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Chris Biggs

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Topics: Banquet - 'the Mad Aquarist' and "The Florida Experience: a nerds eye view"

Hailing from the barren Tundra of the frozen North that is Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Chris Biggs is a devoted father of three, and court Jester to his lovely and tolerant Queen, Dayna. A life-long Aquarist, his father thrust him into the hobby at a very young age with a small tank they kept in their family den and Chris has never looked back.  He is a founding member of the Aquarium Society of Winnipeg, the Canadian Cichlid Association, and most recently, the Dead Fish Order. He achieved in short order the level of Grand Master for both fish breeding and horticulture. He is a classically trained Botanist, passionate naturalist and avid gardener. Master of much, Chris is well known for his colorful tattoos, outspoken mouth, and well-received knowledge on most things aquatic and more. Eager to share and educate, he is a welcome presence nationally and internationally, both as a speaker and as the mouthpiece for Xtreme Aquatic Foods.

Chris has traveled extensively, collecting, studying, and admiring fishes, plants and reptiles in their natural habitats, as well as attending workshops and conventions. He has taken his vast knowledge and experience and applied it to building many dedicated and specialized fish rooms, often referred to as his Lab. They have included such fully automated water maintenance systems, pressure chambers, microscopes and dissection tables including his last fish room which held over 3800 gallons. His frank bravado and charm, as well as his experience make him a much sought after judge, speaker and auctioneer at events everywhere.

He is Tall, loud, and colorful- Chris is an enormous nerd and quite strong with The Force he has an entire room dedicated to Star Wars figures and diorama, many of which he has hand crafted himself! Outgoing and entertaining, Biggs is often found, Guinness in hand, wearing a shirt extolling his mighty gonopodium and sharing his vast knowledge with a sarcastic, yet endearing smile.

 

Rachel O'Leary

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Topic: Freshwater Invertebrates: A Primer for the Devoted Hobbyist covering how to breed and keep many freshwater invertebrates for keeping as well as their utilitarian application as feeders, infusoria production, and the algae control.

Rachel O’Leary, from Mount Wolf, PA is a proud mother of 3, loving wife, and an unmistakable personality within the hobby. A life-long fish keeper, her interests range from nanofish to monsters, with a focus on invertebrates and dwarf species. Rachel has spent the last 10 years studying invertebrate husbandry, aquascaping, and breeding practices. Rachel’s fishroom consists of over 100 tanks ranging from 10 to 220 gallons, and her breeding program includes members of the Corydoradinae group, Apistogramma, Ancistrus, Hypancistrus, Pelvicachromis,  as well as various Cyprinids and livebearers. One of the leading importers of invertebrates in the US, she breeds and keeps dozens of dwarf shrimp and snail species, as well as dwarf crayfish and crabs, and is regularly bringing in new and hard to find specimens. She also has a passion and interest in gar and polypterids and houses several species.

Rachel actively attends conventions and travels to speak at clubs and conventions on her invertebrate and nano fish interests. A big advocate of rallying regional support, Rachel also sponsors many clubs and events around the United States. She provides freshwater aquarium livestock from around the globe, to redistribute and help share with hobbyists around the country. Rachel is very focused on education and information for her customers, and personally deals with each individual to help them make the best choices for the tank.

Rachel is a frequent contributor to Amazonas magazine with articles featuring her travels and interactions with other hobbyists and breeders, as well as species spotlights and special features. She recently had a book co-authored with Mark Denario published titled The 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species: How to Choose & Keep Hardy, Brilliant, Fascinating Nano Fishes, Plants and Invertebrates.

As dedicated to education and community as she is to her fish, Rachel has served as a moderator in several of the largest online aquatic communities.  A member of close to a dozen associations, she can frequently be found at conventions and club meetings around the country and internationally. An invited guest, host, judge, and speaker, Rachel loves to share her knowledge and experiences with like-minded enthusiasts.

Willem Heijns

Topic 1: Belize, searching for cichlids This talk comprises a travel report to the beautiful country of Belize (just east of México). Visits were made to the rivers and lagoons trying to find cichlids both for filming and collecting. There’s footage of cichlids in many rivers as well as an exciting boatride with a local fisherman on Freshwater Creek.

