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March 12th – special TFCB meeting

The Tropical Fish Club of Burlington will host a Marine and Reef Aquarium Day on Saturday March 12 starting at 1PM. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn on Williston Rd in South Burlington. There will be a Frag Swap where hobbyist can share and sell frags of corals and other marine life. Other items will be available at auction and everyone has the chance to win a nice selection of door prizes. The highlight of the day will be a presentation by Justin Credabel titled “Marine and Reef Hot Topics”. Below is a bio and short description of his presentation. Free admission, free door prizes, no charge to sell/trade frags! Whether you have a reef or marine tank, or not, plan to attend as there will be something of interest to everyone. Justin is not only extremely knowledgeable, but entertaining and wants to share his knowledge with all.

Contact Ira at ira.gardner.morse @ gmail.com or David at dbanks @ together.net if you plan to bring frags to sell or swap, there is no fee but we want to ensure there will be space available.

Sponsors for this event include Coral magazine and three local stores! Coral magazine will be there with free magazines, and we will have several donated subscriptions too! Thanks to the Pet Advantage, Green Mountain Coral and Lebanon Pet for their support for this event! Hope to see many of you there! Details at www.tfcb.org or the facebook event page.
Schedule

1:00           Intro

1:30           Justin Credabel
Marine and Reef Hot Topics

2:30           Break

2:45           Auction

3:15           Raffle Drawing

3:30           Q&A with Justin

4:00-5:00   Social Time

Frag swap throughout,
except during presentation

Submit an article or photo for In Depth, get paid ( maybe anyways! )

To increase newsletter contributions, the Board discussed creating an incentive program. Beginning with the February newsletter, each submission will earn one raffle ticket.

  • A submission is defined as an original, stand-alone photograph or illustration, an article or column.
  • A column or article that is submitted with original, supporting photos or illustrations will earn two tickets.
  • The submissions must be published to earn the tickets. At the June 2016 meeting, six tickets will be drawn. In subsequent years, ten tickets will be drawn at the June meeting.
  • Each winning ticket is worth $20 in TFCB bucks that can be redeemed for membership dues or used at auctions and events for which the club charges a fee.
  • Ann will keep track of submissions and tickets earned.

The March issue will be our annual printed issue, please consider writing something for this now!  This will have a color cover and back page, and a color centerfold.  The on line version will be all color, as will all other issues.  An article does not need to be an in depth  ( pun intended! ) and long article, something short and simple would be great too. Pictures are also needed for both covers but also to add to the newsletter experience.

Thanks for making In Depth a great club newsletter!

TFCB Calendar 2016

Sept 8th – TFCB meeting, VFW, Essex Junction, starts at 6:30

Oct 11, SPECIAL meeting, Holiday Inn, Williston Rd. Hans Evers, “Stories from a Tropical Living Room, Habitats of Corydoras Catfish”  download flyer

Oct 30, TFCB All Day Auction, Fish , live plants, new and used aquarium items.  Holiday Inn, Williston Rd, opens at 11AM, auction starts 12 noon.  download flyer

Nov 10th – TFCB meeting, VFW, Essex Junction, starts at 6:30

Dec 8th – annual holiday meeting, location TBD

 

Jan 14th – Ira Gardner-Morse “building LED light fixtures workshop”  Each paid member that attends will be able to build their own LED light fixture 24-30″ for free.

Feb 11th – member workshops, Dave Isham, Andrew Bessy and Richard Weinberg

Mar 12th – Justin Credabel, SPEACIAL meeting, Holiday Inn, Williston Rd, South Burlington, 1PM, Reef and Marine Hot Topics!

Apr 14th – Steve Edie, ACA and Zoomed Sponsors, “Tanganyikan Cichlids and the Name Game”

May 12th – Ann Whitman, outdoor tubs

June 9th – Caroline Estes, “What fish go in what size tank”

Auction items – partial listing – Sunday 10/25

 

Aulonocara jacobfrebergi, tsano rocks
Geophagus steindacneri
Labeotropheus trewavasae opal
Poecelia mexicana
Synodontis lucipinnis (dwarf petricola)
java fern
anubias – large
Pundimilia nerrerei, Ruti Island
Crytpoheros nanoluteus
Crytpoheros nanoluteus
zoogoneticus tequila
Synodontis lucipinnis (dwarf petricola)
vinegar eels
microworms
Bristlenose trio
Albino bristlenose tri
DD Phillipine blue trio
DD Phillipine blue trio
DD Phillipine blue trio
Large koi angel trio
Black Veil angel trio
Red OB peacock trio
RCS Red Cherry Shrimp (6)
RCS Red Cherry Shrimp (6)
Blue German Rams Trio
20 G High Aquarium setup
Air ornaments
ancistrus
ancistrus
Red swords
Giant Hygro
Giant Hygro
Valisneria
Java moss
Java moss
Hornwort
Jewel Cichlid
Jewel Cichlid
styro
styro
styro
styro
1 male German peach
6 pack female German peachs
6 pack male+female red top mbunas
Blue Gularis Pair
Blue Gularis Pair
Koi Angel x2
Koi Angel x6
Apistogramma Cacatioudes Triple Red Pair
Apistogramma Cacatioudes Triple Red Pair
Apistogramma Cacatioudes Triple Red Pair
Apistogramma Cacatioudes Triple Red Pair
Fundlopanchax Scheeli Pair
Fundlopanchax Scheeli Pair
Fundlopanchax Scheeli Pair
Aphyosemion Australe Gold Pair
Betta Falx Pair
Apistogramma Agassizzi Double Red Male
Apistogramma Macmasteri F1 x 4
Apistogramma Macmasteri F1 x 4
German Blue Ram Juvies x 8
German Blue Ram Juvies x 8
Aphyosemion Campomaanense ABK 07-181 Pair
Ophthalmolebias constanciae (Featherfin Pearlfish) Pair
Rotala Rotundifolia
Rotala Rotundifolia
fissidens moss
hygro var sunset
Salvinia minima
Brazillian Pennywort
java fern “windelov”
painted fire red shrimp
painted fire red shrimp
painted fire red shrimp
wild type neocaridina shrimp with blue dream and pfr gene
root tabs
root tabs
rotala macranda “caterpillar”
light – t5ho 48″
substrate
narrow leaf amazon sword
neolamprologus multifasciatus
bacopa caroliniana
riccia
hornwort
ludwigia sp “red”
long fin orange swordtails pair
orange swordtails
orange swordtails
4 Pundimilia nyerrerei, Ruti Island
2 pr kribs
6 Lil kribs
1 LG striped angel
1 LG striped angel
1 LG water sprite
1 LG java fern
1 box accessories
1 bag interesting rocks
Poecelia “Ginga Ruba”
Poecelia reticulate – wild type FL
Crypt aponogetifolia “karabi”
Crypt Parva
Wendilov Java Fern
Crypt ciliata
1 Malawi Cichlid
driftwood
3 tiger barbs
Glossolipsis incisus
busy nose pleco
driftwood
3 small kribs
1 electric Blue Acara
1 electric Blue Acara
driftwood
1 blue angel
1 blue angel
1 pr Cryptoheros chutalenensis
1 pr Cryptoheros chutalenensis
small Cryptoheros chutalenensis
med kribs
blue angel
pr bristle nosed
spotted raphael
male Melanatania uchensis
3 serpae tetras
3 glow lite tetras
zoogonecticus tequilla
zoogonecticus tequilla

 

Plus these plants from Florida Aquatic Nurseries

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TFCB Annual Auction , Sunday Oct 25th

Thank you everyone that contributed to the auction.  It was well attended and a great success.  Please support those that supported us.

Viewing starts at 10:30, auction at noon at the VFW in BURLINGTON, 176 S. Winooski Ave.  You can download the flyer here:

tfcb auctionflyer-2015

And the rules and vendor entry forms here:

auctionrules2015

AUCTIONENTRYFORM2015

 

Thank you to the following for their support:

SEACHEM
Hikari
The Pet Advantage
ZooMed
Hagen ( Fluval )
Florida Aquatic Nurseries
Cichlid news
Ecological Laboratories Inc.
Spectrum Brands/United Pet group ( tetra, marineland, etc )
Cobalt Aquatics
Pet Solutions
Cichlid Press
Two Little Fishies
Doctors Foster and Smith
Amazonas Magazine

Aquatic Experience – Nov 7-9, Schaumburg, IL

Everything aquatic under one roof!  Show floor with vendors and manufacturers, top fish experts sharing their knowledge, aquascaping contest with cash prizes!, and lots more.

Wanted to share some exciting news that might interest you all! Aquatic Experience’s Aquascaping Live! Contest is returning for a second time, Nov. 6-8, 2015 . Contestants can compete in two categories (Small or Large Tank) for $3,900 dollars in prize money, and all competitors receive free admission to the show floor—experiencing “everything aquatic under one roof” at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center . Registration for individual Small Tank entries will be accepted until the 25 spaces are filled, and the Large Tank category is invitational, with six final entries chosen from all submissions. For more information on Aquatic Experience – Chicago , tickets and complete rules and regulations for the Aquascaping Live! Contest, please visit www.aquaticexperience.org . Hope to see you there!

http://aquaticexperience.org/

TFCB 2015 Schedule

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

 

Dec 10th – TFCB holiday meeting

 

Jan 8th – video

Feb 12th – Jean-Pierre Camus, Cory Family

Mar 12th – Ann Whitman, Breeding Angelfish

April 9th – Bill Gill, Guppies

May 14th – David Banks, African Cichlids

June 11th- Rit Forcier, Goodeid livebearers?

Sept 10th- Karen Randall, Aquarium Plants

Oct 8th – TFCB meeting, Gary Elson, topic coming soon

Oct 25 – TFCB Annual Auction, VFW Burlington, VT

Nov 12th – TFCB meeting, Julien Poupard and François Blondeau will speak on tips and methods for hatching fish eggs

TFCB Fall Annual Auction 2014

Giant Auction

Fish, Plants, New and Used Equipment, Fish Foods, etc

Sunday Oct 26, 2014 Noon

VFW Hall
73 Pearl St
Essex Junction, VT

tfcb auctionflyer

auction rules

AUCTIONENTRYFORM

AUCTIONENTRYFORM  ( word doc )

 

List of preregistered items, plus a whole lot more coming

Ancistrus

Ancistrus

Java Moss

Java Moss

Giant Hygro

Giant Hygro

Albino ancistrus

Albino ancistrus

Odessa barbs

Odessa barbs

Angelfish

Angelfish

Water lettuce

Frogbit

Corkscrew Valisneria

Java moss

Java moss

Subwassertang plant

pr blue galaris

3 angelfish

3 angelfish

3 angelfish

M boesmani rainbows

M boesmani – male

M boesmani – male

mopani wood

fluval 304 cannister

blue acara

blue acara

tank décor

C. sajica

M. praecox

1pr blue rams

freshwater fish food

plastic plants

plastic plants

3 heaters: 50, 150,200W (all work)

4 air pumps (all work)

miscellaneous

freshwater test kits

Python siphon system

2 tubes with safety siphons

misc chemicals

20 gallon tank

20 gallon tank

35 (?) gallon tank

linear pump – Min Bid $75

Ocean Sea Salts – MB $25.00

Dolomite – MB $15.00

Water Pebbles – MB $15.00

Foam Filters – MB $20.00

Box Filters (some new) – MB $20.00

Bag of many foods – MB $15.00

Bag of Medications – MB $30.00

1lb cannister of Spirolena

Sera Filter Wool

24 Inch Tropic Sun Lamp

36 inch Tropic Sun Lamp

24 Inch HO T5 Tropical Lamp

24-inch HO T5 Tropical Sun Lamp

18-inch T8 Lamp

15 inch Color Max Lamp

Water Pump 150 Watt

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 20l/30 Gallon

Tank Lights – 15G-20H

Tank Lights – 15G-20H

Tank Lights – 15G-20H

Tank Lights – 15G-20H

Tank Lights – 15G-20H

Tank Lights – 15G-20H

Large Pump

Large Pump

Large Pump

Large Pump

Large Pump

Large Pump

small pump

small pump

Lemon Yellow Labidochromis

Lemon Yellow Labidochromis

Steatocranuis tinanti

Epiplatys singa, kinsuka

Epiplatys singa, kinsuka

Fundulopanchax gardenri innidere

Fundulopanchax gardenri innidere

checkered barbs

Tessellated Darters

Tessellated Darters

Java Fern

ancistrus

microworms

vinegar eels

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 www.wetspottropicalfish.com and www.cichlidexchange.com .

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.