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The San Diego Tropical Fish Society has been meeting since the 1940s. Our goal
is to bring fish loving folks together in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to
discuss and enjoy our passion for tropical fish and aquatic life. Members and
guests of the club have a wide range of interests in underwater life, from
freshwater fish to marine fish, snails to aquatic plants. Some of us just have
one tank, some have a hundred or more. Some have decades of experience to
share, while others are new to the hobby. Every meeting provides wonderful
opportunities to talk "Fish" with other like minded people, and to make new
fish friends. We support a diversity of interests and hope that you will share
yours with us!

And don’t forget to join us for our

OCTOBER: A presentation on air-breathing fishes by Heather Lee will explore
some of the fascinating adaptations that fish have developed to survive in less
than ideal water conditions. Emphasis is on the ever-entertaining mudskippers.
Also, all you need to know about the upcoming November fish show and how you
can participate!

NOVEMBER FISH SHOW: The annual San Diego Tropical Fish Show will be held the
weekend of November 6th and 7th. Everyone is encouraged to enter a tank (or
two!) to show off fish, plants, and other critters. It’s lots of fun to
participate, and prizes are awarded. Setup is on Friday, and the show runs
through Sunday afternoon. Free to enter, and you might even win a trophy,
plaque, or ribbon!!

NOVEMBER: The something-for-everyone giant fish auction! Unusual fish and
plants, as well as tanks and equipment are available a bargain basement prices.
This is a great opportunity to pick up unique fish and plants that you just
won’t find anywhere else. Don’t miss this! Hundreds of items up for
auction, you do not need to be a member to bid and buy!

DECEMBER: The annual pot-luck is always tons of fun! Bring a dish to share and
relax with other fish keepers. Awards for the November show and the ever
popular club elections will keep you on the edge of your seat.

And Coming in FEBRUARY: We have Dr. Paul Loiselle from the American Natural
History Museum in New York speaking on his field trips to Madagascar! Dr.
Loiselle is well known in cichlid circles and has even had one of the guapotes
named after him. He is studying endemic killifish, too. Dr. Loiselle is known
for his vast knowledge and unique presentation style, this is one you DO NOT
want to miss!


Cool things you will find at the San Diego Tropical Fish Society!

MONTHLY MEETINGS are always held in this room, the second Sunday of every month
at 6:30, rain or shine! Guests are always welcome, and we hope you will enjoy
the club and become a member! (Our low, low membership dues help keep the club

AQUATIC AUCTIONS: At each meeting we have a mini fish auction that starts at
6:30 PM. Guests are welcome to bid and buy fish, but only members may sell
fish (another great reason to join, hint, hint) Incredible things show up at
these auction, many rare and desirable fish and plants that are bred and raised
by our members. You may never find these in local fish stores! If you wish to
sell items, they must be checked in by 6:30 PM, auction will begin at 6:40 PM.
Each member may bring up to 5 items, and anything fish related may be sold
(Fish, aquatic plants, supplies, tanks, live food, etc.). The club splits the
earnings with the sellers; the club gets 25%, seller gets 75%. No late
check-in, thanks!

PRESENTATIONS: Following the auction, we have our presentation. This may be a
guest speaker, a slide show, a video program, even a hands on demonstration.
Every month is something different, and you will learn a lot! We get some
excellent guest speakers from around the country, and often they bring in fish
to raffle off as well!

BOWL SHOWS: Each meeting we have a mini fish show where members get to bring
in their fish and compete against each other for raffle tickets and ribbons.
Fish are brought in flat sided containers (usually small tanks or bowls), and
each month is a different type of fish (Guppies, catfish, cichlids, etc.).
This is great fun, and the kids love it. Winners in each class get 30 raffle
tickets for 1st place, 20 raffle tickets for second place, and ten raffle
tickets for third place. It is a great way to show off your fish and to let
others get a look at some interesting fish! And it’s free to enter too!

REFRESHMENTS are served at the break, and include donuts and punch, etc.

