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Nyassachromis prostoma

is an open water mouthbrooding cichlid from Lake Malawi.

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Members-only Picnic

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Sunday, September 14th at Noon

Our annual members-only picnic at Bruce Canaday's house will feature food and fun for the whole family. Enjoy some BBQ and visit Bruce's, fishroom.
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Rare Fish Auction

Sunday, August 10th | 6PM - ?

GCCA brings in 25-50 bags of rare and hard to find cichlids offered to the highest bidder. GCCA members-only.

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Schedule

When is the Cichlid Classic?

Memorial Day Weekend 2014
Friday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 25th 

Hotel

Best Western Plus
4400 Frontage Rd
Hillside, IL 60162‎

GCCA's Annual Cichlid Classic is a fun cichlid-themed weekend for everyone. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the hobby, buy and sell fish, and have a great time with fellow hobbyists.

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

How to Register

We encourage to register online by clicking the button below. It's fast, safe and secure.

You can pay with your Paypal account or if you don't have one, you may use a major credit card.

Registration

Don't want to register online?

If you don't want to register online, you may register over the phone by calling Rick Borstein at 847-634-2443. You can also email our webmaster if you have questions.


Posted: 2 months 1 week ago by scubadiver#35015
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Updated list

Medium Copadichromis borleyi Mbenji "quadrimaculatus"
small Copadichromis sp. mloto gold crest Makonde F-1
small Ngara flametail™
small Protomelas spilonotus sulferhead
Large Adults Cop. virginalis yellow blaze Nkanda
small euchilus
small steveni/fenestratus yellow chin
small Cop. chrysonotus wt. blaze
small Paratilapia bleekeri Maralambo 1.5"
Medium Cynotilapia afra white top clown
small dolphin Manda - giant demasoni
small polit Lions Cove
small zebra gold bar Mozambique
Medium Julidochromis transcriptus Kissi type
Medium Lamprologus brichardi Kipili blue face F-1
Medium Lobochilotes labiatus 2" F-1
Medium Tropheus moorii kaiser II (Kiriza)
Medium Tropheus moorii Ikola yellow kaiser NICE!
Medium Tropheus moorii Mboko yellow 1.5"
Wild Adults Altolamprologus compressiceps gold head Tanzania
Wild Adults Altolamprologus calvus black Congo medium
Wild Adults Lamprologus ocellatus Isanga 'gold' type 1.5"
Posted: 2 months 2 weeks ago by scubadiver#35007
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Tentative list of fish for our silent auction (we will also be getting another 10 or so species from our banquet speaker Chris Biggs)

Copadichromis borleyi Mbenji "quadrimaculatus"
Copadichromis sp. mloto gold crest Makonde F-1
Placidochromis electra (deep water hap)
Aulonocara Ngara flametail™
Cop. virginalis yellow blaze Nkanda
Chilotilapia Euchilus
Protomelas fenestratus yellow chin
Aulonocara sp. "Stuartgranti Maleri
Cop. chrysonotus wt. blaze
Protomelas ndiwe fire blue
Paratilapia bleekeri Maralambo 1.5"
Cynotilapia afra Jaro
Cynotilapia afra white top clown
Labidochromis sp perlmutt (Euro bred)
Labidochromis Chisumulu
Pseudotropheus sp. "polit" Lions Cove
zebra gold bar Mozambique
Pseudotropheus Demasoni Pombo
Crenicichla lepidota pike 3"+
Julidochromis sp. transcriptus Zambian
Lamprologus brichardi Kipili blue face F-1
Lobochilotes labiatus 2" F-1
Frontosa Burundi 6 stripe
Tropheus brichardi Mpimbwe red cheek
Tropheus moorii Ikola yellow kaiser NICE!
Tropheus moorii Mboko yellow 1.5"
Altolamprologus compressiceps gold head Tanzania
Lamprologus ocellatus Isanga 'gold' type 1.5"
Posted: 2 months 3 weeks ago by 1fishgeek#34996
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Yes, Sunday's Auction is Free, If you come early you may take a peek in the show room, there maybe a few fish still in the tanks. However most will be gone the volunteers will be taking down the show. Also the raffle tanks are always raffled off in the main auction so tickets are sold for the first few hours anyway. You may always go into the show room and see the fish for free. Unless something has changed without the board knowing
Posted: 2 months 3 weeks ago by Samfred#34995
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So if we could only make it on sunday, it would be free to get in?
Posted: 3 months 5 days ago by scubadiver#34952
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Sunday's auction is free