Topic 2:

México, a journey into the world of cichlids In this presentation the places to visit are marked on a map of México. A river drainage will be selected of which pictures and (in most cases) a video will be shown. Together with the (sometimes funny) stories this makes an excellent way of getting to know this beautiful country and its cichlids. The videoclips have also been released on DVD (copies available at the event).

William

 

Willem is a 67 years old retired bankmanager and has been keeping cichlids well over half his lifetime. He started out with the firemouth (Thorichthys meeki) and subsequently has been hooked up with Central American cichlids ever since. Having had small tanks at first he moved on to build his "Cichlidarium" containing two 600 gallon aquariums and some smaller ones. After some major calamities (two 600g tanks exploded almost in his face) the Cichlidarium was finally closed down in March 2011.

 

About 15 years ago he started collecting cichlids in México and other countries in Central America. Most of these trips he made together with Ad Konings and some with Juan Miguel Artigas and Don Danko. On the first trips he focussed on collecting cichlids but on later ones Willem tried his hand at shooting video both above and below the waterlevel. This has resulted in bringing (new) cichlids into the Dutch hobby and a number of films, a compilation of which is available on the DVD "México, a journey into the world of cichlids".

 

His last three trips were made to Nicaragua. He visited most of the crater lakes in that beautiful country searching for cichlids, concentrating on Laguna Xiloá where he put his diver’s license to good use being able to get video footage from depths of 20 meters or more. This footage was edited to produce the DVD "Nicaragua, cichlids from the crater" which is also available to the public.

 

No longer keeping cichlids, Willem is now concentrating on writing. He has published a number of articles about cichlids in magazines worldwide and has also co-authored a book on these wonderful fishes. His main area of interest is the evolution and systematics of Neotropical cichlids belonging to the subfamily Cichlasomatinae.

 

Chuck Rambo - Hydrologic Systems Analyst, Well Compliance Officer

Topic - Poor Man’s Collecting Trip-In 2009 I took a group of aquarists through the everglade swamps of Florida looking for introduces tropical fish species that had escaped from the local fish farms during hurricanes. When we got these we discovered some very cool local native species. As a side trip we went to a few existing fish farms and fish wholesalers to see how fish farming is being done today.

Chuck has been keeping aquarium fish for 47 years. He has been interested in all kinds of aquatic life but his strongest love has always been cichlids. He started with a 5 gallon metaframe aquarium and a pair of convicts then mushroomed at one point into a substantial fish room with 50+ aquariums filled with cichlids from all over the world. He is a two term past President of the Pacific Coast cichlid Association and a two time Chairman of the American Cichlid Association.  His work with the ACA earned him a “Fellow” status within the organization. He has been to both rift lakes with renowned cichlid authority Ad Konings. He was also part of the Lake Victoria Cichlid and Conservation Program working with endangered Lake Victoria cichlid species. Chuck also keeps carnivorous plants from all over North America

 

 

Ray Lucas

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Topic: TBD

Ray has been a fish hobbyist for over 48 years and active in aquarium societies since the late fifties. He has been an active member in almost twenty different clubs including local and national ones. For years Ray traveled and entered fish shows around the country, then continued as a speaker on many topics. In the 1980’s Ray worked with Paul Speice (his mentor) on the TV and live shows, “The Aquatic Maestro”. He was inducted into the Tropical Fish Hall of Fame in 1989 and is also a member of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, and Western World Pet Association. Ray worked for General Motors for over 30 years and is now retired. Ray is currently traveling with Kingfish Services, a company he started in 1989 with Python Products and Mardel Labs, promoting their products to fish clubs around North America. He is now representing MARS FishCare North America, Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, Aquarian Flake Foods, Pond Care, & Rena Products, Python Products, Aquarium Technology Sponge Filters, Cichlid News Magazine, Cichlid Press (Ad Konings), The Fish Factory (Mike & Robin Schadle), Finley Aquatic Books, Diskus Brief Magazine, Discus Hans USA, Eastern Aquatic Blackworms, and Ken’s Fish. Kingfish Services just visited their 400th show in 18 years, as a service to the aquarium societies and manufacturers in the trade! Now over 400 shows bringing hobbyists, aquatic societies and the aquatic industry together. Visit www.kingfishservices.net for images of our past events adventures and check our calendar for upcoming events. Besides fish, Ray loves music, Nascar, grandkids, old cars, and being with great people. Ray has bred over 45 species of Livebearers, 30 different Cichlids and 10 Catfish and still maintains 12 aquariums and 2 ponds.

