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American Cichlid Association Fish Competition

Aquatic Experience – Chicago is hosting the inaugural American Cichlid Association Fish Competition, Nov. 4-6, 2016. The competition is composed of 25 classes in nearly all new and old world cichlid groups with cash awards given to first place winners in each class, plus a $500 Grand Prize and $100 Reserve Best of Show. All competitors receive free 3-day admission to the Aquatic Experience show floor at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and entries are open to the public with no limit on the number of entries. The deadline for online registrations is October 27, 2016. More details at

Swap Vendor List October 2016

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First NameLast Name Organization Vendor Items
RickBorsteinChicago Livebearer SocietyA variety of livebearers, plants and more.
MugwumpJon MillerJon's AngelsAngelfish, bristlenose, cory's, guppies, etc...
DanBarmoreSynodontis petricola, Pseudotropheus demasoni, Labidochromis mbamba, Labeotrupheus fuelleborni “Chalo”, Copadichromis molto. Email:
JohnAntolakOrganic BlackwormsLive California Blackworms, Frozen & Freeze Dried California Blackworms, Dry Food, Other Tropical Fish & Supplies.
FrankO'Neillangels plecos driftwoods plants foods
ChrisHazardI can deliver to the swap on March 6th. 608-444-9183 Peacock males; eureka, beanschi, ngara, flavescent, lemon jake, german red. Juvenile peacocks; beanschi, eureka , kandensis, flavescent, lemon jake, lwanda; Copidochromis mloto ivory, Copidochromis borleyi nkhata bay. Placidochromis Jalo Reef, Sciaenochromis iceberg ahli, Mbuna: msobo, mainango; bristlenose: brown, albino and calico. Some longfin bristlenose; Synodontis petricola; alto. Compressiceps red, Lepidolamprologus lemarii, cyprichromis luvia(blue orchid)
warrenbastiani angel fish
Mike MurrFish
warrenbastiani angel fish
RobertBorgerCaptain Bob's FishtalesI'll have my full line of Captain Bob's S.O.S. fish food. Micro, Walter, Banana, and White worm cultures.
MichelleHainlineVisit our web site Email us at We encourage preorders to guarantee you will get the fish you want plus preorders will get best looking fish from the group. Some of the fish on our list we may only have one or two so this is another reason to preorder. Contact us for more info on any info on any species listed below most we have males available, some we have females available and some we can offer unsexed. MBUNA Rusty's, Msobo, Cobalt Blues, Chipoake, Elongatus Chailosi, Elongatus Chewere, Polit, White Top Hara, Demasoni, Albino Socolofi (snow whites), Jalo Reef, SRT Hongi & Afra Cobue PEACOCKS Dragon blood, Red Shoulder, Ngara, Eureka Red, Albino Eureka Red, Flavesent, Bi-Color 500, German Red, Ruby Red, Lemon Jake & Red Top Lwanda VICTORIAN Pundamilla Nyererei Look for our banner overhead on our table. You can email us/call/text Jason & Michelle 815-690-2067
GreenwaterGreenwaterGreenwater Aquarist SocietyGreenwater Aquarist Society Club Table; Club literature, assorted fish & supplies, along with entertainment provided by The Fabulous Steve!
TerryTankersleyNew/Used equipment, shells, dry food, driftwood
SteveBottsMisc fish and equipment. A list of items will be posted in the GCCA classifieds shortly.
JimNowobielskiRainbows, Rainbows, Rainbows Check out my classified ad one week before the swap as to what I will be bringing. Pre orders welcome. contact
SairSidDiscus fish Leopard discus Checkerboard discus Red spotted green Scorpion discus 2 - 3 inch local raise discus available
brettstokesAfrican cichlids. From fry to breeding groups. Lwanda, Turkis, ruby red, red empress, yellow benga , dragonblood, ob peacocks, and various others
