December meeting

Next meeting is December 10th, 2014 at Bonsor Community center in Burnaby at 7:30 pm. This meeting is our Xmas social, potluck, so bring your goodies to share. This meeting is our AGM also.

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upcoming events


The November fundraiser/ Auction  will be held November 8th, 2014  at St. Pius X church in North Vancouver, 1150 Mount Seymour Road. Registration from 8:30 to 9:30.

This is our annual auction which replaces our monthly meeting. A big all day affair and auction. Proceeds go to support Project Piaba in Brazil and help support the Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society.

Locally raised fish, and plants, used equipment, many unusual fish and plants from aquarists around the lower mainland, vancouver island. Great deals and lots of fun. Everyone is welcome.

We will also have our Auctioneer Friend Phil from the  Seattle Aquarium club helping us out again. Volunteers are needed so please email to help out, come out and support the club.

memberships will be available at the door.

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2013 auction at ST. Pius X church North Vancouver

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New venue for the september meeting

The new meeting place for the September meeting  is the Bonsor Community center in Burnaby located at 6550 Bonsor Ave. Parking is available by the tennis courts. We will be meeting in the multipurpose room # 2. for more information please see the Bonsor community center website at,-122.997048,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x5486765b9ea7165d:0x4b7d1950edfd5940?hl=en

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VAHS September meeting

 The Cichlid Room Companion

Juan Miguel Azas will be our guest speaker on Wednesday September 10, 2014 at the Bonsor Community center in Burnaby at 7:30 pm.

Admission is for members only but you can join at the door for 20 dollars. members are asked to contribute 2 dollars to cover the room cost. all funds go to support the Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society enabling us to bring guest speakers and special events, and promote the aquarium hobby in the lower mainland area.


Juan Miguel Artigas Azas is an aquarist in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (the very center of it). He has loved fish since he can remember and has kept them steadily in home aquariums for over 30 years now. His main interest are Central American Cichlids and Mexican fishes, but he is also very interested in any other type of fish.

Juan Miguel is the creator and editor of the Cichlid Room Companion. His love for computers and nature, together with the revolutionary development of Internet was too much for him to let the opportunity to create this page pass along. He has found that the maintenance of a real good home page is a life time enterprise, and he is ready to cope to that.

Juan Miguel enjoys travelling to the natural habitats of the fish he loves, where he obtains underwater pictures of them. He likes to observe them, trying to understand their natural history and relationships. He has managed to obtain a great knowledge on the biology and geographical distribution of the fishes in Mexico. This gives to his conferences an originality and special interest.

Juan Miguel has written many articles on Mexican and Central American Freshwater fish, mainly on cichlids, for several club and aquarium publications. He has also been honored with the invitation as lecturer in fish oriented conventions in several countries, including Mexico, United States, Belgium, Canada, England, Netherlands, Norway, France, Italy Sweden and Germany. Juan Miguel is part of the American Cichlid Association – Marineland speakers program.

Juan Miguel has been awarded the Guy Jordan Retrospective Award 2008 by the American Cichlid Association. The maximum honor this association gives to people who has done extensive contributions to the International Cichlid Hobby.

more info on room location will be coming.

for more info or questions please email or


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VAHS june meeting cancelled.

VAHS june meeting is cancelled due to teachers strike!

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VAHS meeting June 11, 2014

Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society

This meeting is cancelled due to the teachers strike.

Meets Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Maywood community school in Burnaby.

there will be a slide show presentation ” an introduction to killifish by Richard pierce”

Every one is welcome, there is a 2 dollar cover charge to help pay for the room.

hope to see you there , this is the last meeting before the summer break.

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VAHS Meeting May 14 2014

Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society

Meeting May 14 2014 7:30 pm.

Meetings are held at Maywood community school in Burnaby

4567 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5J 1B7 

The School is located near Metrotown and the Metrotown skytrain station.

Come out and join in the fun, meet fellow aquarists.

2 dollar admission fee to help cover the room costs. 
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VAHS Next meeting is Wednesday April 9, 2014



This is a plant, fish, frags, auction only, please no equipment.

Bring your Fish, plants, saltwater frags, corals and other critters from your aquariums for your fellow hobbyists.

Everyone is welcome, admission is 2 $ to help cover the cost of renting the room.


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Feruary 12, 2014 meeting

Wednesday February 12, 2014 is the next Meeting of the Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society at Maywood community  School, at 7:30 pm.

This Months guest speaker will be Carmen Lake.

