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J_Douglas 07-03-2012 11:24 PM

Federation of Texas Aquaium Societies
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
Speakers include Spencer Jack, Laif DeMason, Greg Steeves,
Jim Powers (botia-type loaches) and Gerald Griffin (bettas)

J_Douglas 07-04-2012 12:03 AM

For further information visit the TCA website ( or contact:
Kathy Stearns (FOTAS Chairman) (817) 991-2199
Ralph DeBoard (TCA President) (405) 664-1908
Alan Young (Donations Chairman) (817) 683-7659 or
Page Ullman (Show Chairman) (817) 831-7876
Marvin England (Assistant Show Chairman) (903) 244-3993 or

J_Douglas 07-30-2012 06:52 PM

Summer Cichlid Day Auction

Date: Sunday, August 12th 2012
Time: Doors open at 10, auction begins at Noon
Location: Schertz Community Center
1400 Schertz Parkway
Schertz, TX

Buyers and Sellers welcome.
We now accept Credit Cards payment for auction items!
Non-HCCC members:
There is a $5 bidder fee due at checkout. If you do not win an item during the auction, you do NOT need to pay the bidder fee.

J_Douglas 08-03-2012 12:13 AM

The Fish Calendar
Aug. 12 - Hill Country Cichlid Club – Summer Auction – Schertz Community Center Schertz, TX
Sept. 14-16 – Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies Convention - Hosted by the Texas Cichlid Association - Irving, TX
Oct. 18-21 – All Aquarium Catfish Convention – Hyatt Dulles, Herndon, VA
Oct. 21 – Texas Cichlid Association – Swap Meet
Nov. 2-4 Aquatic Gardeners Association Convention – Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis Airport – St. Louis, Mo

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 time I could find all the fishy event in one place. Now I think I will do the Fish Calendar for my own convenience.

Web Sites

American Cichlid Association -
American Killifish Association -
American Livebearer Association -
Aquatic Gardeners Association -
Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies -
Greater Houston Aquarium Club -
Hill Country Cichlid Club -
Houston Aquarium Society -
Oklahoma Aquarium Association -
Southeast Louisiana Aquarium Society –
Texas Area Killifish Organization
Texas Cichlid Association -

J_Douglas 08-03-2012 12:14 AM

Also the Houston Aquarium Society is having an auction in November.

J_Douglas 08-27-2012 11:38 PM

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

BoxxerBoyDrew 08-30-2012 08:45 AM


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!!!

J_Douglas 09-01-2012 06:39 PM

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

Will H. 09-14-2012 02:18 AM

Will there be any vendors selling any livestock?

polukoff 09-16-2012 04:54 PM

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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.

chrislewistx 09-17-2012 05:25 PM

Congratulations on you wins, and thank you for sharing.

Those are some wonderful fish.

fishyjoe24 09-19-2012 05:40 AM

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.

J_Douglas 09-19-2012 10:28 PM

polukofh nice photos!!!
Next year Houston, with the Houston Aquarium Society as hosts.
2014 the North American Discus Association convention will be in Austin.

J_Douglas 10-01-2012 12:05 AM

Oct. 21 Houston Aquarium Society Austion.

midlife_hobbyist 10-02-2012 07:45 PM

Those are some nice looking fishies!!!

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