Meetings 2017

Upcoming Meeting: April 9th

  • Semi-Annual Large Auction – Bring items at 5:30, auction starts at 6pm.

New for 2017

As of January 2017, we are going to bring back the Breeder Award Program. The details have not been finalized, but the general overview is:

Members breed fish for points, which are accumulated to reach individual achievement levels and for annual awards. Point values for each species vary depending upon the difficulty of spawning and raising the fry. Fish that are submitted for BAP are entered into the auction at the general meetings, and the proceeds from those auction sales support the BAP.

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 8th: Have you ever wondered how your knowledge of our tropical fish hobby compared with that of other SDTFS members? Do you know more then they do, or Heaven forbid, less than they do? Our meeting on Sunday night will feature your opportunity to find out how your tropical fish knowledge rates compared with other club members.
  • February 12th: LED Lighting by Mike Fry
  • March 12th: Doug Dennis Breeding and Parental Behavior of South American Cichlids
  • April 9th: Our large Spring Auction. See the Auctions page for information about buying and selling. Bring items at 5:30, and the auction tries to start at 6pm.
  • May 14th: David Huie – Fish reproduction
  • June 11th:Dr. Dan Cartamil, Sharks of Southern California. With continual sightings of various sharks along our California coast it’s time to learn more about the various types of sharks that can be encountered locally. Join us for an informative talk with Dan Cartamil. Dan is a post-doctoral researcher at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He has studied sharks and rays in the Bahamas, Hawaii, and California.
  • July 9th: Bill Cline – Ammonia
  • August 13th: Alane Milton, How to Make the Best of your Pet Store. A Brief history of pet/aquarium stores in the U. S. and San Diego.
  • September 10th: Doug Dennis, Orange County Stores
  • October 8th: David Huie, Information on our SDTFS November Show
  • November 12th: The Fall Auction
  • December 10th: 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.