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Meeting November 2017: Laif DeMason - Old World Cichlids

Laif DeMason speaks on "Old World Cichlids"

NOTE: We will meet at 7PM after breakdown of the Aquatic Experience Show. Meeting is at Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

Laif DeMason was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and began keeping tropical fish in 1969. Within a year, he was breeding angelfish on a regular basis and selling the young to local pet stores. After graduating from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami with degrees in Zoology and Marine Biology, he founded Old World Exotic Fish, Inc. in 1979. Laif operates Old World Exotic Fish, Inc. from Homestead, Florida, where he farm raises African cichlids and receives imports from more than 15 countries. Laif has visited 12 East African countries during his 13 collecting trips there. He has also collected fish in Mexico, Belize, and Costa numerous times. Laif was instrumental in opening up new territories for cichlid export from East Africa, mainly the Victorian basin in Uganda, the Tanzanian coast of Lake Malawi, and cichlids from Madagascar. A well-known authority on African cichlids, Laif lectures on African cichlids frequently and has written articles for Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine, Aquarium Fish Magazine, and Cichlid News. He writes a regular column for Cichlid News entitled “What’s New Around the World?”

NOTE: This meeting will be held after the Aquatic Experience show at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, IL.

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)


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.

Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Dr N
Schaumburg, IL 60173  | Directions

Event Properties

Event Date 11-05-2017 7:00 pm
Event End Date 11-05-2017 10:00 pm
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel
1551 Thoreau Dr N
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel