|The Delaware County Aquarium Society meets on the first Friday of every month from September to June, at the Springfield Township Building at 50 Powell Road. (Look for the "POLICE" sign). Meetings start at 8 pm. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. So please, stop by and meet us when you are in the area.|
|The main course of the meeting is the slide show and/or lecture on topics of interest to all aquarists. Refresh old subject matter that needs updating, or open up new horizons with facets of this varied hobby that you may never be exposed to elsewhere. Many expert speakers from within our club or who have distinguished themselves in the hobby at large are happy to invite your interest in their specialities. Always a great learning experience, and its FREE!|
|June 2002's meeting will be announced shortly. We hope to see you there.|
|September||Pam Schwett||How to Close Your Pond|
|November||Barry Pennell||Sex on the High Seas|
|December||F.A.A.S||Cats Without Claws|
|January||Joe Seimeister||Fish Parasites|
|February||Peter Thode||2002 Germany Discus Trip|
|June||Home Tank Show||Tentative|
|Members compete with each other as judges determine who has the best fish in the given categories. Points are accumulated towards annual awards. Over the year, a variety of fish are on display in the many categories. A lot of fun, talk, and recognition can be had as you contribute to the decor of the meeting room with your living aquatic jewels. Rules for participants are printed at the beginning of each season (September), and can be requested during the year from the Chairman.|
1. Ugly Fish Contest
1. Angels/ Discus
2. Goldfish/ Koi
3. US Natives
4. Tetra Characin
1. Rainbow fish
3. Suckermouth Catfish
3. Gouramis/ Anabantoids
1. Aquatic Animals excluding fish
2. Cory Catfish
3. Old World Cichlids
1. Danios/ Whiteclouds
2. Barbs Rasboras
4. Swordtails/ Platies
1. Dwarf Cichlids
2. Catfish excluding Cory and Suckermouth
3. Classes not coverred Oct.- April
1. Saltwater Fish
2. New World Cichlids
3. Loaches/ Labeos/ Sharks/ Flying Foxes
1. OPEN: Livebearering Fish
2. OPEN: Egglaying Fish
1. Bowl Beautiful
Miniature Tank Competition
1. All fish are the sole responsibility of their owner, and must be in the possession of the owner for at least one month.
2 or 3 entries: One award (for First Place).
4 to 6 entries: Two awards (First and Second Place).
7 to 10 entries: Three awards (First, Second, and Third Place awards).
Over 10 entries: Honorable Mention awards, not to exceed one award for each additional four entries, may be issued at the judges discretion.
The Best of Show will be chosen from among the First Place winners and any automatic Honorable Mentions in the featured groups. The Best of Show will be chosen from among the First Place winners in the featured groups and any automatic Honorable Mentions. the Best of Show automatically carries the first place points, but not the automatic Honorable Mention points should that be the case.
15. Points will be awarded as follows:
Best of Show -10 points (plus 20 pts. for First)
First Place -20 points
Second Place -15 points
Third Place-10 points
Honorable Mention -5 points
1 point for each entry, not to exceed 3 entry points per group
MEMBERS' DOOR PRIZES
|At the close of every meeting, the club auctions donations of fish and equipment the proceeds of which benefit the club. Many of the donations are fish from members who want to free up space in their tanks or have surplus fry from successful spawns. These fish are healthy, often unusual, and often available very cheap. Stick around to the end of the meeting and see how much your low bid can buy!|
Donations to the club to be sold at auction are always welcome as they assist in helping us make ends meet. If you have nice quality fish that you'd like to let go, but not for free, then register them in the front of the room before the meeting in the members' percentage auction. Your fish are sold to the highest bidder with the club taking $0.50 or 20%, which ever is greater, and you keep the rest! This is a great way to turn over "tired" fish and open up space for something exciting, or sell some of your surplus spawns to recoup some hobbyist costs. Your excess fish are somebody else's happiness. There is a 14 bag limit per membership per night.
The Auction begins each time with safe community fishes donated by members for kids only. This allows the wee ones an opportunity to bid without competing with the deep pockets of older members, and gives the youngsters a chance to get home earlier before they fall asleep.
DCAS LIBRARY BOOKS
Aquarium Plants, Horeman and Rataj
Nature Aquarium, Takashi Amano
Nature Aquarium II, Takashi Amano
Nature Aquarium III, Takashi Amano
Aquarium Plants, James Barry
And many more
DELAWARE COUNTY AQUARIUM
FROM I-476 (the Blue Route)
LANDAMRKS for Route 420
and Baltimore Pike