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TEXAS CICHLID ASSOCIATION

TCA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2017:  

January 20 — Regular Meeting.  2017 Organizational Meeting @ Texas Aquatics

February–No Meeting  

March 19–SWAP MEET Texas Aquatics 1:00 PM. to 4:00 PM. No charge for a space. (In the case of inclement weather, swap meet will be held April 2.) 

April 30–TCA Auction at Hilton Garden Inn in Irving (usual location). Details on Website. 

May 20–Road trip to Hill Country Cichlid Club Auction to support their 15th Anniversary. (Details to be included with Cichlid Tales and on HCCC’s Facebook page.) 

June 17–Pool Party at the home of Tom & Melissa Ruden, 2676 Gardendale Dr., Fort Worth TX 76120.  

July–American Cichlid Association National Convention. 

August 12–Alan and Robin’s end-of-summer cookout. Location and time TBD. 

September 17–TCA Auction, Hilton Garden Inn, Irving (usual location). Details on Website. 

October–FOTAS hosted by Houston clubs.  Details as they become available. 

November–No meeting.  

December 2–Christmas Party and Crazy Santa Gift Exchange, Texas Aquatics, 6908 Baker Blvd., Richland Hills, TX, 6:00 PM. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule FOR 2016

 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 www.cichlid.org 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.

 

 

Schedule For 2015

(Please note that these date are tentative and are always subject to change due to events beyond our control.)

Date

Meeting/Event Information

January 17

Regular Monthly Meeting/Officer Elections.  The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Texas Aquatics.  Officer Elections will be held at this meeting.
      February   21 Regular Monthly Meeting.   Please see the post on the home page for related information.

March 22

Fifth TCA Swap Meet at Texas Aquatics.  No charge for sellers but you must provide your own table.  Bring your new and used fish keeping equipment (in good working condition), and sell, sell, sell!  Each seller keeps all sale proceeds. No admission fee.  Fish and plants being sold must be bagged appropriately in order to prevent water spillage.  No tanks will be set up.  For more information, please see the post on the main page.

April 19

 

TCA Auction at The Hilton Garden Inn.  Sellers can begin registration at 9:00 AM. Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM. The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold.

Further information will be posted as soon as it is available.

May 16

Joint meeting with the Hill Country Cichlid Association.

June 20

The Regular monthly meeting will be a “swim” party, although most do not actually swim.  Details are coming soon.

July

July 25

American Cichlid Association Convention in Boston, MA

Local get together at John Nicholson’s for those not going to ACA.  Details are on the main page.

August 15

Regular Monthly Meeting – Cookout at Alan Young and Debi Swan’s house in Arlington.  More details will be on the main page as soon as they are decided.

September 25-27

TCA will host the annual FOTAS state convention, Show & Auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving. Complete details will be posted as soon as they are available, but we hope you will set aside the whole weekend for this exciting event. For the Sunday auction, sellers can begin registration at 9:00 AM. Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM. The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold.

More information coming soon.

October 17

We will be going on one of our famous Fish Shop Tours.  You will get to go behind the scenes at some of the finest shops in the DFW area.  Watch for details as we get close to the date.    

  November

No Meeting – Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family.

December 12

Annual Christmas Party and Crazy Santa gift exchange at Texas Aquatics.

 

Tentative Schedule For 2014

(Please note that these date are tentative and are always subject to change due to events beyond our control.)

Date

Meeting/Event Information

January 18

Regular Monthly Meeting/Officer Elections.  The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM at El Fenix, 3911 W. Airport FWY, Irving, TX.  Officer Elections will be held at this meeting and we also plan to have a presentation celebrating the 20th anniversary of TCA’s first hosting of the ACA national Convention.
      February   15 Regular Monthly Meeting. We will meet at Ernie McAnnaly’s home which is located at 605 Aberdeen Way, Southlake, TX 76092.   The meeting will begin at 7 PM and will include a talk on keeping Discus by our members Jim Hall and John Nicolson.  Please see the post on the home page for related information.

