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Dear SPEAKER,
  
I would like to invite you to speak to the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association, the largest cichlid club in the US.
 
We take very good care of our speakers . . .
  • GCCA will arrange and pay for airfare to/from Chicago and provide airport transfers
  • For speakers traveling by car, GCCA will reimburse you $.54 per mile up to $300
  • GCCA will pay for one or two nights lodging
  • GCCA will offer a $50 honorarium
  • GCCA will offer $50 to cover meals during travel
  • GCCA will reimburse your for travel to/from all airports

We typically fly speakers in on Sunday mornings and back out on Monday mornings.

Would you please advise your availability for one of the following dates?
 
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Sunday, April 12, 2020
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Best regards,
Rick Borstein
GCCA Speaker Chairman
847-732-5217
 

1/19 (Tentative new date)

Speaker   Rick Borstein
 Topic  
 Bio  
 Contact Info  

 

 2/9/2020

Speaker  Christine Neumeyer
 Topic A Journey Downriver: From the Amazon to Your Aquarium
 Bio Christine Neumeyer is a co-owner of Freshwater Exotics, a company which imports wild caught South American fish.
Freshwater Exotics is dedicated to supplying the U.S. market with wild caught fish. A strong belief in supporting the wild caught ornamental fish industry has taken Christine on a lifelong journey of discovery and continuing education.
By sharing her journey and business endeavors with hobbyists, breeders and enthusiasts, she hopes to enlighten hobbyists as to why wild Amazon fish are not only sustainable, but how this industry supports the environment and economy in the Amazon.
 Contact Info  
414-248-4426
Talk Description This informative and eye-opening lecture will include captivating footage and photos accompanied by a firsthand narrative of what we experienced during our month spent in the state of Para and Amazonas, Brazil in November of 2018.
Our ambition in sharing this experience is to acquaint you with how the supply chain functions and to allow you to gain insight into this little-known aspect of the wild caught ornamental fish industry.
  • Glimpse firsthand how wild ornamental fish are collected
  • Discover what happens between the time they are collected & transported downriver
  • Join the fish on their journey downriver to the export facilities
  • Tour export facilities and gain insight as to how ornamental fish are cared for and treated before being shipped to the U.S.


4/19

Speaker    Mike Wise
 Topic  Apistogrammas & Me - A 40 Year Obsession  
 Bio Mike Wise lives in Denver, Colorado. He has had a special interest in the dwarf cichlids of South America, particularly the genus Apistogramma, for over 30 years. Activities in the hobby include holding virtually every position in the Colorado Aquarium Society at one time or another. Mike has been a member of the ACA since 1982. Until its demise, he was the technical editor for the Apistogramma Study Group. He has articles published in the Buntbarsche Bulletin (ACA), Apisto-gram (ASG), Cichlid News, as well as local and regional aquarium society newsletters. He translated into English three German books on dwarf cichlids, plus parts of Cichlid Atlas 2 for the author, and was on the team that produced the DATZ Special Publication Südamerikanische Zwergcichliden/South American Dwarf Cichlids. He has also been a speaker on dwarf cichlids at ACA national conventions and at local and regional aquarium clubs in the U.S. and Europe. He is active on dwarf cichlid internet forums in the U.S. and Germany. His present interests include keeping and breeding dwarf cichlids and pencilfishes, and the identification and phylogeny of Apistogramma species.  
 Contact Info

Speaker  Gabe Posada  
 Topic Success with Discus  
 Bio  Nearly 60 years ago Jack Wattley had a dream, he went to the Amazon and brought back wild caught discus from different parts of the Amazon which he personally collected and brought back to Florida (USA) His goal was to raise them in captivity. He started cross breeding discus and developed different color morphs. Till this day he is known as the creator of blue turquoise, better known as the Wattley Turquoise among others.

In 1991, Gabriel Posada met and purchased Red Panda’s from Wattley, a year later those 6 discus turned into 3 breeding pairs. 2 years after the purchase Jack had a mishap with a Raccoon getting into the fish room and killing his last breeding pair of Red Pandas. Wattley kept records of the fish he sold and tried to reach out to several of his customers who had purchased this strain.

One of the only local people who had purchased this strain from him was Gabe Posada. Once he contacted him to attempt to buy back the fish in order to reproduce them again, he received the surprise of his life, Posada had managed to breed the strain and already had another 15 breeding pairs from the offspring which he raised. It was then that Wattley saw the opportunity to get help with his breeding program and exactly 23 years ago the partnership between Gabe Posada and Jack Wattley was forged. Soon after Jack discovered Gabriel’s passion for the discus and tested his knowledge constantly.

Gabe used the implementation of his previous career which was engineering, to create his own water filtration systems and other tools. They started a partnership that has improved and developed over the years, and today, Posada still follows and respects the Wattley method enriched by his own contributions. Gabe Posada, “Operations Manager” of Jack Wattley Discus.
 Contact Info

