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  • 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
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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
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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
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I'm back!!

7 years 4 months ago #34544 by patokeefe
Replied by patokeefe on topic I'm back!!
It's true, but seems most of my "shopping" happens away from LFSs anyway.

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7 years 9 months ago #34080 by djfish
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You cant get everything at the swap and if you dont support the ma and pa fish stores they will be gone and all that will be left is petco and petsmart Yuk.

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7 years 9 months ago #34079 by bloonguy
Replied by bloonguy on topic I'm back!!
Great attitude!
I'm all for self promotion but I thought as an organization we were trying to support the LFS's!
Unfortunately dragonkeeper is right. The GCCA has put a big damper on the retail cichlid market in the Midwest.
We have a bigger reach than most of us realize.
As someone who works on the wholesale side of the industry I've heard the GCCA mentioned as competition as far away as the Dakotas.
Look at our swaps. We draw people from MN, IA, OH, WI, MI.
Think we're just a small potatoes club? Think again!!! WE impact a good portion of the Midwest, not just Chicagoland!
No way a retail establishment can compete with a guy selling fish at a swap table for a buck or two each. Sometimes even a buck or two for a whole bag of fish!
The only hope retailers have for cichlids is to catch the newbie before he finds out about us. That's why you don't see a great selection of quality cichlids at your Chicagoland LFS.
They can't compete so they keep their exposure to a minimum.
Sorry for the rant. I'll be quiet now.

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7 years 9 months ago #34054 by dragonkeeper
Replied by dragonkeeper on topic I'm back!!
Forget the LFS's and come to the swap on Sept 22. Huge selection compared to even the best LFS, and better prices.


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7 years 9 months ago #34051 by djfish
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Yeah summer is always boring around here when it comes to cichlids.

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7 years 9 months ago #34050 by chmk77
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Thanks djfish. I'll check it out.

Not a lot of activity on this site. Doldrums of summer?

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7 years 9 months ago #34049 by djfish
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tropiquatics in Lombard have some nice tangs and malawi fish at great prices too.
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7 years 9 months ago #34043 by chmk77
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I'm figuring GCCA will be a good source for livestock once I decide on the direction I want to go. That's why I'd like to visit a few LFS to see what's out there.

I may start with a 40 gal I have. Also contemplating investing in a larger tank.

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7 years 9 months ago - 7 years 9 months ago #34042 by Senase
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Hello Mike, welcome back! I am not positive which LFS in the area will have high quality Tanganyikans because I have purchased mine from GCCA ADs and Members. I have not been disappointed once with the quality tangs I have received. I would highly encourage you putting up a wanted ad in the classified and I'm sure a great breeder in the area will reply. I'm sorry I could not answer your original question but I hope I helped a little! What size tang tank do you plan on having??

The Newb
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7 years 9 months ago #34041 by chmk77
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After almost 25 years away from African Cichlids, I'm back! Well almost. I'm thinking about starting up a Tanganyikan tank. But I need to start looking around to see what's available these days. Where are the best LFS to see many high quality Tanganyikans?

I'm guessing maybe not as many places around Chicago as there used to be.

Thanks in advance for any feedback. Look forward to being back soon.

Mike

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