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. in Tucson, Arizona.   The Eckstrom/ Columbus Library is on the southeast corner of Columbus and 22nd Street.  The public is invited.  There is no admission charged.  Each meeting has raffles, auctions, and presentations on saltwater and freshwater aquarium keeping as well as terrarium keeping.  

For a map click here:  Columbus/Eckstrom Library

Message from the Club:  July Newsletter  

Our July meeting was a great time and we had 26 people in attendance.  Our newest members are Sara Zurlinden and the Bill Blair family.  Welcome to Sara and the Blair family:  Bill, Sherry, and Sam.  We also had several visitors including Austin Mitchell, Jacob Heinert, and Sarah Walker.  We hope to see you again.

Mr. Alan Thiem presented on aquarium lighting discussing the pros and cons of fluorescent tube versus LED lighting.  Alan also brought in his PAR meter so that members could have their current light fixtures evaluated.  

Dave, our President, suggested and received strong support for the idea of purchasing a PAR meter for club members to use for lighting evaluation at home.  Thanks Alan for presenting a useful and concise presentation on this important topic.

Our "Members Only Raffle" winners in June were Sam Murphy, $20 gift certificate to Arizona Nature Aquatics, x, Sheila Wood, $20 gift certificate to Desert Pet and Bob Goemans, $10 gift certificate to Desert Pet.

Our next club meeting is July 9 at 2pm at the Eckstrom/Columbus Library.  Bob Goemans will present on "Planning/Forethoughts for Starting a New Aquarium." See the "This Month's Program" tab for more information.

Auction Report:
 Thanks to Alex Lim, Philip Sarelis, Jay Borland, Eve Parris, Dave Padgett, Alan Thiem, Lee Roop, Austin Heiwert, Jon Willmon and Sam Murphy for June auction submissions. Auction highlights included:

Equipment:  a fusion pump, sponge filters, and dimmers for LED lights.

Aquarium plants: Dwarf hair grass,  Guppy Grass, Java Moss, Java Fern, Valisineria Asiatica, Ludwigia Repens, Anubias Bartering var. 'nana', Bucephalandra var. 'Blue Velvet', and Leopard Valisineria.  

Also:  Pineapple swordtails, Cherry shrimp, Bristle nose Plecos, and Micro worm and Grindal worm cultures.  

Membership Report:  As of the June 2017 meeting we have 31 memberships including 12 family memberships and 19 single memberships.  That is 46 people.  

Treasury Report:  We have $1,278.37 in the treasury as of June, 2017. 

Board Report:
The Board did not meet in June but will meet in July.  If you have issues you would like to have addressed, send them to Dave Padgett,

Future Possible Programs: 

--Oceangrafic Travelogue by Dave Padgett  

--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
--Collecting in Florida by Gabe Skidmore
--Building your own aquariums by Gabe Skidmore            ---Setting up a fish room by Gabe Skidmore 

--Breeding fish a more natural (and easy) way by Sam            Murphy
--Feeding fry can be easy by Sam Murphy
--Keeping Shrimp by Austin Mitchell
--Tucson water, whats in it? by Tucson Water Depart.              representative
--Aquatic Plants by John Willmon
--How do you get rid of snails? by Sam Murphy
--Do it yourself CO2 injection by Sam Murphy

Please be sure to let us know about programs/talks you would be willing to give!

Upcoming events:

DRYWASH AQUARIUM SOCIETY--meets the second Thursday of every month and the next meeting is July 13th.  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)--meets the second Saturday of every month.  The next meeting is July 8, 2017 at Denny's Restaurant on the southeast corner of Rural Road just south of SR-60.  The "official" meeting starts at 7 p.m., but if you would like to buy dinner, please plan to arrive at 6 p.m.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  We usually have a raffle, a program, and an open trade table.  If you want to carpool with other DAS members send an email to Dave Padgett, .


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