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Swap Vendor List December 2017

Updated Swap table layout for Hoffman Estates Marriott (Note this is a draft version) 

First NameLast Name Organization Vendor Items
DanBarmoreSynodontis petricola, Labidochromis caeruleus, Pseudotropheus demasoni, Labidochromis mbamba, Labeotropheus fuelleborni “Chalo”, Aulonocara kandeense Email: dbarmore@sbcglobal.net
PeterDurkinFish
MugwumpJon MillerFish
JosephAbbateHIKARI Frozen Fish Food
JohnSchneiderFish
JesseBebowFish
JohnAntolakOrganic BlackwormsLive California Blackworms (if it works out as planned) Freeze Dried & Frozen Blackworms, Dry Food, Other Tropical Fish & Supplies
Mike MurrFish
MikeSchroederFish
KevinKeithK&M CavesPleco Breeding Caves
BobCrouseGuppy Associates International ChicagoShow guppies. Cories, plecos, food, equipment, You can not buy these guppies anywhere else, unless you pay three times as much on Aquabid!
FrankO'Neillangelfish plecos guppies sponge filters, driftwood
MarkHuffmanPlants, Plants and More Plants, from the basics to the more rare, I have many Swords, Crypts and Anubias including some really nice Bucephalandra, I also have Spiderwood so You can preorder here on the Ads page or hit me at Mark of Excellence Aquatics on Facebook or email me at bxdragon1@hotmail.com
JimLehnere.b. demps, koi angels, silver angels .fishroom supplies dry foods
ChristopherBenesFish
JimNowobielskiRainbows, Rainbows, Rainbows Check out my classified ad, one week before swap in "Non Cichlids and Scavengers" or my rainbowfish facebook page ....Jim's Rainbowfish Pre sales welcome , email jnoble2000@yahoo.com
AlanSchahczinskiFish Red Shoulder, Red Flush, German Red, Ruby Red Peacocks, Ahli, Azureus,Yellow Blaze, Lemon Jake, Moori Blue Dolphin and more
GreenwaterGreenwaterGreenwater Aquarist SocietyGreenwater Aquarist Society Club Table. Tropical Fish, Plants, Other Fish Related Supplies & Gear. Our Very Own Steve Will Be Hosting A Holiday Sing Along, Feel Free To Chime In. Rumor has it, he will trade you your old sheet music for some mighty fine tropical fish, Steve is the barter king!
warrenbastianiangel fish black koi marble gaste blower and other air pumps
KaseyClarkPrism BettasLocally bred and imported show bettas. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/Prismbettasauction/ for available bettas up for auction available for swap pickup.
Bob & GaleBorgerCaptain Bob's Fish TalesWe will have our full line of Captain Bob's S.O.S. Fish Food. Be sure to check out our low prices on all types of fish food. Our Probiotic Flake food and Algae Wafers are just Ten dollars per pound. Pre-orders are welcome. captainbobsfood@gmail.com
WilliamMoranDiscus
ThomasKroutShow guppies- albino red and red, Albino hi-fin catfish, hi-fin lyre tail swords, angelfish, misc supplies
bobnesnidalFish foods (pellets and flakes),
VarunKamatChicago Ornamental Shrimp SocietyThe Chicago Ornamental Shrimp Society will have a table at the upcoming swap to raise funds for the organization. We will be selling several types of shrimp including Cherry Shrimp, Blue Velvet Neocaridina, Crystal Black Shrimp, Crystal Red Shrimp, Tibee, Tangerine Tiger and others. Visit the GCCA classifieds section for pictures and pricing. The shrimp we will be selling are breed and raised Swap Itemsby our members. Pre-orders are encouraged as we ran out of most types before and will only bring a small quantity of extra shrimp, so message me if you are interested. We will also have Alder cones, Indian Almond leaves, Guava leaves, Cholla Wood, Shrimp Nets, Feeding Dishes, Sponge Filters, Moss Ledges, Shrimp Caves, and other items for sale. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ ChicagoOrnamentalShrimpSociety/http://www.chicagoornamentalshrimpsociety.com/
SeanStakeMadTown Aquaculture Shrimp Malawi Tanganyikan Victorian Central and South American A few livebearers and plecos Bettas Lace rock Black and red lava rock Petrified wood Cholla wood Shrimp starter kits And More Check out our Facebook page - Facebook.com/madtownaquaculture
