Upcoming Meetings

CAPS Meeting: Illinois Biotope Aquascapes – The How to Guide

Date: November 17, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Bolingbrook Fountaindale Public Library

CAPS Meeting: Illinois Biotope Aquascapes – The How to Guide

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!

Past Meetings

CAPS MEETING: Aquarium Photography

Date: October 20, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Skokie Public Library

CAPS MEETING: Aquarium Photography

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.

Mark your calendar for these future events:

• November 17th (general meeting) – Native Biotopes, Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL

• December 14th – Annual Holiday Party and Silent Auction for paid members only, Friendship Park Conservatory in Des Plaines, IL.

Vin Kutty: Rotala Kills Tanks – Nutrient Experiments and other Brain Droppings

Date: September 21, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Bolingbrook Fountaindale Public Library

Vin Kutty: Rotala Kills Tanks – Nutrient Experiments and other Brain Droppings

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!!

Special Event for PAID Members ONLY – RSVP REQUIRED – Aquatic Nursery & Carnivorous Bog Garden Tour

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: 38W135 Mc Donald Rd. Elgin IL, 60124

Special Event for PAID Members ONLY – RSVP REQUIRED – Aquatic Nursery & Carnivorous Bog Garden Tour

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.

Patio Ponds

Date: June 8, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Aquascape Inc.

Patio Ponds

The meeting will include a special tour of Aquascape Inc. and a presentation on Patio Ponds. Purchases that day will receive a discount.

The meeting will be 1-4pm on June 8th at Aquascape Inc. at 901 Aqualand Way, St. Charles, IL 60174. State you are with CAPS when you arrive to be directed to the meeting room in the back. We are NOT doing plant trading or a raffle at this event.

The event is open to everyone, no RSVP is required. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids.

Simplifying CO2 for the Planted Tank

Date: May 19, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Skokie Public Library

Simplifying CO2 for the Planted Tank

The meeting will include a presentation titled, “Simplifying CO2 for the Planted Tank.” The presentation will describe the advantages of using CO2 in multiple types of planted tanks and will describe various methods for adding CO2 to a planted tank. We will discuss how to assemble simple DIY CO2 systems to building your own regulators and will also discuss the most effective methods for injecting CO2 for your plants. The meeting will be 1-4pm on May 19th 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.

Mark Your Calendar for these future events:
June 8th – General Meeting – Pond Talk and tour of Aquascapes Inc – St. Charles, IL

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.