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12-29-2012 02:12 PM
J_Douglas Back in the ’90 when I was editor for the Houston Aquarium Society, I had a page call “The Fish Calendar” and it was the only place I could find all the fishy event in one place. Last year I did the Fish Calendar for my own convenience, but I also posted in a few place including the Houston Fish Box and the Planted tank. I know that my post in the Planted tank generated interest in the FOTAS convention.

Now I am asking my Aquarium Club friends to help put together a Fish Calendar for the New Year. Just replay to this email with any events you think should be on the Fish Calendar.
12-04-2012 01:06 AM
J_Douglas FishyJoe

Did you ever get your auction check?
The host club at FOTAS was the Texas Cichlid Assoc. Their site is
10-06-2012 01:12 AM
BoxxerBoyDrew BEAUTIFUL FISH!!!!

Man I SOOOOOO WANTED TO GO TO THE SHOW, but I wound up having to stay at the farm and watch over a few Cows who were due to drop their calves at any minute! My Parents had to make a unplanned trip to South Texas, so I just couldn't make it, and I was less than 45 minutes away too!!! I just want to cry after seeing those pics and hearing about how good of show it was!

I am going to mark the next years show on all of our calenders this weekend, so my Wife and I can make it 4 sure!!!!

Thanks for the info and Pics of the AWESOME FISH!!!
10-02-2012 10:39 PM
fishyjoe24 nice photos, I sold a few things at the auction, and still waiting on my check. any one know how to get ahold of tca so i can ask them if it's been sent out and if they have the right info.
10-02-2012 07:45 PM
midlife_hobbyist Those are some nice looking fishies!!!
10-01-2012 12:05 AM
J_Douglas Oct. 21 Houston Aquarium Society Austion.
09-19-2012 10:28 PM
J_Douglas polukofh nice photos!!!
Next year Houston, with the Houston Aquarium Society as hosts.
2014 the North American Discus Association convention will be in Austin.
09-19-2012 05:40 AM
fishyjoe24 it was a nice show, the auction went on till almost 10pm. there was a lot of nice discus.
i won some wonder and rare plants.
09-17-2012 05:25 PM
chrislewistx Congratulations on you wins, and thank you for sharing.

Those are some wonderful fish.
09-16-2012 04:54 PM
polukoff What a great turnout! My grilfriend (bettascapes) won best in show male and female for the new breeder class of bettas. We won with a few other fish but we didn't stick around long enough to find out exactly which fish placed. There were 56 entries in the new breeder class and alot of stiff competition. I posted the Best in show blood parrot Discus and the peoples choice was Gerald Griffin (another betta breeder) with his wolf fish. Hope to see everyone next year in Houston and everyone in September for the next IBC betta Show!
I didn't any pictures of the betta fish but there was something to the tune of 350+ entries. We have alot of video to upload so it might be awhile before I can get it all up. The first fish is best in show.
09-14-2012 02:18 AM
Will H. Will there be any vendors selling any livestock?
09-01-2012 06:39 PM
J_Douglas The Babes in the Cichlid Hobby is an organization that besides having a whimsical name also raises money for conservation organizations, including the Stuart Grant Conservation Fund. Every year at the American Cichlid Association convention they have auction with Caroline Estes as auctioneer. When the Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies Convention is hosted by a Cichlid club, they will have a silent auction on Saturday of Aquarium Books and club t-shirts. See below for a list of books I will be donating.

The Color Nature Library – Aquarium Fish by Jane Burton
Handbook of Discus - Jack Wattley
Chicness Goldfish –Foreign Languages Press Beijing
Koi Varieties - Herbert Axelrod
The Tetra Encyclopedia of Koi
Cichlids of North & Central America – Don Conker
3 binders of FAMA from the mid 80’s
08-30-2012 08:45 AM
BoxxerBoyDrew J,

Thanks for all of the info! I have never been to anything like this, and I will have to talk to the Wife and see if I can try to go! The Family Farm is on the north side of Corsicana, about 45 min away, so I could make all 3 days!

Thanks Again for the info!!!
08-27-2012 11:38 PM
J_Douglas FOTAS 2012
Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies

2012 Annual Convention

Hosted by the Texas Cichlid Association

Celebrating 60 Years 1952 – 2012
September 14 – 16, 2012
...Hilton Garden Inn DFW South
2001 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75061
(972) 313-2800
Special room rate of $79 per night for convention attendees

Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 14th

9:00am FOTAS Show, IBC Betta Show, CARES Show, Discus Show Set Up
5:00pm Registration Opens
7:00pm Pizza Party – Gerald Griffin “Betta Genetics”
9:00pm Smackdown! Old World vs New World moderated by Steve Edie

Saturday, September 15th

8:00am FOTAS Board Meeting
9:00am Laif Demason “What’s new in the hobby?”
10:30am Ad Konings “Collecting in Lake Tanganyida”
12:00pm Kids Tank Decorating Contest
2:00pm Greg Steeves “Victorian Cichlids & CARES”
3:30pm Jim Powers “The Botiidae and Hillstream Loaches”
5:00pm Awards Ceremony – Spencer Jack “Confessions of a Cichlaholic”

Sunday, September 16th

10:00am Registration begins
11:00am Auction begins

Convention cost: Total package, includes Day 1 and 2, and auction $45.00

Day 1 only, includes pizza party $25.00

Day 2 only, includes speakers and auction $20.00

Pre-registration: Contact David Andrews 4318 Basswood, Granbury, TX 76049
08-03-2012 12:14 AM
J_Douglas Also the Houston Aquarium Society is having an auction in November.
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