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What Goes Into a TFCEC Auction

What goes into running an auction? I am so glad you asked …

Planning – Planning the date, time, and venue is a good place to start. Then gathering people and setting up committees to help organize the many things that need to be addressed helps divide the workload. By assigning groups of people to take responsibility of different aspects of the auction, you can cover more ground in a day; however, communication between committees is a vital part of your success.

Advertising – Informing the public is a must! Internet ads such as Craig’s List and posting our flyer on various Facebook pages are a good way to inform a large amount of people with little effort and zero expense. However never underestimate the impact of signs, flyers and word of mouth, which are all still very helpful. Continue reading What Goes Into a TFCEC Auction

Breeding Telmatochromis vittatus

Background Information:

A Lake Tanganyika cichlid, Telmatochromis vittatus are an open water species, usually found at depths of 16-65 feet, in the vicinity of rocky areas. Although shy, they can be a territorial species, but they can be kept successfully with other small to medium-sized Tanganyikan cichlids as long as the tank is large enough. Ideally, they should be kept in a Lake Tanganikan biotope setup, with a sandy substrate and piles of rocks arranged to form caves. An alternative to this could be flower pots or snail shells which would provide shelter for breeding purposes.

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Breeding Skiffia francesae

Skiffia francesae were listed online as “a New Species of Goodeid Fish from Western México” by KINGSTON, D.I. in 1978. Their common English name is the Golden Sawfin Goodea.
Their natural habitat is a quiet, thermal and clear to murky water environment with only a slight current. The substrate is a deep mud with a few rocks, silt and sand. A few species of aquatic plants are present and the average temperature is between 75 –79°F. The water is heavily polluted.
In the wild they are considered to be a threatened or extinct species. Fortunately, aquarium populations have been maintained in different countries, so this species has not been lost yet. They are a shoaling fish are best kept in larger groups.
Males are a bright gold with superimposed gray cast; colors are more vivid when courting. Females and juveniles are a grayish-green color with scattered small black flecks. The males reach a size of approximately 1 ¾ inches, the females approximately 2 inches in length. They are a livebearer, and after a pregnancy of approx. 8 weeks, 20-30 fry are delivered and these fry can be ¼ – ½ inch long. A heavily planted tank is recommended as they will eat their own young.

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2015 OCA Extravaganza


In mid-November the Ohio Cichlid Association held its annual “Extravaganza” at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio. People came from all over the region and many came from much farther out to meet and mingle with other fish enthusiasts who specialize in keeping cichlids and catfish, including a growing number of TFCEC members. The festivities began on a Friday at 2 pm and ran through Sunday evening, the program for the weekend kept us busy from start to finish.

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Pittsburg Fish Room Tours

Somewhere in our travels, Peter and I met Joe Doyle, a member of the Greater Pittsburg Aquarium Society Inc. (GPASI) and what a pleasure it has been. He heard we were going to be in the area for their fish auction and offered to take us on a “Shop Hop” the day before.

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Shop Hop

There were prizes at every stop and Peter and I cleaned up because we were the only two on the tour LOL!! We went to several local shops, but mixed in between were fish room tours, and these tours will be the focus of my article.

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