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Swap Meet March 22nd




Through the generosity of Texas Aquatics, The Texas Cichlid Association is hosting a swap meet on Sunday, March 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Texas Aquatics–6908 Baker Boulevard in Richland Hills Texas.  The swap meet will take place in the front parking lot.

Those wishing to sell will need to provide their own table.  Some have thought about just selling out of the back of their car/SUV/pickup.  There is no charge for sellers since you are responsible for your own table.

Feel free to attend and bring snacks, drinks, etc.  It would be helpful if you let Jolee know about what food items you plan to bring.



For more information keep your eye on this website for updated information, or contact:

Mike Johnson aggiefishman@live.com; 

 In case of inclement weather we will move the swap meet to March 29th.

Earlier it was reported that the DFW Aquatic Plant Club would hold a meeting inside Texas Aquatics, but we have now learned they intend to have tables in the swap meet, but not actually hold a meeting.



 For information about Texas Aquatics go to:  www.texasaquaticsfish.com



Upcoming Events Around Texas

TCA has scheduled our next meeting for Feb. 21st, so you need to reserve that evening for a special time.  We will meet at The Fish Gallery, 6955 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas  75231 at 5:30 PM. 

After the meeting everyone interested will go to a local restaurant for dinner. 

More details will be posted as they are available.


We have been informed that a couple of events are on the schedule for our sister Texas clubs.

1.  The Houston Aquarium Society has scheduled their next auction for Sunday March 15th.  This is always a great place to pick up some excellent new fish and to have a great time.  More details coming soon.

2.  Hill Country has scheduled a Swap Meet for February 7th in Schertz, Texas (San Antonio).  These swap meets are great for picking excellent aquarium supplies. See the flyer below for details.

Hill Country Swap Meet

 Schertz is just off I-35 in the Northern San Antonio



First Meeting of 2015 Set For This Saturday

The first regular monthly meeting for 2015 will be held at 7 PM this Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Texas Aquatics, 6908 Baker Blvd., Richland Hills, Texas.  A map is posted below. 

The meeting will give you a great chance to look over this new store and their interesting collection of fish.

The main purpose of the business meeting will be election of officers and Board members.  You will have a chance to pay your 2015 dues (only $10.00) and then you will be eligible to vote.  As soon as we receive the list of candidates they will be posted here – so keep coming back to see the latest news.

Please bring a chair to the meeting since the store cannot provide seating for all of us.


Christmas Party Scheduled For December 6th

The date and time for the annual TCA Christmas Party has been set for Saturday, December 6, 2014.

It will be held at Page’s Store (see map below):

Texas Aquatics

6908 Baker Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX

The party is always fun for everyone, so plan to attend.  There will be a Crazy Santa gift exchange, lots of food, and a great time for everyone.

You are asked to bring:

   1.  A crazy Santa Gift (if you want to participate).

   2.  Finger Foods of your choice.

   3.  A chair for each person in your group.

Party setup will begin at 6:30 PM and the party will start at 7:00 PM.


See You There.






FOTAS 2014 Coming This Weekend

We have received the schedule for the FOTAS 2014 Convention in Schertz, Texas (near San Antonio)

Friday, October 24, 2014:

Noon Show and Vendor setup (facility not open to the public).
1:00 PM The search for Pleco’s Snorkel excursion. Hinman Island Park New Braunfels.
Contact Clay Trachtman at clayt101@cox.net for more information.
5:00 PM Facility open to all. 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz TX.
5:30 PM Pam Chin – Why I am Stuck in a Tanganyikan Rift
7:00 PM San Antonio Aquatic Plant Club – Planted tank build
8:00 PM Steve Edie’s Aquatic Knowledge Challenge. Eight club elimination contest

Saturday, October 25, 2014:

9:00AM FOTAS Board meeting
10:00 AM Steve Edie – Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
11:30 AM Pam Chin – River Trip – Rio Negro
1:00 PM Kathy England – Pond Plants
2:30 PM José M Gonzalez – Life on the edge, a perspective of Mexican and Malagasy endangered fish
6:00 PM FOTAS Banquet and Awards . *This is held at the venue across the parking lot from where the previous events were held*.
10:00 PM All exhibits, show entries etc. must be cleared from facility.

Sunday, October 26, 2014:

9:00 AM Auction registration in the same building as the banquet is being held in.
11:00 AM All species auction begins.



FOTAS 2014 Flyer







Schedule For This Weekend’s Conference

Friday September 26th:

       9:00 AM – Setup for show will continue as long as needed.  Your help will be appreciated.
       5:00-9:00 pm: Fish can be placed into the show tanks – and the registration desk will be open.

Saturday, September 27th:

   Registration 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
       Registration Costs
          $10 for the weekend to hear speakers on Saturday – and to get bidder card on Sunday (OR $5 per day)

           Pizza party and Awards Ceremony:  $10 for Adult, $5 for kids (must register and pay  by 3 pm Saturday)
   Speaker Schedule
       10:00-11:00 AM:  John Nicholson – On Keeping and Breeding Discus
       11:00 AM to 12:00 PM:  Gregg Steeves – on  Victorians and other species
       12:00-1:30 PM : Lunch (on your own)
       1:30-2:30 PM:  Charles Jones – How to build a fish house
       2:30-3:30 PM: Gregg Steeves – on Victorians and other species
       5:00 – 7:00 PM: Judging of show fish (Show room may be closed at times)
       7:00 pm:  Pizza Party and awards ceremony.  You must pay $10 by 3 PM to attend this event.