RAFFLE TABLE: This is a favorite for both adults and kids! Everyone can enter,
guests and members. Tickets are 25c each, and your chances of winning (often
numerous times) are excellent! Tickets are generally sold at the refreshment
break time. The raffle table is loaded with tropical fish, aquatic plants,
aquarium supplies, and a variety of other goodies. Also on the raffle table is
always a brand new fish tank with hood and lighting. Many of these items are
donated by members to support the club. If you have extra baby fish at home, or
fish that have outgrown your tanks, please consider bringing them to the raffle
table! The club would love any donations you would like to provide. , We have
many manufacturers who donate brand new supplies to the club, and you will find
these on the table as well, along with samples of fish food, filter supplies,
live food cultures, books, fish magazines, aquatic snails, etc.! The proceeds
of our raffle table go 100% to the club to pay for club activities throughout
the year. You don’t want to miss the raffle!!!

LARGE AUCTIONS: Twice a year in November and April we host two gigantic
auctions of tropical fish and fish-related items. Close to 400 items can be up
for auction, all brought in by members. These auctions draw a big crowd and
just about everything fishy you can think of may show up. Only members may sell
items (no limits, bring as much stuff as you like, but please no more than 5
bags of any one species or plant) and both guests and members may bid.
Fantastic fish and plants come through these auctions, some things you have
only ever seen in books!

NOVEMBER FISH SHOW: This is a club favorite! Every November we host a fish
show in the Casa del Prado over the weekend. Members may bring as many tanks
and bowls of fish as they want to, the more the merrier. Members compete
against each other for trophies, plaques, and ribbons. If you have a favorite
fish at home that you just know would blow away the competition, this is the
event for you! The club provides the power, air pumps and heating, you just
bring the tanks with a filter. You may also show smaller fish like guppies,
killifish, bettas, and goldfish in flat sided fish bowls. The public is invited
and comes through to look at the show, admission is free. A great opportunity
to show off your most impressive fish, plants, and tanks!

MONTHLY FIELD TRIPS: Every month the fish club goes on a field trip to
somewhere interesting and fun! Each month is something different. We publish
and mail out a monthly newsletter called "Fish Tails", and this will list all
upcoming events that the club is doing (another great reason to become a
member!) Future field trips include trips to check out: grunion runs; the
famous San Diego Koi show or a koi hatchery; Death Valley to find endemic
pupfish; Aquarium of the Pacific, the Birch Aquarium, or Sea World; tide pools
in Mexico or Point Loma; fish stores in Orange County, Los Angeles, or San
Diego; the San Diego Zoo; the White Sea Bass facility; even Padre games!

More cool things you will find at the San Diego Tropical Fish Society!

BREEDERS AWARD PROGRAM: Are your fish having babies for you at home? We have a
non-competitive fish breeding program, a fun way to show others what life has
been growing in your tanks. Just bring in 10 babies that are a month old or
older to the meeting, and Norman Brown will give you an easy form to quickly
fill in. Each fish species bred is worth points, and as you earn more and more
points, you can win awards at the end of the year. Everyone loves to see your
baby fish and find out how your tank was set up to get babies. You can then
either auction your babies in the mini auction, donate them to the raffle
table, share or trade them to another member, or take them back home. It is
lots of fun, so start breeding some fish!

THE TROPICAL BREEZE: Our club magazine is published several times a year. Here
you will find articles written by members, photos of members’ fish, advice,
info on fish, club announcements on upcoming field trips, activities, and lots
more. Just one more great perk of joining the club! And of course, members
also receive our monthly publication, "Fish Tails" to keep them up to date on
club activities. Naturally, we would love to publish anything fish-related that
you would like to write. To submit articles or photos, email David Huie at

CONTACT INFO: Listed below are numbers for the people you can contact to find
out more about the club or any of the above listed activities and events. Feel
free to call anyone, we are here to help you. For general information you can
call the club info line at (619)281-FISH. Or you can email Barbara(who many of
know online as Woodle or SanDiegoFishes) at
. And our
website is

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