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Updated Swap table layout for Hoffman Estates Marriott (Note this is a draft version) 

First NameLast Name Organization Vendor Items
JohnCoreyJC's Fish & ShrimpNeocaridina Shrimp (Fire Red, Blue Dream, Black Rose), Guppies and more.
DanBarmoreSynodontis petricola, Labidochromis caeruleus, Pseudotropheus demasoni, Labeotropheus fuelleborni “Chalo”, Placidochromis Jalo Reef. Email:
JeffMichelsaquaticclarityHUGE selection of dwarf cichlids, tetras, killies, catfish, and more. Please take a look at my full list at Preorders are encourage so that I’m sure to bring the fish you want. I’ll also have a large selection of aquarium wood and supplies.
Mike MurrFish
MarkHuffmanPlants, Plants and More Plants, from the basics to the more rare, I have many Swords, Crypts and Anubias including some really nice Bucephalandra, I also have Spiderwood so You can preorder here on the Ads page or hit me at Mark of Excellence Aquatics on Facebook or email me at
BobCrouseGuppy Associates International ChicagoGuppies bred from IFGA show quality stock, cories, plecos, live plants, food, and equipment. We are the only 50 year old club in Chicago. Do you have what it takes to compete against breeders throughout the USA? Then this club is for you!
JimLehnerFish and fish room supplies
MohammedBilaluddinHardscape, Manzanita branches, Rock.
JohnAntolakOrganic Blackworms/Uncle Rons FishroomTeaming up with my pal Uncle Ron to help him sell some items, a long drive for my long time friend. Heaters any size 20.00. Sera-spider wood any size 10.00 a piece. Sponge filters any size 3.00 each, won't find them cheaper! Fish food 3.00 a bag, nice bags of food. Pleco huts any size 5.00, work well for breeding dwarf cichlids. And so much more! Nano tank, 16 gallons cover and tank 100.00 new with all parts and still new in box. Assorted fish food as well as other aquatic supplies. Uncle Ron here is driving on down to make some deals, come make some offers!
ReneValtierraChicago Aquarium Club(CAC)Angelfish, Corydoras, Plecos, & More!
ToddRaysbyCichlids, livebearers, shells, plants, etc.
ThomasBergerToms Fish FarmAfrican Cichlids. Check Out Toms Fish Farm on Facebook also will have ads on GCCA classifieds.
FreshwaterExoticsWild Caught Plecos Prepaid preorders encouraged to ensure we bring the fish you want. Email us: or message us on Facebook: Stock list can be found on our Facebook page or at
CharlesFeretChicago Style GoldfishFancy Goldfish( bred and raised in Chicago ) Endlers Neocaridina Shrimp Caridina Shrimp Cardinal Shrimp Killifish Monarch Butterfly Conservation Info (free) Milkweed rhizomes and seeds (free)
bobnesnidalfood (pellet and flake) heaters driftwood...
PhilSalantPhilthy’s Fine Fish Emporium, Call Phil 608-576-7555 for Cynotilapia Afra (Jalo Reef) 1-2 inches, Python Island (Pundamilia Nyererei) 1 inch on up to 3 inches with full color males, Christmas Fulus (Xystichromis Phytophagus) 4) 6 inch full color males and have 1.5-1.75 inch, Fire Blue (Protomelas Taeniolatus) 2.5inches, Small standard fin Brown and Albino Plecostomus 1.5 inches, also have some Calico Pleco young adults. Massive Gold Head Altolamprologus Compressiceps 3) 4-5 inch fish and also 16) 1 inch baby Compressiceps. Quantity pre-orders appreciated, will sell out of most prior to show. Max Color and Max Algae Flakes, plus Extreme Green Growth Granules. I have tons of 100watt, 200watt, 300watt and 500watt brand new in box heaters and tons of Poret Foam from Swiss Tropicals priced to move. All of my fish enjoy weekly 90% water changes, New Life Spectrum (NLS) daily, 3 flavors of REPASHY SUPERFOOD, live baby brine shrimp, frozen brine and Mysis shrimp, blood worms, black worms, daphnia, multiple flake food including: 3X Color Max, Spirilina and Earth worms. Carl’s Angelfish Connection - Call Carl 414-397-9216 for Silver Angels 6 for , Gold Angels, 6 for , Albino Cats 6 for , Syndo Lace Cats 3 for , German Blue Angels (med-large) 4 for , German Blue Angels (nickel size) 6 for Quantity pre-orders appreciated, will sell out of some prior to show.
JimNowobielskiRainbows, Rainbows, Rainbows Please check my GCCA classified ad one week before swap as to what I will be bringing in Non Cichlid and Scavengers. Pre Sales welcome at Check out my facebook page.... Jim's Rainbowfish
JoshCunninghamCunningham Cichlids, LLCAfrican Cichlids, Guppies, Shrimp, Snails, and Dry Goods
josephinechristopherChicago DiscusDiscus Fish
Mike SwetsShrimp,plecos ,driftwood
TristanWatsonTristan's Tropical Fish LLCFish
