Tri-County Tropical Fish Society
1 member Illinois
Website: "sites.google.com/site/tctfspeoria/home" The Tri-County Tropical Fish Society (TCTFS) promotes the tropical fish hobby through education and active involvement. Every month we have an educational program on something related to tropical fish. Some examples of programs that we have had at our club would be "Anabantoids, Fish that can drown" by Mike Hellweg and "Aquarium Plants for Those with a Black Thumb" by Scott Davis. These guys are experts in the field of tropical fish keeping and the programs they gave were awesome! Plus there is time after the program to talk to our speakers one on one with any questions you may have. Our Member meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church 4911 N Knoxville Ave. Peoria, IL. Often we go out afterwards to talk fish and socialize. It's always a lot of fun! Members receive Fish Tales, our monthly newsletter that covers what is happening in the club, a list of upcoming fish related events such as nearby swaps and auctions, and interesting articles. TCTFS has auctions twice a year that members put on, and an annual fish show at Northwoods Mall. We often have mini auctions at our member's meetings. TCTFS members have a lot of knowledge and experience in fish keeping and breeding and are more than willing to share their knowledge with new members. Often we car pool to go to swaps and auctions in Champaign, Chicago, etc. We would love for you to visit our group sometime!
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Prairieland Koi & Pond Society
1 member Illinois
Website: "prairieland_pond.tripod.com" The Society has a vast wealth of knowledge to share with you, about ponds, water gardens, and fish. Meetings The monthly meetings are on the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 A.M., except on special occasions to accommodate speakers and special events. The meeting locations are different each month. We meet at businesses as well as at club members' homes. The club does not meet or publish a newsletter in December or January. However, in early February members receive the first newsletter of the new year. This newsletter announces where the February meeting will be held. Remember to bring a lawn chair to the meetings. The meetings begin at 9:00 and last about an hour, unless a special event is scheduled. Occasionally, guest speakers who specialize in specific areas are invited to share their knowledge, and answer questions.
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Midwest Pond & Koi Society
1 member Illinois
Website: "mpks.org/" The Midwest Pond & Koi Society (MPKS) are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping and plants! We meet the 3rd Friday of the month from January through October. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. MPKS is a not for profit, hobbyist organization whose members share a common interest in koi (Japanese colored carp), goldfish, water gardens and backyard ponds. Our members reside mostly in Chicago and surrounding counties as well as Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri. MPKS PO Box 3011 Lisle, IL 60532 Voice Mail: (312) 409-2081
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Guppy Associates International Chicago
1 member Illinois
Website: "guppychicago.org" Guppy Associates International Chicago (GAIC), a charter member of the IFGA, carries a rich tradition in the hobby going all the way back to the formation of the IFGA. The club was established expressly to promote the guppy through selective breeding techniques and encourages its members to exhibit at IFGA-sanctioned shows. While the Chicago suburban area is the “club hub,” current members live in Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin and bring various experience levels to the club from complete novice to master breeder. If you wish further information about GAIC, you can direct your e-mail request to "tgallen40@yahoo.com".
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Greenwater Aquarist Society
1 member Illinois
Website: "greenwateraquaristsociety.org" General Club Meeting - First Friday of each month (January-July and September-December) 6:30-9:30 pm Apollo Recreation Center, 12521 S. Kostner, Alsip, IL 60803 Program or Activity, Food, Raffle, and Mini Auction Membership Pricing (12 Months) $20.00 Individual and $30.00 Family - Meetings - Socialize with other hobbyists - visit as a guest - Website - Member Pages - BAP Program - HAP Program (aquatic plants) - Members-Only Events/Discounts - Special Member Points Auctions - Special Buy-it-Now Table at the SWAP - Summer Party - Holiday Party - Field Trips - Sell your items in the meeting mini auction - 100% of proceeds to member
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Greater Chicago Cichlid Association
1 member Illinois
Website: "gcca.net" In 1974, Ken Schultz, Jan Alm, Carlo Leon and Carl Lundquist met to form the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA). After much discussion, a name for the organization was agreed upon, and Carlo was designated President, Jan, Vice-President and Ken, Treasurer. Postcards and posters were printed announcing the formation of a Chicago area Cichlid group, and over 500 responses were received from interested hobbyists. As most respondents were from the north side and northwest suburban area, it was decided to hold the meetings in that area. Jerry Lindquist, another hobbyist, had parents who were managing the International Motor Inn on North Mannheim Road. The club was able to use the Inn for meetings. In January 1975, the first meeting of the GCCA was held, with a large turn out of prospective members. The soon-to-be leading Cichlid group in the Great Lakes area was launched. In 1989, club member Ed Higgins (representing the Montgomery Ward Foundation) presented a $150,000 grant to help fund the Shedd Aquarium's new Oceanarium expansion. The Greater Chicago Cichlid Association has met at six different locations since the club’s conception. Master breeder Milo Manden served as GCCA president for 12 years, from 1987-1998. This is the perfect example of someone who is truly dedicated to the hobby. The GCCA is a member of the Federation of American Aquarium Societies. Former club president Bob Matthews and his wife, club photographer extraordinaire Laura Matthews, have collected wild fish in Brazil. Many other members have collected fish around the world. In 2006, GCCA hosted the American Cichlid Association convention. Over 600 cichlid keepers from around the world joined us
