DESERT AQUARIST SOCIETY

Tucson's First Aquarium Society

The DAS is an aquarium keeping club.

The Desert Aquarist Society meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month  (except holiday weekends) at 2 pm at the Columbus/Eckstrom Library, 4350 E. 22nd St.  Our next meeting in Tucson is at the Eckstrom/Columbus Library is the second Sunday of April, April 9, 2017.  See the "This Month's Program" for details.  The Eckstrom/Columbus Library is on the southeast corner of Columbus and 22nd Street.  The public is invited.  Free--no admission charged.  Each meeting has raffles, auctions, and presentations on saltwater and freshwater aquarium keeping as well terrarium keeping.

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Columbus/Eckstrom Library
 

Call (520) 620-6972 for information.



Message from the Club

This is our March edition of the newsletter.  Our club is not meeting this month and encourageS you to attend the Southwest Aquarium Keepers Event (SAKE) in Phoenix on March 25th.  See the "This Month's Program" tab for more details.  Also note that our own Sam Murphy is making a presentation on the Walstead method.

Our next club meeting is April 9th at 2pm at the Eckstrom/Columbus Library.  Our own Philip Sarelis will present to us on "Propagating Plants and Moss."  There will a demonstration along with the presentation.  It is something to look forward to in April.

Our club last met on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th, and we had a very good turnout.  Thanks to all who came.  We had 26 people in attendance and one new member.  Welcome to Dr. Tammie Pearce.  Tammie is veterinarian and will be a welcome member with her expertise.  Also welcome back to Jennifer, Debbie, and Terry Gilpin.  Debbie and Terry are former board members and founders of the club in the mid-1970s.  It was great to see you and hope you enjoyed yourselves.  And, Zach brought his younger brother Alex to the meeting.  Welcome Alex! 

Our program, a "Travelogue of the Big Island of Hawaii," was a fun one.  I got several positive comments and a program like this one goes to show you that the ones we do ourselves can be as good or better than a program from outside the club.  Speaking of which our own Philip Sarelis is presenting on "Propagating Plants and Moss" at our April 9th meeting.  It should be another good one.

So what happened to the meeting in March?

Each March our club participates with the Arizona Rivulins Keepers (ARK) annual Southwest Aquarium Keepers (SAKE) event in Phoenix.  This year Sake is March 25th at the La Quinta Inn and Suites, 2510 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix 85023.  If you have not attended a SAKE you will be amazed at the two auctions (one silent and one regular), the raffle, and the guest speakers.  The silent auction will have more than 200 items as will the regular auction.  It is not all killifish either.  You can expect drift wood, decorative rocks, fish of all sorts, and equipment of all sorts.  If you register before the meeting date you will get a free dinner. See "This Month's Meeting" for more details.  

Our "Members Only Raffle" prizes were $10 gift certificates to Arizona Nature Aquatics and to Desert Pet Center.  Thanks to both of our affiliate members.  There were six winners and I failed to write down who won all of them so I will just say congratulations to the winners. 

Our 2017 memberships starts with 34 people including 10 family and 14 single memberships.  Renewal for 2017 will continue in April.  For a Family it is $20 and for a single it is $15.  Remember you are not earning points for the holiday raffle until you are a member.

Business Items

The February auction was a very good one.  Thanks to Bob Goemans, Scott MacDonald and Tracy Tomak, Dave Padgett, Eve Parris, Philip Sarelis, Gabe Skidmore, Alan Thiem, and Mahlon Wood, for making the February auction a good time. 

The February auction included: 

50 gallon Aqueon overflow filter..Bob Goemans
100 watt heater........................Bob Goemans
3 magazines.............................Bob Goemans
Large bag of Food.. ..................Bob Goemans
Large spong filter......................Scott MacDonald/Tracy Tomak
Bag of Frogbit & Salvinia plants...Scott MacDonald/Tracy Tomak
Plant--Java Fern (2 bags)...........Dave Padgett
Plant--Java Moss (1 bag)............Dave Padgett
Plant--Anubias Nana...................Dave Padgett
Aquen Filter (30 gal.).................Dave Padgett
Decoration--glass pebbles...........Dave Padgett
Plant--Java Moss........................Dan Pape
Black-tail Guppies......................Eve Parris
10 Cherry Shrimp......................Eve Parris
6 Red Ramshorn Snails...............Eve Parris
Broken 5 gallon aquarium...........Eve Parris
Plant--M. Hirsuta (12 bags).........Philip Sarelis
Plant--H Vesticillata (8 bags).......Philip Sarelis
Plant--Java Moss (5 bags)...........Philip Sarelis
Plant--Susswassertang (6 bags)...Philip Sarelis
5 Fire Red Shrimp......................Philip Sarelis
Aphyosemion Australes (10 males).Gabe Skidmore
Plant--Dwarf Sagitarius................Gabe Skidmore
Food--Culture of Microworms........Gabe Skidmore
3 inch Brine Shrimp Net...............Gabe Skidmore
Endler's Livebearers.....................Gabe Skidmore
Cherry Shrimp............................Gabe Skidmore
Plecos Catfish (Bags of 4 and 5)....Gabe Skidmore
Food--Grindal Worms...................Gabe Skidmore
Plant--Java Moss..........................Alan Thiem
Plant--Baby Tears (2 bags)............Alan Thiem
Plant--Wasteria............................Alan Thiem
Plant--Leopard Val (3 bags)...........Alan Thiem
Plant--Cardinal (2 bags)................Alan Thiem
Plant--Dwarf Sagitaria...................Mahlon Wood

Board Report:  The board met on February 14th and approved a new auction form, established the May program, and had decided to have meetings every month.  We will still have Store Treks but they will be in addition to rather than a substitute for a meeting. We also meet in March starting in 2018 unless our meeting is the same weekend as SAKe.  The new rules for the auction form include listing each item separately with a common name, if possible, and limiting the number of items a person can bring to the auction to 10 each meeting.

Membership Report:  As of February 7, 2017 we have 10 family memberships and 14 single memberships for 24 memberhips total.  That is 34 people. 

Treasury Report:  We have $972.23 in the treasury as of February 7, 2017.

Future Programs

Oceangrafic
Travelogue
5 gallon or less (Nano) aquarium competition
Frogs and/or Terrariums by Scott MacDonald
Question and Answer Program
Photography II by Tony Teceria
Panda Garras--What the Heck is That? by Dave Padgett

Upcoming events

DRYWASH AQUARIUM SOCIETY--March 9th, Thursday.  The Dry Wash Aquarium Society meeting location is Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 1212 E. Glendale Ave , Phoenix.  The meeting will start at 7:30 PM.  



Arizona Rivulin's Keepers (Killifish Club)--March 25, 2017, SAKE--See This Month's Program tab for details.  

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