 

 


Posted: 1 week 23 hours ago by Matt #36375
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Saturday May 28th Vendor Table List
Joseph Abbate 17
Sair Ali 11
Robert Bauer 8 9 10
Thomas Berger 18
Randy Blaszczyk 22
Bruce Canaday 26 27
Josephine Christopher 4 5
Justin Datavs 5 6 7
Peter Durkin 1 2
Freshwater Exotics 16
Leonid Fliman 24
Jo Ann Fujii 25
Mark Huffman 34 33
Jerzy Kowal 15
Jim Lehner 29 30
Victor Mendez 23
Peter Ming 12
Jeffrey Pecor 31
Phil Salant 32
Alan Schahczinski 28
John Sonnefeldt 14
Brett Stokes 19
Terry Tankersley 21
Tony Williams 35
Mariusz Zagorski 20
Cheu Skid Vue 13
Mike Schadle 36 37 38
Posted: 2 months 2 weeks ago by scubadiver #36295
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Time to start signing up for the classic -

Swap Vendor List March 2016

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Posted: 2 months 3 weeks ago by Matt #36284
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:P :P :P :P

March 6th Swap Vendor Tables
Abbate 11 12
Anderson 36
Antolak 20
Barmore 45
Bastiani 10
Bauer A24 A25 A26
Berger A5 A6
Berry 37 38
Blaszczyk 47
Borger 46
Borstein A3
Botts 17 18
CANADAY 48 49
Christopher 5 6
Crouse A7 A8
Datavs 60 61 62
Durkin 1 2
Erickson 42
Exotics A18
Fairfield 25 26
Fliman 54
Fujii A19
Greenwater 21/22 34/35
Hainline 9
HANACEK 27
Hazard A22
Huffman 43 44
Jon Miller 7
Kopinski A28 A29
Kowal A17
Lehner 51 52
Lewicki A13
Mendez A16
Michels 39 40 50
Ming A4
Murr 57 58
Nesnidal A1
Nowobielski A27
O'Neill A30
Pavese 59
Pecor A20
Perez 3 4
Raatz 23 24
Salant A14 A15
Salinas 53
Schadle A10 A11 A12
Schahczinski 33
Schmidt 30
Schroeder 28 29
Shearer 32
Sid 15 16
Sielaff 13
Tankersley 55 56
Vancko 31
Xiong A9
Yang A2
Zehnder 41
Al 19
Posted: 3 months 3 days ago by scubadiver #36263
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Swap Vendor List for March

GCCA Meeting February 2016 - Members Only Auction

GCCA Meeting February 2016 - Members Only Auction

Here is the list of fish we are expecting in for the Members Only Auction

sm-md Astatotilapia (Hap.) latifasciata zebra obliquidens

sm-md Placidochromis electra 'deep water hap

med Hemitilapia oxyrhynchus

med Aristochromis christyi parrot cichlid

sm-md Aulonocara blue neon Undu Pt

sm-md Pseudotropheus elongatus Mara yellow

sm Altolamprologus calvus black

sm-md Apistogramma nijsseni

sm-md Aulonocara flavescent Usisya

sm-md Otopharnyx lithobates red top 'aristo'

sm-md Apistogramma hongsloi red I

sm-md Apistogramma pandurini Panduro

sm-md Apistogramma macmasteri red

sm Ophthalmotilapia ventralis Chaitika black head

Wild Nanochromis splendens

xsm Altolamprologus compressiceps red fin Mbita

Wild Lamprologus callipterus Magara (shell-dweller)

Wild Spathodus erythrodon ~2.5"

sm-md Lobochilotes labiatus F-1

med Ophthalmotilapia ventralis Chituta powder blue F-1 big!

