2014 Meeting Schedule

Potluck – December 14th – 6pm

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.

Dogs at Meetings

  • 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.

Programs

January 12th – The presentation tonight will be on freshwater shrimps by Mustafa Ucozler.

February 9th – Bob Fenner – Aquarium set up and general fish discussion.

March 9th – Pat Carolan – Feeding behaviors of fish from Lake Malawi.

April 13th – The Spring Auction

May 11th – Dr. Ron Harlen – Dr. Ron Harlan can trace his interest in tropical fish to his childhood in Rangoon, Burma. He helped a family friend, U Cho, drag a seine through streams and collect tropical fish. He joined the American Killifish Association in 1965 and was a member of the BAKA during his high school years when he lived in a bedroom with 35 species of killies and dwarf cichlids. More recently he had been the resident Rivulus expert in the Southern California Killi Club and keeps a slightly more modest number of species. Professionally, Ron was a biology faculty member, department chairman, and Dean of Instruction at Glendale College for 33 years. Now retired, he teaches biology at Palomar College. He founded Back to Nature Filtration in 1985 in 1985 and still provides affordable reverse osmosis to the tropical fish and orchid hobbyist. Ron has taken 6 trips into the Peruvian Amazon as well as collecting in Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Bolivia.

For the May 2014 SDTFS meeting Ron will do a presentation on the amazing and beautiful tropicals called Killifish. The presentation will cover the various groups of killifish, the maintenance of killifish, and explain how to breed killifish. Ron will work to dispel the misconception that killifish are hard to keep and breed and always need special water conditions. Ron will bring along several species of killifish in complete breeding kits for the sale and auction including several that are both beautiful and easy to maintain and breed.

June 8th – Paul Curtis

July 13: Our Annual Table Top Circus!

Ring one will be occupied by the legendary John Pitcairn and his collection of live foods

Ring two will be David Huie and his exciting presentation on Breeding Fish

Ring three features Charles Pratt presenting a unique filtering system and the new exciting Dumbo Elephant Ear Bettas

Ring four presents  Bill Cline’s collection of ancient as well as up to date research materials on the aquarium hobby.

And there will be more if you bring materials for your own table top presentation. Yes, we hope you will share with us your own unique thoughts, fish, methods, and materials. Just bring in anything you think would be of interest to fellow SDTFS members! Ring five is for you!

August 10th – Paul Curtis – Fish Nutrition – The Presentation can be viewed here Fish Nutrition.

September 14th – The September meeting will feature a virtual tour of other tropical fish clubs by Charles Pratt. Balboa Park now has their own wireless network and we can access it to make presentations right in our meeting room. Old number 101 has stepped into the future!

October 12th – David Huie – A talk about the upcoming November show.

November 9th – The Fall Auction

December 14th – 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.