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.  The September meeting is the typical second Sunday, September 11.  It 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.

For map click here:

Columbus/Eckstrom Library
 

Call (520) 620-6972 for information.



Message from the Club

Our annual "Home Show" was the best one yet.  We had 20 entries into the freshwater category and all of the aquariums were well done--all winners.  But since you have to have a winner in each category, here is a list of our categorical winners as judged by you, the members of DAS: 

BEST OF SHOW:  RUSSELL HIGGINS, FRESHWATER

FRESHWATER:  1ST:  RUSSELL HIGGINS
                         2ND:  BOB GOEMANS
                          3RD:  DAVE PADGETT


SALTWATER:     1ST:  BOB GOEMANS

TERRARIUM/
VIVARIUM:         1ST:  DAVE PADGETT
                           2ND:  BOB GOEMANS

The Best of Show winner received a $30 gift certificate, the first place categorical winners won $20 gift certificates, the second place categorical winners garnered a $10 gift certificate, and the third place categorical winners earned a $5 gift certificate.  All gift certificates were from Arizona Nature Aquatics or Desert Pet Center.  Thanks goes to our affiliate members Arizona Nature Aquatics and Desert Pet Center.

There were 24 people in attendance including two guests, Michael and Catherine Matter.  I hope both of you enjoyed yourselves and will join us again.  Russell Higgins returned after an absence and won Best of Show.  Russell, it is always a pleasure.  You add to our club and I hope you can join us more often.

Our August "Members Only" raffle winners are Melvin Traynum, a $20 gift certificate form Arizona Nature Aquatics; Jonathan Hrick, a $10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center; and Katherine Silberschlag, a $10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center.

Our refreshment committee did its usual excellent job although we missed Tracy's yummy contributions.  Thank you Sheila Wood and Bea Padgett for the delicious fruit and snacks. 

Our next meeting is September 11th which is the usual second Sunday.  Our topic is Wabi-Kusa by Philip Sarelis.  Philip is one of our members and we thank him for doing this presentation.  This will be the third program done by a member this year.  See "This Month's Program" for more details.  We will all learn something new and we might even need to create a new category for our Home Show.  This meeting will be fun.  

Of course, we will have the usual auction and "Members Only" raffle.  For the auction, I am planning to bring a 20 gallon sump, which filtration bag, an Eheim 250 cannister filter, and a large Eheim pump.  The equipment is almost new so if you are in need for such stuff, it will be in the auction.

Our 2016 memberships did not grow in July and is still 31 people with 9 family renewals and 13 single memberships.  If you have not renewed your membership please do so at the next meeting.  A family membership is pro-rated the rest of the year at $10 for a family membership and $7.50 for a single membership.  To be eligible for members only raffle, you must be a member and besides the meetings, like the Holiday Party, could not happen without you.

Lastly, consider doing a program.  It need not be long--15 to 20 minutes.  Think about your favorite fish or a fish you want to keep and do a program on it.  Our member's programs are always the best.

Business Items

The auction in August was big and was fun.  Thanks to Dan Pape, Dave Padgett, Diana Roberts, Bob Goemans, Glen Sexton, Melvin Traynum, Sam Murphy, and Jonathan Hricik for making this auction a good time. 

The August auction included: 

Wardley Flake Food......................................Bob Goemens
Packet of Various Foods................................Bob Goemans
Plant--Water Sprite......................................Bob Goemans
Plant--Red Ludwigia.....................................Bob Goemans
Plant--Rotala Roundifolia..............................Bob Goemans
Plant--Bamboo.............................................Bob Goemans
Plant--Ludwigia Arcuata................................Bob Goemans
Plants--Bromeliads (2 bags)..........................Bob Goemans
Wardley Shrimp Pellets.................................Bob Goemans
Plants--Java Moss (2 bags)...........................Bob Goemans
55 Gallon Oak Stand.....................................Jonathan Hricik
55 Gallon Oak Aquarium...............................Jonathan Hricik
75/55 Gallon Hood.......................................Jonathan Hricik
2 Tops and Lights, 55 Gallon.........................Jonathan Hricik
55 Gallon Undergravel Filter..........................Jonathan Hricik
Bio Sponge Filter..........................................Sam Murphy
Lifeguard Quiet One Aquarium Pump...............Sam Murphy
Plant--Anubias Nana......................................Sam Murphy
Plant--Foxtail................................................Sam Murphy
Aqua Supreme Air Pump................................Dave Padgett
Carib Sea Buffer...........................................Dave Padgett
Food--Marine Chips.......................................Dave Padgett
Guppy Grass plant (2 bags)............................Dave Padgett
Anubias Nana plant.......................................Dave Padgett
Food--Omega One Micro Pellets......................Dave Padgett
Food--New Era Mini Marine Grazer..................Dave Padgett
Red-leaf Ludwigia plants................................Dave Padgett
Cryptocoryne Wenditii plant...........................Dave Padgett
Plant--Italian Val..........................................Dave Padgett
Food--Assortment of Hikari Foods...................Dave Padgett
Plant--Java Moss..........................................Dave Padgett
Zebra Cichlids (2 bags).................................Dan Pape
Walter Worms Food (2 containers).................Dan Pape
Small Blue Net.............................................Dan Pape
Food--Cichlid Pellets......................................Dan Pape
Paramecium Culture......................................Dan Pape
Terrarium Top, 20 gallon long.........................Dan Pape
Food--Repshy...............................................Diana Roberts
Food--Earth Worm Flakes...............................Diana Roberts
Food--Guppy Flakes.......................................Diana Roberts
Koi Angels, Breeding Pair................................Diana Roberts
5 inch Net ....................................................Glen Sexton
A700 Air Pump...............................................Glen Sexton
24 inch Aqua Light..........................................Melvin Traynum
Flourite Premium Substrate..............................Melvin Traynum
Petrified Wood (2 pieces).................................Melvin Traynum
Tetra Veggie Flakes Food..................................Melvin Traynun
Plankton Gold Flake (3 containers) Food.............Melvin Traynum
Nutri Diet Chlorella Flakes Food.........................Melvin Traynum
Sera o-Nip Food..............................................Melvin Traynum
Zooplankton Flakes..........................................Melvin Traynum
Cichlid Pellets..................................................Melvin Traynum

Board Report:  The board did not meet.  The club will have a face-to-face board meeting in September.  The date and time is to be arranged.  All members are encouraged to attend.  

Membership Report:  As of August 17,
2016 we have 9 family memberships and 13 single memberships for 22 memberships total.  That is 31 people.

Treasury Report:  Our treasury total as of August 17, 2016 is $755.22. 
 
Future Programs

Wabi Kusa Presentation by Philip Sarelis , September 2016
Bowl Show, October 2016
November 2016--Open--Possibly a Store Trek to Phoenix or The Fishes of the Cozumel by Dave Padgett
Holiday Party, December 2016

Other Potential Topics:
Tony Teceira Photography II
Panda Garras--What the Heck is That?

Upcoming events

DRYWASH AQUARIUM SOCIETY--September 8th, 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.  

ARK--September 10th, 2016, Saturday, Southwest Aquarium Keepers Meeting (SAKE), at Denny's, 4403 S Rural Rd, Tempe.  The club carpools up, leaving at approximately 4:30 pm.  If interested, send me an email at dbeapadgett@q.com .

DESERT AQUARIST SOCIETY FACEBOOK PAGE

Use the following link to connect to our DAS Facebook page:

DASFacebook

 
Website Builder