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When is the Cichlid Classic?

Memorial Day Weekend 
Friday, May 22nd to Sunday, May 24th 


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.



Below is a potential list of fish we are brining in for the silent auction (plus some potential additional fish), note you have be a paid attendee of the Banquet in order to bid on any of these fish. 

  • Wild Copadichromis Sp. Mloto Red Line Nsisi ~3.5"
  • Md-Lg Ninmbochromis Veneustus ~3.5"
  • Sm-Md Aulonocara Blue Neon Undu Pt F-1
  • Sm-Md Aulonocara Koningsi Mbenji Blue Regal
  • Sm-Md Champsochromis Caeruleus 2"+
  • Sm-Md Aulonocara Swallowtail Jacobfreibergi "Carolinae"
  • Sm-Md Copadichromis Chrysonotus White Blaze
  • Sm-Md Cynotilapia Afra White Top Clown
  • Sm-Md Labidochromis Sp. Mbamba Yellow Top
  • Sm Altolamprologus Compressiceps Red Fin Mbita
  • Sm Ctenochromis Horei F-1
  • Sm-Md Julidochromis Regani Kipili
  • Sm Lamprologus Sexfasciatus Gold
  • Sm Ophthalmotilapia Nasuta Kipili Orange
  • Sm-Md Ophthalmotilapia Nasuta Mukosa Yellow White Fin
  • Sm Ophthalmotilapia Ventralis Kapampa Orange
  • Sm-Md Tropheus Moorii Linangu Yellow Rainbow
  • Wild Altolamprologus Compressiceps Maswa Black Med-Lg
  • Sm-Md Lamprologus Tretocephalus
  • Sm-Md Tropheus Moorii Kaiser Ii (Kiriza)
  • Large Cop. Virginalis Yellow Blaze Nkanda
  • Med Labeo Fuelleborni Blue/Ob Orange Chinyamwezi 2.5"+
  • Sm Nimbochromis Livingstoni
  • Sm-Md Ophthalmotilapia Boops Blue Neon Kipili
  • Sm-Md Pseudotropheus Saulosi Coral Red
  • Sm-Md 'Haplochromis' Ruby Green
  • Sm-Md 'Haplochromis' Sp. Kenya Gold
  • Sm-Md Apistogramma Borelli Yellow
  • Med Paratliapia Bleekeri Maralambo ~3"
  • Sm-Md Steatocranus Tinanti Slim Buffalohead
  • Sm-Md Apistogramma Cacatuoides Orange Flash
  • Sm-Md Apistogramma Macmasteri
  • Sm-Md Metriaclima (Ps.) Callainos Ob Makonde F-1
  • Med Copadichromis Jacksoni ~2.5"
Closing Time: will be randomized by each speaker pulling a number from a bag at the beginning of their speech. Starting with Friday's talk. RULES 1. You must be a paid attendee of the Classic Banquet in order to bid 2. You must be present in order to win. 3. Bid Increments are $5 / Minimum bid: $5 4. No bidding during the speaker’s presentation 5. Auctions must be paid for by 8pm on Saturday 6. Fish must be picked up by 8:30am on Sunday or they will be considered a donation and placed in our Sunday Auction 7. CASH Only 8. *One extra fish is part of all auctions to account for any losses

February's Rare Fish Auction - Members Only

Members Only Rare Fish Auction - February 2015

Doubletree Hotel Downers Grove 2111 Butterfield Rd.

Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515 1-630-971-2000

For our next rare fish auction our theme will be South American Cichlids and West African Cichlids..

We will be working top breeders and importers to bring in some rare, mostly dwarf, cichlids.

We will update this space with a list of fish as we get closer to the meeting.

Event Properties Event Date 02-08-2015 6:00 pm

Event End Date 02-08-2015 9:00 pm

Location DoubleTree Hotel Downers Grove

List of fish being ordered for the auction (no guarantees on what will be delivered) -

Wild Peru Oscars

Dwarf Pikes - Crenicichla regani

Aequidens sp. 'Jenaro Herrara'

Biotodoma cupido

Nanochromis transvestitus

Pelvicachromis humilis

Pelvicachromis roloffi

Pelvicachromis rubrolabiatus

Pelvicachromis signatus

Apisto trifasciata 'Guapore Red'

