The Calendar for 2016 has been finalized and is shown below.  A pdf version is included at the end in case you wish to save a copy on your computer.



 March 20:  TCA Swap Meet on Texas Aquatics’ parking lot.  Vendor set-up begins at 12:30; Sales from 1:00 to 4:00.  NOTE:  In case of inclement weather causing cancellation, alternate date will be April 3.

April 16 Regular monthly TCA meeting at Fish Gallery in Dallas. Carla Johnson will demonstrate how to make your own fish food. Free samples will be available after the presentation.  NOTE SPECIAL MEETING TIME OF 5:30.  We need to start on time and finish our meeting promptly so the Fish Gallery folks can close the store and go home.

May 1 TCA Spring Auction.  Hilton Garden Inn, Irving (the usual place).

June 11 Pool party hosted by Tom & Melissa Ruden, 2676 Gardendale Drive, Fort Worth.  We need some type of short program for this meeting.

No July TCA meeting.

July 7-10: American Cichlid Association convention, Cincinnati, Ohio.  See for more info.

August 20:  Annual TCA end-of-summer cookout hosted by Alan Young, 1201 Brookvalley, Arlington.  We need some type of short program for this meeting.

September 11:  TCA Fall Auction.  Hilton Garden Inn, Irving (the usual place).

October 21-23:  FOTAS convention hosted by Hill Country Cichlid Club, in Schertz.  

No November TCA meeting.

December 10:  Annual Christmas Party and Crazy Santa gift exchange at Texas Aquatics.  Attendees bring snacks and finger foods.  Those wishing to participate in the gift exchange should bring something nice to swap.  Gifts can be live fish or merely fish-related.


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January Meeting – Elections Coming Saturday January 16

TCA will be holding the first meeting of 2016 this Saturday night at 7 PM.  The agenda consists of 4 things:

  1. Officer/Board elections
  2. Finalizing the 2016 monthly schedule
  3. Announcement of the annual Breeder’s Award
  4. Phil Tucker will give a brief talk on raising & Breeding Plecos
  5. A fun raffle of a collection of beautiful Plecos

Renewal membership forms will be available and you must pay 2016 dues ($5) to vote or run for office.

The February meeting details are still in process.  We would love to have someone volunteer to host that meeting, which should be held February 20th.  Let Mike (  e-mail at  )   know if you are willing to help with that.  A final decision on the exact details will be made at the meeting.

The party will be held at Texas Aquatics, which is located at 6908 Baker Blvd. Richland Hills, TX. 76118.  If you need additional information about the location, you can call the store at 817-537-2102.  The website is:


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Christmas Party Coming Saturday December 12th at 7 PM

The Christmas Party will be held on Saturday evening, December 12, 2015.  The party will begin at 7 PM. with setup starting at 6:30 PM.

The party will be held at Page and Collen’s aquarium shop, which is located at 6908 Baker Blvd. Richland, TX. 76118.  If you need additional information about the location, you can call the store at 817-537-2102.  The website is:

The Christmas extravaganza is always lots of fun, and this year we are asking those attending to bring their favorite finger foods plus a chair.  TCA will provide the soft drinks, water, etc.

If you want to be involved in the Crazy Santa gift exchange, you need to bring a fish related item or actual live fish.

We’re looking forward to a great evening and

hope you will be there.


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Pet Shop Tour Scheduled For This Saturday 10-17-2015

We have received the details about this Saturday’s Fish Store Tour.

Everyone should plan on meeting at 10 AM at:

Rif-2-Reef located at

5801 Long Prairie Rd #740, Flower Mound, TX 75077

For a map, click here:

After time at R2R we will either take time for lunch or visit our next stop which will be:

Mid-Cities Aquarium

1301 W Glade Rd #188, Euless, TX 76039

For a map, click here:


Our third stop will be at:  Texas Aquatics

6908 Baker Blvd, Richland Hills, TX 76118

For a map, click here:


And finally we will visit:  PetWorld

2700 Carson St, Haltom City, TX 76117

For a map, click here:



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FOTAS Schedule Has Been Released



Hosted by the Texas Cichlid Association


Friday: Sept. 25th:

9:00 AM Show set-up begins; extra hands are always appreciated

5:00 PM Registration table opens

6:00 PM Meet and greet mixer with snacks for everyone. Also – a special event is being planned – (you never know; that’s why you need to attend!)

Saturday: Sept. 26th

9:00 AM Registration table opens

10:00 AM Speaker: Gerald Griffin, Bettas

11:00 AM Speaker: Barbie Fiorentino, spawning L-number plecos

12:00 NOON (or after Barbie finishes her presentation) Lunch break on your own.

