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.
Guests are always welcome at our meetings, however after your third visit we do ask that you officially join the club.
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 Date||03-03-2019 6:00 pm|
|Event End Date||03-03-2019 9:00 pm|
|Location||DoubleTree Hotel Downers Grove|
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.