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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
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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

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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 $.57 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, October 10, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Best regards,
Rick Borstein
GCCA Speaker Chairman
847-732-5217
 

7/11 

Speaker   Ric Perez
 Topic  Breeding Cichlids
 Bio  
 Contact Info  

 

9/12/2021

Speaker   Jason Adams
 Topic  How to save MAD MONEY in the Aquarium Hobby
 Bio  

Jason has a Master's Degree in Biotechnology and Chemical Science, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture and Fish Health.

Jason started aquarium keeping at age 6 and has spent over 40 years in the hobby. Jason is a GCCA member who will show you how to save mad dollars in the Aquarium Hobby!

 Contact Info  
Talk Description

 

Jason Adams speaks on "How to save MAD MONEY in the Aquarium Hobby"
Professor Jason Adams is well known for his popular Primetime Aquatics YouTube channel.

 

10/10

Speaker   Kasia Blasik
 Topic

My favorite fish and the weird things they do

Kasia is an expert at capturing stills and videos of aquatic species for social media platforms. In this interesting talk, she will share videos of some of the their weirdly interesting behaviors. Are you ready to see bizarre but fascinating clips of dwarf cichlids, neocaridina shrimp, and bettas?
 Bio  

Kasia Blasik has been in the aquarium hobby for over 10 years and is fascinated by freshwater nano species. She has been documenting her journey on her Youtube channel "Creative Pet Keeping" which has 93,000 subscribers and over 16 millions views worldwide. Her mission is to encourage new fishkeepers to explore the hobby and her videos help guide and inspire them along the way.

 Contact Info  

 

 11/14/2021

Speaker   Greg Steeves
 Topic Victorian Haplochromines
 Bio  

As a life long aquarist, Greg Steeves is known for his fascination with the family cichlidae, in particular haplochromine cichlids. He has written three books, authored many articles in a dozen languages and speaks on the subject internationally. Together with Lee Ann (Mrs. Steeves), they maintain a fairly large collection of cichlids, catfish and other lineages of aquatic creatures. Greg is the founding member of the Hill Country Cichlid Club and president of the Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies (FOTAS). He is a fellow of the Haplochromis Society based in France as well as the Cichlidroom Companion for whom he has contributed nearly since its inception. He considers his greatest accolade his association with the CARES Conservation Program where he coordinates the Lake Victoria cichlid species.

His love of cichlids and people, together with his message of conservation can be heard (with an ever present humorous undertone) loud and clear on his internet radio show called “Let’s Talk about Cichlids”.

Greg and Lee Ann travel to fish events around the country whenever possible meeting old friends and making new ones at every stop. Fish and fish people are a large part of his life as is spreading his message about the joys of working with haplochromine cichlids and the importance of ensuring that they survive for the next generations to enjoy.

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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 $.59 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 9, 2022

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Sunday May 15, 2022

Sunday, June, 2022

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022

I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Rick Borstein
GCCA Speaker Chairman
847-732-5217
 

1/9/2022

Speaker   Michael Liu
 Topic  

Michael Liu speaks on “Uncommon Cichlids From Africa”

 Bio  

I’ve been keeping tropical fish since 1983. I quickly developed an interest in Cichlids and one tank turned into 2, then 3, then 4, then 5 . . . you know the story.

It turns out there are a lot of cichlids and I wanted to keep them all! My interest narrowed to New World cichlids and the first cichlid I successfully spawned was the Discus, King of the Aquarium as they were known back then. The second cichlid I spawned was the Convict. I took a big step back to the bottom of the cichlid ladder. It turned out I really liked the Convict and for many years I primarily kept Central American cichlids with the aim of spawning every species I acquired. I’ve also kept African Rift Lake Cichlids, some West African species, and a few Madagascar species.

Since 2013 my interest has shifted to the cichlids of the Lake Victoria basin. Virtually all of the cichlids from this region are threatened by conditions in their waters. I started with one tank dedicated to a Victorian species, but keeping Victorians resulted in me trying to find other rare and endangered fish from little-collected locations in Africa.

I am on the Board of Trustees of the New England Cichlid Association. It is through our cichlid club that myself and fellow members have been able to acquire some Uncommon Cichlids From Africa, the topic of my presentation. Now most of my fish tanks are home to many species of these cichlids.

What started as one tank for rare species has turned into 2, then 3, then 4, then 5 . . . you know the story.

