"I started keeping fish when I received a five gallon metaframe slate bottom aquarium for my birthday at age 10. I thought I had a big tank when I got a metaframe ten gallon the next year. I took a break from fishkeeping during high school but bought tanks in college. I have primarily kept cichlids but have been keeping livebearers during the last few years too. I enjoy showing fish too.
I have been a member of the ACA since 1986. I am also a member of ALA and other clubs.
I have kept cichlids from Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika and from South America but now primarily keep Tanganyikans."
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||10-14-2018 6:00 pm|
|Event End Date||10-14-2018 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.