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GCCA's August 2019 Rare Fish Auction
GCCA brings in rare and hard to find cichlids.

Event Date 08-11-2019 6:00 pm
Event End Date 08-11-2019 9:00 pm
Location Delta Hotel by Marriott - Glenview

GCCA's September picnic
This is a members-only event. Registration Required.

Event Date 09-08-2019 12:00 pm
Event End Date 09-08-2019 5:00 pm
Location Home of Rick Borstein
 GCCA Swap Meet Vendor Registration
Event Date 10-06-2019 7:00 am
Event End Date 10-06-2019 4:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-24-2019 7:00 pm
Cut off date 10-06-2019 6:00 pm
Individual Price USD45.00
Location Marriott Hoffman Estates
Event Date 10-06-2019 10:00 am
Event End Date 10-06-2019 2:00 pm
Cut off date 10-07-2019
Individual Price $5.00
Location Marriott Hoffman Estates

GCCA's October 2019 Meeting
Speaker: Chuck Rambo
Topic: Poor Man's Collecting Trip

Event Date 10-13-2019 6:00 pm
Event End Date 10-13-2019 9:00 pm
Location Delta Hotel by Marriott - Glenview

GCCA's November 2019 Meeting
Speaker: Open
Topic: Open

Event Date 11-10-2019 6:00 pm
Event End Date 11-10-2019 9:00 pm
Location Delta Hotel by Marriott - Glenview
 GCCA Swap Meet Vendor Registration
Event Date 12-01-2019 7:00 am
Event End Date 12-01-2019 4:00 pm
Registration Start Date 11-12-2019 7:00 pm
Cut off date 11-29-2019 6:00 pm
Individual Price USD45.00
Location Marriott Hoffman Estates
Event Date 12-01-2019 10:00 am
Event End Date 12-01-2019 2:00 pm
Cut off date 12-02-2019
Individual Price $5.00
Location Marriott Hoffman Estates

GCCA's Janary 2020 Meeting
Speaker: Christine Neumeyer  
Topic:  A Journey Downriver: From the Amazon to Your Aquarium  

Event Date 01-12-2020 6:00 pm
Event End Date 01-12-2020 9:00 pm
Location Delta Hotel by Marriott - Glenview

 

 

Month Bowl Show Fish
January
  1. Pseudotropheus/Cynotilapia/Melanochromis
  2. Cichlasoma under 6" in length
February
  1. Labeotropheus
  2. Astronotus/Uaru/Crenicichla/Herotilapia/Cichla/Neetroplus
  3. "Breeder's Choice"(5 fry under 6 mos. of age)
March
  1. Aulonocara/Tramitichromis
  2. Aequidens (except Laetacara curviceps complex)
April
  1. P. scalare (veil angels)
  2. Hemichromis, Lamprologus (West African),Nanochromis, Pelvicachromis, Steatocranus
May
  1. Lamprologus (Tanganyikan)
  2. Apistogramma, Papiliochromis, Crenicara, Laetacara curviceps complex
June
  1. Julidochromis, Telmatochromis, Chalinochromis
  2. Geophagus, Gymnogeophagus, Satanoperca, Biotodoma, Acarichthys, Guianacara
July
  1. Chromodtilapia, Thysochromis, Teleogramma, Etroplus, etc.
  2. Tilapia, Sarotherodon, Oreochromis
  3. Discus
August
  1. Haplochromis, etc., Hemitilapia, Lethrinops, Chilotilapia?
  2. Breeders Choice
September
  • No bowl show, GCCA Picnic
October
  1. "Cichlasoma" — 6 inches and over
  2. Tanganyikan Mouthbrooders (Cypthotilapia, Tropheus, Calinochromis, Cyprichromis, Cyathopharynx, Opthalmotilapia, Eretmodus, Spathodus, Tanganicodus, Xenotilapia, Triglachromis, Limnochromis, etc.)
November
  1. Photos/Artwork
  2. Lake Victorian Haplochromis
  3. P. scalare (standard angels)
December
  • No bowl show— holiday party

See Great Fish at our monthly meetings!

  • A chance to show off your favorite Cichlids
  • Different fish every month. See our schedule.
  • Monthly ribbons; plaques annually
  • Fish are judged by GCCA judges
  • All members/guests in attendance vote for their favorite Cichlid entry for People's Choice.

