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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|

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|

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|

President’s Message October

President’s Message October

Hello Everyone

I want to thank Zenin Skomorowski for an amazing presentation on Loaches in September. This month we have Haydn Pounder talking about quarantining your fish properly.

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at our Fall Auction! I would like to thank my Auction Chair, Carla MacDonald, for once again putting on an amazing auction. To my fellow excutive – Thank you for all the hard work and dedication for the auction.

To all the runners, kitchen staff, and other helpers, thank you so much for your help!

To Jerry Draper and Bob Wright, our auctioneers, again an amazing job and thank you for your time.

To our sponsors..
Big Als Hamilton
Big Als Canada
Aquarium Direct
Finatics Aquarium

Your donations were amazing! We really appreciate your support towards H&DAS.

CAOAC Convention 2020 will be hosted by Durham Region Aquarium Society May 1st to the 3rd. It will be held in Burlington at the Holiday Inn again. This year’s theme is Thunder Down Under in the Great White North, focused on Rainbowfish. They’ve arranged a great line-up of speakers, click below for more info

Mike Majer
President of H&DAS


By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message September

Hello everyone!
I hope everyone had an amazing Summer!

A new Season has started for H&DAS. This year we have an amazing line up of Guest Speakers! Starting on Thursday September 12th at 7:30pm sharp with our friend from the Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society, Zenin Skomorowski!

Zenin will speak on the diverse members of the Loach family! Zenin keeps approximately 12 species of loaches. His most favorite Loaches are Clowns, Berdmorei and Dwarf Chain Loaches.

Doors open at 7pm for set-up, meeting begins at 7:30pm.

I will be bringing a magical mystery box to test your fishy knowledge!
Guests are welcome to come and check out a meeting for FREE!

Location at the Church of the Resurrection
435 Mohawk Road West, Hamilton, Ontario L9C1X1

Saturday October 5th
Hamilton and District Aquarium Society Fall Auction

Located at the Waterdown Legion, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown, Ontario L0R 2H0

Doors open at 8am for Registration.
Auction Starts at 10am Sharp!

All are welcome; no entry fee

Semi-annual auction rules apply,

All entries must be submitted and tabled by 9:30 am.

The percentage breakdown will be 70% / 30% club

Only new dry goods, fish, plants, and invertebrates will be accepted.

No books or used equipment however you may rent a vendors table to sell your equipment.

Vendors tables are $25 and MUST be pre-arranged with Carla.


All sales final and at the decision of the auctioneers.

Cash Only

If you’re able to help us out at the Auction, please let us know! We will have a sign up sheet at our meeting.

Please make sure your membership is up to date. New memberships will be availabable at the meeting. To learn more vist our website at

Hope to see everyone there!

Mike Majer- President


By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message February

Hello Everyone

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for nominating me as your new President of Hamilton and District Aquarium Society.  This position is an honour and I will try my best to keep the club strong and growing with new members and having more youth involved in this great hobby.

At this time I like to thank Carla MacDonald for her dedication towards the H&DAS for the past few years. Carla will be still helping the club much as she can.
Thank you Carla!

Your 2019 Hamilton & District Aquarium Society Executives!

President- Mike Majer

1st Vice- Steve Fyfe

2nd Vice- Rob Chatelain

Treasurer- Margaret Dent

Recording Secretary- Patricia MacDougall

Past President- Carla MacDonald


I hope everyone enjoyed January’s program that I presented. Working in Retail in the hobby.What I go through on a daily basis. Our speaker this month knows what I go through because he has been there too ! It’s our friend Frank Aguirre! Frank will be presenting Technical Information Part 1, covering repairing and resealing aquariums, air pumps for fish rooms, plumbing for water pumps, and water purification.


This years Home Show is coming a very fast!
Be sure to sign up via email* or in person by the end of the February meeting on Thursday the 14th. All participants will receive a prize.

For more information visit:

  • To sign up online email your name, address and phone number to





Saturday, March 23, 2019

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 551

79 Hamilton St N

Waterdown, ON

Our Spring Fish Show and Auction is coming up very fast! Please follow this link for auctions rules and entry forms


We also need volunteers to help us out as runners. There will be a sign up sheet at this months meeting.


Thank You

Mike Majer



By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message May

Hi Everyone!
Yes……Finally! Ponds are open and all my fish survived. Woohoo! It’s May and that means “CAOAC Convention” May 18 to 20 at the Burlington Holiday Inn. It’s not too late to purchase your ticket. Lots of great speakers, lots of specialty classes, vendors, auctions and lots of fish friends coming together.

Big huge thank you to everyone that entered the H&DAS Home Show. You all had beautiful tanks! Special thanks to Frank, Peter and Charlie for judging the tanks and Jessica for taking such beautiful pictures and video.
Our May program will be presented by Haydn Pounder about his many experiences with the wonderful world of Show Guppies. Haydn will be bringing gorgeous show guppies from his private stock as well as a selection of plants. Tommy Lam from “Shrimp Fever” will be our presenter in June, speaking on freshwater shrimps.
The Peel Club (PRAC) is hosting a dinner speaker on a Saturday, June 9th with Rachel O’Leary. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out, Rachel is a speaker you don’t want to miss!

Jessica will be taking orders for our new club t-shirts at the May meeting for pick up at the June meeting. T-shirts range in size from Men’s Small to 4XL in Fruit of the Loom 100% cotton. They are $10; all orders must be paid in advance.

The executive is inviting you to a club BBQ on Sunday June 24. Sign up sheet and info at will be available at our meeting this Thursday, May 10th.
We look forward to seeing you all at the meeting on Thursday. As a reminder, you can come to a meeting without being a member. Come check us out!
By | May 5th, 2018|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message April

Hi Everyone,
What is happening with this weather? I thought we were celebrating Spring as we had a very successful Spring Show and Auction on Saturday, March 24th. A huge Thank You to everyone for helping out! It takes so many helpers and it is very much appreciated. The monies raised through our events help to support our speakers and monthly club activities. If you have a program idea please let us know.

Our program for April is the Home Show. I know that the judges – Charlie, Peter and Frank had a great time visiting those that entered the Show and Jessica enjoyed recording moments of your tanks to share with the club. I can’t wait to see all the different aquariums!
As spectators on Thursday we all get to pick our favourite tank and vote for the “People’s Choice” Award. Exciting!

The CAOAC Convention is quickly approaching May 18 th through 20th at the Burlington Holiday Inn. All the speaker info and activities can be found on the CAOAC site. If you haven’t purchased your weekend ticket I would suggest you do so as the price of the ticket is only $85 until April 20 ($100 after April 20). Our club has been asked to organize the Auction on Sunday May 20. Come on out and support CAOAC and all clubs.

Hope to see you on Thursday,


By | April 7th, 2018|Categories: President's Messages|