Sunday, September 28th:

    All Fish must be out of tanks by 10 AM

    Auction Registration starts at 10 AM
    Auction Will Begin At 11:30 am

Show Entry Deadline Approaching

We are approaching the deadline for show entries for the upcoming show and conference.  Note that all entries must be sent to the show chairman by Monday, September 22, 2014 (this coming Monday).  No late entries will be accepted.  Each person showing fish will be assigned a number and each of their entries will be assigned a division and class.

The show room will be available on Friday of the show at 5:00 PM and fish can be placed into the tanks at this time.  All fish must be in tanks by 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  No late arrivals will be accepted.  Each show entry costs $3.00 which is payable when the fish are placed into the show tanks.  Fish can be removed from Show tanks after the awards ceremony/pizza party Saturday evening.  All fish must be removed from the showroom by 10:00 AM on Sunday.

 Judging of Show Entries

Show entries will be divided by Division.

    Division A will be for Asian and American Cichlids.

    Division B will be for Malawi and Victorian Cichlids.

    Division C will be of all other African Cichlids.

    Division D will be for non-cichlids.

    Divisions will be broken up into classes as fish are entered into the show.

Plaques will be awarded to the best fish in each division and the best fish in show as well as the people’s choice. The show chairman will determine which classes will be judged after seeing how many entries are received for each class.  You can get an idea about the potential classes by looking at the classes listed for previous shows under the show tab above.


Fall Show and Auction – September 26-28, 2014



September 26 – 28

at the Hilton Garden Inn, Irving

2001 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75061

(972) 313-2800

Texas Cichlid Association will conduct an all-species fish show, provide informative speakers and host huge live and silent auctions on September 26-28, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving (the usual location). Speakers at this time include John Nicholson and Greg Steeves. Page Ullman will be taking show entries until the Monday before the show. Cost is only $3 per entry. Contact Page at (817) 905-8184 or ullman8@charter.net if you wish to show fish. Classes are shown on the TCA website. Classes with less than 3 entries will not be judged. Show setup will begin Friday morning at the hotel. Volunteers are needed to help set up and then tear down on Sunday morning. Tanks will be available at no cost for out-of-town participants to hold their auction fish until Sunday. These tanks must be reserved in advance by calling Page. NO SELLING OUT OF HOLDING TANKS WILL BE ALLOWED.

Registration cost for the weekend is $10, or $5 per day. In lieu of an awards banquet, there will be a pizza party Saturday evening in the show/speaker room at about 7:00. If you wish to participate, cost will be $10 per person, $5 per kid age 12 and under, payable no later than 3:00 Saturday afternoon. A sign-up sheet will be at the registration table. In connection with the pizza party, there will be a short speaker presentation, and then show winners will be announced. Show entries cannot be removed from the premises until after the Best in Show winner is announced.

Registration for Sunday’s auction begins at 10:00 a.m., with the auction to start at around 11:30. All items should contain your seller mark (usually your initials – check with the registration table to make sure they are not  being used by someone else) and an item number. All plants, some  driftwood, spawning  caves, some  used equipment, and miscellaneous small items will be sold in the silent auction and should be marked as if they were being sold in the live auction. Most club donations will be sold in the silent auction.

Once again, Deep Sea Aquatics has donated a beautiful tank and stand which will be raffled off on Sunday at the end of the auction. Raffle tickets can be purchased throughout the weekend from the registration table for $1 each, or 6 for $5. Additional raffle items will be given away Sunday during the auction.

If you have any questions concerning this event, please contact the following individuals:

Mike Johnson (903) 880-3565          Page Ullman (817) 905-8184            Alan Young (817) 683-7659


August Meeting – A Cookout – Is Scheduled For August 23rd

Our August Meeting will be a cookout at the home of Alan Young and Debi Swan.  The date has been set for August 23rd and Debi & Alan will be grilling hot dogs.  They will prepare the accessories (cheese, relish, chili, onions, etc.), but ask that everyone else bring things like potato salad, pasta salad, chips, dips, sweets, veggies & dip, etc.  Bring anything you want that goes with a cookout.  Iced tea and water will be provided, so if you want anything else to drink, please bring it.  Be sure to toss a lawn chair in your car since it will probably be needed.

Alan and Debi live at 1201 Brookvalley Drive, Arlington, Texas 76018, as shown on the map below.

We will start eating at 7:00 PM, so you should plan on arriving between 6:30 and 7::00.


  Be sure to set aside the evening of August 23rd for a fun time.


Catfish Convention in DC Scheduled For October

Here is a link to a brochure about the convention.


Marvin & Kathy go to this most years.  If you want more details they would an excellent source.