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: 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


Please stay safe!

Mike Majer

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

President’s Message March

Hope everyone is doing well.

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

I would like to thank Randy Seufert for our February Presentation on Catfish on our Zoom Meeting!

This month we have Shane Linder! Shane may be familiar to you as the author behind Shane’s World on PlanetCatfish. He will be speaking to us on March 11th at 7:30pm. He will be talking to us on Collecting in Uganda.  If you are a paid member, an email we be sent out for your invitation.

Our April Zoom Meeting will be a member Show & Tell! Share your fishroom or favourite aquarium and let us know what you’ve been up to!

If you are not a member you may try a meeting before joining. Contact for more info.


You can join or renew your memberships by following this link You will receive an electronic version of our membership.


Our Band App is up and running again. You can buy and sell your fish or equipment. Click here to join our Band App page.

We are Opened!

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


Canadian Association of Aquarium Club  website is up and running. Visit

Please stay safe!

Mike Majer

By | March 6th, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message February

Hello Everyone

This Pandemic – it just wont go away. We are still not going to have our in-person monthly meetings or our shows/auctions .

Our monthly meetings will still be taking place online via Zoom.

Due to computer issues, there will not be a bulletin for this month.

I’d like to thank Rick Borstein for an amazing presentation of “Sixty Tips in 60 Minutes”. We all learned some neat tricks from it, I bet some of us have used some already!

This month Randy Seufert will be our guest zoom speaker. Randy’s program is “The Little Catfish”. Randy is from New Boston, New York has been guest speaker for H&DAS in the past. This should be an amazing presentation that you don’t want to miss. Paid members will get an email invite for the presentation. If you are not a paid member, you can request an invite by email to . Due to the stay at home rule, there will be no prizes given out. Dont worry, when this is lifted will be having amazing prizes.


If you’d like to join or renew your membership  visit us at . We have an electronic version of the membership card that you can keep on your phone or print it out. By joining you get these privileges. Receive 10% Off at Tropical Fish Room in Brantford and all aquatic stuff at Big Als Hamilton.

Sponsors Spotlight

Due to this pandemic, our amazing sponsors are only opened for curbside pick up only.

Big Als Hamilton- You can make online orders at or you can call them at 905-560-1000.

Tropical Fish Room- You can call them at 1-519-765-6225. You can find and follow them on Facebook at .

Everyone please stay safe!


Mike Majer, President

By | February 3rd, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message January

Happy New Years Everyone!

I hope everyone had a safe Holiday Season. This Pandemic is like having the worst case of Ick in your aquarium. It just wont go away. We are still not going to have our in-person monthly meetings or our shows/auctions .

Our monthly meetings will still be taking place online via Zoom.

I’d like to thank Frank Aguirre for an amazing presentation last month on Breeding Angel Fish. This month on January 14th, our Special Guest is Rick Borstein from Chicago. He will be giving us a talk on “60 tips in 60 mins” . There will be some DIY tips that you might not of think of.

2021-2022 Executive

Our Elections are over and I am happy to say there are no changes to our Executive:

President Mike Majer
1st Vice President Steve Fyfe
2nd Vice President Rob Chatelain
Treasurer Margaret Dent
Recording Secretary Patricia MacDougall
Past President Carla MacDonald  

Neighbour to Neighbour

We Like to Thank everyone who donated towards or N2N fundraiser. Right now with this pandemic, it’s very tough for everyone. Especially for families that need our help.

Curbside Pick Ups

With the restrictions that the Ontario Government has given us, our main sponsors have to operate their businesses by Curbside Pick-Up.

Big Als Hamilton – You can go to their website at www.bigalshamilton,ca to place your orders or give them a call at 905-560-1000. The phone lines might be busy, so please keep on trying.

 Tropical Fish Room – You can give Jerry a call at 519-756-6225 for your aquatic needs.

New Members

If you would like to join H&DAS, you might want to visit our website at  www.hdas,ca .

 Just want to ask everyone, to please be safe!


Mike Majer


By | January 7th, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

Neighbour-2-Neighbour Virtual Fundraiser

Every December, at our Holiday Meeting, H&DAS has held a Donation Drive and Penny Raffle to raise funds for Neighbour to Neighbour. Neighbour to Neighbour works to improve the quality of life in our community by offering access to tutoring programs for children, community kitchen programs, utility subsidy programs, family counselling, emergency food access and a host of other interventions.

Due to COVID-19 we are not meeting in person, so this year we are holding a Virtual Fundraiser for N2N.
If it is within your means, we ask that members make an online donation via the link below, and send a screenshot of your receipt to us privately at For every $10 donated, a ticket will be put in our draw for some amazing aquarium products!

Our Virtual Fundraiser will run until the end of December, with the draw taking place during our January Zoom Meeting. Prizes include a Fluval ProVac, a ZooMed AquaEffects Nano LED, NorthFin Community Flake 350g bucket, 2L Fluval Total Protection Water Conditioner, and a $100 gift certificate to Big Al’s Hamilton!

For more information, contact

To donate, visit:

To learn more about Neighbour-2-Neighbour, visit:

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

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|