786-493-3116

6/14

Speaker   Ray Bierbower
 Topic The Majestic Angelfish
 Bio I grew up in north central PA on a family farm. We raised many types of livestock. At about age 10 I got my first 10 gallon aquarium  and select  swordtails  as  my  first  fish. To this day I am still drawn to swords. The addiction started there. While in college at Penn State Behrend I had two tanks that  traveled  from dorm to apartment to apartment. I graduated in 2005 with a degree  in  biology  with  a  focus  on  ecology. My first real job was with Penn State Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator for Youth Development in Forestry and Natural Resources. This is the time I built my first fishroom with my dad and brother Rich. The room as 10' by 11' and housed about 25 aquariums. Angels, guppies, and bristlenoses were  the common fish of choice. I found out about fish clubs and joined ARVAS. I then accepted a position at  Presque  Isle  State  Park in  March  of  2008  and  relocated  to  Girard PA. While house shopping all I could think of is where will the fishroom go? Once we got settled in I built my current fishroom, which has been remodeled twice since.  I have 67 aquariums ranging in size from 2.5 gallons to 75 gallons. Most of my tanks are 20-30 gallons in size. I continue to breed angels, guppies, and bristlenoses but have branched out to many others. I joined Erie Aquarium Society in 2008 and became president of the club in 2012 and have held that position since.I grew up in north central PA on a family farm. We raised many types of livestock. At about age 10 I got my first 10 gallon aquarium  and select  swordtails  as  my  first  fish. To this day I am still drawn to swords. The addiction started there. While in college at Penn State Behrend I had two tanks that  traveled  from dorm to apartment to apartment. I graduated in 2005 with a degree  in  biology  with  a  focus  on  ecology. My first real job was with Penn State Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator for Youth Development in Forestry and Natural Resources. This is the time I built my first fishroom with my dad and brother Rich. The room as 10' by 11' and housed about 25 aquariums. Angels, guppies, and bristlenoses were  the common fish of choice. I found out about fish clubs and joined ARVAS. I then accepted a position at  Presque  Isle  State  Park in  March  of  2008  and  relocated  to  Girard PA. While house shopping all I could think of is where will the fishroom go? Once we got settled in I built my current fishroom, which has been remodeled twice since.  I have 67 aquariums ranging in size from 2.5 gallons to 75 gallons. Most of my tanks are 20-30 gallons in size. I continue to breed angels, guppies, and bristlenoses but have branched out to many others. I joined Erie Aquarium Society in 2008 and became president of the club in 2012 and have held that position since.I will share with you my talk "The Majestic Angelfish". I will cover my  experience raising and breeding angelfish, sharing the good with the bad and tell you how I raise them and what works for me in my fishroom along with the challenges I have experienced.
 Contact Info

7/12

Speaker  Greg Steeves
 Topic Victorian Cichlids
 Bio Known as "Gas" (his initials) to many of his friends, his real name is Greg Steeves and he is from New Brunswick, Canada. Being from the maritimes, along the Canadian Atlantic coast, Greg never was far from water. Ever since he can remember the ecology of both saline and freshwater environments always held great interest to him. Greg have kept multiple aquaria since an early age starting out with both tropical and native species. Greg have gone through many phases in the aquatic hobby before discovering the magical family Cichlidae. Cichlid behaviour, adaptiviness, and reproduction continues to fascinate him. Some years ago Greg became involved with the cichlids of Lake Victoria. Understanding the perils these fish faced served to bring his interest in these fish to a full fledged compulsion. He has been most fortunate to be involved with some knowlegable people, experts in their fields, that have given him guideance and taught him much. It is Greg goal to ensure that there are Lake Victoria cichlids in the hobby for his grandchildren to someday enjoy.Known as "Gas" (his initials) to many of his friends, his real name is Greg Steeves and he is from New Brunswick, Canada. Being from the maritimes, along the Canadian Atlantic coast, Greg never was far from water. Ever since he can remember the ecology of both saline and freshwater environments always held great interest to him. Greg have kept multiple aquaria since an early age starting out with both tropical and native species. Greg have gone through many phases in the aquatic hobby before discovering the magical family Cichlidae. Cichlid behaviour, adaptiviness, and reproduction continues to fascinate him. Some years ago Greg became involved with the cichlids of Lake Victoria. Understanding the perils these fish faced served to bring his interest in these fish to a full fledged compulsion. He has been most fortunate to be involved with some knowlegable people, experts in their fields, that have given him guideance and taught him much. It is Greg goal to ensure that there are Lake Victoria cichlids in the hobby for his grandchildren to someday enjoy.
 Contact Info

 

10/11

Speaker   Lawrence Kent
 Topic The Cichlids of Mauritania and Nigeria
 Bio  Lawrence Kent is originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey but now lives in Seattle with his wife, three kids, and about 25 tanks, many filled with cichlids he collected in the wild. An economist by training, Lawrence works for a charitable foundation striving to help the poor in Africa and South Asia to lift themselves out of poverty by improving their agricultural productivity. He travels widely and frequently for his work and has lived abroad for ten years in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Madagascar, and Egypt. Lawrence is fascinated by African cichlids and has published on his “fish watching” adventures in Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and the Congo. He also loves bird watching, reptiles, and even mormyrids and killifish!
 Contact Info  

11/8

Speaker   Dean Tweeddale
 Topic  Deam's Fry Tank System
 Bio  Dean Tweeddale is a master breeder who started keeping fish over 50 years ago. He started with guppies, moved on to discus, and has since bred countless species of freshwater fish. Always an innovator, Dean has, throughout his fishkeeping career, built three in-house fish rooms and developed an incredible fry system. Some of his proudest moments in the hobby are developing a system to raise discus artificially, breeding many rare dwarf cichlids, continuous spawning of German blue rams, and spawning several L-number plecos including most recently zebra plecos. He has collected wild fish in Peru (with more trips planned) and has appeared on a number of YouTube channels including Aquarium Co-Op, Swishkey, L.R.Bretz’s Aquatics, and Dustin's Fish Tanks.
 Contact Info  

425-922-9908