President’s Message October

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe we are into Fall when it was so warm last week. Mother Nature finally finally caught up to the season. Many of you I’m sure are tidying up ponds and moved some outdoor fish back inside.
Thank you Mike Majer for your presentation last month – the Hobby vs the Pandemic. I’m seeing that you’re starting another program. Little tidbits of info. Keep us posted.

Our program this month – Thurday October 12th will be about Peter DeSouza’s trip to Cameroon. I’m looking forward to it.

Danios, Labyrinth Fishes (non-Betta), and any other variety are this month’s Jar Show entries. Remember 1st prize is $30, 2nd is $20 and 3rd is $10 gift cards. So bring your entries.

Our Fall Auction is this weekend on Saturday October 14th at the Waterdown Legion, 79 Hamilton St.
We could use some help as events like this take many hands. We will have some volunteer prize draws so don’t miss out. Please come out and support the club. We have some vendors coming out this weekend too. Fins and Scales Hatchery, Cat’s Caves, Rainforest Pets and Big Al’s have offered to come out and wow you. If you’re interested in a table, please let me know.
You can contact Margaret if you’d like to pre-register for the auction or pick up your sheets at the meeting.
Hope to see you this week.


By | October 9th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message June

Hi Everyone,

I’d like to thank Jessica Bullock for her fascinating program “From the literature to the lab; adventures in cichlid research”. Our June speaker will be Randy Seufert. Randy’s program “The Little Catfish” looks at the 4 families of small catfish with hints of how to sex, breed, and raise them.
If you can’t attending our meeting in person please email us by 6pm on Thursday, June 8th at info@hdas.ca for a link to the zoom meeting.

Our Fall Auction will be on Saturday, October 14th at the Waterdown Legion. We will have room for 6 vendor’s tables. The cost will be $35 per table. Please let me know if you’re interested.

The Annual CAOAC Convention will be held with Pet Expo at the Toronto International Center, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga – Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17.
* Hotel Info – we have blocked off some rooms at a discounted rate at the Monte Carlo Inn, 45 Coventry Rd, Brampton. This is 10 minutes to the Pet Expo. Tickets can be purchased thru the CAOAC.ca for a discounted price.

*CAOAC Banquet on Sat night at the hotel. Dinner is $55

Pet Expo Attractions:
– Meet Chris “The Mad Aquarist” Biggs
– 4th Canadian Biotope Contest 2023 – we would like to welcome 10 participants to our competition. Each participant will receive a 10 gallon tank with light and hanging filter. This package is yours to keep from the organizers of Pet Expo. If you’d like to participate please send an email to – caoac1@gmail.com – attention Frank Aguirre
– Aquascaping Competition
– Trans Canada Guppy Group – show and auction
– Betta Breeders Canada – show and auction
– CAOAC show and auction
– speakers to be announced

*Presidents Tank Challenge*
We’ve asked each CAOAC club to participate in an aquascaping challenge. There’s nothing better than a little competition. There’s also nothing better than watching a group of people fascinated by a beautiful tank. So let’s get all the clubs involved. I’m thinking 20 gallon tanks. Prizes include bragging rights of course, trophy and more. Please let me know if your interested caoac1@gmail.com

Hope to see you at the meeting on Thurs!


By | June 6th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message November

Hi Everyone

I hope you all didn’t eat to much left over Halloween candy much as I did!

I’d like to thank Frank Aguirre for joining us last months meeting and presenting to us and amazing presentation on Synodontis Catfishes . It was much enjoyed by all who attend.

On Thursday Nov 10th, We have one of our longtime club member Brian Glazier speaking to us on Swordtails! This informative presentation on the Xiphophorus Family will be great!
Join us, You don’t need to be a paid member to come to a meeting.
Located: 435 Mohawk Rd W ( corner of Mohawk Rd and Garth. In the basement.
Time: Meeting Starts 7:30pm Doors open at 7:00pm


I would like to thank everyone who joined us on Oct 8th for our Fall Auction. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. The Auction was a huge success ! To my fellow executive, Thank you! We did an amazing Job! To all the volunteers who helped us out from runners to kitchen help, your time of help was much appreciated. Our auctioneers, Bob and Udo. You two where amazing and your services was also appreciated. Thank you.


We are closing down our Library down. We will be raising money towards Neighbour to Neighbour Hamilton. A generous donation towards the books will defiantly help them out. There are amazing books up for grabs.


Our Elections are coming up next month. There are will be some positions opened. For myself I am still Not sure if I will go for another term as President. I will have my decision by next month.

If you would like to run for a position in our executive, please email us at info@hdas.ca or myself at president@hdas.ca.


Make sure you visit our Sponsors.

Big Als Hamilton
The Tropical Fishroom
Planted Aquaria

Rainforest Pets and Reptiles
Finest Pets

All paid members must show there paid and up to-date membership card to receive there discount.
Please follow our sponsors guidelines when receiving a discount.
Membership Cards can not be shared with Friends.

Our Holiday Party is next month. Paid members will receive an email soon.

Mike Majer

By | November 5th, 2022|Categories: President's Messages, Uncategorized|

President’s Message April

Happy Spring Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well.

We are still not going to be having our in-person meetings or live auctions due to this crazy pandemic.

I would like to thank Shane Linder for a great presentation on collecting fish in Uganda. It’s interesting how people live in other countries and how they collect fish.

