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GCCA's Rare Fish Auction is Sunday, February 11

Rare Fish Auction

About the Rare Fish Auction

Twice each year, GCCA works with top breeders and importers from around the world to bring in rare and hard to find cichlids. 

We generally get acknowledgement of the list of fish about a week or two prior to the auction and post a list on our website.

Curated Auction

The Rare Fish Auction is held in curated format. The auctioneer will show a slide for each group of fish to be auctioned which will include a picture, care instructions and suggested retail price. This helps inform bidders about the potential purchase.

Purchasing Fish - Members Only

You must be a member of GCCA in good standing to purchase at our auction. Please go to Join GCCA if you would like to join prior to the auction.

Details and Location

Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 6PM

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

Swap Vendor List January 2018

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

First NameLast Name Organization Vendor Items
AlanSchahczinskiFish Twain Reef, Acei yellow Tail, Likoma Mloto Ivory, Red Flush, Ahli, Ahli White Blaze, Dragon Blood, Sunshine Benga,Sunshine Maleri, Malawi Butterfly, Eureka Red, Azureus Copadichromis, OB, Red Top Lwanda, Jalo Reef Mbuna,Lemon Jake,Ruby Red, Walteri, Red Shoulder, Moorii Blue Dolphin, German Red, Ngara Flame Tail, Metriaclima Greshakei, Bristle Nose Pleco, Maylandi Sulphur Head, Star Sapphire cichlid, Albino Twain Reef, Yellow labs, Neochromis Omnicaeruleus Trcolor Fulu Victorian, to peorder contact us by text 414-234-8880 thanks
MugwumpJon MillerFish
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
DanBarmoreSynodontis petricola, Labidochromis caeruleus, Pseudotropheus demasoni, Labidochromis mbamba, Labeotropheus fuelleborni “Chalo”, Aulonocara kandeense Email:
Mike MurrFish
KorySmithFinsNthings.comFreshwater shrimp and fish. Freshwater plants. Many kinds of Foods and other aquarium supplies
VarunKamatThe 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 and inverts including Cherry Shrimp, Blue Dream Neocaridina, Crystal Black Shrimp, Crystal Red Shrimp, Pure Red Line CRS, Tibee, Panda Shrimp, Assassin snails, Dwarf Crayfish, and others. Visit the GCCA classifieds section for pictures and pricing. The shrimp we will be selling are breed and raised by our members. Pre-orders are encouraged as we always run out most types 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. ChicagoOrnamentalShrimpSociety/
JohnCoreyNeocaridina Shrimp, angelfish, guppies.
ScottMillerChicago Aquatic Plant Soceity The 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.
JimLehnerFish, angels silver, Koi, gold marble, red head Tapajos,
BobCrouseGuppy Associates International ChicagoWe are bringing guppies bred by breeders who breed to IFGA standards. These are VERY different than the average hobbyist guppies. We are also bringing plecos, cories, live plants , food and equipment.
FrankO'Neillangelfish bristle nose driftwood
Bob and GaleBorgerCaptain Bob's FishtalesWe will have our full line of Captain Bob's S.O.S. Fish Food. Our Flake and Algae Wafers are still only Ten Dollars a pound. Smaller quantities also available.
DennisVirnichTropiquatics Fish
JimNowobielskiRainbows, Rainbows, Rainbows Check out my classified ad in "Non Cichlids and Scavengers" one week before swap Pre Sales welcome, contact Check out my Rainbowfish Facebook page ... Jim's Rainbowfish
ChrisHazardI can deliver to the swap on January 28th. 608-444-9183 Peacock males; beanschi, lemon jake, german red, eureka red, turkis, ngara. Juvenile peacocks; blue neon hia reef, beanschi, eureka red, flavescent, lwanda, ngara, lemon jake. Placidochromis Jalo Reef, Copidochromis mloto ivory, Sciaenochromis iceberg ahli; bristlenose: brown, albino and calico; Synodontis petricola; alto. Compressiceps red, Cyprichromis luvia(blue orchid)
RandyBlaszczykFrozen fish food
warrenbastianiFish, gast blower and other fish equipment.
