Presidents Message March

Presidents message for March 2014

March is here and Spring is on it’s way. Winter is almost over and I am really looking forward to Spring and Spring babies.
It doesn’t look and feel like it right now but soon we will be taking of the layers and getting our gardens ready .

I want to thank Jessica Bullock for her very informative presentation last month .
A Planted Tank Primer…I know I picked up a few tips for my planted tanks.

March is going to be a busy month . Spring auction time is only a few weeks away.
Our Spring Show and Auction will be on Saturday March 22 at the Waterdown Legion Hall.
The doors will be open at 8am, and the auction starts at 10am. We are looking forward a good turn out and seeing all your fish in the show.
I know that I am looking at my fish and wondering which ones will be going to the show.

I am really looking forward to our March meeting and speaker.
Our speaker will be Ron Bishop and he will be talking about the “Gizmos and Gadgets” that we use in this wonderful hobby of ours.
See you there!!!

By | March 12th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

HDAS -Show Rules


1. $2.00 per entry for the first ten entries and $1.00 for each entry over ten. The first entry for every Junior registrant (16 years or younger) is free.
2. Provisions will be made for the well being of fish; however HAMILTON AND DISTRICT AQUARIUM SOCIETY accepts no responsibility for losses or damage sustained during the show.
3. All entries will be under the jurisdiction of the show chairman until tear down (approx. 5 pm.) and may not be removed from the show until conclusion of the auction, unless authorized by the show chairperson..
4. Entrants will provide their own tank and water. Entrants may provide their own pump, airline and air stone, if they wish.
5. Tanks must have a cover that can be removed for judging.
6. Anyone is eligible to enter. You need not be a member of a fish club.
7. No entry may be entered in more than one class.
8. Fish which display any disease or deformity may be disqualified.
9. The show will be judged by C.A.O.A.C. certified judges and/or apprentice judges. Their decisions will be final and not subject to appeal at the show. If in their opinion the entries in a class do not come up to show standards, a non-contest may be called. If there are only two entries that are satisfactory then any combination of 1st, 2nd and 3rd may be awarded.
10. In any case of dispute the show chairperson’s decision will be final and binding.
11. Family classes: each entry will consist of one spawning pair and at least 10 young from the pair, less than three months old. Tank dividers and pots may be used if necessary
12. No snails, ornaments, sand or stones etc. may be present in a tank (excepting invertebrate class and novelty class).
13. It is the responsibility of the entrants to make sure their fish are in the correct class. The show chairperson will help upon request.
14. No aerosol sprays or mist type cleaners will be permitted in the show area.
15. All accessories and equipment (i.e. pails, nets, etc.) must be kept out of sight.
16. All show fish to be auctioned after the show must be labelled as such by the owner and registered prior to the show. lt is also the responsibility of the owner to bag the fish for auction after the awards presentation has taken place.
17. No Coloured water will be allowed.
18. No moving other peoples show tanks without the approval of the show person first.
19. Junior class is any variety of fish owned and kept by someone 16 years of age or younger.
20. Photography prints must not be larger than 81/2”X11” and must have been taken by the entrant in the past 12 months.
21. People’s Choice will be decided by the votes of those attending the show. Each person entering the show room will be asked to sign in and will receive a ballot at that time.
22. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. and all fish must be registered by 9:30 a.m. All entries must be benched by 10:30 a.m. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 9:30 AND THE SHOW ROOM WILL BE CLOSED AT 10:30 FOR JUDGING
24. There will be cash prizes and certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the 31 classes. There will also be gift card awards for Best of Show, People’s Choice, High Aggregate, Best Egglayer and Best Livebearer

For more info call Catherine Salmon 905-529-2076
There are 31 Classes
1. Anabantids (other than Betta splendens)
2. Betta splendens Half Moon male
3. Betta splendens, All other forms, male
4. Betta splendens female
5. Guppy male
6. Guppy female
7. killifish
8. Corydoras, Brochis, Aspidoras, Scleromastyx
9. Suckermouth Catfish
10. A.O.V. Catfish
11. Characins
12. Minnows and Rainbowfish
13. Barbs
14. Sharks and Loaches
15. Swordtails

By | March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

HDAS Show Categories

HDAS Show 2014

Are you getting your prize fish ready for the spring action?

1. Anabantids (other than Betta splendens)
2. Betta splendens Half Moon male
3. Betta splendens, All other forms, male
4. Betta splendens female
5. Guppy male
6. Guppy female
7. killifish
8. Corydoras, Brochis, Aspidoras, Scleromastyx
9. Suckermouth Catfish
10. A.O.V. Catfish
11. Characins
12. Minnows and Rainbowfish
13. Barbs
14. Sharks and Loaches
15. Swordtails 16. Platies and Variatus 17. A.O.V. Livebearer
18. Goldfish and Koi
19. Any Other Variety
20. Angels and Discus
21. Dwarf Cichlids (not rift lake)
22. Rift Lake Cichlids
23. A.O.V. Cichlids
24. Invertebrates/Aquatic Animals
25. Junior Class
26. Family Class Egglayer
27. Family Class Livebearer
28. Plants
29. Novelty
30. Arts and Crafts
31. Photography Prints

Major Awards
Best in Show
Best Livebearer
Best Egglayer
Best Aggregate
People’s Choice

By | January 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Presidents Message-January 2014

Happy New Years Everyone!

Hope you had a great holiday season. Did you all get enough to eat? We had a great turn out for our Christmas meeting raising funds and groceries for Neighbour to Neighbour. Thanks everyone for your generous donations.
Our meeting in January is pretty exciting too. I will introduce the new executive for the 2014 season. I’ve enjoyed being the President for HDAS and getting to meet so many wonderful people who enjoy fish. Just so you know I’m still around and helping out. It takes lots of hands to make our club the success it is. Larry Johnson will be presenting at our meeting. Jessica is presenting in February helping us to prepare for the April Home Show.
Our spring auction and show is on Saturday March 22 at the Waterdown Legion. Mark that date on your calendar so your fish are ready. We could use your help at the auction as well.
Hope to see you at the meeting!


