William “Garden” Peragine (Just call him Chance) has been keeping and breeding cichlids since he was just a child. As an adult, he took a brief side trip into breeding clownfish when the hobby first began dabbling into it. Due to travel for work he was forced to close down his clownfish breeding operation before it could ever truly get off it’s feet, but staying out of the hobby was just not a plausible option.
After several years he again found some time and started up a small low tech freshwater tank. He spent quiet a lot of time experimenting with low tech, medium tech, and high tech setups until discovering the genus Apistogramma. With Apistogramma it was love at first site.
He now runs a large setup of over 30 tanks with every one dedicated to breeding Apistos, or raising Apisto fry. His love of plants still runs deep though, as every tank, from fry tank to breeding tank is all a low tech planted tank. He has, however, devoted his life to Apistogramma, and spends extensive amounts of time studying species and their habitat. He has even introduced a species of Apistogramma to the hobby, and was the first person in recorded history to keep and breed the species.
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If you like fish or cichlids, come and hang out with us!
Delta Hotel by Marriott
1400 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025 | Map and Directions
Dear Cichlid friends, thank you for your enthusiastic response on my recently posted photos of the SHALLOW WATER OF KIPILLI. For this, I edit a small movie, from that location with the same title. This recording achieved about to a depth of up to two meters. I hope you find in these images even more inspiration to decorate your aquarium as well as possible for our beloved cichlids, so that they have an optimally simulated natural habitat. I do not know if some of you have such a large aquarium to mimic in a sunken boat , but there are some shots taken at the end of the movie to give you an idea how much life around it is located. I hope you enjoy watch in HD.Posted by Hans van Heusden on Saturday, February 7, 2015
The Greater Chicago Cichlid Association — GCCA — is a not-for-profit, educational organization, chartered in the state of Illinois, dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of information relating to the biology of the fishes in the family Cichlidae, with particular emphasis on maintenance and breeding in captivity. We are simply cichlid hobbyists who love cichlids.