LeonidFlimanKoi angels baby and adults, Marble angels, Electric Blue Rams, Apistogramma Cacatuoides 'Double Red' young adults, Bristlenose Plecos, 10 gallon tank with light and lead, plants, snails. Preorders are welcome. Check my ads at GCCA website or email me at ''
Jo AnnFujiiChicago Aquatic Plant SocietyPlants and Wood
BrantleyBerryPlecocavesCome pre order via email or phone . Xtreme foods. Discus cones, cichlids huts, pleco caves, breeding tubes, clearance items etc etc.
Dave SielaffNumerous large male peacocks and haps along with fry.
Rick, SteveBoester, BorsiniFish
RobertBauerHomegrown Aquatic Plants of All types
AleeYangFlowerhorns, Thai silks, super red dragons, Kamalau, flowerhorn food from okiko brand, cz Aqua products, xo humpy head brand, ionic, etc... KOI ANGEL FISH, etc...
JustinDatavsDatzcichlidsHuge selection of african cichlids, high quality flake food. Preorders encouraged. Phone: 7083513979 Email: Website:
RandyBlaszczykFrozen fish food and aquarium supplies.
ThomasBergerAfrican cichlids will be posting on classifieds and on Male and juveniles.
PhilSalantPhilthy's Fine Fish (disco light) - Malandi Sulphurheads, have FULL COLOR MALES 2.5", have smaller sets by 6 or 12. Have some Python Island males and some Trewavasea Males. Some bristlenose, small to medium, brown and albino. TONS OF PORET FOAM BLOCKS AND SHEET/PIECES. Some block filter cubes and hang on back filters left. Phil 608-576-7555 Carl Angelfish Connection: Six inch oblique male cichlids each. Four inch oblique male cichlids each. Assorted large angels each. Dime sized silver angels 6 for . Call Carl at 1-262-303-4410
BruceCanadayBroad Street PetsFish
RobertCrouseGuppy Associates International ChicagoWe are bringing IFGA quality show guppies, bristlenose plecos, albino cories, live plants, Sera and Northdin foods, misc. equipment. We are also having a membership drive. Learn and join on the spot the only 50 year old club in Chicago!!!
MarkSchmidtFish, 20 gal complete set ups
AlanSchahczinskiFish Ruby Red, Lemon Jake, German Red, Red Shoulder, Dragon Blood, OB, Sunshine, Neon Blue Undu Reef, Red Flush, Peacocks also Acei Yellow tail, Moorii Dolphin, Lemon Jake, Purple Ocellatus, Gold Ocellatus, Black Ocellatus, Red Sevrum, Zambian Blue Frontosa, Greshecki, Jalo Reef Mbuna and others preorders available
bobnesnidalfood (flake/pellet), fish tanks,
LarryGreningDiscus , Angels , and misc Cichlids
CraigZehnderChicago Killifish AssociationKillifish Live Cultures Plants
RicPerezcool fish
Josephine Chritopher Chicago Discus Discus Fish
JimLehnerBlue Turq, Leopard Discus ,Koi Angels, Fish room supplies
GinoDiNellaPleco Paradise LLCFish
JoshRaatzLake county discusFish, discus,misc. equipment,jaguar/Texas hybrid,bristle nose plecos,Jack Dempsey cichlids.
JoshRaatzLake county discusFish, discus,misc. equipment,jaguar/Texas hybrid,bristle nose plecos,Jack Dempsey cichlids.
JoshRaatzLake county discusFish, discus,misc. equipment,jaguar/Texas hybrid,bristle nose plecos,Jack Dempsey cichlids.
JoshRaatzLake county discusFish, discus,misc. equipment,jaguar/Texas hybrid,bristle nose plecos,Jack Dempsey cichlids.
CheuVueLive Flowerhorn Fish and Dry Foods.
BobSturnfieldGuppies / Livebearers
MarkHuffmanPlants Plants and More Plants
dustinshearerTanganikia: black calvus, red fin comps,lelupi,hecqui,meeli, sunspot brevis,cylindricus, Zambia regani, dickfeldi, transcriptsus, bifranatus,walteri,and much more! 317-440-6836
MatRehbergMJ AquaticsAfrican cichlids & plecos. Cash, credit card, PayPal Email: Phone: 815-566-1785
JohnSchneiderDiscus, Angelfish and Plecos
victormendezxl cichlids
JeffMichelsPreorder fish list at LOTS of closeout specials including tanks and stands


Eretmodus marksmithi

 Eretmodus marksmithi

Above Eretmodus marksmithi. Photo by Mario Toromanovic. 


