CLS's Next Meeting is Sunday, February 23

Our club meets after the Chicago Cichlid Association swap meet from 2PM to 3:30PM. GCCA Swap Meets are a lot of fun to attend and we meet immediately afterward.  | Swap Details from GCCA

Chuck Bremer presents "Livebearers I have Known"

Chuck began keeping fish in livestock watering tanks while growing up on the farm. Since then he has observed only brief respites from keeping fish and has applied to that what was learned in various experiences. Having spent most of his working live as an Agronomist, a focus is also on growing plants. Chuck has maintained fish rooms on two continents but only become a member of the organized hobby recently, joining the Missouri Aquarium Society after retirement and now serving as their newsletter editor.

As a participant in MASI's BAP program, his spawns have included eight families including over 50 species of Livebearers. He has attained the level of Advanced Grand Master Breeder and also Breeder of the Year and CARES Breeder of the Year. Chuck is a frequent attendee of CLS meetings and a member of the American Livebearer Association.

Chuck says:

"The talk will be a round up of livebearers I have spawned with a bit about their origin and my difficulties and spawning techniques, etc. It will contain videos of most of them. Depending on time there will be some from four families: Poecilidae, Goodidae, Anablepidae and Hemiramphidae.

Join us at 2PM on Sunday, February 23rd!

Marriott Hoffman Estates
4800 Hoffman Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
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Donations for our Table

The primary method we use to raise funds is through sales at the GCCA Swap Meet. We need your donations of fish and other goods to help raise money for the club. Please bring your items to the swap and the earlier the better! 

We'd love to get any of the following:

  • Popular livebearers such as Endler's, Swordtails, Guppies and Platies
  • Plants
  • Shrimp


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Return your Stealth Heaters

In case you haven't heard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently ordered the recall Marineland's Stealth series of heaters.

The Stealth heaters are pretty easy to identify...  they are black plastic.

I've heard from hobbyists that have had heaters explode and cause damage to tanks. The plastic sheath of the heater will distort and crack allowing water to come into contact rapidly with the heating element. In my case, a "zit" appeared on the side of the heater and when I put my hand in the water I received a shock.

I had four, 25 watt Stealth heaters to exchange.

Fortunately, the exchange process is pretty easy.

Last week, I called Marineland at 800-338-4896. You'll need to know the model number of the heaters and the wattage of the heaters. You can find the model numbers in the official Marineland Recall Notice.

The call took about ten minutes and the agent on the line was very pleasant.

I was very pleased to yesterday when I received four, brand new Visitherm glass heaters which are definitely superior.


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Inaugural Meeting

The Chicago Livebearer Society's initial meeting will be on Friday, June 3rd.

We hope all tri-state area livebearer hobbyists will join us to here Ted Coletti of Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine speak on the topic "Livebearers Unlimited".

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