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The Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA) is a place for cichlid hobbyists.

Guests are always welcome at our meetings.

Meetings generally are at 6PM on the second Sunday of the month, but there are exceptions, 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 cichlids, you should join the GCCA today.

Member Benefits

  • GCCA is the top cichlid club in the midwest.
  • We have over 200 members that range in age from 8 to 80!
  • We have top speakers at our monthly meetings.
  • The club sponsors many special events which you can find on our Calendar page:
    • Cichlid Auctions
    • Cichlid swap meets
    • Members-only field trips
    • Fishroom tours
  • Lending library of top cichlid books
  • Breeders Award Program: Earn points and plaques as you breed cichlids
  • Raffle at every meetings
  • A cichlid auction at every meeting. A great way to get rare and hard to find fish.