Wild Altolamprologus compressiceps red fin Mbita Big!

Wild Eretmodus cyanostictus Makombe ~2.5"

sm-md Labidochromis sp. orange-yellow Ruware

sm Lichnochromis acuticeps F-1

sm Tropheus moorii orange flame Bemba

Wild Ophthalmotilapia nasuta Kipili orange

sm Tropheus moorii golden Kazumbe ~1.25"

Wild Tropheus moorii Chilambo yellow rainbow

Adult Group Etroplus canarensis

sm-md Cyathopharnyx foai (furcifer) Mbita green

med Ophthalmotilapia nasuta "Green Tiger"

sm Paretroplus menarambo pin stripe damba

Wild Altolamprologus 'calvus' Kekese zebra Big! New

Wild Spathodus erythrodon

xsm Julidochromis regani Burundi

sm-md Labidochromis sp. Mbamba yellow top

 

 


Posted: 3 months 6 days ago by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper #36253
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Thank you to all who were involved in obtaining the fish, picking them up and holding them till meeting, and for running the meeting and auction last night. It's nice to get away from the malawi stuff and see some great tanganyikans especially come in.
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by scubadiver #36241
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There is usually just one bag of each species of fish, a few have two bags. The fish are sold in groups that if you win the group it should be enough for a breeding group. Most young groups have six, seven or eight fish in each bag with seven being the most common.

Most of the fish are young except the wild groups.
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by Tomsfishfarm #36240
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Are this mostly bags of several fish or single fish? Or how many are in a bag on average? Also is there just one bag of what's on the list or will there be multiple bags?
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper #36236
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Thank you, i knew the normal meetings did just wasnt sure with the auction meetings.
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by keltonsports #36235
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Yes there is a BAP auction too, as well as if you have extra fish to sell or donate. If you bring a bag of fish to auction, the club does take a percentage.
I for one am glad that there isn't a lot of new world cichlids on this list. I do not have the tank space and I can't stop myself from bidding on new worlds.
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper #36234
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Decent list, Only 1 that I'll be chasing though due to lack of tank space.

Just a question, BAP turn in allowed at the meeting as well correct?
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by mikeg2929 #36233
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I would need a tank, first.
Rather, I would need to set up a tank. I have plenty of tanks in storage.

Time is what i need. Taking down my fishroom was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by scubadiver #36232
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Mike,
You are a lifetime member you should come to the auction and pick up a bag or twenty


Jason
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by mikeg2929 #36231
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The following fish will challenge any fish keeper. All very cool.

If you can - buy every pin stripe damba - they are a great schooling fish.

med Aristochromis christyi parrot cichlid
sm-md Lobochilotes labiatus F-1
sm Lichnochromis acuticeps F-1
Adult Group Etroplus canarensis
sm Paretroplus menarambo pin stripe damba
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by Matt #36229
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Jason Great Job !!!!
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by Matt #36228
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Heres my list for Sunday .....

med Hemitilapia oxyrhynchus

med Aristochromis christyi parrot cichlid

sm-md Aulonocara blue neon Undu Pt

sm-md Pseudotropheus elongatus Mara yellow

sm Altolamprologus calvus black

sm-md Apistogramma nijsseni

sm-md Aulonocara flavescent Usisya

sm-md Otopharnyx lithobates red top 'aristo'

sm-md Apistogramma hongsloi red I

sm-md Apistogramma pandurini Panduro

sm-md Apistogramma macmasteri red

sm Ophthalmotilapia ventralis Chaitika black head

Wild Nanochromis splendens

xsm Altolamprologus compressiceps red fin Mbita

Wild Lamprologus callipterus Magara (shell-dweller)

Wild Spathodus erythrodon ~2.5"

sm-md Lobochilotes labiatus F-1

med Ophthalmotilapia ventralis Chituta powder blue F-1 big!

Wild Altolamprologus compressiceps red fin Mbita Big!