LarryGreningDiscus, Discus Pairs, Angels, Apistogramma and Julidchromos
ChrisHazardI can deliver to the swap on October 7thth. 608-444-9183 Peacock males; beanschi, hia reef, lwanda, eureka red, turkis, ngara. Juvenile peacocks; blue neon hia reef, beanschi, eureka red, flavescent, lwanda, ngara, lemon jake. Placidochromis Jalo Reef, Copidochromis mloto ivory, Sciaenochromis iceberg ahli, Copidochromis borleyi nkhata; bristlenose: brown, albino and calico; Synodontis petricola; alto. Compressiceps red, Cyprichromis luvia(blue orchid), Cyprichromis mpulungu
AlexNixonHikari Frozen Fish Food
MugwumpJon MillerAngels, BN, etc.
DavidTownsendFish and Dry Goods
BobSturnfieldEndlers, Plecos, Corys, Fancy Guppies, Potted Plants
BrantleyBerryPlecocaves.comPleco caves, plecocaves, cichlid huts, mud huts, apisto huts, discus cones, xtreme foods, tubes, zebra pleco caves, pleco condos, all things fish breeding, fish breeding tacos, fish hides
ThomasKroutAngels, fancy swordtails ,four types of IFGA stock fancy guppies, miscellaneous.
GreenwaterGreenwaterGreenwater Aquarist SocietyGreenwater Aquarist Society Club Table. Club Literature And Info, As Well As Gear. Tropical Fish, Plants, Food And Related Supplies. As Always Steve Will Be There, But Perhaps A Bit Late. He's into the October spirit,it may take him a bit to get into his Great Pumpkin outfit.
Robert and GaleBorgerCaptain Bob's Fish TalesI'll have my full line of Captain Bob's Fish Food. My S.O.S. Probiotic Flake and Algae Wafers will be just ten dollars per pound. I'll have some other specials and powdered, granulated and pelleted foods Stop and see me!
SairAliHigh coverage koi angelfish and discus fish
DaveBoyceWe will have an assortment of peacocks and haps colored male. Fry upon request. Lemon Jakes Ngaras Turkis Red Shoulder ivory head Dragon Bloods Cu Blue Lwanda
SteveBottsSee classified ad section for what I will be bringing to the swap table.
VarunKamatChicago Ornamental Shrimp SocietyThe Chicago Ornamental Shrimp Society will have a table at the upcoming swap to raise funds for the organization. We will be selling several types of shrimp and inverts including Cherry Shrimp, Blue Dream Neocaridina, Crystal Black Shrimp, Crystal Red Shrimp, Pure Red Line CRS, Tibee, Panda Shrimp, Assassin snails, Crayfish, and others. Visit the GCCA classifieds section for pictures and pricing. The shrimp we will be selling are breed and raised by our members. Pre-orders are encouraged as we always run out most types and will only bring a small quantity of extra shrimp, so message me if you are interested. We will also have Alder cones, Indian Almond leaves, Guava leaves, Cholla Wood, Shrimp Nets, Feeding Dishes, Sponge Filters, Moss Ledges, Shrimp Caves, and other items for sale. ChicagoOrnamentalShrimpSociety/
Mat& Jenn RehbergM&J AquaticsWe will have African Cichlids and plecos. CC and cash is accepted.
LeonidFlimanBLACK RAMS, Koi Angels, Black Angels, Veil Smokey Angels , albino and brown standard fin Bristle Nose Plecos, Apistogramma Cacatuoides 'Double Red', Assassin Snails, Live Plants
AlanSchahczinskiFish German Reds, Ruby Reds, Eureka Reds, Eureka Otter Point Malawi Butterfly, Sunshine Peacock Benga, Sunshine Maleri, Red Shoulder Peacock , Aceii Yellow Tail, Ahli White Blaze, Lemon Jake, Moorii Dolphin, Yellow Labs, OB Peacock, Dragon Blood /Fire Fish, Twain Reef, Leleupi lemon cichlid , Red Top LWanda , Amatitlania Siquia Convict, Copadichromis Azure, Neochromis omnicaeruleus tri-color fulu Makobe, Aulonocara maylandi Sulfur Head, Bristle Nose Pleco, 414-234-8880
MikeDonovanHouse Of 1000 Fish Fish
JerryLeDiscus, moba frontosa
KaseyClarkPRISM BETTASImported and locally bred high grade show bettas. Pre-sales are available for auctions at
KorySmithFinsNthings.comShrimp, Fish, Plants, Foods and Supplies
RandyBlaszczykFrozen fish food, miscellaneous fish
ScottMillerChicago Aquatic Plant SocietyThe Chicago Aquatic Plant Society will be at the GCCA Swap Meet selling hobbyist-grown plants and mosses from easy-to-grow to specialty aquatic plants for aquascaping. Since we grow our own plants, we know they are in top condition. In addition, we will have wood of various sizes for sale for aquascaping your tanks. Come see what we have for sale! Our members will be at the swap table and can answer any questions about growing aquatic plants and help select the right plants and hardscape for your tank.
dustinshearerWild Altolamprologus Small Altolamprologus Small Tanganyikan Large Haps Large Peacocks For more call or text anytime Also ads in the classifieds