Carmen earned her degree in Animal Science then worked in Edmonton at the University of Alberta agricultural test station and university farm, and then with the provincial governments’ pathology Laboratory until she decided to continue her studies.  She graduated from the University of Prince Edward Islands’ Atlantic Veterinary College and practiced mixed animal veterinary medicine for over 16 years locally and internationally. Carmen also became an Associate Professor of Veterinary Physiology educating the next generation of veterinarians before she decided to pursue her Masters degree in Public Health.  Her mission has always been to promote preventative medicine and to take an active leadership role in continuing educating.   Carmen is currently the director and principal of Carmen Lake & Associates, a company dedicated to knowledge transfer and continuing education of medical professionals, allied health care teams, and the public on health issues relating to the human-animal bond.  She has a special focus of infection control and antibiotic resistance.  She also continues to work as a locum veterinarian in the greater Vancouver area.

Carmen had her first aquarium as an undergraduate where she found out first hand the mental health benefits of owning and caring for tropical fish.  She recalls the many hours spent relieving stress by watching her fish swim around their tank.   Fish watching still provides that relief and pleasure.  She now shares the hobby with her son.  They are both active members of the Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society.

Carmen’s talk will focus on preserving the health and safety of the aquarist as they enjoy their hobby.  It aims to be a very interactive and fun discussion.  Some things will be new while others will serve as a reminder of things we tend to forget to consider or perhaps overlook.  Safety is something one cannot stress enough.  Come and see how you may better protect your health.

We will also have our usual Q and A period and our mini auction.
Hope to see you all there this wednesday night.
Check out the website for more info on Carmen Lake.

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January 2014 meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, january 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm at maywood community school, Burnaby.

This is the first of our regular meetings for 2014.

Hope to see many of you there, we will have our usuall informative Question and answer period as well as our mini auction. A great social event to meet fellow aquarists, come out and see what local aquarists are doing.

A big thanks to J&L Aquatics for sponsoring our December 2013 meeting and donating a great LED light.

Thanks to Stan at Discus World for donating some spectacular baby discus.

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VAHS December, 11, 2013 meeting.

Next meeting of the Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society will be December, 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Maywood School in Burnaby.

This is our annual Xmas Social  and the meeting is sponsored this year by J&L Aquatics. J&L has kindly donated a fantastic members prize this meeting of a 18 inch Orbit Marine LED light, 24 hour saltwater reef aquarium light with wireless remote control effects. click on the link to see



J&L Aquatics Ltd.
Founded in 1997 with the Canadian aquarist in mind, J&L Aquatics strives to provide quality equipment and supplies at the best possible prices without sacrificing service and support!


205A-3430 Brighton Ave.; Burnaby, BC V5A 3H4, Canada

Phone Number

(888) 840-1146

This is our annual Xmas social with a gift exchange for those who would like to participate and also a xmas potluck, so bring your treats.


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November, Annual Monster Aquatic Auction

Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society

Saturday November 16 th 2013


This is an annual event in November held in North Vancouver at Saint Piux X catholic church gymnasium 1150 Mt. Seymour Road

This auction is a fundraiser for Project Piaba for more info see Project Piaba on our website or go to

 An all day event, locally raised fish and plants, used aquarium equipment, Everyone is welcome, sellers are required to preregister

You can download the sellers form from the website at events and auctions.

Registration starts at 8:30, auction starts at 10:00.

Please email for more info or to register please include your name and membership number.

Please note rules for the auction regarding equipment.

The VAHS assumes no lilability or responsibility for items in the auction. It is the purchasers responsibility to inspect the items before bidding.
  • Sellers must bring a completed sellers form with them to the auction.
  • Buyers, please bring a completed buyers form.
  • Forms are available at the auction. If you are selling then you do not need a buyers form.
All equipment must be labelled as working and have the sellers name and number attachedAnything not labelled as such will be sold as parts only.
All fish and plants must be in fish bags, please ensure that there is enough air in the bag.
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VAHS Ocotober, 9,2013 Meeting

Upcoming Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society meeting

October,9,2013. 7:30 pm at Maywood Community School, Burnaby.

Guest speaker Hannah M. Evans

Will be chatting about my recent trip to Guam (a US territory and the largest island in Micronesia) where I took part in a SECORE workshop on coral reproduction and reef rehabilitation.  We’ll discuss modes of sexual coral reproduction; both broadcast spawning and brooding species, the state of Guam’s coral reefs, current reef rehabilitation efforts, and SECORE’s research around the world. There will be a hands on component to the talk where you can observe coral larvae (no guarantees but I will try and collect larvae that day) and see different methods and techniques for collecting and settling larval corals in the home aquarium.

For all salt water enthusiasts, we are sure this will be an informative and interesting talk, Hope to see you all there.

Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting, hope to see some new faces as well as some old ones, so get out and participate and socialize with fellow aquarists from the lower mainland. We will have our regular mini auction as well.

Best regards from the VAHS board of directors

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VAHS April 10, 2013 meeting

new location for vahs meetings.

Maywood Community School

click on maywood community school above and it will open google maps.

4567 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC Canada V5J 1B7 

The School is located near Metrotown and the Metrotown skytrain station.

 Contact or for more info.

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The Vancouver 2014 annual auction poster Aquatic

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