Jo AnnFujiiChicago Aquatic Plant SocietyThe Chicago Aquatic Plant Society will be at the GCCA Swap Meet selling hobbyist-grown plants and mosses from easy-to-grow to specialty aquatic plants for aquascaping. Since we grow our own plants, we know they are in top condition. In addition, we will have wood of various sizes for sale for aquascaping your tanks. Come see what we have for sale! Our members will be at the swap table and can answer any questions about growing aquatic plants and help select the right plants and wood for your tank.
LarryGreningI will Be Bringing Discus of misc sizes and Angels Young thru Adult Sizes of all Varietys as well Bandit Geophagous , and Electric Blue Acaras Fry Thru Adult Breeding Pairs . I will also Have Julidichromis Ornatus and Gombi Transcriptus , and Black Reganni and who knows what else i can find to Bring.
Jason & MichelleHainlineEmail us at jmchicagolandcichlids@gmail.com 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. We do not bring females or unsexed unless preordered. Contact us for more info on any species listed below most we have males available, some we have females available and some we can offer unsexed. Look for our ads also on GCCA classifieds. MBUNA Rusty's, Yellow Fin Mbambas, Msobo, Chipoake, Elongatus Chailosi, Elongatus Chewere, Elongatus Likoma, Elongatus Mpanga, Polit, White Top Hara, Albino Socolofi (snow whites), Jalo Reef, SRT Hongi & Afra Cobue PEACOCKS Dragon blood, Red Shoulder, Ngara Flametail, Eureka Red, Flavesent, Bi-Color 500, Ruby Red, Turkis, OB, Sunshine Benga, Lemon Jake & Red Top Lwanda Look for our banner overhead on our table. You can email us/call/text Jason & Michelle 815-690-2067
SidSIDDIQUIFish
BobSturnfieldGuppies, Endlers, Plecos
JerzyKowalcichlids
LeonidFlimanElectric Blue Rams, Black Veil Angels, Apistogramma Cacatuoides 'Double Red', Bristlenose Plecos, Assassin Snales, Misc. Contact me by email - phebeland@yahoo.com or call/text - 1-847-542-0658.
FreshwaterExoticsWild Caught Plecos
Dave SielaffNumerous large haps and peacocks
Rick Borstein andMike HellwegChicago Livebearer SocietyWe have canister filters, and multiple kinds of rocks including round river stone, seyru and red striated stone. We also have driftwood and other tank decorations as well as some livebearers!
KevinEricksonAssortment of New and Old World Cichlids.
MarkSchmidtFish and equipment
JosephineChristopherChicago DiscusDiscus Fish
JerryLeMoba Frontosa, yellow throats kelisa, julidochromis marlieri
DanLessmanFish
RickBoesterAfrican cichlids, new life spectrum, misc used equipment. Females or young should be pre ordered.
JustinDatavsDatz cichlids & reptilesLots of colored males, 200 pounds of premium fish food, bettas, plecos, and a whole bunch more! Please pre-order females and fry by visiting www.datzcichlids.com/current-inventory.html 7083513979
SteveBottsPleco's, corydora catfish, Bettas, shrimp, assassin snails, other types of fish. Misc. equipment
victorMendezVick fishroomFish
AlexNixonFish
RicPerezFish
ThomasBergerToms Fish FarmAfrican Cichlids. Check out ads closer to swap.
Alee/John/RichardYangFlowerhorns, flowerhorn food, super red dragon, Thai silk, kamfa, magma, kml, etc... proven pairs available as well. contact me at aleeyang.me@gmail.com for videos and updates on videos of fishes for sale.
Mat& Jenn RehbergM&J Aquatics We are bringing African Cichlids, plecos, Mystery snails and premium flake food. We accept cash and credit.
ChrisHazardI can deliver to the swap on December 3rd. chazard@charter.net 608-444-9183 Peacock males; beanschi, flavescent, lemon jake, german red,kandensis. Juvenile peacocks; blue neon hia reef, beanschi, eureka, flavescent, lwanda, ngara. Placidochromis Jalo Reef, Copidochromis mloto ivory, Sciaenochromis iceberg ahli; bristlenose: brown, albino and calico. Some longfin bristlenose; Synodontis petricola; alto. Compressiceps red, Cyprichromis luvia(blue orchid)

 

Eretmodus marksmithi

 Eretmodus marksmithi

Above Eretmodus marksmithi. Photo by Mario Toromanovic. 

