Free Goodeid Webinar on Sunday, May 3rd at 6PM

Andy Piorkowski presents "Goodeids: History, Husbandry & More"

Sunday, May 3rd | 6PM Central Time

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Please click the button above about five minutes prior to the start time. You can watch the webinar on your phone or computer.

About the webinar

The talk will focus on Goodeids, a group of about 40 mostly endangered livebearers from the highlands of Mexico. Unlike other livebearers, goodeids can be challenging to keep and breed.

Andy Piorkowski is an active member of the Chicago Livebearer Society. He is well known for his active Goodeid YouTube Channel which has almost 2500 subscribers.

From Andy

"I'm a scientist by profession, chemistry & microbiology. Having always loved animals that swim, I got my start in the hobby with turtles almost 30 years ago but eventually shifted focus to fish keeping. A lifelong love of learning and the natural world brought me here to where I am today."

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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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