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President’s Message November

Hello Everyone
We hope everyone is being safe! This pandemic has taken this hobby into another level. As you all know we have been doing monthly Zoom meetings these past few months with some amazing speakers!


By | November 2nd, 2020|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message October

Happy Fall Everyone!

Due to the government regulations and for the safety of everyone, our meetings and auctions are postponed due to COVID-19.

With technology these days, we have been having successful meetings via Zoom! Last month was show and tell time! Some of our members let us see their amazing fishrooms and aquariums.

This month we have a special guest speaker joining us on Zoom. Coming all the way from Tulsa Oklahoma its Gerald Griffin. Gerald’s knowledge in the hobby is amazing. He will be speaking to us on Evolution and Taxonomy. How are species named? How are species classified? What makes something a species while something else similar is not? We will explore these questions and discuss the taxonomy and evolution of fish. This one you don’t want to miss!


I just want to say a special thank you to my fellow executive members. We have been trying are hardest to come up with special guest speakers and making our zoom meetings more interactive.


Its the time of year that we announce the elections are coming up! If you would like to join or run against any of our executive positions please let me know by emailing me at


We are so close to finalizing our electronic version of our membership cards. If you need to renew your card or would like to join us please click on the link below.

Join here .

During this pandemic our amazing Sponsors at Big Al’s Hamilton and The Tropical Fish Room have been allowing Aquarium Society discounts on mwmberships that expire in 2020. As soon as our electronic version is active, this will no longer be valid.

When you receive your electronic version some rules will be applied. For example, if you show your membership card on your phone, you will have to show ID to confirm that is you. Sharing your memberships will not be tolerated.


Our Band App is still active. If you need to sell equipment or some fish or plants , please Click this link to join us.


If you are overstocked on fish or plants, give one of our sponsors a call. You might be able to get store credit towards new stock or supplies.

Tropical Fish Room – 1-519-756-6225

Big Als Hamilton- 905-560-1000 ext 3

On behalf of the H&DAS executive and myself, we would like say please be safe during this 2nd wave of COVID-19.

Thank You

Mike Majer

President, H&DAS

By | October 1st, 2020|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message September

Hi Everyone!
I hope everyone is well!

Just want to thank everyone who joined us on our Zoom Meeting. It was Show and Tell time! A lot of you were keeping busy during this Pandemic with your fishrooms, they looked amazing!

Our next scheduled meeting is on October 8th at 7:30pm. Our Special Guest will be Gerald Griffin from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gerald is the Judging Board Chair at International Betta Congress. He is former President of the International Betta Congress. He has been to Canada a few times during CAOAC Conventions and even fell in love with Tim Hortons while he was here!  He is a super nice guy and his knowledge of Bettas is out standing.
Gerald will be speaking to us on Piscine Evolution and Taxonomy.

Meetings and Auctions
Our in-person meetings and auctions are still postponed at this time. Our meeting location and the Legion are not available for social gatherings, which is understandable. We won’t be taking any chances; we worry about everyone’s safety and health.

During this time, our amazing sponors The Tropical Fishroom and Big Al’s Hamilton will honor expired memberships that expire in the year 2020.
We are currently working on a PDF format membership card so you can renew your membership or join the club online and still receive a card. These memberships can be printed or mailed to you if you don’t have access to a printer.

Band App
Our Band Group is up and running! If you need to sell any fish or equipment you can! If you need access to our group, download the Band App and join “Hamilton & District Aquarium Society Buy & Sell Group”.

Mike Majer
President of HDAS

By | September 17th, 2020|Categories: President's Messages|

September Zoom Meeting

Welcome back!

Our September meeting is an opportunity for members to catch up and share what they’ve been up to since our March meeting.

Participants are encouraged to show off their aquarium or fishroom achievements or even just their favourite fishy friends.

Members will receive a notice via email, and later a link and password for the meeting itself.

During the meeting, President Mike will hold a draw for a 250g container of Northfin Bug Pro! The winner can have it delivered with no contact.

We’ve missed you and hope to see you there!

By | September 8th, 2020|Categories: Meetings|

Club Update

September is here, and with it begins an unprecedented new year for H&DAS.

Covid-19 has had widespread repercussions on the lives of all, and our club is no exception. We remain in operation, however no in-person meetings or events will be taking place.

Our Fall Auction is cancelled, and our Spring Show & Auction will likely be as well.