March 2

Fourth TCA Swap Meet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving.  Bring your new and used fish keeping equipment (in good working condition), rent a table for only $30 and sell, sell, sell!  Each seller keeps all sale proceeds. No admission fee.  Fish and plants being sold must be bagged appropriately in order to prevent water spillage.  No tanks will be set up.  For more information, please contact Marvin England at (903) 244-3993 or marvinengland@hotmail.com

April 12

 (Date Change)

Regular Monthly Meeting.  Ernie McAnally has arranged a visit for us at Universal Rocks in East Dallas.  They make light weight artificial rocks (including backdrops) for aquariums that look very realistic.  Further information will be posted as soon as it is available.

May 4

TCA Spring Auction – At the Hilton Garden Inn.  Sellers can begin registration at 9:00 AM.    Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM.    The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold.

June 20-22

The Regular monthly meeting will be a road trip to Austin, Texas to attend the NADA (North American Discus Association) convention, and to visit some of the great aquarium shops down there.  NADA has arranged for a $95.00 rate at the Omni hotel.  Additional details coming soon – but you do not have to attend all three days – just do what works for you.  Click here for more information:  http://nadaaustin2014.com 

July

American Cichlid Association Convention in Louisville, KY.

August 23

Regular Monthly Meeting – Cookout at Alan Young and Debi Swan’s house in Arlington.

September 26-28

TCA Fall Show & Auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving. Complete details will be posted as soon as they are available, but we hope you will set aside the whole weekend for this exciting event. For the Sunday auction, sellers can begin registration at 9:00 AM. Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM. The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold. More information coming soon.

October 24-26

FOTAS Annual Convention & Auction near San Antonio.   Link To Website:  http://www.candrtropicals.com/FOTASHCCC/index.html

  November

No Meeting – Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family.

December 6 or 13

Annual Christmas Party and Crazy Santa gift exchange.

 

 

Schedule For 2013 

Date

Meeting/Event Information

January 19

Regular Monthly Meeting/Officer Elections to be held at 7:00 at Spring Creek BBQ.  (same site as Christmas Party).

February 16

Regular Monthly Meetingto be held at 7:00 at the home of Ernie McAnally. Ernie will be showing an interesting video on fish keeping.

March 23

Regular Monthly Meeting  will be a road trip to the Oklahoma City to attend the Oklahoma City aquarium Association’s Spring auction.  the auction is held at the Norman fairgrounds and is always a great event.  Help us support one of our fellow societies in the same way their members support us.  You can travel as part of a TCA caravan or make your own travel plans if that is more convenient.

April 27

6:30 PM

Monthly Meeting at Deep Sea Aquatics.  We will meet at a very interesting business in East Dallas – DEEP SEA AQUATICS.  It is located at 2855 MARQUIS     GARLAND TX 75042.  They are a major manufacturer of aquariums – and have promised a “behind the scenes” tour.

May 26

TCA Spring Auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving.   Sellers can begin registration at 9:00 AM.    Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM.    The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold.

June 15

The Regular Monthly Meeting will be held at John Nicolson’s home and his beautiful Discus breeding facility.  John’s home is on C.R. 2613, outside Caddo Mills, TX.

July 18-21

American Cichlid Association Convention in Denver, Colorado

August 24

Regular Monthly Meeting – Cookout at Alan Young and Debi Swan’s house in Arlington.

September

2013 FOTAS Annual Convention & Auction in Houston.  Full details coming soon.

October 13

TCA Fall Auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving.   Sellers can begin registration at 9:00 AM.    Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM.    The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold. More information coming soon

November 16

No Meeting – Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family.

December 14

Annual Christmas Party and Crazy Santa gift exchange at Deep Sea Aquatics, which is located at 2855 MARQUIS, GARLAND TX 75042.  They are a major manufacturer of aquariums.    This will be a pot luck dinner and you need to bring your own chair.

 

Schedule For 2012 

Date

Meeting/Event Information

January 21

Regular Monthly Meeting/Officer Elections to be held at 7:00 at Spring Creek BBQ.  1509 Airport Freeway, in Bedford (site of Christmas Party).  Phone number (817) 545-0184.