Contact Info  
Talk Description  

 

2/20/2022 - Rarefish Auction

 

 3/13/2022

Speaker   Dave Schumacher
 Topic  
 Bio Dave has been keeping cichlids since he was sixteen. That’s also when he started working in aquarium shops, so his experience with the fish and with the retail tropical fish business both run deep. He was able to save the money to buy what, originally, was one of the first large on-line purveyors of cichlids. Based in San Antonio, he renamed the business “Dave’s Rare Aquarium Fish”, and soon earned the reputation of offering high-quality livestock. He has one of the largest selections of African cichlids in North America, and quite a few catfish (mostly Loracariid and Synodontid species) along with a few other cichlids and oddball fish.
Contact Info  
Talk Description  

 

4/10/2022

Speaker   Greg Steeves (Move old November talk to April
 Topic  Victorian Cichlds
 Bio  
Contact Info  
Talk Description  

 

5/15/2022

Speaker   Rusty Wessel
Topic  Livebearers with Cichlids
Bio  
Contact Info  
Talk Description The lecture  is about what I have been up to since the onset of the Pandemic with an emphasis on how to keep cichlids with livebearer

6/12/2022

Speaker   SAL  SILVESTRI
 Topic  MY EXPERENSE WITH LAKE TANGANYIIKA CICHLIDS
 Bio  

 

An active hobbyist for over 40 years. It all started with one goldfish won at a carnival.  This one bowl eventually grew to a 55 gl tank which housed two 14 " Oscars.   Even though he has kept and bred a variety of fish "Cichlids" are still his favorite. 

Sal's tanks grew along with his breeding skills, and 40 years later he currently has 17 running tanks, which range from 10 to 125 gallons. Four of the tanks is devoted to communities of Lake Tanganyikan Cichlids, and five house several varieties of Apistogramma species, Sal's favorite. The remaining tanks contain a variety of cichlids from West African to tetras, bettas  and a new found love “fancy plecos”.

Sal joined and became very active in the Norwalk Aquarium Society in 1975, where he has held every position in the club and presently serve as  the program chairperson.  Sal's notoriety has spread far and wide, as he has generously shared his knowledge and wisdom during many speaking engagements throughout the Northeast and Europe. He has also written many articles and honored with reprints in ACA's Buntbarche Bulletin and society magazines across the country and abroad. 

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Talk Description  

7/10/2022

Speaker   Anton Lamboj
 Topic  parananochromis
 Bio  Dr. Anton Lamboj has been an aquarist since the age of ten. Around 1980, he began to take a special interest in the cichlids of West and Central Africa. This interests led, in 1988, to the beginning of his academic education at the University of Vienna. Focus in science and hobby are West African cichlids. He has made numerous field/collecting trips to Africa, South East Asia, Australia, Central America and South America. He holds about 50 tanks with cichlids, anabantoids, characins and barbs, killifish and also live bearing fishes. He has authored more than 450 papers (both academic and hobbyist) in eleven languages, including six books and contributions to about 40 other books (aquaristic and scientific). Till now, he has described 4 genera and 23 species. He is lecturer and associated scientist at the University of Vienna/Austria and the University of Applied Sciences in Wels/Upper Austria, associated scientist at the American Museum of Natural History (New York), curator in the C.A.R.E.S. program and for Cichlid Room Companion; also honorary member of the French Cichlid Ass. (AFC), the Hill Country Cichlid Club (HCCC, USA), Texas, the Nordiska Ciklidsällskapet (NSC, Scandinavia) and Multicolor Ailingen (Germany). 2011 he was honored for his international work for the hobby as a „Mastère fédéral d‘aquariophilie“ by the French Aquarium Federation FFA, 2015 he got the „Scientist Award“ from CAOAC (Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs). For many years he was president of the Austrian Federation of Aquarium and Terrarium Clubs (OEVVOE), where he is now „President in Honor“ as well as chief editor the Austrian aquarium and terrarium magazine „aqua-terra austria“ From OEVVOE he also got the first „Golden Anton Award“ in 2015, an award which is named after him and now given every year to a person or organization with outstanding contribution to the aquarium or terrarium hobby. He was judge for several competitions, for example at ACA, Aquarama in Singapore and since 2018 he also is judge for the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest (BADC).
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Talk Description  

8/14/22 - Rarefish Auction

 

9/11/22 - Picnic

 

10/9/2022

Speaker   Olver Lucanas - Maybe will talk to him in February 
 Topic  
 Bio  
Contact Info  
Talk Description  

11/13/2022

Speaker   Pam Chin - Maybe will talk to her after January
 Topic  
 Bio  
Contact Info  
Talk Description  

 

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