St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society

Welcome to

St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society! 


Paul"s Presidential Message

We had another great meeting, October 5th, 2015. I would first like to start by saying a big thank you to Ryan Koch for his wonderful presentation. I think we are going to see a lot more dirted tanks now. Also a big thank you to Lee Routhier for volunteering her time to help Ryan with the presentation. This month's speaker will be another great presentation by Pam she will be giving us some very useful information on fish nutrition and her amazing critter crumbs. I am very thankful to the people that take the time to come out and share their knowledge with us, we all learn an amazing amount of information from these wonderful people. We are still looking for volunteers for the monthly meetings and we also need a lot of help with the big auction. I cannot stress enough how it is the volunteers that keep this club running and all the events and speakers that we get in. We have a jar show competition every meeting and we encourage you to bring in the fish of the month. You can also bring in any of your prize possession fish and show them off. It is recommended that you bring them in a flat sided container for better viewing. With all that being said, I hope you are all enjoying this year so far at the St. Catharine's and Area Aquarium Society and hope to see you all at the next meeting. Cheers.

Next meeting is Monday December 8 7:30 PM at the Seafarers Union Hall

October fish - Red Spotted Platy - Ernest Biktimirov

November fish - Cichlids any variety Remember each month there is always an open class.

From the Editor’s Desk – Lee Routhier
So how many have a started a dirt tank? How is it going? I actually tore one done, just didn't have the time to properly look after it anymore and I am not much of a gardener. My computer crashed on me this past week. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get this newsletter out in time but as you can see we made it. I have a wonderful tech team they were able to find what I thought I had lost. Looking forward to our next speaker. Have you tried critter crumbs yet? All my fish , snails and shrimp love them. Thanks to Amy Zupan for the photos in this newsletter. Once again the camera will be tossed out to the members. Please someone catch it. If I have sent you a form for "meet the members" please take a few minutes and fill it out. Thank you , enjoy and see you at the meeting.


We meet at the Seafarers and Teamsters Union at                  

70 St. David St. East in Thorold, Ontario.  

Click here for directions 

Who Are We?

The Society was established in 1958 and is a non-profit, educational organization that is dedicated to the task of promoting interest in the breeding, raising, maintenance and study of aquatic life, both at the beginner and advanced levels. We achieve these goals by sharing information from our own experiences and also by bringing in recognized expert speakers. We also have a fairly large library with books on pretty much any topic to do with fish.

The St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society is a charter member of the Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs, Inc (CAOAC -  The St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society is also a member of the Federation of American Aquarium Societies (FAAS –                                                             

Join Us!

Meetings of the St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society are held on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m at the Seafarers & Teamsters Union Hall, 70 St. David's St. E. Thorold, Ontario. 

If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month.  There are no meetings held in July or August. While our meetings start at 7:30 p.m, most members arrive early to chat beforehand and to enter items into our auction or jar show. Our President calls the meeting to order around 7:30. He informs us of club news, introduces new members and talks about recent fish endeavors.

AWARDS: Next we present  awards for breeding and plant propigatio. Find out more about the breeder’s award program by Breeder award , Horticultural form, Following this, someone introduces that month’s presenter and topic.

PROGRAMS: Some of the many topics have included how to start a saltwater tank (with a live demonstration), presentations from experts, some are our own members,  who have traveled the world collecting exotic fish, and setting up a do-it-yourself CO2 system. This year’s line-up looks just as exciting! 

SOCIAL: There is always an “intermission” during which time everyone mingles and discusses their aquariums. Coffee and snacks are always available. Whether you’re interested in a species of fish, having trouble with algae or wanting to set up your first tank, someone will be able to help. Our club consists of some of the friendliest people you’ll meet; we’re always willing to help each other out.

JAR SHOW: After the break our club's Jar Show Judge announces the winner(s) of the jar show.  Find out more about our jar shows, including how to enter, by clicking here

RAFFLES: We also have raffles with fantastic prizes that are drawn right after the results of the jar show.

Auction:  Here, you are able to bid on or enter your own healthy aquatic creatures, plants and functioning aquariums and supplies.  The fish and plants in our auction far exceed the quality and selection you can find in stores. 70% of the profit goes to the seller and the club keeps the other 30%to help pay the bills.  Find out more information and forms for the auction by clicking here   The auction is one of the highlights of the meetings for many people because you are able to find great deals on reliable aquatics and equipment.

Come on out and see what you think.  If you enjoy yourself (which we know you will), get a membership for you and your family for the year.  It's less than the cost of seeing a movie and much more enjoyable!  In addition, membership comes with access to our monthly newsletter, the "SCAT", which features articles by hobbyists, information about upcoming events in the hobby and information about our sponsors.  Find out more about becoming a member by clicking here