 General

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.

Habitat

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.

Care

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.

Feeding

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.

Breeding

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.

Video

 

Report August 2016 by Mario Toromanovic.

Astatheros robertsoni

Astatheros robertsoni

Above Astatheros robertsoni Male. Scroll down for picture of feamle. All photos and video by Mario Toromanovic.

General

Astatheros robertsoni is one of a dozen described species in Astatheros genus. It is native to Central America and inhibits the counties of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.


Because of its beautiful blue and purple iridescence colors, the common name in trade for this fish is “Turquoise Cichlid” or “Emerald Cichlid”. It was first described by Regan in 1905 as Cichlasoma robertsoni. In later years, it was moved to Astatheros robertsoni by Jordan in 1930, Cichlosoma ( Amphilophus ) robertsoni by Miller in 1966, Amphilophus robertsoni by Kullander in 1996 and then recently back to Astatheros robertsoni.

This species is an eartheater and exhibits similar behavior to the Geophagus species from South America. Astatheros robertsoni can grow up to ten inches and females are slightly smaller and less colorful. Males from different localities may have slightly different colors.

Etymology: Astathos = unstable ( Greek ) + heros = generic name of related American cichlids
robertsoni = named after Reverend J. Robertson

Habitat

Astatheros robertsoni is found in both rivers and lakes. Specimes found in faster flowing streams have a more elongated body, than ones found in floodplains, sinkholes and slow flowing rivers whose bodies are slightly larger and deeper. Astatheros robertsoni prefer middle and lower levels of the habitat where they forage among sand, mud and small stones.

Care

A large tank is a must for keeping Astatheros robertsoni. As a substrate sifting cichlid, they appreciate sand or gravel covered bottoms. I housed six adult Astatheros robertsoni in 150 gallon tank together with a group of six large Caquetaia myersi. Since I employed a 30 gallon wet/dry filter under my main tank, I wasn’t worried about large amount of waste that these fish produced. I performed bi-weekly water changes using tap water only. The tank was landscaped using large rocks and large driftwood to create hiding spaces. Astatheros robertsoni is a rather easy cichlid to keep. They will eat smaller fish (as shown in my video below), so be careful when choosing tank mates.

Feeding

Astatheros robertsoni is omnivorous species so their diet consists of both meat and veggie based foods. I fed my fish with cichlid flakes and large pellets and occasionally with live food, like worms and night crawlers. The fish would never come up to feed on the surface, but sifted through the substrate, ingesting all edible foods and spitting out everything else.

Breeding

Astatheros robertsoni was probably my biggest challenge and hardest species to spawn so far. I obtained six F1 juveniles from a GCCA rare fish auction about three years ago. I placed them in twenty gallon tank, and from there moved them several times to bigger tanks as they were growing out. Finally, almost two years later, when the fish were around 6-7 inches, I moved them to my 150 show tank. Astatheros robertsoni are great community fish. They are large enough not to be bothered by other fish, yet only mildly aggressive towards their tankmates. At least, that was the case until one year later when pair finally formed and start digging a pit between two rocks. Immediately, the fish changed colors with dark bars showing on their flanks.

Both the male and female began chasing other fish, pinning their tankmates up in one corner on the the top of the tank. The fish spawned a few days later. Once the eggs transformed into wigglers, the parents moved them to another pit, and then to another a day later. During the entire time, the male was constantly digging while female hovered above fry. On day eight post spawn, the fry become free swimming. It was a huge batch of 700-800 fry. At this point, both male and female become very aggressive, attacking other fish in the tank. On the third day after becoming free-swimming, the fry began swimming and following their parents. Since my 150 gallon tank was too big to raise such small fry, I scooped out few hundreds and place them in small five gallon rearing tank leaving the remainder with the parents. The parents did a good job raising the fry to about pea size, but lost many to other fish in the tank.I grew up remaining fry on diet of baby brine shrimp and crushed flake food.

 Retail Price

Astatheros robertsoni are not too common, but they are readily available on the internet. Expect to pay $5 to $7 for juvenile fish.

Astatheros robertsoni Female

Video

Report March 2016 by Mario Toromanovic.

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