CCAC Holiday Banquet December 6, 2018

Circle City Aquarium Club’s

Holiday Banquet

Thursday December 6, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Golden Corral Greenwood

160 S. Marlin Dr. Greenwood, IN 46142

Awards, Losers Raffle, and Fish/Plant Gift Exchange

Their will be a brown bag exchange. Bring any bag of fish or plants. Similar to a white elephant gift exchange.

RSVP  at
Please RSVP by November 30, 2018

Members must be in good standing




CCAC November 1st, 2018 MEETING – Bailin Shaw “The Essentials of a Planted Tank”

Bailin Shaw has had a love of fishkeeping from when he received his first aquarium for Christmas at the age of 5 and has had at least one aquarium running since that day.  To relieve the stress of graduate school, he dove into learning about keeping naturally planted aquariums through the Aquatic Plant Digest listserve and used the information to create natural and balanced environments to breed his fish.  To look for like-minded individuals, he restarted the Oklahoma City Aquarium Association to find people with similar interests in both fish and plants and served as the president of the organization for 2 years before moving for employment.

While working at his first job in Dallas, he started the first plant specific aquarium club and served as the president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Aquatic Plant Club during his time there.  The club eventually grew large enough to host the Aquatic Gardeners Association convention and is still running strong to this day.  His next move brought him to Connecticut where he started the New England Aquatic Plant Society and was president of the club for the two years before moving to Chicago.  In Chicago, while working the Aquatic Gardeners Association’s booth at the Aquatic Experience, he took names of people who were interested in starting a planted aquarium club in the area.  As a result, the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society started in early 2016 in a meeting room at a local Panera Bread and has grown to be one of the largest and strongest planted aquarium clubs in the United States.

In addition to serving as the current president of the Chicago club, Bailin also serves as an executive board member for the Aquatic Gardeners Association and is the chairperson for the annual Aquatic Gardeners Association International Aquascaping Contest.  When he’s not working on various club duties, Bailin runs 6-8 low maintenance and high-tech planted tanks and is passionate about educating hobbyists about the benefits of keeping a naturally planted aquariums.

CCAC October 6th 2016 Meeting – Chris Carpenter

October 6th 2016 Speaker – Chris Carpenter Bio


Shell dwellers of Lake Tanganyika

Board member of the Grand Valley Aquarium Club, Chris got serious about the aquarium hobby 10 years ago. He keeps many different types of freshwater fish and dabbles in saltwater as well. His main interest lies with the Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika and even more specifically with the very interesting and small shell dwellers that live in the lake. Having kept and bred many of these fish, he will be sharing his experiences.