Bowl Show Rules

  1. Entrants must be members in good standing of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA) in order to participate.
  2. The entrant must also supply the correct name of the fish to be shown. There is no limit to the number of entries per member; however, discretion is requested.
  3. Species to be shown will be designated each month by the bowl show chairperson.
  4. Any type of flatsided container is acceptable for showing fish. Containers will be limited to 5 gallon capacity, unless a very large fish is shown. No gravel, plants, shells, ornaments, or tinted water is allowed. A single color background is acceptable.
  5. Fish may be shown singly or in pairs, except for breeder's choice. A pair of fish constitutes one entry. Breeder's choice entries consist of 5 fry (between 2 and 6 months of age); all will be judged.
  6. All containers will be numbered and/or labeled by the bowl show chairperson. No other names or identifying marks will be allowed.
  7. Each entrant is responsible for supplying air (pumps, tubing, and extension cords) to his/her own containers if needed.
  8. A minimum of two judges will be selected by the bowl show chairperson from non-exhibiting members or guests in attendance. In the event of a tie, a third judge will be selected to judge the entries in question. Decisions of the judges will be final.
  9. Bowl show points are as follows:
    Place Points
    1st place 8 bowl show points
    2nd place 4 bowl show points
    3rd place 2 bowl show points
    4th place 1 bowl show point

    In the event there is only one entry in a category, it will be judged and placed according to the total number of points awarded by the judges. (With two judges, 41 to 50 judging points = 1st place, 31 to 40 judging points = 2nd place, 21 to 30 judging points = 3rd place, 11 to 20 judging points = 4th place). For any entry not in the top four places, the entrant will receive one bowl show point per entry, not to exceed two points per category, per month.
  10. Members who accumulate 21 points in a year will be awarded a plaque.
  11. People's Choice is a separate award allowing all members and guests in attendance to participate in selecting their favorite entry without the dictates of a formal judging. Voting is accomplished by secret ballot. In the event there is only one entry, no People's Choice ribbon will be awarded. People's Choice points are accumulated on a yearly basis, and the member with the most points will receive a "People's Choice of the Year" plaque at the holiday party.
  12. Raffle tickets will be issued for each entry.
Month Bowl Show Fish
January
  • Central & North American 
February
  • No bowl show - Rarefish Auction
March
  • Madagascar, Indian, West African & all other non rift lakes 
April
  •  Malawi - Aulonocara & Lethinrops Only
May
  • Malawi - Haplochromis & Mbuna (Everything except Aulonocara & Lethinrops) 

June
  • South American
July
  • Tanganyikan
August
  • No bowl show - Rarefish Auction
September
  • No bowl show, GCCA Picnic
October
  • Victorian & Middle East Cichlids
November
  • Winners bowl - Any Cichlid limit of one fish entry per membership 
December
  • No bowl show— holiday party

See Great Fish at our monthly meetings!

  • A chance to show off your favorite Cichlids
  • Different fish every month. See our schedule.
  • Monthly Cash Prizes
  • Fish are judged by GCCA judges
  • All members/guests in attendance vote for their favorite Cichlid entry for People's Choice.

Bowl Show Rules

  1. Entrants must be members in good standing of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA) in order to participate.
  2. The entrant must also supply the correct name of the fish to be shown. There is no limit to the number of entries per member; however, discretion is requested.
  3. Species to be shown will be designated each month by the bowl show chairperson.
  4. Any type of flatsided container is acceptable for showing fish. Containers will be limited to 5 gallon capacity, unless a very large fish is shown.  Gravel, plants, shells, ornaments, or fancy lighting is allowed but may not affect the judges scoring. Any color background is acceptable.
  5. Fish may be shown singly or in pairs. A pair of fish constitutes one entry. 
  6. All containers must be labeled with the scientific fish name. No other names or identifying marks will be allowed.
  7. Each entrant is responsible for supplying air (pumps, tubing, and extension cords) to his/her own containers if needed.
  8. A minimum of two judges will be selected by the bowl show chairperson from non-exhibiting members or guests in attendance. In the event of a tie, a third judge will be selected to judge the entries in question. Decisions of the judges will be final.
  9. Cash prizes are as follows:
    Place Points
    1st place $50
    2nd place $10
    People's Choice $10
  10. People's Choice is a separate award allowing all members and guests in attendance to participate in selecting their favorite entry without the dictates of a formal judging. Voting is accomplished by secret ballot. In the event there is only one entry, no People's Choice ribbon will be awarded. 
  11. No Hybrids allowed but line bred fish are allowed

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