2015 Meeting Schedule


Time and Place

Our public meetings are at 6:30 pm the second Sunday of each month in room 101 of the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park.  Directions are here.  Please come join us.  We love to chat, and we have many experts in our club who are willing and able to answer your questions and help you advance your hobby, even if you’ve been keeping fish for 50 years!


Each regular meeting starts with a mini-auction. You can start registering the items at 6pm, and we try to start the auction at 6:30pm. If you are planning to sell items, please get here early, and fill out the Seller Item Listing form and label the bags before you arrive. This gives a better chance for other members to see the items, and note down what they are interested in.

Twice a year, instead of a speaker, the SDTFS have an enormous auction. This is usually April and November. Registration starts earlier, at 5pm for these. There are fish, plants, filters, tanks, stands, lighting, and sometimes even whole tank setups for sale.  It is one of our major fundraisers.

Only SDTFS members may buy and sell items. You can join when you arrive at the auction. Plan on bringing plenty of cash because we do not accept credit cards.

Click for detailed information on buying and selling in our auctions.

After the Auction

After the auction, we have a brief business meeting, followed by an interesting program on some aspect of the hobby. See below for the current schedule.

Then we break for coffee, doughnuts, and conversation.  After the break, we raffle off a table full of fish, plants, equipment, food, and even tanks!  We also have a bowl show that features a different aquatic category each month.

Dogs at Meetings

Dogs are welcome to the meeting, but please follow the rules below:

  • The dog must be held on a leash at all times.
  • Only one dog per family permitted.
  • If you bring a dog, you will be asked to sign a liability waver.
  • Anyone not observing the above rules will be asked to leave.

Monthly Programs

  • January 11th: Tuan and friends will do a program on breeding
  • February 8th: “The Marine Aquarium Industry in Southeast Asia”
    A presentation by “Noah DesRosiers. Noah received his M. S. from KAUST, in Saudi Arabia and has traveled widely working with marine fish. His talk will share footage and stories from his travels around the fishing villages of the Philippines, providing real insight about our industry.
  • March 8th: ” Live Foods for Tropical Fish” A presentation by John Pitcairn
  • April 12th: Our large Spring Auction. See the Auctions page for information about buying and selling.
  • May 10th:  Ron Harlan will present “Fish Water” a look at the basics of water chemistry for San Diego fish keepers. Dr. Harlan has recently retired from a 33 year career teaching College Biology. But he seems as active as ever as owner of Back to Nature Filtration, a company producing products in the field of water filtration.
  • June 14th – David Huie: Ponds
  • July 12: Ron Harlan – Talk about Dwarf Cichlids
  • August 9th: Mike – Talk about building your own LED lighting system. He is an engineer who has built his own LED lighting system will be giving a presentation on how you can build your own LED system.
  • September 13th: Our Speaker will be Leonard Liebrand who is the new owner of TriCity Tropical Fish in Vista. Len has been in the tropical fish business since 1998 and was a hobbyist for five years prior to that. He will discuss Feeding Fish, ingredients in fish food, how to make your own food, and recommend feeding habits.
  • October 11th:  Dave’s 20 minute Annual Show talk, and a presentation on the Orange County Fish Stores Outings.
  • November 8th – The Fall Auction
  • December 13th: Annual Christmas Potluck 6pm Start – Christmas Potluck, Awards, Elections, Raffle. The meeting consists of a pot luck dinner, each member brings a hot main course if they are single, or a hot main course with a dessert or appetizer if more than one. At the meeting there is also an optional gift exchange, you can bring a wrapped fish related gift under $10, and you get to pick a different one in a random drawing.