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Single (Adult or Minor with sponsor).

 

 

Why you should join?

  • Monthly Meetings featuring expert speakers (10 per year)
  • Participation in our Breeders Award and CARES programs
  • Priority registration for Swap Meets (5 per year)
  • Ability to buy fish at our Rare Fish Auction (2 per year)
  • Participation in Bag Exchanges (during Covid)
  • Members-only events such as Holiday Party, Picnic, hobby tours and more
  • Our award-winning website which includes hundreds of articles, a cichlid classifieds allow you to find local fish for sale and special members-only sections
  • Show your support for the top cichlid club in the USA
Duration: 1 Year
Price: $20.00
Family Member

Family (Spouses and children under the age of 18 & all under one roof) - roommates, relatives, in-laws, adult siblings, etc will need to get individual memberships

Single (Adult or Minor with sponsor).

Why you should join?

  • Monthly Meetings featuring expert speakers (10 per year)
  • Participation in our Breeders Award and CARES programs
  • Priority registration for Swap Meets (5 per year)
  • Ability to buy fish at our Rare Fish Auction (2 per year)
  • Participation in Bag Exchanges (during Covid)
  • Members-only events such as Holiday Party, Picnic, hobby tours and more
  • Our award-winning website which includes hundreds of articles, a cichlid classifieds allow you to find local fish for sale and special members-only sections
  • Show your support for the top cichlid club in the USA
Duration: 1 Year
Price: $25.00
Lifetime Member

Lifetime Member

A Lifetime Memebership entitles you to all the benefits of GCCA for your entire life. 

Single (Adult or Minor with sponsor).

Why you should join?

  • Monthly Meetings featuring expert speakers (10 per year)
  • Participation in our Breeders Award and CARES programs
  • Priority registration for Swap Meets (5 per year)
  • Ability to buy fish at our Rare Fish Auction (2 per year)
  • Participation in Bag Exchanges (during Covid)
  • Members-only events such as Holiday Party, Picnic, hobby tours and more
  • Our award-winning website which includes hundreds of articles, a cichlid classifieds allow you to find local fish for sale and special members-only sections
  • Show your support for the top cichlid club in the USA
Duration: Lifetime
Price: $500.00

If you attend GCCA swap meets, perused our forum, or browsed the GCCA Classifieds, you've probably come across someone called "Wilpir". 

I was looking at the Classifieds a couple of weeks ago and came across an ad from Wilpir for Lithochromis xanthopetryx fry. This unusual Victorian cichlid isn't easy to find! I had three females that and I was looking for some males. I quickly sent off a note to Wilpir to ask if he had any extra males. He did!

Wilpir's real name is Scott Reiser and he is an accomplished fishkeeper who lives in Oswego, IL. Oswego is well over fifty miles from my house, but I was driving down to Bloomington, IL for business and Oswego would conveniently be on the way back. Could I stop by?

Plans were made and about 4PM on a Wednesday I was greeted by Scott at his beautiful home in Oswego. Scott is a carpenter and his home clearly showed the touch of a craftsman.

Down in the Scott's fishroom, the "craftsman touch" and attention to detail were again a theme. All his tanks were meticulously clean and clearly labeled. My two male Xanthopteryx were double-bagged and ready to go, but there were other fish for sale, too. Scott has mostly Vics and Malawians, all in great shape! I had to have the Aulonocara sp. "Yellow Collar" and took home ten fry, too. 

One question which had been percolating in my mind was the name "Wilpir". How did that come about? Scott discovered he was a very good racquetball player and his skills were noticed by Wilson Sporting Goods who quickly signed him to a Pro contract. That's the "Wil" part of Wilpir (Wil-son). The "Pir" part was a bit harder to nail down. Either he was a Pirhanha (Pir) with the ladies or on the court. The two names got abbreviated and concatenated and hence "Wilpir" was born.

I've included some pictures below from my visit. If you get a chance to meet Wilpir at the swap and buy his fish, you won't be sorry. Thanks, Wilpir!

Scott Reiser AKA Wilpir

Mtoro Stingrays

Mbuna Tank

Tank Tags

Fish Rack