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:

The August meeting was a great meeting even though we were booted out of our usual room by a bee problem.  We had 27 people in attendance. There were 6 visitors and two became new members!  Welcome to our visitors--Dave Ray, Joshua, and Caleb.  We hope you had a good time and will return to join us in the future.  Also welcome to our new members--Jason Boerger and Forrest Cook.  Our club is growing!

For our program, club member Gabe Skidmore presented on his collecting trip in Florida. Gabe covered his preparation, his experiences at each collecting site, the fish he saw and collected, and the way he got his new friends home on the plane.  Members had many questions reflecting their interest and involvement in what Gabe shared.

It appears that programs given by members are always well received.  We certainly hope this new trend will continue and other members will consider taking the time to present on a topic of interest.  If you are interested in doing a program, send me an email.  Sam Murphy, our Vice President, schedules the programs.  I will forward your email.  Sam will be glad to contact you.

Our “Members only raffle” winners in August were Sarah Walker, $20 gift certificate to Arizona Nature Aquatics, Glen Sexton, $20 gift certificate to Desert Pet, Dan Pape, $10 gift certificate to Desert Pet and Eve Parris, $10 gift certificate to Desert Pet. 

Our next club meeting is September 10 at 2pm at the Eckstrom/Columbus Library.  Philip Sarelis will present on managing algae.  See the “This Months’ Program” tab for more information.

Auction Report:  We are happy to report that the new $1 table was a big success!  Members and visitors were able to claim items they wanted without waiting for the auction.  This also helped the auction move along and focus on higher ticket items.  Items are available on the $1 table starting at 1:30, so be sure to arrive early!  And be sure to fill out our $1 table forms and/or auction forms ahead of time for items you are bringing.

Thanks to Bob Goemans, Dave Padgett, Eve Parris, Christopher Ridarte, Philip Sarelis, Gabe Skidmore, Alan Thiem, John Willmon, Mahlon Wood and Sara Zurlinder for the August auction and dollar table submissions.

Thanks also to Alan Thiem for his willingness to become a new auctioneer.  Alan helped to make the auction smoother and more efficient.  Be sure to let Dave know if you would like to become an auctioneer!

The auction highlights included:

Aquarium plants:  Crypto. Wenditii, Cardinalis, Rotala Colorda, Ammannia capitellata, needle leaf java fern, Bucephalandra var. ‘Sekadau’

Equipment: 30 gallon power filter, duel outlet air pump, acclimators, 36 inch dual T-5 HO light fixture, 18 inch freshwater LED Beams work light fixture

Fish: Bristle nose Pleco, Blue tetra, Fundulus Cingulatus, Pygmy Sunfish, Apistogramma Urteagai, Elasoma Okefenokee pygmy sunfish, Silver angelfish

Live food: micro worms

Board Report: The Board met in July.  Of importance are the following items.  (1) The board agreed to purchase T-shirts for Holiday gifts instead of the gift bags.  The club will apply the money that it usually spends on gift bags towards the T-shirts. (2) The Board agreed to use two auctioneers each month to speed up the auction.  Alan Theim will be asked to join Dave Padgett as auctioneers.  (3) Rules for the $1 table were agreed upon.  (4) $2 Table may be tried if the $1 table is a success.  (5) The remaining of the year programs were set:  Sept. is Philip Sarelis on algae, Oct. will be the Home Show, Nov. will be the Bowl Show, and Dec. will be the Holiday Party.

Membership Report:  As of the August 2017 meeting we have 35 memberships including 13 family memberships and 22 single memberships.  That is 51 people.  

Treasury Report:  We have $1,439.65 in the treasury as of August, 2017. 

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 

--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 September 14.  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 September 9, 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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