Tucson's First Aquarium Society

The DAS is an aquarium keeping club.

The Desert Aquarist Society usually meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month but for October 2017 we will meet on the third Sunday (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:

With the September meeting we were back in our usual space.  35 people attended the meeting so it was nice to have our regular meeting space.  We had 4 visitors and 4 new members.  Welcome to our visitors—Austin Mitchell, Alex Zhao, Katie Thomas and Wendy Santeyan.  It always great to see visitors and it is especially nice to touch base with a former member like Wendy.  We  hope all of visitors had a good time and will join us again next month. 

Welcome also to our 4 new members!:  Emily Jacobson, Brittany Griwzow, Dave Villapudua  and Robert Mayerfeld.  It’s a great time to join as our membership for the remainder of the year is half the normal amount.  Membership makes you eligible for the raffle and everyone can participate in the auction. 

Philip Sarelis was our guest speaker and presented “Algae Cultivation and Decimation.”   You can revisit the presentation at:

Philip is a member of the Club and has expertise on aquarium plants, aquascaping and the cultivation and elimination of algae in aquariums.  There was quite a bit of useful information so the link may come in handy for use later.  Thanks Philip for a wonderful presentation!

Our members only raffle winners for September were Jim Darlack ($20 gift certificate to Arizona Nature Aquatics) , Norman Klinetop ($10 gift certificate to Arizona Nature Aquatics), Jon Willmon ($10 gift certificate to Desert Pet) and, Stephanie Stryker ($10 gift certificate to Desert Pet).

Lastly about the September meeting, the club had a guest, Alex Zhao, who is a student at the University of Arizona. Alex is doing a media project and his topic is natural aquariums and terrariums.  If you are interested in being a part of his project, send him an email at  You should do this before the end of the month if you want to participate.

The October club meeting will be on October 15, the third Sunday, at the Eckstrom/Columbus Library, and will be in the small conference room.  The meeting was moved back a week because of scheduling issues with the library.  So please mark you calendars accordingly and we will try to remind you as well.  

The next meeting topic is our Bowl Show.  For more information and rules see the “This Months Program” tab. 

Auction Report:  The $1 table was active and available to members starting at 1:30.  Members and visitors were able to claim items without waiting for the auction,  This helped our action move along and focus on higher ticket items.  For those bringing items for the $1 table be sure to bring your $1 table forms with you and give them to Dan Pape or Sam Murphy. 

The auction was active and there were plants, equipment, fish and live foods available.  Thanks to Mahlon Wood, Stephanie Stryker, Bob Goemans, Jason Boerger, Alan Theim, Sarah Walker, Dave Padgett, Austin Mitchell, John Willmon, Forrest Cook, Gabe Skidmore, Philip Sarelis and Dan Pape for dollar table and auction submissions.  A special shout out to Alan Theim for managing the auction.  Thanks Alan!

Auction highlights included:

Aquarium plants:  Susswassertang, Nymphaea Rubra, Needle leaf Java fern, Ludwigia repens, Anubias barteri, ludwigia arcuata, Bucephalandra var. ‘blue velvet’, Crypt. wenditii, Java moss, Barcopa, Leopard Val, Crypt. Tropica, and more.

Fish: Apistogramma Urtegai, Pygmy sunfish from Florida, Silver Angels, Harlequin Rasboras, Neon Tetras, Mystery snails, and live (Daphnia) and flake food (Spirulina) 

Board Report: The Board is meeting in October and this website will be updated after that meeting.  

Membership Report:  As of the September 2017 meeting we have 39 memberships including 13 family memberships and 26 single memberships.  That is 55 people.  

Treasury Report:  We have $1,662.60 in the treasury as of September 2017. 

Future Possible Programs: 

--Oceangrafic Travelogue by Dave Padgett  

--5 gallon or less (Nano) aquarium competition 

--Question and Answer Progrm 

--Photography II by Tony Teceria                                     ---Panda Garras--What the Heck is That? by Dave Padgett 

--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!  See Vice President Sam Murphy at a meeting and tell him what you would like to present and on what topic. 

Upcoming Events:

DRYWASH AQUARIUM SOCIETY--meets the second Thursday of every month and the next meeting is October 11, 2017.  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 October 13, 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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