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Past Meetings

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

Date: April 14, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Fountaindale Public Library

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

The meeting will include a presentation on, “Tips, Tricks, and Hacks” that are useful for the planted aquarium. The meeting will be 1-4pm on April 14th at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440. In case you did not already know, at every meeting we also Trade Plants and have a Giveaway Raffle. So please bring plants to trade. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

Wabi Kusa Workshop

Date: March 31, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Friendship Park Conservatory

Wabi Kusa Workshop

Wabi Kusa is an art form that achieves the simple, natural beauty only found in the slow chaos of nature.  The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society invites you to join us at the beautiful Friendship Park Conservatory for a Wabi Kusa Workshop.  With instruction from the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society Board, everyone will have the opportunity to create their own Wabi Kusa with materials and aquatic plants provided by the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society.  They will provide instruction on how to create a specialized substrate ball, introduce the plants, and care for this low maintenance, living piece of art once you take it home.  Entrance is free for Chicago Aquatic Plant Society paid members and $5 for non-paid members.

Basic Principles of Aquascaping

Date: February 23, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Deerfield Public Library

Basic Principles of Aquascaping

We will be presenting the “Basic Principles of Aquascaping” and conducting an aquascaping demo after the presentation. The goal of the presentation is to provide basic design guidelines, tips on choosing hardscape, and other tips and tricks that are used by aquascapers. We will focus on setting up a lower maintenance, no CO2 aquascape, but will also incorporate information about setting up a high tech planted tank. The meeting will be on February 23rd from 1-4pm at the Deerfield Public Library in the meeting rooms in the basement. The library is at 920 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015. At every meeting we also trade plants and have a raffle. So please bring plants to trade/share. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

Do’s and Don’ts – Picking the Proper Fauna for a Planted Tank

Date: January 27, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Fountaindale Public Library

Do’s and Don’ts – Picking the Proper Fauna for a Planted Tank

This talk will cover choosing the best livestock for your planted tank including which fish to avoid that will eat plants, what are some good algae eaters, and other fish and shrimp that do well in our planted tank.

The meeting will be 1-4pm on January 27th at the Fountaindale Public Library, Meeting Room A on the first floor, 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440. In case you did not already know, at every meeting we also Trade Plants and have a Giveaway Raffle. So please bring plants to trade. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

Algae and Strategies for Control

Date: November 11, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Skokie Public Library

Algae and Strategies for Control

The meeting will include a presentation titled, “Algae and Strategies for Control.” At the meeting we will have a microscope so feel free to bring in algae samples so we can take a closer look and help identify the culprit.

The meeting will be 1-4pm on Nov 11th 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 Giveaway Raffle. So please bring plants to trade. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

Aroids: Beyond The Aquaria

Date: October 27, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Deerfield Public Library

The meeting will include a presentation from CAPS member Michael Kolaczewski titled, “Aroids: Beyond The Aquaria.” While many of us are familiar with certain types of Aroids (family Araceae) such as cryptocoryne used in aquascaping, it is a large family with over 114 genera and over 3,700 species. We will look at some other environments such as terrariums, paludariums, and Wabi-Kusa where aroids can be utilized. Culture, morphology, growing medium, and other topics will be covered. There is a phrase that “Aroiders” use: My Plants Are Weirder Than Your Plants. Come to this lecture and find out why!

Michael Kolaczewski has been a horticulturalist, horticultural consultant, aquatic gardener, and aquarium keeper for over forty years here in the Chicagoland area. He uses many types of plants in his gardening business – native, horticulturally produced plants, as well as tropical, aquatic, emerged, and submerged plants in a variety of projects. He is a member of The International Plant Propagators Society, The International Aroid Society, Aquatic Gardeners Association, and The American Bamboo Society. He became interested in Aroids over twenty five years ago. He currently has over four dozen Aroids in his modest collection.

The meeting will be on October 27th from 1-4pm at the Deerfield Public Library in the meeting rooms in the basement. The library is at 920 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015. At every meeting we also trade plants and have a raffle. So please bring plants to trade/share. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

CAPS Meeting – Cara Wade on Paludariums!

Date: September 23, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Skokie Public Library

For our meeting in September, we are bringing in a special speaker from the great state of Texas! Cara Wade has been in the hobby for more than 20 years and has extensive experience lighting science and aquatic aroid cultivation, but she will speaking to the club about her other passion, paludariums!

The meeting will be 1-4pm on Sunday, September 23 at the Skokie Library. In case you did not already know, at every meeting we also Trade Plants and have a Giveaway Raffle. So please bring plants to trade. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

CAPS Meeting – Low Tech / Low Maintenance Setups

Date: August 12, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Fountaindale Public Library

The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation on setting up and maintaining a low tech/low maintenance planted tank.

The meeting will be 1-4pm on August 12th at the Fountaindale Public Library, Meeting Room B on the first floor, 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440. In case you did not already know, at every meeting we also Trade Plants and have a Giveaway Raffle. So please bring plants to trade. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

CAPS Meeting – Emersed Setups

Date: June 9, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Skokie Public Library

Learn about how to create an emersed set up for your aquatic plants! There are many beneficial reasons for taking your plants emersed, including a way to “store” your extra plants, multiply plants without having to do an aquarium set up, and get rid of algae and other pests on your aquatic plants. We will walk through example set ups along with helpful tips. We will be raffling off some supplies you can use to create own emersed set up.

Like we do at most of our meetings, we’ll be having a Plant Trade and have a Giveaway Raffle, so please bring plants to trade! If you’re new to the hobby or don’t have any trimmings you’re able to trade, you’re still more than welcome to take part in the trade & raffle. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

CAPS Meeting – Aquascaping Styles: Biotope, Dutch, and Nature

Date: May 6, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Fountaindale Public Library

The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation of different aquascaping styles: Biotope, Dutch, and Nature.

The meeting will be 1-4pm on May 6th at the Fountaindale Public Library, Meeting Room B on the first floor, 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440. In case you did not already know, at every meeting we also Trade Plants and have a Giveaway Raffle. So please bring plants to trade. We will also be collecting plants for the 5/20 swap meet so please trim your tanks and donate as much as you can to help raise funds for CAPS!!! Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.