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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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.

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  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:

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:

Map of Auction Location


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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; 

 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:


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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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