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OVAS is a member of the Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs.

Posted: December 11th, 2017

OVAS promotes aquarium hobby in Ottawa Valley classroom

children from St. Michal's school in Douglas looking at aquarium donated by OVAS

 

Promoting the aquarium hobby in classrooms

An aquarium in the classroom is a great way to get kids interested in the hobby from a young age. An aquarium is like a window beneath the surface of a lake or stream. It can be used to teach lessons in biology, chemistry, and zoology. It can be used to emphasize the importance of keeping our lakes and rivers clean. The class gets to experience the rewards of the hobby – including the highs and lows that come with maintaining an aquarium of live fish and plants.

Establishing aquariums in classrooms fits nicely with OVAS’s objectives as a club. You may remember that earlier this year OVAS set-up a tank for the developmental disability class at Glebe High School. In November, OVAS provided another classroom aquarium.

 

St. Michael’s Catholic School

At a club meeting earlier this year, members were asked for ideas to boost OVAS’ membership and improve our community presence. One of the club’s newer members, Keith Simon (aka Box Jockey), spoke up and suggested setting-up a tank in a rural school.

The club’s donation of this tank was made possible thanks to revenue from club membership dues. An OVAS sponsor, Big Al’s, generously offered to price-match with us on a 15-gallon tank, air pump, sponge filter, tubing, and gravel. Keith donated some fish, plants, his time, and his enthusiasm.

St. Michael`s Catholic School is small school of only 144 students located in the picturesque Ottawa Valley village of Douglas, Ontario. Douglas is a small tightly knit community with a population of 3,000. Keith setup the tank in Mrs. Holly’s JK classroom.

 

We asked Keith to tell us more about the project and why it was important to him.
Since I started my fish keeping hobby (April 2017), I have been looking for likeminded people to share thoughts/experience and just have a social outlet. Eventually after some searching I found OVAS in June and was extremely excited to go to my first meeting. It was at this meeting when Charlie asked the OVAS members how we could increase exposure for the club. Since I was a new member, I shared how it took me a while to find OVAS because they didn’t have a large presence on social media.

That’s when the idea to organize a tank donation began to form, my daughter was starting Jr Kindergarten this year in Douglas, ON a very rural part of the Ottawa Valley. I wanted these kids to experience the wonder and joy of watching fish and generate interest in possible future OVAS members.

 

OVAS, with support from Big Al’s, provided a 15-gallon tank, air pump, sponge filter, tubing and gravel. I fished a large Amazon Sword plant, some Guppy Grass, and some Duck Weed out of my tanks to create a simple aquascape.

I stocked the tank with Fancy Guppies and one Marbled Crayfish (self-cloning). Both are hardy which is important because, at the end of the year I would like the kids to take them home for the summer. Since both the guppies and crayfish reproduce on their own, any families who decide to join the hobby can have fish spawned in the classroom – and begin their own fish hobby adventure!

 

I visit the class every two weeks to help with maintenance and to talk to the kids about the class pets. My long-term goal is to have a tank donation become a regular part of OVAS. Many of us began in the hobby when we bought one small tank for our children and . . . you know how it goes from there!

Keith

 

 

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* OVAS is a not-for-profit organization with the following objectives:

  • to establish a local network of hobbyists allowing for the positive and amicable exchange of experiences, ideas, information and resources;
  • to promote local area interest in the hobby;
  • to provide resources and opportunities for both novice and experienced hobbyists to further their
    understanding and to encourage their study of aquatic life; and,
  • to raise awareness on the conservation of endangered species and preservation of aquatic
    environments.

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OVAS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the aquarium hobby in Ottawa and its surrounding areas. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in home aquariums and provides many benefits such as discounts at local retailers, easy access to the aquarium community, attend events, and more! The club meets at least once a month at Tom Brown arena from September through to May and maintains the www.ovas.ca website and online forum.

 

Posted: November 11th, 2017

Tank Donation to Glebe High School’s Developmental Disabilities Program

 

In keeping with our club`s objective , the club has made it`s second donation, this time to the Developmental Disabilities Program at the Glebe High School.

We have donated a 10 gallon LED starter kit, which was warmly received by coordinator Stephanie King and her students.

Stephanie has promised to keep us posted on the set up and progress of this tank. We look forward to the updates in “Freshwater Tank Builds.”

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OVAS is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the aquarium hobby in Ottawa and its surrounding areas. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in home aquariums and provides many benefits such as discounts at local retailers, easy access to the aquarium community, attend events, and more! The club meets at least once a month at Tom Brown arena from September through to May and maintains the www.ovas.ca website and online forum.

OVAS is a paid member of CAOAC (Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs)

Posted: November 5th, 2017

2017-18 Livestock Auction!

Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society

2017-2018 Season – Livestock Auction

November 27th, 7pm-9pm at Tom Brown Arena

The Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) is hosting their annual Livestock Auction on Monday, November 27th at the Tom Brown Arena.  This event is run by club members and is open to the public to buy or sell aquarium related live items.

The following items can be listed in the auction.

  • Fish – Saltwater or Freshwater
  • Invertebrates – Saltwater or Freshwater
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Corals, anemones, etc.
  • Live food cultures

This is a live item only auction so any new or used equipment (aquariums, heaters, filters, etc.), packaged food, driftwood, rocks, aquarium decorations, etc. will not be permitted at the auction.

Unless specified otherwise by the seller, bidding will start at $2 per item and will be sold to the highest bidder.  Cash only.

Sellers: All items must be bagged and labelled properly for sale.  Visit www.ovas.ca/ovas/auctions/bagging-fish for details on how to properly package live items.  The cost to list items is $1 per item for OVAS members (or any other CAOAC affiliated club), and $2 per item for non-members.  All proceeds from the sale go to the seller.  A starting bid price can be specified and must be labelled on the item.  Any items that do not sell will be returned to the seller.

For more information on OVAS auction, please see our Auction Rules page.

OVAS is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the aquarium hobby in Ottawa and its surrounding areas.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in home aquariums and provides many benefits such as discounts at local retailers, easy access to the aquarium community, attend events, and more!  The club meets at least once a month at Tom Brown arena from September through to May and maintains the www.ovas.ca website and online forum.

OVAS is a paid member of CAOAC (Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs)