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TFCB Sept 11th meeting

Please join the Tropical Fish Club of Burlington on Thursday September 11th for an illustrated lecture by renowned tropical fish expert Steve Lundblad of Portland, Oregon. The lecture, entitled Bringing the Unique to Your Aquarium, will be presented at 6:30 pm at the VFW is Essex Junction, 73 Pearl st. Fish keepers with all levels of experience, from beginners to seasoned hobbyists are welcomed, free door prizes and there will be a small auction. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Mr. Lundblad has been in the aquarium industry for over three decades. He is widely known as an expert in the freshwater tropical fish species found in Africa and has maintained tanks of more than thirty African species for well over twenty years. He has given many presentations to aquarium clubs across the nation and internationally and has received numerous awards for his breeding and conservation efforts. Recently, on his latest trip to Lake Malawi, Africa he assisted in the reintroduction of Pseudotropheus Saulosi to the Taiwan reef where the species is nearly gone due to the popularity in the aquarium hobby and overfishing.

As a young man, he decided to blend his hobbyist passion with an entrepreneurial dream by creating a business importing, breeding, and selling tropical fish. In many cases he travels to the locations where the fish are captured from the wild and builds strong relationships with the local suppliers in Malaysia, Singapore, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Africa, and the tropics of the Amazon River. He has logged over eighty-five dives in Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika (African Rift freshwater lakes) alone. His trips have increased his knowledge of fish by observing them in their natural habitat.

His passion for tropical fish has grown into two thriving businesses with over a thousand aquariums and twenty employees. He owns and operates The Cichlid Exchange Inc., a freshwater wholesale business of nearly 30 years, as well as a large retail tropical fish store in Portland, The Wet Spot Tropical Fish, the largest specialty freshwater fish store in the country. Both businesses are known as a source for purchasing new and unusual species.

Steve is very active with the American Cichlid Association, has been on their Board of Trustees, and is currently the Show Judging Chairman. He is also on the Board of Trustees with The Greater Portland Aquarium Society. To learn more about his company history and to view some great fish photos visit his websites at and .

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, “Bringing the unique to your aquarium “

Oct 9 – TFCB meeting, Dwight Moody, “Money Saving tips”

Nov 13 – TFCB meeting, Paul Loiselle, “Fish of Madagascar”

Dec 11 – TFCB Holiday meeting, location TBA