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 October meeting is the typical second Sunday, October 9, 2016.  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.

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Columbus/Eckstrom Library
 

Call (520) 620-6972 for information.



Message from the Club

We had a great meeting in September.  Thank you Philip Sarelis for getting everyone excited about Wabi-Kusa.  As Philip said it is an art form of significant importance in some cultures.  To me it looked downright fun and a great addition to someone's home decor.  Again thanks Philip.  He again showed that our own membership has a great deal to offer to our club. 

There were 30 people in attendance including two guests, Richard Gates and Christopher Radecke.  I hope both of you enjoyed yourselves and will join us again.  Our two visitors from the August meeting, Catherine and Michael Matter, joined the club.  Welcome Catherine and Michael.  It is great that you joined in on the fun and we hope our visitors for this month come again.

Our September "Members Only" raffle winners are Sam and Beth Murphy, a $20 gift certificate and Michael Matter, Dan Pape, Stephanie Stryker, and Glen Sexton each won $10 gift certificates.  The gift certificates are from Arizona Nature Aquatics and Desert Pet Center, our affiliate member stores.

Our refreshment committee brought in a delicious chocolate cake to celebrate Scott MacDonald's birthday.  He never did say how old he was, did he?  Well, Scott, it does not matter to us as long as we get chocolate cake.  Thank you Tracy Tomak for the delicious fruit cake and we hope you feel better. 

Our next meeting is October 9th which is the usual second Sunday.  Our program is an annual event, the Bowl Show.  See "This Month's Program" for more details.  This is the one event each year where you can show off your prized fish in person!  Be prepared to talk a little about your fish too.  That way we will all learn something new.  This meeting will be fun.  

Of course, we will have the usual auction and "Members Only" raffle.  For the auction, please bring in any gently-used equipment, plants, fish, snails, or other aquatic or terrarium-related items. 

Our 2016 memberships grew in September to 33 people with 10 family 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.

Also 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 September was big and was fun.  Thanks to Michael Matter, Jim Darlack, Dan Pape, Dave Padgett, Bob Goemans, Eve Parris, Lee Roop, Philip Sarelis, Melvin Traynum, Gabe Skidmore, and Mahlon Wood for making this auction a good time. 

The August auction included: 

Magazines, 3 sets of 6, ................................Jim Darlack
Cobalt Power Gravel Cleanner........................Bob Goemans
Omega One Food Pellets...............................Bob Goemans
Omega One Color Pellets--Food.....................Bob Goemans
Hikari Wafers--Food.....................................Bob Goemans
100 Watt Heater..........................................Bob Goemans
Algae Magnet..............................................Bob Goemans
Quiet Flow 10 Filter......................................Bob Goemans
4-way Gang Valve........................................Bob Goemans
Powerhead Corner Filter................................Bob Goemans
Plant--Water Lettuce....................................Michael Matter
Plant--Guppy Grass, 4 bags...........................Dave Padgett
Eheim Filter--Model 2213..............................Dave Padgett
Eheim Powerhead Pump, 250 gph...................Dave Padgett
20 Gallon Eshopps Filter Sump.......................Dave Padgett
Anubias Nana plant.......................................Dave Padgett
Red-leaf Ludwigia plants (2 bags)...................Dave Padgett
Plant--Rotala...............................................Dave Padgett
Plant--Bacopa..............................................Dave Padgett
Plants--Assortment (3 bags)..........................Dave Padgett
Plant--Java Fern...........................................Dave Padgett
Air Pump.....................................................Dan Pape
Betta Background for a 10 gallon....................Dan Pape
Terrarium Lid...............................................Dan Pape
Critter Keeper..............................................Eve Parris
Plant--Guppy Grass......................................Eve Parris
Plant--Unknown...........................................Eve Parris
Plant--Frogbit (2 bags).................................Lee Roop
Plant--Ludwigia and Foxtail...........................Lee Roop
Nano 501...................................................Lee Roop
Marine Water Conditioner..............................Lee Roop
Finnex Compact Flourescent Light..................Lee Roop
Finnex 16 Inch Light.....................................Lee Roop
Plant--Frogbit..............................................Philip Sarelis
Reptile Dishes (2 small and 1 medium)...........Philip Sarelis
Plant--Rotala Colorata (3 bags)......................Philip Sarelis
Plant--Salvinia Minima (4 bags).....................Philip Sarelis
Bushynose Plecos (4 in the bag)....................Gabe Skidmore
Plant--Duckweed.........................................Melvin Traynum
Current USA T5 18 Inch 36 Watt Light (2)......Mahlon Wood
Aqualight 20 Inch 28 Watt Dual 10K Light......Mahlon Wood
Aqualight 20 Inch 28 Watt 10K/Actinic Light...Mahlon Wood


Board Report:  There was a board meeting in September.  The board has decided to:
     *  take a Store Trek to Phoenix for the November meeting on           November 12, Saturday.  There will not be a meeting in
         Tucson in November. 
      *  look into attending the new OdySea Aquarium in
          Scottsdale when the group rates are available in January.
      *  authorize Diana Roberts $250 for the Holiday Party gift
          bags.  Members may send gift bag item ideas to Diana.
      *  utilize generic signs in the affiliate member stores rather
          than the program-specific signs we have used.  The
          generic signs will be replaced as needed.
      *  authorize up to $25 per meeting for refreshments.  The
          provider of the refreshments will present receipts for
          reimbursement.
      *  have a question and answer program in the future.
      *  determined there were no interest in a saltwater program.
      *  requested that Scott MacDonald provide a program on
          frog-keeping and/or terrariums.
 
The president informed the members of the club that elections for president, vice president/program director, media director,  treasurer, and board member at large will be held at the Holiday Party in December and asked each member to consider a position.

Membership Report:  As of September 12,
2016 we have 10 family memberships and 13 single memberships for 23 memberships total.  That is 33 people.

Treasury Report:  Our treasury total as of September 12, 2016 is $1,009.22. 
 
Future Programs

Bowl Show, October 2016
Store Trek to Phoenix , November 2016
Holiday Party, December 2016

Other Potential Topics:
Frogs and/or Terrariums by Scott MacDonald
Question and Answer Program
Hawaii Travelogue--Revisited by Dave Padgett
Cozumel Travelogue by Dave Padgett
Photography II by Tony Teceria
Panda Garras--What the Heck is That? by Dave Padgett

Upcoming events

TUCSON REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SHOW & SALE--October 1st and 2nd, Saturday and Sunday.  Sale of captive-bred snakes, lizards, frogs, tortoises, turtles, bugs, and feeders as well as cages, supplies, art, jewelry, clothing and books.  Petting Zoo.  Hands on herp photography workshop.  Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Rd.  $10 Adults, $5 Children 6-12, and Free for Children under 5.

ARK--October 8th, 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 .

DRYWASH AQUARIUM SOCIETY--October 13th, 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.  

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