February 18

Regular Monthly Meetingto be held at 7:00 at the home of Jim and Tara Hall, 3012 San Frando Dr.  Arlington TX 76010.  The meal will be a potluck dinner – so plan to bring your favorite dish. The Meeting will be a lot of fun.  Tara, who has agreed to publish Cichlid Tails this year, will be showing us her plans for converting Cichlid Tails to a primarily electronic newsletter.  Since advertising design is Tara’s professional career you will want to get a first look at her ideas and plans.  Be thinking about an article/story you would be willing to submit for the newsletter this year.

March 17

Regular Monthly Meeting to be held at the Dawson Middle School in Southlake.  The meeting will be dedicated to the Cichlid Grow-out Contest.

April 15

TCA Spring Auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving.   Sellers can begin registration at 9:00 AM.    Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM.    The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold.

May 19

Road Trip & Picnic – to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas.

June 16

The Regular Monthly Meeting will be held at Deep Sea Aquatics Saturday, June 16th at 3 pm.  Following the formal meeting we plan to tour The Fish Gallery (6955 Greenville Ave.) and Boutique Aquarium (9035 Garland Road), then the group will eat at a restaurant in the Greenville Ave. area.

July 11-15

American Cichlid Association Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

August 25

Regular Monthly Meeting – Cookout at Alan Young and Debi Swan’s house in Arlington.

September 14-16

TCA Hosts the 2012 FOTAS Annual Convention & Auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving.

October 27

October 28

Regular Monthly Meeting at 2:00 PM at Dave Gregory’s wholesale tropical fish facility in Decatur, Texas.  Full details will be posted later, but Dave is planning a tour of his newly established greenhouse and a Bar-B-Q cookout.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Third TCA Swap Meet.  Bring your new and used fish keeping equipment (in good working condition), rent a table for only $30 and sell, sell, sell!  Each seller keeps all sale proceeds. No admission fee.  Fish and plants being sold must be bagged appropriately in order to prevent water spillage.  No tanks will be set up.  More information can be found on the home page.

November 16

No Meeting – Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family.

December 8

7 PM

Annual Christmas Party and Crazy Santa gift exchange to be held this year at Spring Creek Bar-B-Q at Hwy 183 & Belt Line Road.  Note that this is a different location than the Spring Creek we have used in the past.  Here is a link to a map to help you find the location.http://www.springcreekbarbeque.com/irving.htm

 

TENTATIVE  TCA  CALENDAR  FOR  2011

       Date                         Meeting/Event Information
January 15 Regular monthly meeting to be held at 7:00 at Spring Creek Barbeque, 1509 Airport Freeway, in Bedford (site of Christmas Party).  Phone number (817) 545-0184.  Time for officer elections.  Guest speaker Bill Court from Penn Plax will be introducing us to new products.
February 19 Regular monthly meeting to be held at 7:00 at the home of Mike and Diane Stewart, 2319 Collin Dr, Grand Prairie, TX 75052.  Home phone (817) 652-1143.  Diane’s cell (817) 253-0537; Mike’s cell (214) 793-3210.  Larry Lampert will be speaking on maintaining cichlids in a planted aquarium.
 March 6 First Ever TCA Swap Meet.   Bring your new and used (in good working condition) fishkeeping equipment, rent a table for only $30 and sell, sell, sell!  Each seller keeps all sale proceeds.  No admission fee.  Fish and plants being sold must be bagged appropriately in order to prevent water spillage.  No tanks will be set up. For more information, please contact Marvin England at (903) 244-3993 or marvinengland@hotmail.com.
April 29-May 1 TCA Spring Show, Workshop and Auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving.  Speakers have not been set at this time.  If there is someone you would like to hear, contact John Hansen at (501) 627-4354.  For more information on showing your fish, and to reserve show tanks, contact either Page Ullman at (817) 905-8184 or Marvin England at (903) 244-3993.  To reserve holding tanks for auction fish, contact Alan Young at (817) 683-7659.
May 21 Road Trip!  To the home of John Nicholson, C.R. 2613, outside Caddo Mills, to tour his new fish house.  John will also be updating everyone on happenings with the North American Discus Association.  Special starting time for the meeting is 6:00.
June 18 Monthly meeting/cookout at 7:00 at the home of Alan Young, 1201 Brookvalley in Arlington.  Kathy England will give a quick presentation on some of the pond and bog plants she maintains.
July 21-24 American Cichlid Association convention in Maryland/Washington, DC.
August 27 The regular monthly meeting will be a van tour of several Metroplex fish stores you have likely not visited, and is planned for August 27 th.  The first 15 folks who e-mail Kathy England at kengland@pattonroberts.com will get a seat. If the van fills up, others can go on the tour, but will have to arrange their own transportation. Deadline for signup is August 22nd. The plan is to roll out at 9:30 from Alan Young’s house ( 1201 Brookvalley in Arlington ), get lunch along the way and dinner that evening, with an informal business meeting.  
September 18 Fall Auction at Hilton Garden Inn, Irving.
October 15 Monthly meeting at 7:00 at the home of Ernie McAnally in Southlake.  Tentative program is viewing of a collecting video.
November 4-6 Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies annual convention hosted by Hill Country Cichlid Club, highlighting the C.A.R.E.S. program sponsored by the American Cichlid Association
December 3 Annual Christmas Party and Crazy Santa gift exchange