Apisto. agassizii 1.25" Yellow form -

Peru Apisto. agassizii 1.25"+ Flamengo

Apisto. alpahuayo 1" yellow form black chin - Peru

Apisto. atahualpa 1"+ sunset - Peru

Apisto. barlowi 'white' 1-2" mouthbrooder Peru

Apisto. bitaeniata 1.25" 'Rio Tapiche' Peru

Apisto. bitaeniata 1.25" red-purple form Peru

Apisto. bitaeniata 1.25" 'Rio Tigre' Peru

Apisto. bitaeniata 1.25" 'Rio Yavari'

Apisto. bitaeniata 1.25" 'Shishita' Peru

Apisto. bitaeniata 1.25"+ Blue form - Peru

Apisto. bitaeniata 1.25"+ Red form - Peru

Apisto. cacatuoides 'Pucallpa' 1-3" Pucallpa (Rio Ucayali) - Peru

Apisto. cacatuoides 'Rio Aguaytia' 1-2"+ darker cac with blue/purple

Apisto. cacatuoides 'Rio Tigre' 1-2"+ pretty cac with tall dorsal

Apisto. cruzi 1"+ Peru

Apisto. eremopyge 1"+ 'strawberry' - Peru

Apisto. eunotus 1" - Peru

Apisto. sp 'kelleri' 1.25"+ - Peru

Apisto. sp. 'kelleri' - Jutai 1.25 - 2" - Columbia/Peru

Apisto. sp. 'Melgar' 1"+ Peru

Apisto. nijsseni 1"+ Peru

Apisto. norberti 1.25" Peru

Apisto. pantalone 1"+ martini - Peru 1M/3F groups

Apisto. paulmuelleri 1"+ 'apache' - Peru

Apisto. panduro 1-2" Peru

Apisto. sp. 'Oregon' 1" -Peru

Apisto. cf. ortegai - Rio Ambiyacu 1"+ 'sp. purple' Peru

Apisto. ortegai 'Papagayo' 1"+ parrot apisto - very green

Posted: 4 months 3 weeks ago by convict84#35525
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Yes, Thanks Ted and everyone who helped with the auction/meeting!

I definitely agree Aqua, some nice coloration coming to everything as it has settled in and I can't stop watching the pelviachromis rubrolabiatus "kolente"

Posted: 4 months 3 weeks ago by AquaPorn#35524
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Thanks GCCA and Ted Judy for feeding my addiction/obsession.
With fish like this there is no hope of curing me.

Apistogramma Atahualpa Sp. Sunset

Posted: 4 months 3 weeks ago by TERRY TANKERSLEY#35519
Thanks for the update.
Posted: 4 months 3 weeks ago by convict84#35518
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Ouch weather knocked a lot of the west African non pelviachromis off the list
Posted: 4 months 3 weeks ago by scubadiver#35517
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The list has been updated with most of the fish that will be at auction there are a potential couple of species that may show up but the list is now pretty much confirmed.
Posted: 4 months 3 weeks ago by TERRY TANKERSLEY#35516
So the list on the Main page is what will be at the Rare Fish auction tonight?
Posted: 5 months 21 minutes ago by scubadiver#35511
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Note the weather impacted us

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Posted: 5 months 22 minutes ago by scubadiver#35510
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Todd you jinxed us the tangs will not be making it. I will update the list tomorrow, with substitutions. Also the challenge in getting fish from different areas is most wholesalers that target rare fish target one location. Ordering from each wholesaler has a overhead cost for shipping, boxing, etc. Basically it is difficult / costly for us to order from two wholesalers.

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Posted: 5 months 5 hours ago by convict84#35500
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Thanks for the updates! Definately a few that I am interested in.
Posted: 5 months 1 day ago by scubadiver#35491
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No as some fish are being delivered directly to the meeting

Todd if there is any thing you were eyeing, I can see if the one item is confirmed
Posted: 5 months 1 day ago by scubadiver#35490
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Some in pairs and some in groups no singles
Posted: 5 months 1 day ago by Midknight#35489
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-- An impressive list to be sure. I for one am glad you decided to combine dwarf cichlids from all over into one auction. A little something for everyone. Unless you happen to be a tank buster enthusiast - sorry, folks.
-- Any chance we'll get an update of what actually came in before Sunday?
Posted: 5 months 1 day ago by Iku1#35488
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Will they be sold as pairs, groups, or singles ?
Posted: 5 months 2 days ago by scubadiver#35486
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Let's get ready for some awesome dwarf cichlids being brought in for our Rare fish auction.


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