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Chicago Marine Aquarium Society
1 member Illinois
Website: "cmas.net" Established in January 1993, the Chicagoland Marine Aquarium Society (CMAS) is a nonprofit organization of marine hobbyists brought together by the desire to promote a better understanding of the life we keep in our marine aquariums. Our focus is to increase the longevity of marine life in a controlled environment and to encourage that life to propagate freely. Only through education and the sharing of ideas can we expect a future for our hobby. Anyone interested in advancing these goals is invited to join. CMAS meets monthly September through May, usually on the third Saturday of the month. Please refer to our meeting announcements for each meeting's specific location. Our meetings generally begin at 1:00PM with a short review of club business, moving on to the main program (if applicable) and then to an open discussion among members present. Everyone is welcome to bring their questions and/or problems to the club meetings for assistance as most discussion topics originate this way. Over the years, CMAS has had the good fortune of being able to bring its members some extremely informative and interesting programs. Some of these programs have been presentations by fellow club members, including Mike Kirda and Doug Lehman. In the past year, CMAS co-hosted a two-day educational and fragging event called Fragapalooza, which included presentations by Dr. Ron Shimek, Linda Jedlicka, Steven Pro and our own Rod Buehler. There have been hands-on demonstrations of propagating soft corals and gorgonians, swap meets, raffles, and field trips to such places as the Shedd Aquarium and supporting dealers' stores. For more details about past meeting see the meeting section of this web site. In 2007, CMAS also participated in IMAC, which holds an excellent 3 event in the Chicago area. IMAC invites many nationally known speakers to attend (see the CMAS meetings section for details on the IMAC seminars). Besides the forum for fellow member presentations, CMAS also has had the ability to bring its membership some truly outstanding guest speakers. Recent speakers have included Janet Nestlerode and Beth Hinchey from the Aquarius, Kelly Jedlicki speaking on puffers, Sanjay Joshi talking about aquarium lighting,and Ferdinand Cruz speaking on net-caught-fish. Although these special guest meetings bring out the largest attendance, the regular monthly meetings are really what CMAS is all about. Information exchange is the heart of our society. From homemade wave makers and protein skimmers to Magnum canister filter repair -- debates over calcium levels, cloudy water and pH control as well as helping new hobbyists learn the ropes -- the Chicagoland Marine Aquarium Society caters to the making of all of its members welcome. In the summertime CMAS holds a barbeque at a member's house, and occasionally during the year members open their homes for "Tank Tours," when all are invited to come see others' tanks. In 2007, Mike and Elizabeth Kleist hosted a wonderful (and dry) picnic under their patio tents in Brookfield, shaded by the water tower. CMAS also has a good relationship with many pet stores throughout the Chicagoland area, as many of these stores offer our members discounts on livestock and supplies. Supporting dealers are listed on the website, and we urge members to visit them. The Chicagoland Marine Aquarium Society is also a member and supporter of Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) -- the national society to which CMAS actually owes its origins, for if it wasn't for MASNA, the founding members of CMAS would not have "found" each other. And MASNA announced its support of CMAS by awarding the 1997 Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA IX) to the Chicagoland Marine Aquarium Society! So regardless of whether you're a beginner, an "old salt," a fish-only person, or a reef maniac, the Chicagoland Marine Aquarium Society has something in it for you.
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Chicago Livebearer Society
1 member Illinois
Website: "chicagolivebearer.com" The Chicago Livebearer Society was created in 2011 by Rick Borstein, a local area hobbyist and long-time member of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association. Although an experienced breeder of cichlids, he had always been interested in livebearing fish. Like many hobbyists, he had kept livebearers like platies, guppies and swordtails as a kid. He picked up a few livebearing fish locally, but wondered how he would be able to locate some of the more unusual species. In 2008, Rick attended his first American Livebearer Association convention which was an eye-opening experience. There he met many dedicated hobbyists interested in livebearers. He also learned about the poor conservation status of many livebearing fish in the wild. The 2011 ALA was the aegis to make a difference in the local Chicago community. With the support of a few local livebearer hobbyists such as Mark Schmidt and Mike Schadle, Rick put out the word that he was starting a club. The club first met informally in June 2011 in Wheeling, IL. Ted Coletti, Ph.D. the author of Aquarium Care of Livebearers, was the speaker and 17 hobbyists attended the first meeting. On September 18, 2011, a constitution was drafted and signed at the second meeting of the club. A board was elected: - Rick Borstein, President - Mark Schmidt, Vice-President - John Sobel, Secretary - Jason Libasci, Vice-President The Chicago Livebearer Society is dedicated to the advancement and/or dissemination of information related to all aspects of the biology of livebearing fish, their maintenance and breeding and captivity, and the conservation of habitats of livebearing fish
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Chicago Killifish Association
1 member Illinois
Website: "chicagokillifish.com" The Chicago Killifish Association welcomes you to our website. This website is an extension of our membership. The association has been established for over fifty years. It has provided a vehicle for individuals of all walks of life and age groups to interact with each other over the hobby of keeping tropical fish. It was and is especially organized for those intrested in keeping the egg-laying toothcarps known as Killifish.
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