President’s Message September

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a great summer. If you like hot then I’m sure you enjoyed. What an exciting year we have in store for everyone. We have set up some extra club events that we hope you will participate in:

-Sun Sept 18 – shop hop to include Mississauga fish stores
-Sun Nov 13 – Ripleys Aquarium trip

Our Fall Auction is on Sat Oct 1 at the Waterdown Legion. We will have vendors tables available for $25. We will not be selling any used equipment at our auction so if you have fish related used equipment, this would be a great opportunity for you.

Hamilton and District Aquarium Society is also very excited to be hosting the CAOAC Convention at the Burlington Holiday Inn and Convention Centre on Fri May 19 thru Sun May 21, 2017. If your group would like to participate in our convention please contact me – info on our website.

Our club meeting on Thurs Sept 8 starts at 7:30. Our guest speaker is Bob Wright and his presentation is on Native Fish.
Hope to see you at the meeting.


By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: President's Messages|

Presidents Message – June

Hi everyone!

Wow! What’s with this weather. I suppose it’s a break for the grass so it can green up again.
Big thank you to Jeff Mountjoy for coming out to our last meeting and talking to us about “feeding our fish”. Our presenter for June 9 is Rob Vanderlock from Crackers Corals. He will be presenting a Marine Talk – introduction to historical reef keeping and modern reef keeping. I’m sure this will be a fantastic program. I’d love to have a reef tank.
Also a big thank you to London Aquarium Society for hosting the CAOAC convention May 20 to 22. Fantastic presenters and awesome weekend.
HDAS will be the hosts of the 2017 CAOAC Convention at the Burlington Holiday Inn. We are excited to announce our speaker line up.  Ian Fuller, Eric Bodrock,  Regina Spotti and Lawrence Kent will be our presenters. If you have any suggestions for the convention please bring them to the attention of an executive member.
See you tomorrow everyone.


By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

May President’s Message

Hi everyone! Hope your enjoying the nice weather. Big thank you to Sasha Hunter from Aquascape for her fantastic presentation on ponds and pond care. I’m looking forward to the presentation by Jeff Mountjoy on Thurs May 12. His presentation “feeding fish, food for thought!” Plus a few surprises…..
The CAOAC convention takes place at Fanshawe College May 20 to 22. Speaker tickets are still available. There will be an auction on the Sunday. For more info please check out their site. Always a great weekend.
Hope to see you at our meeting on Thurs.


By | May 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Presidents Message April

Hi everyone!
It really looks nice but still cold day today. I cant wait to get working on my ponds. I love this time of year.
Our Spring Auction and Show was a huge success. We had a record 152 items in our show. I’d like to thank everyone for their help…..we can’t do it without you. Our Fall Auction is on Sat Oct 1 so be sure to mark that date on your calendar. We are currently looking for a few vendors to help complete this auction.
Our presentation on Thurs April 14 is a “Pond Presentation” presented by Sasha Hunter from Aquascape. Thank you Big Al’s and Mike for your help setting up this program. You need not be a club member to attend. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy our monthly meetings. We have draws, raffles and a small auction.
The CAOAC convention is quickly approaching on May 20 to 22 at Fanshawe College. Please visit their website for more information.
There will not be a bulletin this month as our editor is unavailable to complete it. The HDAS team wishes Jess a speedy recovery.
Hope to see you at our April meeting.


By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message January

Hi everybody!
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready to get back into the swing of things. We start our year at the club with our January meeting, Thursday the 14th, at 7:30pm. We will begin our meeting with an early bird members draw and proceed with our yearly executive elections. Our speaker for the evening will be Al Ridley of the Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society. Al will be presenting the wonderful world of barbs, and I’m sure he will be showing us some stunning photos!

Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, March 19th! We will be at the Waterdown Legion for our annual Spring Show and Auction. Come out and see what everyones been working on while avoiding the outdoors! Bring some fish to show off and maybe win some cash for the auction. As always there will be draws, donations and possibly even a chili dog or two.

See you soon,

By | January 13th, 2016|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message November

Hi everybody!
I hope everyone had a great Halloween and is enjoying our mild Fall.

Fall auction season may be winding down, but November is going to be an exciting month for H&DAS!
Our November meeting will take place Thursday, November 12th at 7:30pm at The Church of the Resurrection at the corner of Garth and Mohawk. Randy Seufert, from the Tropical Fish Club of Erie County, will be presenting on Livebearers. I know I’m excited to see what Randy can teach us about this often underappreciated group of fish!

