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.
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.
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.
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.
For additional details about the auction see the post just below this one.
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
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
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.
|| 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.
||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
- 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:
Map of Auction Location
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:
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.
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.
Schertz is just off I-35 in the Northern San Antonio
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.
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):
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
$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)
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
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.