The Eretmodus genus, together with Spathodus and Tanganicodus belongs to goby-like cichlid genera from Lake Tanganyika. Eretmodus cyanostictus, the type species of the genus, was first described by Boulenger in 1898 where it was found in southernmost part of the lake. The northern form has always been exported as E. cyanostictus although it has been known to be distinct from that species for more than two decades. In 1988, Konings pointed to differences between southern and northern species (which he called Eretmodus sp. “cyanostictus north”) and in 2012 Burgess described the northern form as Eretmodus marksmithi. (Source: “Tanganyika Cichlids in their natural habitat” 3rd edition by Ad Konings) Sexes are alike, except that males are bit longer than females. Males get up to about four inches in length. Females are slightly smaller reaching a maximum length of about three to three and one-half inches.

Etymology: eretmo = oar ( Greek ) +odous = tooth ( Greek ) referring to the peculiar shape of the teeth; marksmithi – Mark Smith ardent cichlid fancier and breeder, photographer, and author, who was instrumental in obtaining specimens and photographs of this new species.


Eretmodus marksmithi is found in the rocky zone of the shallow intermediate habitat, of Lake Tanganyika, where it spends most of the time grazing algae from top of the rocks. It’s been observed in the northern to central coast lines in Tanzania and D.R. Congo on localities such as Kigoma, Luagala, Kansombo in Tanzania and Muzimu and Kabimba in D.R. Congo.


Knowing Eretmodus marksmithi was an herbivore. I immediately placed them in a 75 gallon tank with large group of Tropheus moorii "Ilangi". The tank was large enough for the two species and it was furnished with large 3D background, which was excellent place for them to “chill” during the day. The set-up also had many rocks and cichlid caves where the fish were able to hide if needed and thick layer of sand on the bottom. Filtration was provided by two canister filters, which made plenty of water current, mimicking the natural habitat. I conducted 30% bi-weekly water changes, and I would also add aquarium salt, after each water change, so my pH was always around 8.0. The water temperature was at maintained at 79°F.


Eretmodus species live on a diet of filamentous algae which are scraped from the rocks. They are usually found grazing from the upper sides of small rocks (From the book “Tanganyika Cichlids in their natural habitat” 3rd edition by Ad Konings). I fed my fish with strictly plant based foods, by using mix of spirulina and veggie flakes - it worked great.


I obtained eight juvenile Eretmodus marksmithi at ACA convention in Louisville during the famous BABE auction. I knew I overpaid for them, but it was for the good cause and I really wanted them. At the time they were sold as Eretmodus sp. “cyanostictus north” but after some research, it was clear that this was indeed described specie of Eretmodus marksmithi. They were around two inches long and probably five or six months old. I like buying juvenile or small fish, growing them up, and breeding them, rather than buying breeders or breeding pairs. That way you can study and watch your fish growing, forming pairs and experience whole breeding process.

Eretmodus marksmithi are bi-parental moouthbrooders. The pair bond lasts several weeks before and after the fry is born. The female incubates the eggs during the first 12-14 days and then the male takes the offspring into his mouth for a further one to three weeks.

I did not witness my Eretmodus marksmithi spawning, but during the water change I noticed one of the fish holding. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that it was one of the males. I left him for few more days and then stripped the fry. At this point, the fry were fully developed and completely without a yolk sac. I placed them in small rearing tank and started feeding them right away with newly hatched baby brine shrimp and crushed veggie flake.

Retail Price

Eretmodus marksmithi is a rare fish that that is relatively hard to find. They are imported from time to time and if you are lucky to find them through the internet, expect to pay $25 to $30 USD per fish for tank raised fish, and even more for wild caught specimens.



Report August 2016 by Mario Toromanovic.

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