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Once Again – Don’t Release Aquarium Fish In Lakes And Rivers

TCA has long taught that releasing our aquarium fish into natural waters is both illegal and dangerous to our waterways.

Here is an article reminding us of the major problems that can occur if even one person ignores this advice.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/25/us/illegally-dumped-goldfish-giants/index.html

 

 

 

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Monthly Meeting Scheduled For June 20th

TCA’s monthly meeting for June will be Saturday night, June 20th starting at 4 PM at the home of Tom & Melissa Ruden.  Their address is:

       2676 Gardendale Dr.

       Fort Worth, TX. 76120.

 Tom & Melissa have a beautiful pool which will be available for anyone who wishes to swim.

The Rudens are going to provide Hamburgers, Hot dogs , the Buns , the Condiments and Ice Tea.  The rest of us are asked to bring paper plates , side dishes, chips, and desserts.   Please Email Mike at Aggiefishman@live.com so he can monitor the food list.

 

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Field Trip To New Braunfels Saturday May 16th

Hill Country Cichlid Club has planned a great day for Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Landa park in New Braunfels.  All members of FOTAS affiliated clubs are invited.  So every member of TCA is welcome and encouraged to attend this exciting event.  The plan is to meet around noon at site #2 (see below).

HCCC will be providing all the food and drink needed, so all you need to do is bring yourself.  Hard to beat that!!

Here is the flyer HCCC has produced.

 

HCCC Brochure

 

The plan is to just hang out, maybe do a little collecting, and some of us are talking about hitting the river for a snorkel at some point.  So if you want to participate in those kinds of things you will need to bring appropriate supplies, etc.

Here is the Landa Park website with the address, driving directions, etc.  As mentioned above we will be meeting and grilling at site #2 which you will see on the map (see the link below) is straight across the lake from the Train Depot.

http://www.nbtexas.org/?nid=156

Landa Park Map

Greg has asked for an approximate count of the number from TCA who will attend.  So please send Mike Johnson an e-mail at Aggiefishman@live.com  by Sunday, May 10th, if you plan to attend so we can let Greg know.

 

 

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Deep Sea Aquatics Donates 65 Gallon Tank

Deep Sea Aquatics has once again agreed to donate a beautiful aquarium, this time a 65 gallon wood grain tank and stand, to the TCA auction.

Remember you have to be present at the end of the auction Sunday to have a chance to win.  So come early (we start at 11:00 AM) and plan to stay to the end.

 Here is a link to Deep Sea’s website:  http://www.deepseaaquatics.net/index.php

For additional details about the auction see the post just below this one.

 

 

 

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Spring Auction Coming April 19th

 TCA will be hosting the Spring 2015 Auction

Sunday, April 19th at the

Hilton Garden Inn DFW South

2001 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75061

(972) 313-2800

This is the same location as our past several auctions (map below).  Most of the details will be familiar to those of you who have attended our auctions in the past.

Scene From A Recent Auction
Scene From A Recent Auction

 

As usual 3 different things will be taking place – somewhat simultaneously.

 Live Auction  Only Live Fish, rocks, and tanks over 20 gallons allowed
 Silent Auction  All items not listed above, including plants, tanks 20 gallons & under, decorations, etc
Buy It Now Table  This option is not available at this auction.
The Raffle.  Buy tickets at the registration table at $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

 

More specific details are below, but first I want to discuss the schedule.

 8:30 AM Latest arrival time for TCA members to arrive to help with setup.
 9:00 AM Registration will be open for sellers only.
 10:00 AM Registration Table will be open for buyer registration.  No buyers allowed in until after registration.
11:00 AM Live Auction will begin.
   ?? The auction will end when the last item has been sold
   ??  Final raffle will be conducted after the auction ends.  You must still be present to win.

 

Just A Small Part Of The Available Items
Just A Small Part Of The Available Items

 

 

 

 

Bidder Looking Over The Silent Auction Table
Bidder Looking Over The Silent Auction Table

 

 

Detailed Auction Rules are the same as in the past.  This link will take you to those rules for review:

http://www.texascichlid.org/auctions/auction-rules/

http://www.texascichlid.org/auctions/silent-auction-rules/

Map of Auction Location

 

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Swap Meet March 22nd

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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