2:00 PM Speaker: Luiz Rulff, Killifishs

3:30 PM Speaker: Barbie Fiorentino, fish nutrition

4:30 PM Showroom closed for judging

6:30 PM-?:?? Pizza Party, Braz Walker “Mystery Fish” auction & Dr. Keith Arnold Fund auction, announcement of all-species show winners, and FUNNY MONEY AUCTION.


Sunday: Sept. 27th


10:00 AM Auction Registration begins

11:00 AM Live and silent auctions begin; auctions last until all items are sold


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FOTAS Show Entry Deadline Is Monday 9-21-2015

FOTAS 2015 is quickly approaching.  You can keep up with all the details as they become available by clicking the FOTAS tab above.

We hope to have lots of entries in the FOTAS All Species Fish Show.  If you plan to enter please check out the show rules listed here and in the TCA Shows Tab (See Show Rules) above.

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM IS SHOW ENTRY DEADLINE.  NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED!  E-Mail your entries to Page Ullman at .  Payment of the show entry fees ($3.00 per entry) must be paid when you arrive to place your fish in the tanks.   The scientific names of all show entries are required at time of entry (9-21-2015) in the show. A list with only the number of entries will not be accepted. No exceptions.

Show classes are as follows:

      Old World cichlids

      New World cichlids



       Other Species not listed.

Cash awards will be given (first-$30, second-$20 and third-$10) to winners in each class.

The person with the most all-species show entries will also receive a prize.

 All fish must be in the show tanks by Saturday, 9-26-2015 at 10:00 AM.  No exceptions.  All fish must be removed from the show tanks absolutely no later than Sunday, 9-27-2015 at 10:00 AM.  Any fish not removed by 10 AM become the property of TCA and will be sold in the auctions donations to TCA.  Again – NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Events Coming In August and September

TCA annual cookout – August 15th at 7 PM

Our August meeting will be a backyard cookout on Saturday, August 15th at 7 PM at Alan Young’s home.    This is always a fun event and we hope everyone can get this on your calendar.

Alan will be providing the dogs and brats for the grill, and everyone else should bring something that goes with them, such as potato and pasta salads, chips and dips, finger foods, and desserts, plus anything special they would like to drink.

It will be helpful if you try to arrive at 6:45 or later so things can be set up without too much confusion.

      Alan lives at:     1201 Brookvalley Drive        

                                Arlington, TX   76018



FOTAS 2015 Annual Convention & Show Hosted By TCA – September 25 – 27.

Be sure to get this on your calendar.  Plans are shaping up for a wonderful weekend.  We will be posting complete details later, but you can expect great speakers, several nice fish shows, and of course a big auction on Sunday.  We will once again be using the Hilton Garden Inn DFW South, 2001 Valley View lane, Irving, TX  75061.

David has confirmed that the hotel has given us a special room rate of:

        $88.99 for a single King Room, and

         $99.99 for a double

These rates will be honored from Thursday, 9/24 through Sunday night, 9/27, as long as your reservation is made by September 4th.  After that date they will likely still honor the rate but will not be guaranteeing rooms for us.  You need to mention the code: TCA when reserving your room to get this rate.  Please call the hotel directly at 972-313-2800 to reserve your room.

Auction Rule Changes:  We are lowering the “move up fee” from $3.00 to $2.00.  This does not guarantee you will win the bidding, but does allow you to b sure the item sells before you need to leave.  Of course to win the big raffle tank you need to be present at the end of the auction when the winning number is drawn.

More details will be coming soon.

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July 25th Meeting Will Be At The Home of John Nicholson

TCA will be meeting on July 25th at 6 PM this year as a service to those not able to attend the ACA National Convention in Springfield, MA.

If you have not seen John’s tank setup, you will enjoy getting a chance to look it over.  As you probably know, John specializes in Discus and has an excellent hatchery.

The plan is to go out to eat after the meeting at a nearby Mexican Restaurant for everyone who is interested.

John’s address is listed two different ways (depending on the map you use):

4306 CR 2613

Caddo Mills, TX   75135


4306 CR 2613

Royse City, TX

We look forward to seeing you on the 25th.

From Dallas take I-30 east until exit 79.  Exit and at the stop sign take a left.  You will be on CR2642 North.  After roughly 2.5 miles it will dead end into HWY 66.  Take a right on 66 and go roughly 2.4 miles and take a right on CR 2613.  I am the second house on the left.
From all points east….Take I-30 west until exit 85.  At the stop sign take a right on FM 36.  After 3 miles or so it will run in to HWY 66.  At the stop sign take a left.  Go roughly 2.5 miles and take a left on CR 2613.  Second house on the left.
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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.




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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 so he can monitor the food list.


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