Specializing in South American Dwarf Cichlids
Thank you for stopping by and visiting our site. We are a family-operated breeder located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. We specialize in South American Dwarf Cichlids, especially Rams, Discus, Angelfish and Apistogrammas, and as space permits, the occasional “oddball” like Plecos or GloFish. We are not commercial breeders, but as I like to say, we are victims of our own success! Anyone who owns a foam fractionator, ultra-violet sterilizer, or fluidized bed filter, (or even knows what those are), understands what I mean. And yes, this is truly a family affair (even my wife helps when it’s time to make the beefheart).
I have raised fish since I was seven years old, but as a family, we began breeding fish seriously in 2007. My “business partners” (daughter (29) and son (22)), and I started out with Bettas, and then moved to Angelfish, Rams, Apistogrammas, and Discus. With each new species of fish, we encountered new challenges, but with each challenge, we learned a tremendous amount about each of the individual species of fish. In addition to showcasing our fish, the purpose of this site will be to pass on some of the knowledge and tips we have learned while breeding our fish. As time permits, we will be adding articles on breeding all of our fish, especially rams and discus, as well as articles and tips on artificially hatching and raising the fry, building fish racks, culturing your own live foods for baby fish, building a fish hatchery, designing and building a central filtration system, and even information on how to package and ship fish.
We did not “reinvent the wheel” with many of these suggestions. We are also not saying that our way of doing things is the only way, or even the best way. The ideas and instructions we provide here are what have worked for us. Many of the ideas that we hope to share are based on the collective work of many breeders and hobbyists. When a specific article/idea is based principally on the work of another hobbyist, we will certainly try to give credit where credit is due. Please be patient with us as this web site is constantly being revised, and we do have “day jobs” and a lot of tanks to clean!!
Stop by for a visit
Most of our sales are via the internet on Aqua-Bid or PlantedTank.net, but walk-ins are always welcome. If you’re in the area, please stop by. All we ask is that you call ahead to make sure we are home.