Matt Anderson speaks on "Julidochromis and Chalinochromis" on Sunday, October 14

About the speaker

"I started keeping fish when I received a five gallon metaframe slate bottom aquarium for my birthday at age 10. I thought I had a big tank when I got a metaframe ten gallon the next year. I took a break from fishkeeping during high school but bought tanks in college. I have primarily kept cichlids but have been keeping livebearers during the last few years too. I enjoy showing fish too.

I have been a member of the ACA since 1986. I am also a member of ALA and other clubs.

I have kept cichlids from Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika and from South America but now primarily keep Tanganyikans."

Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 6PM

Doubletree Hotel Downers Grove
2111 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515
1-630-971-2000   |  Map and Directions

Buy fish, plants, equipment and much more!

GCCA's Swap Meet is a great place to buy fish, plants, food, equipment and more!

  • Buy directly from the breeder and make your best deal!
  • Four times a year these fish swaps have the largest selection of fish available in the Midwest
  • Find fish that you can't find at any local fish store.
  • This is the one biggest Most vendors sell fish that they raise themselves.
  • Most vendors sell fish that they raise themselves.
  • Take a look at our Club Classifieds to see a preview into some of this the vendors are bringing

Arrive early for the best selection!

Where and When

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

10AM to 2PM

Marriott Hoffman Estates
4800 Hoffman Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL. 60192 | Map and Directions


$5.00 for everyone
Kids under 15 free with an Adult admission
All sales are exclusively between buyer and seller. Ask sellers about their refund policy.



Dear Cichlid friends, thank you for your enthusiastic response on my recently posted photos of the SHALLOW WATER OF KIPILLI. For this, I edit a small movie, from that location with the same title. This recording achieved about to a depth of up to two meters. I hope you find in these images even more inspiration to decorate your aquarium as well as possible for our beloved cichlids, so that they have an optimally simulated natural habitat. I do not know if some of you have such a large aquarium to mimic in a sunken boat , but there are some shots taken at the end of the movie to give you an idea how much life around it is located. I hope you enjoy watch in HD.

Posted by Hans van Heusden on Saturday, February 7, 2015

New GCCA Chatter for January, 2014.

Note you need to be a member & logged in to access it

Rumor has it that someone in our club has a group of these and is trying to BAP them


Saw this video on another site and thought it was phenomenal and had to share.

As I am a big fan of the Copadichromis species here is a cool video of Copadichromis sp kawnaga Mbamba bay


The website Seriously Fish reports that two new species of Victorian cichlids have been described. There is a huge amount of work yet to be done on the taxonomy of Victorian cichlids, so this is welcome news.

The two newly described fish are Haplochromis argens and Haplochromis goldschmitti

For the complete article with pictures:


I have started to spawn more and more cichlids and thought, it would be nice to share my approach and techniques for raising fry. This article will focus on the techniques and approaches that I have adapted to use to raise and grow out my fry. These techniques are simple and have been pretty successful, resulting in relatively good results. I like to keep things simple and easy and often look for the simplest and easiest way to be successful.

Credit has to given to the members of the GCCA club, as a lot of my experience comes from techniques shared to me by other club members.  I take no credit for any of these ideas as being original or being applicable in all circumstances.


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