St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society

The next meeting is on Monday April 3rd

 The St Catharines and Area Aquarium Society presents all aspects of “The Art of Aquascaping” by talented and competitive aquascaper Art Commisso April 3. This speaker incorporates a live demonstration on various aquascaping and planted aquarium layout techniques. It greatly surpasses a basic lesson on how to begin using real plants, by focusing on how to aquascape with visual impact, advice to design your own aquarium to strike a harmonious and cohesive whole result considering balance, depth, scale, suitability of plant life, use of colour, effective use of space, and hardscape materials. Art, with 2 team mates, won “Best in Show” at last November’s Aquatic Experience International Competition in Chicago for their aquascaped tank. The “above winning tank” took about 8 hours for the 3 competitors to create together (video of the competition below).
The April meeting will also feature a beautiful 25cm cube tank, light, and wood which Art will use in his hands-on demo. The tank was generously supplied by Aqua Inspiration (see upper right). The finished scape will be auctioned off afterwards! Jar Show for April is Anabantids, Gouramis, Bettas and AOV (i.e., All Other Varieties, including plants).

Upcoming Meeting Topics

April 3: “The Art of Aquascaping” by Art Commisso

 May 1: “Pondemonium: Designing an Oasis of Tranquility” by Sasha Hunter Certified Landscape Designer

 June 5: “Annual Elections for SCAAS Executive” & Summer BBQ-Potluck

We meet at the Seafarers and Teamsters Union at 70 St. David Road East in Thorold, Ontario.

Items that can be auctioned include aquatics (fish, snails, shrimp, etc...), aquatic plants, aquariums and aquarium supplies. 

    Please note that all plants and livestock must be healthy and all equipment must be in working order. 
  • If you would like to sell items, please be sure to arrive early in order to register and prepare your items. 
  • Sellers receive 70% of the auction profit while 30% will benefit the club. 

    For seller's sheets or auction information, click here 

Jar Show Information

Each meeting features a specific fish.  If you happen to have a healthy specimen in that category, please bring it for our jar show!  Winning entries receive a plaque and a ribbon each month.  The member with the most wins at the end of the year receives a trophy!  For more information about how to successfully show a fish, click here  

February Jar Show Data & January Results: For the February Jar Show, the feature category will be loaches and sharks. Every month is also open choice (this includes plants). Auction to follow.

The jar show categories for the balance of this season will be March (Swords, Platies, Mollies); April (Anabantids, including Gouramis and Bettas); May (Guppies); June (Corys and Catfish, including Plecos). Best of Luck!

January 2017 Jar Show Results

Fish of the Month – Plants 1. Ryan Koch – 6 points (Best in Show) 2. Shane Eaton – 5 points 3. Ernest Biktimirov – 4 points Open Class Senior 1. Shane Eaton – 6 points 2. Shane Eaton – 5 points *For each entry, the above members receive a ticket in the year-end filter draw

Dates & Jar Show Categories:

 Meeting Date/programFish Of The Month 


March  Swords, Platies, Mollies
AprilAnabantids, including Gouramis and Bettas 
JuneCorys and Catfish, including Plecos

Did You Know?

Interested in a Club Patch?  Get yours at the next meeting for only $6.50!  



to 70 Saint David Street E, Thorold, Ontario

Close-up View

Upcoming C.A.O.A.C EVENTS: Shows,Meetings and Auctions

Our annual fundraiser auction for 2017 is not set yet

Click for auction forms

Link to auction flyer

A section for sponsors is available on the links page.

Thanks to Member Ry Koch for the banner pic.


Upcoming Events

CAOAC Events

Sat., Feb 25/17, DRAS Annual Speaker “The Cichlids of Madagascar” 

Sun. Feb 26/17, Tropical Fish Club of Erie County Spring Auction, at the Chicken Coop (299 Leydecker Rd., West Seneca, NY)

Sun. Mar. 19/17, Circle City Aquarium Club Spring Auction, Indianapolis, IN

Hamilton District Aquarium Society Spring Auction, Sat. March 25/17, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 551 (79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown, ON) 
 CAOAC Aquatic Expo 2017, hosted by Hamilton & District Aquarium Society, May 19-21 at Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre. Excellent speakers. For tickets & more information see
 September 22-24, 2017, Cataclysm 2017 (Mid-West Catfish Show),  CAOAC Newsletter

Thanks from the kids at St. Catharines Child Care Centre where Tom Hillier has set up 5 tanks and fish donated by our club and from Big Al's Stoney creek.