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:  August Newsletter  

Our July meeting was a great time.  We had 26 people in attendance.  We welcomed back Jim Darlack as a member and JD Uker and Sarah Walker as new members.  We also welcomed Katie Thomas, Kelly Nguyen, Emily Jacobson, Brittany Griwzow and Caitlin Encinas as guests.  We hope to see you again!

Mr. Bob Goemans presented on setting up a state of the art reef tank.  Bob discussed important considerations when setting up a tank such as available wattage, sunshine, comfortable viewing and state of the art equipment.  We are lucky to have a such an expert in the saltwater field.  Members were encouraged to consider Bob as a resource in considering a saltwater setup.

Our "Members Only Raffle" winners in July were Bob Goemans, $20 gift certificate to Arizona Nature Aquatics, Sam Murphy won a $20 gift certificate to Desert Pet Center, and Dan Pape won a $20 gift certificate to Desert Pet.

Our next club meeting is August 13 at 2pm at the Eckstrom/Columbus Library.  Gabe Skidmore will present on "Collecting in Florida."  See the "This Month's Program" tab for more information.  Also see "Fish of the Month" for an example of a fish you could collect.

Auction Report:
 Thanks to Tammie Pearce, Phillip Sarelis, John Willmon, Sam Murphy, Glen Sexton, Alan Thiem, Lee Rope, Bill Blair and Dan Pape for July auction submissions.  Also thanks to Jon Willmon, and Alex Lim for submissions to our new $1.00 table.  

Auction highlights included: 
Aquarium plants: Guppy grass, Duck weed, dwarf Val., needle leaf java fern, Hygrophilia difformis, Lobelia Cardinals, Rotala sp. 'mini butterfly pink', Alternanthera Reineckii, Bucephalandra var. 'Sekadau', Octopus Agave, Variegated Agave, Big Bear Echinodorous, Tenellus, Echinidorus Bleheri, Leopard Val., Wisteria, Hydrocotyle Tripartita 'Japan' and Java Moss.

Equipment included: an LED aquarium light, 30 gallon hang on the back filter and sponge filters.

Fish included bristle nose plecos, a pair of Black bar Endlers and some cherry shrimp.   

Membership Report:  As of the July 2017 meeting we have 33 memberships including 13 family memberships and 20 single memberships.  That is 49 people.  

Treasury Report:  We have $1,358.71 in the treasury as of July, 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 

--Feeding fry can be easy by Sam Murphy
--Breeding fish a more natural (and easy) way 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 August 10.  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 August 12, 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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