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The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will be a special web meeting/presentation hosted by the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association titled ”The Basics of Aquascaping”. The presentation will cover basic principles to create an aquascape, describe various aquascaping styles found in the hobby, and finally finish with some information on how to create your own aquascape.
Given Governor Pritzker’s recent proclamation extending the “stay at home order” until at least April 30th due to the Covid-19 virus, we will unfortunately need to cancel our meeting for April 19th.
We are hoping to be back by the May meeting, but that will be dependent on how things go with the virus at that time and whether social distancing is extended.
The board is currently looking at resources to bring everyone online content while we are sequestered at home. We will be testing the resources and will then announce an online meeting and hope to do this until we can resume in person meetings.
In an abundance of caution and with the increasing spread of Covid-19, the board has made the difficult decision to cancel this weekend’s Wabi-Kusa event. Both federal and state agencies have recommended that people exercise “social distancing” and the board would be remiss if we didn’t exercise extreme caution during this crisis.
The board looks forward to hosting this event each year for our members and we are very disappointed that we have to make this decision. However, we would be irresponsible to put our members at risk with all the uncertainty of the situation. We are hoping to reschedule the event at a later date and will announce the make up date in the future.
Also, we know that some of you joined CAPS and paid the membership fee just to attend the Wabi-kusa Worshop. If you would like a refund of your fee, please contact Eloy Villagran on Facebook or via email at:
In the meantime, please keep checking back to our Facebook page and website for updates on future events and meetings.
April 5th – GCCA Swap Meet is CANCELLED
April 19th, 1:00-4:00pm (general meeting) – Topic TBD, Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL
The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation titled, “Planted Dwarf Shrimp Tanks.”
The presentation will cover basic dwarf shrimp care, low tech plant care, and how to create the balance that optimizes both shrimp and plants. The meeting will be between 1:00pm – 3:00pm on February 16, 2020 and will be located at the Schaumburg Township District Library. 130 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193. We will be in the Rasmussen South room on the second floor.
At every meeting we also trade plants and have a FREE giveaway raffle. Please bring plants to trade! At this particular meeting, we will have SHRIMP included in the raffle.
Mark your calendar for these future events:
- Sunday February 23rd – GCCA Swap Meet
- Sunday March 15th, 1:00-3:00pm – CAPS Wabikusa Workshop, Friendship Park Conservatory at 395 W Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines, IL – (Paid Members Only)
The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation titled, “New Insights into Aquatic Plant Nutrition.” If you have been thinking about supplementing your tank with CO2 or just want to improve your plant care this is the meeting for you. The meeting will be between 3:00 – 5:00pm on January 18, 2020 and will be located at the Schaumburg Township District Library. 130 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193. We are in the Rasmussen South room on the second floor.
At every meeting we also Trade Plants and have a FREE Giveaway Raffle. So please bring plants to trade. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids as well.
Mark your calendar for these future events:
Sunday January 12th – GCCA Swap Meet
Sunday February 23rd – GCCA Swap Meet
The annual Chicago Aquatic Plant Society Holiday Party will be on Saturday, December 14th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Friendship Park Conservatory at 395 W Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines, IL. CAPS will be providing a catered buffet-style dinner for paid members and one guest. Chilled beer and wine will be available for purchase.
We will also be having a huge silent auction to raise funds for CAPS to continue our programs in 2020. Many items have been donated by our sponsors; a full list of items will be posted later. If you are interested in donating something for the silent auction, please message Jo Ann Fujii directly. We will also have a Free Stuff Table so bring your used but working aquarium items.
THE RSVP PERIOD IS OPEN NOW UNTIL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the party so come out for a great time, great food, and to support CAPS!
The meeting will include a presentation titled, “Native Biotope Aquascapes – The How to Guide”. The talk will cover the types of biotopes found in Illinois, species of flora and fauna, regulations and responsible collecting techniques, and a demo creating a native Illinois biotope.
The meeting will be 1pm-4pm on November 17th at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440. Feel free to bring plants for trading and we will have our regularly scheduled raffle.
Our meetings are family friendly – so feel free to bring the kids!
The meeting will include a presentation titled, “Aquarium Photography.” The presentation will include the basics of aquarium photography including how-to, equipment, and tips for hobbyists as well as taking photos for competitions. The meeting will be at the Skokie Public Library at 5215 Oakton Street Skokie, Illinois 60077. The event will take place in the Business and Career Center upstairs. In case you did not already know, at every meeting we also trade plants and have a raffle so please bring plants to trade. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.
The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society is excited to host Vin Kutty at the September 21st meeting. Vin is an avid aquarist and has been keeping plants for the past 30 years. He travels regularly to the Amazon, Africa, or tropical Asia where he often finds new and interesting plants, including some that are suitable for the aquarium.
Vin’s aquascaping style leans towards the classic Dutch style where he can grow his rare plant finds and run experiments to study the effects of nutrients on plant health and growth. His talk will describe some of his interesting findings from his most recent experiments. Vin was a featured speaker at the Aquatic Gardener’s Association international meeting this past May and this talk will inspire you to think differently about how you grow your aquatic plants.
The meeting is from 1-4pm on Saturday, September 21st at the Bolingbrook Fountaindale Public Library in Meeting Room A on the first floor. Feel free to bring plants for trading and we will have our regularly scheduled raffle.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!
The event will be at one of our member’s property and will include guided tours of his Aquatic Nursery. These will include: Many indoor/outdoor ponds of water lilies and marginal pond plants, a lotus green house, two aquarium plant green houses, two acid carnivorous plant green houses, rain water collection and soil preparation. Please see the video here of a sample of what you will see on the tour.
The tour will start at 1:00 pm on Sunday August 25th and will be located at 38W135 Mc Donald Rd. Elgin IL, 60124. Please park on the lawn. We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE everyone to CARPOOL as much as possible or drop off cars nearby and then get a ride to the nursery as parking is very limited on site. Also, please bring your own folding chairs if you would like to sit at any point. CAPS will be providing snacks and refreshments. Feel free to bring plants for trading as we will have a table designated, as we typically do.
If you are already a PAID member, you should have received an email with the Eventbrite link to RSVP which is REQUIRED as space is limited. If not and would like to join, please do so on the CAPS Member page.
Please arrive on time!. Thank you everyone and we are all so excited for this special event.