Wild Eretmodus cyanostictus Makombe ~2.5"

sm-md Labidochromis sp. orange-yellow Ruware

sm Lichnochromis acuticeps F-1

sm Tropheus moorii orange flame Bemba

Wild Ophthalmotilapia nasuta Kipili orange

sm Tropheus moorii golden Kazumbe ~1.25"

Wild Tropheus moorii Chilambo yellow rainbow

Adult Group Etroplus canarensis

sm-md Cyathopharnyx foai (furcifer) Mbita green

med Ophthalmotilapia nasuta "Green Tiger"

sm Paretroplus menarambo pin stripe damba

Wild Altolamprologus 'calvus' Kekese zebra Big! New

Wild Spathodus erythrodon

xsm Julidochromis regani Burundi

sm-md Labidochromis sp. Mbamba yellow top
Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by scubadiver #36227
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Here is the list of fish for the auction :)

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    GCCA 2012 Classic

    Join us at the GCCA Classic - Memorial Day Weekend 2012 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

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    Agenda

    Thursday May 24th - GCCA volunteers load, unload and set up over a hundred fish tanks (make sure to thank them)

    Friday May 25th Saturday 26th  - Fish show, fish & vendor sales and networking events

    Saturday May 26th - Full day of speakers, fish show and judging, fish & vendor sales

    Saturday May 26th evening - Banquet & presentation

    Sunday May 27th - Huge cichlid only auction (note fish show & vendor sales will be closed on Sunday)  

    A knock-out line-up of country's best cichlid speakers.

    Featured presentations

     - Tropheus - how to keep them, breed them, cure them, what types are there and can they be kept together- 

    - Dwarf Cichlids - An overview of soft water "Dwarf Cichlids", methods for keeping and breeding and loads of photos

    Malawi Peacocks (Aulonocara) - An overview of what a peacock is, how it came by the name, "who" is in the group, what they look like (males and female) and a lot more information both historical, biological and colorful... if it is a "Peacock" from Lake Malawi, it is covered here.

    Importing Cichlids and Catfish from South America – Importing fish can be exciting, fun, scary and risky at times. Here are the ups and downs and everything in between when you try to import fish from South America. 

    Featured Speakers:
    Kevin Plazak - Kevin has been keeping fish since he was 13 but started in earnest at 18. When the tanks slowly started taking over the house he had the good sense to heed his wife's suggestion (read: clear threat) that the tanks need to be out of the house. This lead to a breeding cooperative then a wholesale business. His focus had been on live bearing fish and cichlids prior to the business but fish stores like a wide variety of everything that goes into a fish store so Kevin has been captivated by almost everything that swims under fresh water lately and a few like the Climbing Perch and Mudskippers have been taking up more of his thoughts of late.

    Peter Durkin - When people here Peter Durkin they associate it with Tropheus. He is a successful breeder of Tropheus at a commercial level which fewer than handful of people have accomplished, he successful breeds Tropheus at an amazing quantity. Pete is also a major fish importer from South America and often brings fish to the area that others have never seen before. Peter is frequently at GCCA swaps, well now you can hear him share his experiences, tips and few secrets.

    Two more speakers being confirmed

    Giant Cichlid-only Auction
    Sunday, May 27, 2012 10AM – till the last fish is sold | Register at 8:30AM

    What is the GCCA Classic

    -       Speakers from across the country with a full day of presentations 

    -       A fish show where breeders and hobbyist display their favorite and best fish (and often sell them at the end of the show)

    -       It is raffle where over a $$$$ of goods will be raffled and auctioned away

    -       It is a social event with a dinner party (banquet) and hospitality suite

    -       It is a place to buy fish and supplies from vendors

    -       It is where over hundreds of fish books are for sale

    -       It is where vendors will be displaying their latest products

    -       It is where people put fish for sale up on bulletin board (typically people from other clubs)

    -       It is a huge cichlid auction on Sunday

    -       It is for newbie's and cichlid nuts a like

    -       It attracts people across the Midwest

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Alsip
    5000 West 127th Street
    Alsip, IL 60803
    Tel: 1-708-371-7300  | Map

     

    More details to come on http://www.gcca.net/classic

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