Join us for our Taco Picnic on Sunday, September 8

CLS is joining with the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association for a joint members-only picnic at the home of Rick Borstein, CLS President.

Members-only Taco picnic at Rick Borstein's Lake House

We hare having a joint picnic with members of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association and Chicago Plant Society on Sunday, September 9.

The picnic starts at Noon and we serve lunch at 1PM.

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Rare Livebearer Auction on October 6

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

Rare Fish Auction

For our October meeting, we are working with top breeders around the country to bring in rare and unusual livebearers.

We will have a curated auction. For each fish to be auctioned, we will have a descriptive slide with a picture and care instructions.

In order to bid on fish, you need to be a member of the Chicago Livebearer Society. Join our Club online! It's only $10 per year.

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Rare Fish Auction List (subject to change)

We will start populating a list of fish here about two weeks prior the auction.

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!

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CLS Donates $1000 to North American Goodeid Working Group

The Chicago Livebearer Society it pleased to announce a donation of $1000 to the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG).

The North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG) is an organization dedicated to the conservation, study, and propagation of Goodeid fishes. Goodeids are a family of about 45 small freshwater fishes found in the highlands of central Mexico and the deserts of the southwestern United States. Most species are endangered. NAGWG works to protect Goodeids through support of on-the-ground conservation efforts, research, and captive husbandry. NAGWG members include hobbyists, conservationists, and scientists from throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. NAGWG is a standing committee of the American Livebearer Association, a U.S. 501(C)(3) organization, and a component of the international Goodeid Working Group, which includes members from Europe, South America, and Asia. For more information, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The donation was funded by a recent Rare Livebearer Auction which was held in January 2018. The club sold over 120 bags of rare and hard to find livebearers and a portion of the proceeds helped offset the dontation.

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Build a Dual 20G High Tank Stand

The Chicago Livebearer Society was invited to participate in the 2017 Aquatic Experience Show. This required the club to set up a display in a 10 foot by 10 foot booth. Early on we decided that we would like to have some tanks in the booth to attract the public.

Our goal was to be able to display both wild-type and domestic livebearers. The tanks needed to be at a comfortable viewing height and we knew that we needed a custom rack to do so. Time would not allow us to build a rack from scratch onsite, so we knew we needed a rack that could be bolted together and taken down quickly. The rack would need to be inexpensive and built with materials sourced from local home stores, so 2X4 construction was the method used.

We chose to set up two, 20GH tanks which measure:

  • 24¼ W
  • 12½ D
  • 16¾ H

Since the tanks would be displayed side by side, we knew we needed a stand that was at least 48-1/2" wide. We opted for bit of extra width and went with 49" for the width. As for height, we went for 40” which would offer comfortable viewing for standing patrons.

DownloadPDF with instructions, drill guide and illustrations

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