We do not have nearly enough space at the church for proper social distancing, so monthly meeting will continue, however they will be conducted online via Zoom. Paid members will receive meeting information via email. Please contact us if you are a paid member and did not receive our July meeting emails so that we can ensure you receive further correspondence.

All memberships are on hold as of the March meeting until further notice; if your membership was paid and in good standing as of the March meeting it will not expire any time soon. We have contacted our retail sponsors about extending discounts to those with memberships that expire after March 2020, and are exploring means of providing updated digital memberships.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate operations during the pandemic.

We miss you all and hope our members and supporters are well and stay well.

By | September 8th, 2020|Categories: Announcements|

President’s Message April

Hi everyone

Just a reminder that our meeting for this month is cancelled.

Some of our Local fish shops are still open; please call them to see their restrictions before visiting.

Please everyone stay safe. Only go get your essentials that you need.

Mike Majer
Email president@hdas

By | April 3rd, 2020|Categories: President's Messages|

Spring Show & Auction Announcement

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, and following Health Canada’s ‘Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings’, we have decided to cancel our Spring Show and Auction  this weekend.
We understand that this is disappointing but the health and safety of all involved are our highest priorities.
By | March 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message March

Happy March everyone.

Its been a busy few months for us. Some of our executive have been occupied with personal issues.

Just want to thank Peter DeSouza for an amazing presentation on Bettas. I am seeing a lot of members trying to breed bettas now, I wish them luck!

For our March 12th meeting we have Oscar Virgilio presenting on Stingrays!
Please Click the Link below for more information.

Saturday March 14th is our Spring Show and Auction!
All Club Proceeds will go to Australian Conservation Foundation! Please Click the link below for more information.

Don’t forget April 25th. We have Chris Biggs as our Guest Dinner Speaker! Get your Tickets Today!
Please click the link below for more information.

May 1st to the 3rd
CAOAC Convention!
Click the link below for more information!

See you Soon
Mike Majer

By | March 9th, 2020|Categories: President's Messages|

January Meeting

H&DAS is kicking the year off with a bit of business and a bit of fun!
January is our elections month, so we will be taking a few minutes during the meeting to confirm our executive for the upcoming year.
In place of a traditional speaker, Jessica will be running a Wabi Kusa soil ball workshop! Save your plant trimmings, as we’ll be planting cuttings into pre-made substrate balls to grow out of the aquarium. Members will be supplied with materials but extra cuttings are most welcome and will help spice up the mix! Don’t forget to bring taper point tweezers if you have them, and your glasses if you need them! Youll need a display container at home – large jars, vases, terrariums etc all work.
Doors open at 7pm for set-up, meeting begins 7:30pm.
We meet downstairs at the Church of the Resurrection, 435 Mohawk Rd W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1X1
Our meeting will have the usual members draw, raffle table, donutfish, and a mini auction.
*** President Mike will be bringing a magical mystery box to test your fishy knowledge! Will it be fish? A Plant? An Invertebrate? Remember to bring your thinking caps!
Guests are welcome to come and check out a meeting for free!
Suitable plants to bring:
Most stem plants (Hygrophila, Ludwigia, Hydrocotyl, etc)
Rosette plants (small Cryptocoryne)
Bolbitis ferns

True aquatic plants such as Hornwort, Vallisneria and Blyxa are not suitable for Wabi Kusa.

By | January 8th, 2020|Categories: Announcements, Meetings|

An Evening with Chris ‘The Mad Aquarist’ Biggs


April 25th 2020. Madness is coming to town, and it’s name is Chris.

Hamilton & District Aquarium Society is incredibly excited to be hosting a dinner speaker event featuring The Mad Aquarist himself, Chris Biggs!
A spark of genius from the icy plains of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Chris is a Grand Master fish breeder and horticulturalist, international speaker, founding member of The Dead Fish Order, and so much more. His love for the hobby can be seen on his YouTube Channel and has kept him in high demand as a keynote speaker.

Our evening will feature two presentations by Chris, a potluck dinner, donation drive for Neighbour-2-Neighbour, door prizes, and more!

Tickets: $20 plus small potluck item or donation to Neighbour-2-Neighbour
Location: The Waterdown Legion Branch 551, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0

Contact to arrange tickets and potluck contributions.
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or allergies; we want all of our guests to leave happy and well fed!

Tentative Schedule:

5pm Meet & Greet with Chris
6pm ‘The Florida Experience’
7pm Dinner
8pm ‘The Mad Aquarist’

For further information, follow us on Facebook or online

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|