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Anableps anableps

As the picture of some of our Anableps might suggest, we are, and have been, enthusiastic tropical fish hobbyists for the past thirty years. We're strictly amateurs but we've had some good luck from time to time and we hope to use this site to share a bit of information and a few pictures related to this beautiful hobby. If you're new to tropical fish or just want a basic refresher course, be sure to read Pat's Basic Guide to a Successful Aquarium.

We're members of the St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society (SCAAS) where Pat held the position of Editor of The SCAT newsletter for 9 1/2 years. Perhaps the most famous issue was the colour edition from April 1998 because we had 500 copies and we could afford to spread them around. Whenever possible, Pat added a bit of colour to The SCAT just to emphasize the part it plays in our beautiful hobby. The June 2000 edition was her last. The editorship has now passed to Dave Unruh. We wish him continued success in this venture.
This year's CAOAC Convention was held, once again, at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. -- Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs A great time was had by all.
Next year -- (2008) -- Edmonton Alberta!

Blue Gularis Our December meeting was held on Monday, December 3rd, 2007, at our regular meeting place, the Teamster's Union Hall, 70 St. David's St. in Thorold (map) at 7:30 p.m. sharp.
Our program for December featured a presentation on killifish with commentary by Charlie Grimes. We acquired this program from FAAS, (Federation of American Aquarium Societies). Killies are so fascinating that many tropical fish hobbyists wind up specializing in them to the exclusion of all others. This, in spite of the fact that only a few of the more common varieties ever wind up in local pet stores. The pictures in this program provided some clues as to why these fish are so special.

Couple of (Ricola macrops?) catfish There are other important reasons for coming out. There was to be a jar show this month featuring Swords, Platys and Mollies as Fish Of the Month but no entries. There was a door prize for those who signed in and wore their name tags. We had a special 'penny' raffle for our members but no mini-auction. Refreshments were available (free) and there was good fellowship and great chances to 'talk fish'. Our library was available this month. All those interested in tropical fish were most welcome. It was a pleasure to see you there.
S.C.A.A.S. now has an official club web site, created and maintained by Roman Haljkevic. Why not pay it a visit!
If you would like to join the St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society you can obtain a membership form and instructions here.

This year's SCAAS picnic was held on Saturday, July 21st, once again at the home of Dave Unruh, 16 Grapeview Dr., St. Catharines. The BBQ was fired up at 3:00 and a great time was had by all.

Upcoming and already happened Fishy Events:

Watch this space for more information on coming fishy events.


Ricola macrops eggs
A BIG thank you to all who attended and supported our Auction - Oct. 21, 2006.

If you care to visit a very interesting fish site, try The Minnesota Aquarium Society Aquazine.

Breeding Discus

This site will change to reflect what's happening in our hobby and what's going on at the St. Catharines club. We hope some of it will be useful or, at least, interesting. We'll feature more fish pictures and interesting aquatic information in the future. In the meantime keep your fish wet and warm and don't forget to take pictures.
To find out about lots of other excellent Tropical Fish Clubs and upcoming events click on CAOAC 'Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs' and/or FAAS 'Federation of American Aquarium Societies'.

The Calgary Aquarium Society has a site still well worth a visit by those who love fish.
For a great source of tropical fish info and pics try FISH LINK CENTRAL
Also check out Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa - an excellent resource.

Juvenile Sturisoma
An article from 'The Scat' - April '98 issue - on Breeding Sturisoma
An article from 'The Scat' - May '98 issue - on Breeding Whiptails (Rineloricaria)
An article from 'The Scat' - September '98 issue - on Breeding Alfaro huberi   (livebearers)
From 'The Scat' - November '98 issue Yet Another Photo Op! pictures from our show.
An article from 'The Scat' - January '99 issue - on Breeding Ember Barbs
An article from 'The Scat' - February '99 issue - on Breeding Chapalichthys pardalis
An article on breeding Discus from 'The Scat' - April '99 issue - Our Fascination with Discus
An article on breeding Apistogramma steindachneri from 'The Scat' - June '99 issue - Our First Apisto
An article on Anableps anableps from 'The Scat' - Oct '99 issue - Anableps anableps Part I
An article on Anableps anableps from 'The Scat' - Nov '99 issue - Anableps anableps Part II
An article on Anableps anableps from 'The Scat' - Dec '99 issue - Anableps anableps Part III
An article on Anableps anableps from 'The Scat' - Jan '00 issue - Anableps anableps Part IV
An article on Farlowella acus from 'The Scat' - Mar '00 issue - Stick Cats - Farlowella acus
An article on Labidochromis caeruleus & Melanochromis chipokae from 'The Scat' - Nov '00 issue - Two Easy Malawians
An article on breeding the Bumblebee Goby from 'The Scat' - Mar '01 issue - Bee Keeping
An article on Showing Fish - Six Steps to Showing Fish
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