Saturday, November 14th is the day we’ve all been waiting for!
H&DAS is proud to be presenting Dinner Speaker Anton Lamboj at the Waterdown Legion. Anton has worked as a lecturer at the University of Vienna since 1998 and has made field trips in many countries to study fish. The evening will feature two presentations by Anton (on wild Bettas and West African Cichlids), a potluck dinner, Neighbour-2-Neighbour food drive, door prizes, a betta auction and more! Tickets are only $15, see Carla or Jess at the meeting, or email!

See you soon,

By | November 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message October

Hi everybody!
There’s a chill in the air and I think Fall has finally arrived!
Hopefully the sunny weather will continue for our Fall Auction on Saturday, October 3rd at the Waterdown Legion. Doors open at 8am for registration and the auction will begin at 10am. Bring cash and a few friends!

Thanks to our own Catherine Salmon for kicking off our season with her talk on bettas! Our October meeting, Thursday the 8th, we’ll have Jae Hovius who will be showing us how to close our ponds. Hopefully this winter won’t be too hard on our fish! Be sure to get to the meeting and signed in early, we will be starting at 7:30pm sharp with a very special members draw.

Our evening with Anton Lamboj is fast approaching! On Saturday November 14th we’re back at the Waterdown Legion for a potluck dinner and two presentations. See Carla for tickets for this world class speaker, or e-mail It should be a night to remember!

See you soon,

By | October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dinner Speaker



           ANTON LAMBOJ

Saturday November 14/15

Waterdown Legion -79 Hamilton St

Cost is $15 plus a potluck item to share

NeNeighbour to Neighbour Food Drive

Please Contact Carla – for info

ANTON was born 1956 and has been an aquarist since the age of ten. Around 1980, he began to take a special interest in the cichlids of West and Central Africa. This interests led, in 1988, to the beginning of his academic education at the University of Vienna. Works for Master degree and PhD were focussed on the systematics of West African cichlids, which still is the main work and aquaristic interest too. Since 1998, he works as lecturer and associated scientist of the University of Vienna. His work combines morphological and anatomical methods as well as ethological studies and molecular methods.
As an aquarist, he is interested in many other groups of fish (“every fish is of interest and beautiful”), with some more detailed interest in Anabantoids (especially for the genera Betta and Parosphromenus) and West African Killies. Over the last years, the interest for some South American cichlids (Gymnogeophagus) increased too. 
Other hobbies done with passion are keeping orchids in a small greenhouse, gardening, keeping and breeding exotic birds and diving (all connected with a lot of photographing – what is some kind of passion too).
Anton Lamboj has made numerous field/collecting trips to Africa, additionally several trips to South East Asia, Central America and South America. Recently, he holds about 50 tanks to breed and to study his fish, he has authored more then 350 papers (both academic and hobbist) in ten languages, including four books and contributions to about 40 other books (aquaristic as well as scientific ones). Till now, he has described 3 genera and 24 species, more are in preparation. 
He is lecturer and associated scientist of the University of Vienna, lecturer at the University for Applied Sciences of Upper Austria, chief editor of aqua-terra-austria (Austrian aquarium and terrarium journal), curator in the C.A.R.E.S. program and at Cichlid Room Companion; also honorary member of the French Cichlid Ass. (AFC), the Hill Country Cichlid Club (HCCC), Texas and the Nordiska Ciklidsällskapet (NSC) and Multicolor Ailingen. 2011 he was honoured for his international work for the hobby as a „Mastère fédéral d‘aquariophilie“ by the French Aquarium Federation FFA.



By | September 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message September

Hi everybody!
I hope everyone had a great summer. September has arrived and a new season begins! This fall is packed with all sorts of local aquarium events!

Our season begins with our regular meeting, Thursday September 10th at 7:30pm. H&DAS’s own Catherine Salmon will be sharing her experiences raising Bettas with us. It will be great to dig a little deeper into many hobbyist’s first fish!

Saturday, October 3rd we’ll once again be at the Waterdown Legion for our massive Fall Auction! Bring your fish, plants, and used equipment (in good working condition) and some cash for your purchases. As always there will be food and drink available for purchase, including Carla’s famous chili dogs! We depend on our members to volunteer as chit writers and runners, so please let Carla know of you can help. Doors and registration open at 8am, auction begins at 10am. Don’t forget to check the back of the bulletin for other area auctions!

This year our club is excited to have Anton Lamboj as a dinner speaker Saturday, November 14th. The evening will feature two talks, a potluck style dinner and more! Tickets are $15, see Carla for more information.

See you soon,

By | September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dinner with Anton Lamboj

Sat Nov 14 
V   Waterdown Legion
                   79 Hamilton St

$15 and Potluck Dinner item
Neighbour  to Neighbour Food Drive
Prizes and Draws

Please contact Carla at

By | June 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|