For the month of April, we are having our virtual home show/show and tell of members fishrooms and aquaria. We had this kind of meeting about a year ago and it was amazing to see how different hobbyists maintain their fishrooms or aquariums. Each member who wishes to share will have a time frame that will be given out to show off their stuff! The meeting will be held on Thursday April 8th at 7:30pm.

If you are a paid member, an email we be sent with your zoom invitation – this meeting is for members only.

If you wish to join H&DAS, you can pay online here: https://hdas.ca/membership. All memberships valid as of March 2020 will be kept on hold until we begin meeting in person again.



Our group on the Band app is up and running; here you can buy and sell your fish or equipment. Click here to join our Band group:




Stores are still open! But to limited capacity…… Again.

Our Amazing Sponsors The Tropical Fish Room and Big Al’s Hamilton are still open! They will have a limited capacity of customers to enter their stores. Please support them and follow their rules for entry to their establishments.


Pond Season

Pond Season is almost here! Thinking about putting a pond or few barrels out? Big Al’s Hamilton just got their pond supplies in. You know you don’t have to put only goldfish or koi in your barrels. You can put other species – for example, a few years ago I had an above ground preformed pond. I put about a dozen Red Velvet swords in it. I had a filter running and I had a waterfall on there, too. I had water hyacinths covering 80% of the surface. I actually never fed the fish until August; I let them eat the insect larvae that occurred naturally. Well I put in a dozen fish and by August I had about 100 with the most amazing colors.

You should try it!



The Canadian Association of Aquarium Club website is up and running. Visit www.caoac.ca.


Please stay safe!

Mike Majer


By | April 1st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 November

Hi Everyone!
Thank you Bob Wright for your program in October on your adventures at the Georgia Aquarium. Makes me want to take an Aquarium visit soon! I’m going to New Orleans in November so…..you just never know.
Our November program is really special.
Art Comisso will be giving a live aquascaping demonstration. Exciting! Art will be bringing a 9 gallon rimless Seapora Crystal aquarium with a stylish Tropica LED light and CO2 kit by CO2ART. He will complete the aquascape using plants, substrate, and hardscape from Tropica Aquarium Plants. The completed tank, worth over $700, will be auctioned off at the meeting with all proceeds going to “Neighbour to Neighbour”!
Our December Holiday program includes games by Noel, pizza and wings. A snack or dessert to share is always welcome if you feel like sharing. Sarah will put together a “fishy” table raffle with all items donated by members and guests. We ask that everyone attending the meeting bring a non perishable item or 2 for our “Neighbour to Neighbour” Food Drive.
It will be a feel good evening.
Club elections take place in January. Please let a member of the executive know if you’re interested in helping out.
Hope you all enjoy the meeting!
By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message April

Hi Everyone!

Wow! Spring is here and what better way to start off the season than with our Spring Auction on March 25th! I’d like to thank all the buyers and sellers and most importantly all the volunteers; we can’t do this without you! I hope you enjoy all the other auctions this season, including the auction at our CAOAC Aquatic Expo 2017 on Sunday May 21st at the Burlington Holiday Inn.

Our club is very excited to be hosting the CAOAC Aquatic Expo Friday May 19th to Sunday the 21st. We are celebrating our club’s 67th anniversary and I’m looking to share stories, memorabilia, and past events; so if you have anything to contribute please contact me at president@hdas.ca. Full convention tickets are available for the Early Bird price of $85 until Tuesday, April 18, after which they increase to $90. All those who purchase Early Bird tickets will be entered in a draw to win a watercolour painting created especially for our event by Ken McKeighen. The vendors room, fish shows, and auctions are open to the public throughout the weekend although the shows will be closed for judging. Please visit our site for more details hdas.ca/convention, details will be updated regularly.

Zack Brideau from KWAS and Reef Ontario was our speaker in March. It was an awesome presentation! For our April meeting, our very own Jessica Bullock will be presenting ‘Made in Hamilton: A Fishroom Tour’ Thursday the 13th at 7:30pm. I can’t wait to see you all there.

Keep fishing all!

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: President's Messages, Uncategorized|

President’s Message December

Happy Holidays!

Big thank you to Ron and Annette Bishop for their program on Axolotls; we had such a great turn out at our November meeting. Let us know what programs you’d like to see in the future.

Our December meeting is a Holiday get together. Noel will be providing us with a game we can all participate in. We are providing a pizza and wing night for members. Please bring a non perishable food item for our Neighbour to Neighbour Food Drive. Sarah will be setting up a raffle table with donated items – these items do not need to be fish related. All money raised goes to Neighbour to Neighbour as well. It feels great to help out those less fortunate. Because of the festivities there is no Jar Show in December.

Our January program will be a workshop on Filters presented by Zenin from the KWAS club. Club elections will also take place. If you are interested in helping our club please come and speak with me or message me.

Our club is also hosting the 2017 Aquatic Expo at the Burlington Holiday Inn May 19 to 21. Our speaker line up includes Ian Fuller, Eric Bodrock, Regina Spotti, Lawrence Kent and Gerald Griffin. Vendors tables, auction, fish shows etc all weekend. Tell me what you’d like to see and help make it happen. Lots of information can be found on our site. PayPal is also set up on the site to make it easy to purchase your tickets.

Have a great Holiday!

Merry Christmas, Carla

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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|