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Aquatic Experience 2017

Start date: November 3, 2017

End date: November 5, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Schaumburg Convention Center

Aquatic Experience 2017

We are all counting down the days until the Aquatic Experience 2017 ! Good luck to everyone who is competing in the Aquascaping Competitions. AE this year is Nov 3-5th and in case you did not already know this will unfortunately be the last year it is in Chicago. So come out and check out AE and stop by the AGA/CAPS table.

CAPS GUEST SPEAKER – “Cool Places with Plants”

Date: October 22, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Fountaindale Public Library

The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation titled, “Cool Places with Plants” which will focus on Biotope Aquascaping. We will have a special guest speaker, Ted Judy !
The meeting will be between 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Oct 22th, 2017 and will be located at the Fountaindale Public Library in 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 as well.
More info about the Guest Speaker – Ted Judy is an addicted aquarist with over 35 years of fish keeping and breeding experience. Ted’s club affiliations are the American Cichlid Association, the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists and the Milwaukee Aquarium Society. See more of Ted’s hobby by visiting his video blog at www.tedsfishroom.com.

October GCCA Swap Meet

Date: October 1, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Marriott Hoffman Estates

CAPS – SWAP TABLE – SUNDAY Oct 1st
The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society will have a table at the upcoming Greater Chicago Cichlid Association Swap on Sunday Oct 1st to raise funds for the organization. We will be selling hobbyist-grown plants from easy-to- grow to specialty aquatic plants for aquascaping. We will also have some mopani and manzanita wood for sale. The swap is at the Marriott Hoffman Estates, 4800 Hoffman Boulevard Hoffman Estates, IL. 60192. It is Sunday Oct 1st starting at 10:00 am. More info about the swap can be found at http://www.gcca.net/ The swap meets have been our primary fundraising activity, but we need our members help by DONATING PLANTS and coming out to support CAPS. So if you are interested in donating hold off on trimming your plants, we will be collecting them starting the week of Sept 25th.

CAPS SPECIAL EVENT – Aquatic Nursery Tour, Greenhouses, Indoor/Outdoor Ponds

Date: September 10, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

You must be a PAID member of CAPS to attend this special event, more info about becoming a member is below. The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society event will start at 1:00 pm on Sunday September 10th and will be located at 38W135 Mc Donald Rd. Elgin IL, 60124. Please park on the lawn. The event will be at one of our member’s property and will include guided tours of the 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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBYVu9BKVwcPlease 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. You must be a PAID member of CAPS to attend this special event. If you need to still become a member please do so on the CAPS website: http://www.chicagoaquaticplants.com/join-us/ If you have any questions about membership direct them to the CAPS Treasurer Rich Schram. Please also make sure to RSVP for the event on Facebook and arrive on time for the tour. Thank you everyone, we are all so excited for this special event!

CAPS Summer Picnic

Date: July 23, 2017

Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve

Hello Members! Join us on July 23rd for our 2nd Annual CAPS Summer Picnic. Our event will be held from 12:00 – 4:00 at the Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve in the south picnic shelter in Wood Dale, IL. CAPS will be providing the main dish (chicken or meat) and we ask that everyone bring either drinks, side dish, or dessert to share. Please reply to this post with the total number of people in your party and the dish you will bring. We will also be trading plants and raffling some cool items at the picnic this year. So, if you’re not busy the weekend of the 23rd of July, please join us for some fun and relax with some fellow plantheads! We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s event.

http://www.dupageforest.org/Conservation/Forest_Preserves/Wood_Dale_Grove.aspx

C.A.P.S. June Meeting – Secrets to a competitive aquascape A to Z

Date: June 11, 2017

Time: 1:00pm -4:00pm

Location: Fountaindale Public Library

The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation covering Secrets for the Perfect Aquascape. Come learn strategies for keeping a planted tank from start to finish, practical tactics to keep algae out of sight, and how to maximize plant health. The meeting will be between 1:00 – 4:00 pm on June 11th, 2017 and will be located at the Fountaindale Public Library in 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. NEW!! CAPS now owns a PAR meter for club use! Please bring your aquarium lights to the meeting as we can do some quick light intensity readings at the end of the meeting. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids as well.

May GCCA Swap Meet

Date: May 21, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Marriott Hoffman Estates

The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society will have a table at the upcoming Greater Chicago Cichlid Association Swap on this upcoming Sunday May 21st to raise funds for the organization. We will be selling hobbyist-grown plants from easy-to- grow to specialty aquatic plants for aquascaping. We will also have mopani wood and possibly some rock and substrates for sale. More info about the swap can be found at http://www.gcca.net/ The swap meets have been our primary fundraising activity, but we need our members help by DONATING PLANTS and coming out to support CAPS. It is not too late to still donate plants, but we need them by Friday 5/19. We have designated three individuals as donation collection sites. Please contact them directly. Jo Ann Fujii – Northside, Scott Miller – Chicago, William Romero – Westside.

C.A.P.S. May Meeting – Algae in the Planted Aquarium

Date: May 7, 2017

Time: 1:30pm -3:30pm

Location: Deerfield Public Library

The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation covering Algae. We will discuss the types of Algae and strategies to control it. The meeting will be between 1:30 – 3:30 pm on May 7th, 2017 and will be located at the Deerfield Public Library in the meeting rooms in the basement. 920 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015.
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 or to donate for the swap meet coming up on 5/21. Our meetings are also family friendly so feel free to bring the kids as well.

C.A.P.S. April Meeting – Aquascaping in a Planted Aquarium

Date: April 9, 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Fountaindale Public Library

The next Chicago Aquatic Plant Society meeting will include a presentation covering Aquascaping in a Planted Aquarium and will discuss some basic principles used to design an aquascape. Techniques for use of hardscape and plant choice and description of various styles of aquascapes will also be covered. The meeting will be between 1-4pm on April 9th, 2017 and will be located at the Fountaindale Public Library in the Board Room on the second 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 as well.

CAPS March Meeting – Wabi-kusa Workshop

Date: March 18, 2017

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location: Garfield Conservatory

Our next event will be a Wabi-kusa Workshop to be held on March 18 from 1:30 – 3:30 at the Garfield Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL.

Wabi-kusa are balls of substrate that are covered with plants that are grown in their terrestrial form. These substrate balls are placed directly into a small glass container with some water and then allowed to grow naturally. Substrate ball materials and aquatic plants will be provided along with instruction on how to create and care for this low maintenance living piece of art. Please bring your own container or dish to hold the wabi-kusa when completed.

Entrance to the event is $5 or free for members who have already paid the annual club dues ($15/year). The entrance fee covers the creation of one wabi-kusa ball with plants.

We will also have a SILENT AUCTION during the workshop where you can bid of donations from our sponsors. Following the workshop, members who have paid their dues will have an opportunity to get a “behind the scenes” tour of Garfield Conservatory from one of our members, Neil Gilbert. To make this event even more fun, The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society has decided to make this year’s event a CONTEST, with a PRIZE given to both the winning adult and kid’s Wabi Kusa respectively. The Wabi Kusa balls will be put together at the event, brought home to grow out and then submitted as photos to the board members for judging. More details about the rules for the contest will be provided at the meeting. So, don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s contest and potentially win the prize for best Wabi Kusa!

$100 for best adult Wabi Kusa
$50 for best kid’s Wabi Kusa

Please RSVP by filling out this form.

RSVP for Wabi-Kusa Workshop

Join us for one of our most fun events of the year!