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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
JosephineChristopherChicago DiscusDiscus Fish


Shallow water of Kipilli Video


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

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