By | January 9th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Presidents Message – December

Hi Everyone!
It’s that time of year again. Christmas is a great time for visiting with friends and family. It’s also a great time for sharing and helping others less fortunate. Our meeting on Thurs Dec 12 is about helping the Neighbour to Neighbour food drive. Please bring in some non perishable food items for our food drive. We will be providing a pizza and wing snack. If you’d like to add anything to our snack (desert) that would be great. Sarah is doing up a fishy draw table with donations from you. (items do not need to be fish related) $10 for 20 tickets. All money is donated to N to N. Noel will be entertaining us with a fishy game. So please come and enjoy! On Thurs Dec 19 we will be going to the Red Maple in Burlington for dinner. There will be a sign up sheet at the meeting.

Thank you Mark Denaro for your excellent presentations at our Dinner speaker evening. It was a great night. Thanks to everyone that attended.
Thanks to Tom and Tom last month for their dulling presentation on shrimp, lobsters and crayfish.
I reminder that we have elections in January. We need to know if you would like to run for a position at the Dec meeting. All seats are open. The current executive are in the process of ensuring all seats will be filled for January. Please let Charlie D or myself know it your interested.
Did you know that we have a really nice library full of different fish plants aquarium books? Come and check it out. You can sign out a book for a month. Remember to return your books each month and then take out another.
Merry Christmas! Hope to see you at the meeting.


By | December 5th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Thanks Mark!

Thanks for coming and speaking for the HDAS group last night Mark Denaro. It was a great night spent with friends. It was a pleasure spending time with you and of course learning. Thanks for all the salt water info.


By | November 17th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dinner with Mark Denaro

The HDAS dinner with Mark Denaro is coming up this weekend on Sat Nov 16. Mark will be making 2 presentations – a before and after our terrific buffet dinner and desert. Mark will be talking about annibandits and salt water fish. Let me know it you would like tickets.


By | November 12th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Presidents Message-November

> Hi Everyone!
> Hope everyone is enjoying all the fall auctions and shows. HDAS also has a Dinner Speaker night featuring Mark Denaro on Saturday November 16 at the Waterdown Legion. The evening starts at 6 with a meet and greet. Mark will be presenting 2 talks. One on Anibandits and the other on Salt Water fish. The cost is only $25.00 and includes dinner and desert. Let me know if you would like tickets ( Ted Judy will also be speaking in Chatham on Sat. Nov 9. Check out their website for more info. Another fabulous speaker.
> Our speaker this month is Tom Mason and he will be talking about crayfish and shrimp. I’m looking forward to this presentation. Our December program is all about Christmas with a Neighbour to Neighbour Food Drive. Please bring non perishable food items to support the event. Sarah will feature a fishy table with donation from YOU. Your donations do not need to be fish related. All the proceeds go to help less fortunate families. Noel will be hosting a Fish Trivia game and prizes, pizza and wings to celebrate the season.
> Hope to see you at the meeting.
> Carla

By | November 5th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Presidents Message – October 2013

Presidents Message

Hi Everyone!

Its another beautiful day as I’m putting this message together. Oct 1 and its sunny and warm. I look at the yard with the pool closed up and the leaves starting to fall around my ponds and wonder what happened to the summer. Our fall auction was a really great success. Thanks goes out to everyone that came out and helped. We can’t do it without you. The day ran smoothly and it was really nice to see so many hobbiests together. Thanks goes out to Klaus Steinhaus for his presentation in September on C.A.R.E.S. I hope you will all remember to give your information to Karen R so we can become more active in this program. After all, isn’t that part of why we raise fish? Our speaker for October is Frank Aquirre on aquarium beautiful. I’m sure it will be a really nice presentation as I’ve seen some of his pictures on facebook. If your not a member of our facebook group – look the club up. Our November speaker is Tom Mason on Crabs and Shrimps. This will be another amazing program. December is the Christmas Party and Neighbour to Neighbour Food Drive. Mark Denaro is our feature dinner speaker on Saturday, November 16 at the Waterdown Legion. He will be presenting 2 talks – Annibantits and Salt Water. The cost for this evening out includes a fabulous dinner and even includes desert all for only $25. The first presentation will begin at approximately 6pm. Let me know if you would like tickets.

Hope to see you all at the meeting.


By | October 8th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – September 2013

Hi everyone!

Hope you’re having a great summer. I’m just on holidays this week so I can hopefully enjoy a warm and sunny week. My ponds have done really well this summer. I got a beautiful lotus and it had 7 blooms. I was so impressed but Bentley our dog ate 2 blooms. He loves flowers. (Yummy)

I hate to say it but fall is just around the corner. With that comes fall auctions. Our fall auction is on Saturday September 21 at the Waterdown Legion. We encourage you to come out and support your club by lending a hand. Auctions are a lot of work if we don’t have volunteers throughout the day. Please let me know if you can help.

On Saturday November 16 the club will be featuring Mark Denaro as the dinner speaker at the Waterdown Legion. It’s a great buffet dinner along with a before and after dinner presentation. Tickets are $25. Please let me or a member of the executive know if you would like tickets.

Our Thursday September 12 speaker is Klaus Steinhaus presenting on “C.A.R.E.S.“. Klaus is a fantastic speaker and truly is passionate about “C.A.R.E.S.” and fish preservation. I hope you can join us.

I hope to see you at the meeting. Until then enjoy the rest that summer has to offer.


By | September 3rd, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|