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Meeting June 2017: Josh Raatz - Discus

Josh Raatz of Lake County Discus

Josh Raatz 150 202Josh has kept and bred a variety of freshwater fish, but has only maintained discus for the last four years. "I purchased my first few discus when I bought my house because I wanted a nice display tank in my living room. I was hooked shortly after and purchased my first pair of discus and tried to breed them. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I finally succeeded and was addicted to discus instantly." Josh buying discus from various websites,forums and even Craigslist as wall as just about any size tanks to house his fish. He now has 47 tanks set up. "I started breeding and selling fry along with discus that didn't make it in my breeding program. I literally had discus everywhere. Then I started importing to save money and of course to get the first pick of all new stock." Josh spoke at the 2016 North American Discus Association convention and soon after created Lake County Discus. "Lake County Discus is a family business and our goal is to offer excellent quality discus at an affordable price."

GCCA will be auctioning several bags of discus at this meeting.

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
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Event Properties

Event Date 06-11-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 06-11-2017 9:00 pm
DoubleTree Hotel Downers Grove
2111 Butterfield Road
DoubleTree Hotel Downers Grove
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