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Meeting October 2017: Jonathan Strazinsky - New World Cichlids

Jonathan Strazinsky loJonathan Strazinsky speaks on "Managing Aggression in New World Cichlids"

Jonathan Strazinsky has kept and bred new world cichlids for over 30 years. In the town he grew up in he was known as "The Fish Guy" and the name has stuck with him ever since. It's followed him on numerous forums on the web and he responds to "Fish Guy" more than his own name. He specializes in raising and breeding aggressive species from the new world but will occasionally breed the African cichlid for fun. Jonathan is very involved with his four children and is a Cub Scout Den leader. His wife Lora is a saint and should probably teach classes on how to support (tolerate) a husband who is so involved in his hobby! His profession as a contractor has spilled over into his hobby and he often builds his own aquariums, filters and stands. Jonathan has been a board member of the Ohio Cichlid Association on and off for the past seven years and is also the clubs videographer. His outgoing, fun and loud personality commands attention when he enters a room and he loves to make people laugh! His talk this month titled "Managing Aggression In Large Growing New World Cichlids" will cover everything from raising fry to keeping these brutes in a community setting. He'll also share some trade secrets on how to breed some of these species that tend to kill each other and their tank mates while spawning.

Guests are always welcome at our meetings, however after your third visit we do ask that you officially join the club.

Meeting Agenda

  • Presidents commentary and business affairs - (~10 minutes)
  • Discussion & overview of upcoming events ( ~5 minutes )
  • Introduction of any new members (~2 minutes )
  • Short Break (10 minutes)
  • Speaker (~ 1 to 1.5 hours)
  • BAP Auction (~15 minutes)
  • Members Auction (Did you know you can auction your fish off any meeting for a fee of $2 per bag to the club, max three bags)
  • Dry goods raffle (2 minutes)
  • After meeting networking and questions (unlimited)
  • Food / Dinner after meeting at Portillo's (30 minutes)

Meetings generally are at 6PM on the second Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noticed, so please check our Events Calendar.

Each meeting is attended by 25-50 people typically. The meeting starts with a welcome from our President and some business affairs may be discussed. We usually ask if there are guests present, raise your hand and tell us what kind of fish you keep!

Following business, there is a short break when you can meet other attendees, take a look at the fish that are available for sales, buy raffle tickets for aquarium goods and see the fish in our Bowl Show.

After the break, a speaker or other program is presented. We bring in speakers from all over the US and other countries. These speakers are usually an expert in cichlids or an aquarium-related topic. The talk usually lasts about an hour.

Following the talk, we announce the raffle winner and begin the auction of fish.

If you like fish or cichlids, you should come to the next meeting.

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

Event Properties

Event Date 10-08-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 10-08-2017 9:00 pm
DoubleTree Hotel Downers Grove
2111 Butterfield Road
DoubleTree Hotel Downers Grove
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