Friday & Saturday's raffle and silent auction require you to buy a ticket to the classic for $35
Posted: 3 months 6 days ago by ziggy2#34951
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So if I would like to buy some raffle tickets and come up for the auction what would it cost me?

GCCA Meeting May 2014 Speaker Brian Perkins - Cichlids of the SE Peruvian Amazon Basin

GCCA Meeting May 2014 Speaker Brian Perkins - Cichlids of the SE Peruvian Amazon Basin 

GCCA Meeting May 2014 - Brian Perkins Cichlids of the SE Peruvian Amazon Basin - Old Friends and New

Doubletree Hotel Downers Grove
2111 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515
1-630-971-2000   |  Map and Directions

Brian Perkins - Cichlids of the SE Peruvian Amazon Basin- Old Friends and New

Brian Perkins, owner/operator of Wild Peru - www.wildperu.net, a fish collecting station in Peru, will be talking about his experiences with Cichlids of the SE Peruvian Amazon Basin.

I am a life-long Tropical Fish hobbyist, starting in 1965 when my first pair of red Swordtails gave birth to young fish, and I have been hooked ever since. Next year, in 2015, I will be celebrating 50 years of fascination and learning in this great hobby. I have kept, observed and bred a wide variety of fish in that time, so you could describe my experience as being “general”, although I have had a particular fondness for African Killifish and dwarf Cichlids over the years.

In 2005, I had my first chance to go to the Amazon and collect fishes, see their habitats, and observe them in the wild. This is something I had dreamed about doing since I was a kid! This visit started a new chapter in my life with the birth and growth of my Eco-Tour business “WildPERU”. We want to offer the best Jungle experience possible. Starting and operating a small business in the Third world is certainly a challenge, but it has been a very rewarding one.

The Tropical forest has proven to be a great teacher, but it is changing rapidly before our eyes. We are constantly discovering new fish species, or expanding distributions of known fishes. There is still so many things the forest can teach us, if we can get out and see them before “progress” changes them irrevocably.

I am on a constant quest to continue to learn and expand my understanding of the world around me.

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    Posted: 2 months 3 weeks ago by scubadiver#34991
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    Here is the Speaker of the Month for May - collecting in Peru

    Swap Vendor List April 2014

    Here is the link to the swap vendor layout Swap Vendor Layout


    Posted: 3 months 5 days ago by Mugwump#34957
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    Is there a printable vendor list file....or am I missing it???
    Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by JimmyS#34947
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    Your best bet would be to place a wanted ad in the Classified section. that way people will know you are looking.
    Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by Dovii78#34946
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    I'm new here in this webpage and I dont know if this is where I have to ask my question. I was wondering this sunday Im going to the fish swap and I was wondering if any of the vendors will have PARACHOMIS DOVII & CICHLASOMA FESTAES I been looking averywhere for these type of fish and they are so hard to fine, I hope any vendor respond to this article thanks
    Posted: 3 months 1 week ago by jsonnefeldt#34943
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    I just wanted to confirm that tables are sold out.
    Posted: 3 months 3 weeks ago by JimmyS#34924
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    Where is the Table layout?????

    Sorry I had to do it. Looking forward to another great swap.
    Posted: 3 months 3 weeks ago by scubadiver#34918
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    Here is the april swap vendor list -

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