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The Colorado Aquarium Society, established in 1947,  is an open group for aquarists to share their interest in all facets of the aquarium hobby. Our members consist of advanced expert hobbyists as well as beginners and all levels between.  If you are interested in learning about the hobby, sharing your experience in the hobby, or would like to discuss any aspect of fish, invertebrates, plants, aquariums, ponds, and amphibians, The Colorado Aquarium Society General Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome!

The CAS was established in 1947 and incorporated under Colorado law as a non profit organization on November 6, 1962.

For a detailed review of our history go to our history page.


Note one time change of meeting date from first Friday to Second Friday!
General Meeting of the Colorado Aquarium Society, Friday, November 14th

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Next General Meeting:

Confirmed Event
Friday, November 14, 2014    7:30pm
November General Meeting

First Universalist Church of Denver
4101 E Hampden Ave
Denver, CO 80222

Event Open to Anyone

 7:30 p.m. To 9:00



Friday, November 14th, 7:30 at the First Universalist Church of Denver, 4101 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO, on the N.E corner of Hampden Ave. and Colorado Boulevard. If you enjoy the aquarium hobby, want to learn more about your fish and you want to have access to new species and new varieties, join us once a month for a very fishy experience. Non-members, visitors and guests are always welcome.

         Our speaker will be Dr. Queston, DVM, CetAqV. Dr. Q focuses on the practice of Aquatic Medicine. She will be presenting an informal discussion with DrQ, a day in the life of a fish vet, and a little about the CertAqV program, offered through the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. Bring your questions and problems for discussion.

         We will also have an election of officers and directors for 2015.

         We will have a mini auction of fish, plants and other fish related items.

         Our Bowl Show categories for November will be: Catfish, all catfish not previously shown, Upside-down Cats, Glass Cats, Pimelodus, Electric and Plecostomus. Also Anabantoids, Gouramis, Paradise fish, Climbing Perch and Bettas other than Betta Splendens. See prize winning fish! Win some prizes yourself. 

Promptness Award: Make sure that you are at the general meeting by 7:30 for your chance to win the Promptness Award.

Bowl Show

Competition Date: 11/14/2014

Each Bowl Show has two pre-determined classes and one open class.

Remember:  Only Flat Sided Containers will be accepted.

For More Information on Bowl Show Rules, Click Here

  • Catfish. Shown as singles, smaller species better shown as pairs.† (Excludes Catfish that have their own class.)
  • Anabantoids, Gouramis, Paradise Fish, Climbing Perch, and Bettas other than male Betta Splendens. Shown in pairs, except for female Betta splendens. Use dividers if needed.
  • Open Class.

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Copper Kills Shrimp. If you have shrimp, check your food labels carefully to keep copper out. Also, any product that kills flukes and other parasites will most likely kill your shrimp, too. Copper and these chemicals (most using copper) may stay in your tank for years... killing future shrimp as well. If you have or plan to have shrimp, you will want to use a de-chlorinator product that also neutralizes heavy metals. This will help keep shrimp safe.       - T. Fells
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GENERAL MEETINGS: Everyone is Welcome!

First Friday of Each Month at 7:30pm

First Universalist Church of Denver

4101 E Hampden Ave, Denver CO 80222

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General Meetings are held on the first Friday of every month, and feature a cash promptness award, a detailed program on a specific aspect of the aquarium hobby, a bowl show, a mini-auction, and announcements of up-coming activities.

General meetings are open to the public. We welcome guests, so please feel free to attend if you are interested in aquariums and ornamental fishkeeping.

For more details on this month's meeting, see our Meetings And Events List


The CAS encourages its members to breed and show their fish through various programs such as Bowl Shows, Grow Competitions, Aquarist of the Year, and more.  Members who place in these competitions are awarded points that are accumulated towards a number of different awards.

Learn more about CAS Competitions, Bowl Shows, and Grow Contests.


Mini-Auctions are held at the end of each General Meeting and include fish, plants, supplies, and equipment. Please note that there is a 5 item per member limit on items to be auctioned at the Mini-Auction.

Mini Auction Information:

If you did not get your labels at the meeting, and would like to pre-print labels, you can print these.
Printable Labels - Normal Items
Printable Labels - Minimum Bid Items
If you would like to print these labels, you must attach them with packing tape that covers the label completely to protect it from getting wet. Also for Minimum Bid, if your printer doesn't print the pink for minimum bid, you will need to highlight in Pink / Red after printing.

For more information on Auctions, visit our Auction Information Page.


Board Meetings are held the last Friday of each month at a memberís residence.  They are the business meetings of the CAS and are open only to members.

Members are invited and encouraged to attend. Non-board members do not have voting rights but memberís input is recognized and appreciated. It is also a great way to see other memberís aquarium setups.


Throughout the year CAS hosts a variety of educational and fun activities for its members.  Annual events may include a fish show, auctions, a Summer picnic, and the Christmas Party / Annual Awards Banquet.

In addition, other special events are held and vary each year.  Past years events have included: field trips, collecting trips, workshops, making fish food, and home (fish room) tours.

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CAS holds two auctions annually: a Spring Auction and a Fall Auction. The purpose of these auctions is to generate operating revenue. Auctions are open to the public and we invite everyone to attend. Items include: bagged fish, hardware such as tanks, heaters, filters, etc., and supplies such as food and water conditioner.
For more information on Auctions, visit our Auction Information Page.

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