 

TCA  EVENTS CALENDAR  FOR  2010

May 15, 2010: Regular monthly meeting at 7:00 at Dawson Middle School, 400 S. Kimball Avenue, Southlake. Dr. Earl Chilton, Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be speaking on introduced “exotic” plants and wildlife and their effect on Texas native habitat.

May 22-23, 2010: Oklahoma Aquarium Association “Spring Fling” fish show, symposium and auction. Best Western Trade Winds Central Hotel in Tulsa. For more info go to www.theokaa.org or call (918) 694-6522.

June 10-13, 2010: NADA Annual Convention, at the Embassy Suites DFW Airport South, 4650 West Airport Freeway, Irving TX 75062, (972) 313-8028. For more information, contact John Nicholson or go to www.discus2010.com.

June 19, 2010: Regular monthly meeting, 7:00, at Rift 2 Reef Aquatics, 5801 Long Prairie Road, Suite 740, Flower Mound. (972) 317-2341. Feel free to come a few minutes early so you can look around Dane’s new store. A Hagen representative will be speaking on new products recently introduced to the hobby. A nice door prize will be raffled off at the end of the meeting.

July 11, 2010: Houston Aquarium Society Summer Auction at American Legion Post 11702, Galveston Road, Houston. 10 a.m. Seller/Bidder check-in; 11 a.m. auction starts. Call 281-286-2238 for more details.

July 22-25, 2010: Annual American Cichlid Association convention hosted by Milwaukee Aquarium Society.

August 21, 2010: Regular monthly meeting, 7:00, at The Fish Gallery, 6955 Greenville Avenue, Dallas. (214) 373-3474. Feel free to come a few minutes early so you can look around the store. Jaxine Finnell with United Pet Group (Tetra, Marineland, Perfecto, Jungle Labs, Instant Ocean, Aquarium Systems) will be speaking on new products recently introduced to the hobby. A nice door prize will be raffled off at the end of the meeting.

September 3-5, 2010: Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies convention hosted by Oklahoma Aquarium Association, at the Best Western “Saddleback Inn” in Oklahoma City (http://www.bwsaddleback.com). Special room rate of $69 per night. More info as it becomes available.

September 18, 2010: Regular monthly meeting at 7:00 at Dawson Middle School, 400 S. Kimball Avenue, Southlake. Marvin England and others will present a photographic review of ACA 2010 which was held last July in (well …. near) Milwaukee.

October, 2010: TCA Fall Workshop and Auction. Specific dates and location to be announced later.

October 21-24, 2010: All-Aquarium Catfish Convention in Bethesda, Maryland.

December 4, 2010: TCA Christmas Party and Crazy Santa Gift Exchange. 7:00 at Spring Creek Barbeque, 1509 Airport Freeway, in Bedford (where it was last year). Phone number (817) 545-0184.

January 15, 2011: Regular monthly meeting at 7 PM at Spring Creek Barbeque.  See address just above in the details about the Christmas Party.  Officer elections will be held and we will also have a pseaker – Bill Court from Penn Plax will be telling us about new and upcomng products.

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