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Thank You all!

TFCB ‘s 25th anniversary event was a great success and we would like to thank everyone that attended, helped or contributed in many ways.  Please visit the thank you page and visit those that helped to sponsor this event.

June 8 auction items

Below are some of the items that will be in the auction:

David & Janine are planning to bring:Synodontis petricola, Checkered Barb, Purple Passion Danio, Labidochromis “Lemon Yellow”, Steatoncranus tinanti, Opthalmotilapia ventralis, gold marble angelfish , brown and albino ancistrus, pseudomogil conniei, java fern, bolbitus, Cryptocorne parva, trident java fern, anubias, vinegar eels and microworms

Brian Scott will be bringing angelfish, blue acaras, boesmani rainbowfish and assassin snails

Diane Whittaker will be bringing red and white worm cultures, several strains of guppies, spotted gambusia, endlers livebearers, t-bar cichlids and a variety of plants including java fern, taiwan moss, asian water moss and ludwigia repens

Joan will bring synodontis angelicus X, syno lucipinnis, breeding pair of electric blue acaras, young electric blue acaras, breeding pair of red head tapajos

David IshamI will bring at least one bag of red swords {they’re hard to catch!} some giant hygro & maybe other plants.

Ira: Plants:
Cabomba pulcherrima
Bacopa caroliniana
Rotala rotundifolia
Hygrophila polysperma var. Rosanervig “sunset”
Java Moss
Fissdens moss
Red arrowleaf
Micranthemum Umbrosum
Neocaridina “Painted Fire Red”

Andrew Bessy: neolamprologus multifasciatus, kribensis, corkscrew val, Taiwan moss, java fern and bacopa caroliniana

Bryan: Hex Tank W/ Stand, Supplies, Desktop Tank W/Supplies, Frogbit, Taiwan Moss, duckweed, Asian Water Moss, Marmokreb Crayfish, Kribensis Cichlids, Spotted Gambusia Holbrooki, Ramshorn Snails, Misc. Supplies

Lam is bringing:Yellow labs (adult and juvies)
Plants (water lettuce, water sprite, rotala)
Aquarium lights (t5 and t8–used and new)
Filter (small and medium)
10g reptile tank

Bill Cole will bring:German blue rams
Green lazier Cory
Orange lazier cores
Blue gularis
Coral red pencil fish
Xenotoca variata
Tiger limia
Albino ancistrus
Jack dempsy
Apisto Eunutus
Water sprite

some highlights of donations too: Fluval T5 light, Aqueon wavemaker 2600 and 5800, Curretn 48″ freshwater LED light, Cobalt EXP canister filter, Aqueon Evolve 4 and 2 tanks, foods from Cobalt, Tetra, SF Bay Brand, Omega One, and lots more!

TFCB shirts available

Order your shirts now!

TFCB is having club shirts made.  They will have our blue and green round TFCB logo on the back, with a black pen and ink drawing of 2 angelfish on the front.

We must have your order by May 1stso we can have them printed and available at the May 15th meeting!!  Please email me to order what you want to buy from the selection below.  You can pick them up and pay for them at the May 15th meeting (or after).  Order as many as you like!  Think about your spouse, children and Christmas!

Beefy T-shirts $15ea, ($17ea for 2XL and larger)
Specify White, Blue, or Yellow
Specify size:  Small, Medium, Large, X-LG, 2XL, 3XL

Beefy Long Sleeve t-shirts $19ea ($21ea for 2XL and larger)
Specify White, Blue or Light Pink
Specify size:  Small, Medium, Large, X-LG, 2XL, 3XL

Polo Shirts $22 each ($24 for 2XL and larger)
White Only
Specify size:  Small, Medium, Large, X-LG, 2XL, 3XL

We will order a very few extra shirts so we have some to sell in the future, but sizes, styles and colors will be very limited!  Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  (sorry for the short notice…)

Contact Janine at (dbanks at


TFCB T-Shirt Design Contest

At the last meeting the club decided we should print our own TFCB shirts.  We need some designs to choose from, please submit your designs by April 1 and we will pick one at the April 10th meeting.  Rules are HERE.  Winner gets a FREE shirt!

Feb 13th TFCB meeting party

Our February 13th meeting will be our actual anniversary and will be a celebration meeting.  We hope to have many past and present members attend to help us eat cake and enjoy lots of great friendships we have all formed over the years.  We will also have lots of prizes and a short presentation on the history of the club.

Meeting starts at 6:30, but we will be there early.  Thursday Feb 13th at the VFW in Essex Junction, 73 Pearl St behind Northfield Savings bank, to the right of Rite Aid.

TFCB 2014 Schedule

TFCB meetings are held at the VFW Hall in Essex Junction, on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30PM

Jan 9 – TFCB meeting, members presentations

Feb 13 – TFCB meeting, 25th anniversary party

Mar 13 – TFCB meeting, video, Cristel Kasselmann, new plants ( 2005 NEC conv )

April 10 – TFCB meeting, Peter Izzo, Uraguay

May 15 – TFCB meeting, Les Wilson, Fish Nutrition

June 6-8 – TFCB 25th Anniversary Event, Holiday Inn, South Burlington.
Speakers include: Eric Bodrock, Regina Spotti, Stephan Tanner, Rachel O’Leary
more details

Sept 11 – TFCB meeitng, Steve Lundblad

Oct 9 – TFCB meeting, TBA

Nov 13 – TFCB meeting, Paul Loiselle

Dec 11 – TFCB Holiday meeting, location TBA

NEC 2014 Convention

Convention 2014

The dates for the convention have been set!  Our convention will again be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell CT from March 28 – 30, 2014.

Convention registration is now open, see web site.

See NEC newsletter for updates and details.  If you do not receive the NEC newsletter, please let TFCB president David Banks know and he can get you added to the mailing list.

Thank You !!

Thank you to the following for their support of TFCB:

Thanks for your support for our 25th Anniversary!!

The Pet Advantage
Repashy Super Foods – Speaker Sponsor, Thanks!
Xtreme – Speaker Sponsor, Thanks!
Amazonas magazine
Cobalt Aquatics
The Pleco Feeder
Tropical Science Biolabs
Cichlid News
United Pet Group ( marineland, tetra, etc )

Penn Plax
Ecological Laboratories
Kingfish services: Omega One, Aqueon, Amazonas, Eastern Aquatics, Cichlids Press, Discus Brief, Discus Hans, Swiss Tropical
Cichlid Press
Lifeguard Aquatics
South Central Cichlids

Omega Sea
South Coast Scientific Aquarium & Animal Care Supplies & Books
Florida Aquatic Nurseries
Aqua Ultraviolet
Doctors Foster and Smith
Zen Gardens

Blue Paddle Bistro
Vermont Aquatics
San Fransicso Bay Brand
Ocean Nutrition

Brewery Tour June 6, 2014 ( check these out )

Switchback Brewing
Queen City Brewery
Magic Hat
Groennfell Meadery
Four Quarters Brewing
Infinity Brewing

2013 and previous

The Pleco Feeder
New Era
Cichlid Press
Tropical Science Biolabs
Ecological Laboratories, Inc
Amazonas and Coral Magazine
E G Danner Manufacturing
North Jersey Aquarium Society
Kingfish Services
Chuck Davis
Sera, USA
Florida Aquatic Nurseries
San Fransicso Bay Brand
Ocean Nutrition
Cobalt International, Inc.
United Pet Group (Tetra, marineland, Perfecto, and others)
Drs Foster and Smith
The Pet Advantage

Please support them!