JerzyKowalCichlasoma paranaense, exLamprologus multifasciatus, Aulonocara baenschi and more
LarryGreningWe will be Bringing an assortment Of Angels , Phillipine Blues , Marbles , Golds . and an assortment of Plecos , Albino long fin blue eyed Bristle nose , Brown and Albino Long Fins and standards . and calicos. Also bringing Bandit Geophagus , and Electric Blue Acara Young and a few Choice Discus . Email for pics and reserve fish ahead of time .
GreenwaterGreenwaterGreenwater Aquarist SocietyOfficial Greenwater Aquarist Society Table. Plenty of Fish, Plants As Well As Other Aquatic Goods. Stop On By To Check Out Steve, He's Been Practicing Juggling, Amazingly With Fish Bags! A Sight To Be Seen, And Forever Remembered!
Dave SielaffNumerous large peacocks and haps. Some NLS pellet and a few tangs
dustinshearerTanganyikan Breeders Small tanganyikan Large show Haps Large show peacocks Will post ads on gcca site Any questions call or text 317-440-6836 Thanks Dustin
SairAliFish discus and discus
LeonidFlimanElectric Blue Rams, German Blue Rams, Black, Smokey and Koi Angel fish, Apistogramma Cacatuoides 'Double Red', Bristlenose plecos, Assassin snails. For preorders email '' or text/call - 847-542-0658. Thanks
Jason & MichelleHainlineJM Chicagoland CichlidsEmail 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. 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
BobSturnfieldEndlers, Plecos, Corys, Fancy Guppies, Potted Plants
JustinDatavsDatzcichlids&reptilesThe best fish food, high quality cichlids and bettas
ThomasKroutAlbino red fancy guppies, Red fancy guppies, hi fin lyre tail swordfish, albino hi fin catfish, large angels, miscellaneous.
SteveBottsCheck the classified ads for what I will be bringing.
bobnesnidalfood (pellet and flake) heaters, sponges, air pumps..
BrantleyBerryPlecocaves.comXtreme foods, discus comes, cichlid huts, custom items, pleco caves, plecocaves, calvus caves, breeding bells, you name it we have it. Wholesale pricing available for pre orders only.
JeffMichelsaquaticclarityPreorder Fish list at Lots of wild caught dwarf cichlids, tetras, catfish, killies, and more! Malaysian, Manzanita, Spider, and Pacific aquarium wood. Sponge Filters, heaters, and much more.
PhilSalantPhilthys Fine FishFishClown loaches 3 for Philippine blue angels. Quarter size. 4 for Platinum marbles angels. Dime size. 5 for Silver angels Quarter size. 4 for Call Carl @ 414-397-9216 Philthy's Fine Fish bringing Python Island Victorian's, some heaters, some decorations and tons of PORET FOAM SHEETS from swiss tropicals, call for first choices. Phil Salant 608-576-7555
ThomasBergerLots of African cichlids from m Toms Fish Farm. Check out classifieds closer to swap. Also check out my Facebook page...
GinoDiNellaPleco Paradise LLCLOTS OF PLECOS!! Knife Fish Arowana Fancy Oranda Datnoid Geophagus Driftwood Oddball fish
RickBorsteinChicago Livebearer SocietyLivebearers, Tetras, Corys, Plants, Driftwood and more. Please join us after the swap at 2PM for our Rare Livebearer Auction with over 50 bags of unique and hard to find livebearers.
BruceCanaday1969Dry Goods
Alee/John/RichardYangWe will be bringing FLOWERHORNS, FLOWERHORNS, AND MORE FLOWERHORNS!! We will be bringing some super red dragons, some fader super reds, kamalau, some magma, Thai Silks, possibly some Kamfas, and a few frys. Please text me at 414-702-1010 if you want to videos or pictures of whats available. We do have a few proven pairs for sale as well, however, we will only bring it if its prepaid.
KaseyClarkLocally bred and imported show bettas. Bettas can be pre-purchased at auction at the Prism Bettas Auction Facebook group at
SeanStakeMadTown Aquaculture Malawi, Tanganyikan, Victorian, South and Central American Cichlids, Live bearers, Shrimp, Rock, and More!! Check out our classified ads and our Facebook page!
FreshwaterExoticsWild caught plecos
PabloSalinasFish- Hap, Mbuna, and South America


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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