeting which follows.

Our club meets after the Chicago Cichlid Association swap meet from 2PM to 3:30PM. GCCA Swap Meets are a lot of fun to attend and we meet immediately afterward.  | Swap Details from GCCA

Speaker and Program

Patrick Miller speaks on “The Wonderful World of Goodeids”

About the speaker

I have only been keeping fish for about 20 years.  Growing up I was always interested in playing in the water and catching fish, frogs, turtles, crayfish and anything else I could find.  I was never allowed to keep fish as much as I wanted to.  One year in the late 90’s I discovered some fish in what had been a seasonal  stream on some property my parents had.  I caught several black nose dace and some brook sticklebacks and put them in a used 29 gallon tank.  It didn’t take long before I was hooked on fish keeping and started to expand my collection of tanks and fish species.  It wasn’t until 2003 that I spawned my fist fish, which was a black Molly, in a small pond outside.  After that I was hooked on breeding fish and have bred over 75 species of livebearers and over 150 species of aquatic animals including shrimp.  I am currently in the process of rebuilding my fish room, after moving from Michigan to Tennessee and getting used to longer hotter summers.  My goal is to breed 150 species of livebearers while maintaining several wild type populations of livebearers. 

Join us at 2PM on Sunday, April 5th!

Marriott Hoffman Estates
4800 Hoffman Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
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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! 

We'd love to get any of the following:

  • Popular livebearers such as Endler's, Swordtails, Guppies and Platies
  • Plants, including floating plants
  • Shrimp


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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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