Welcome to the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) webpage. Our club is open to all aquarium enthusiasts in the Ottawa Valley area.

Club meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month at Tom Brown Arena in Ottawa starting at 7pm. Please check our website for club information and full event details.


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

Club Meeting – Use of Reverse Osmosis Water and Tips to Save Corydoras Eggs – February 29th 7:00 PM, TOM BROWN ARENA 2ND FLOOR

Speakers: Julien Poupard and Francois Blondeau

Topics: 1) The Use of Reverse Osmosis Water (JP) and 2) Tips to Save Corydoras Eggs (FB)


Reverse osmosis is very valuable in acquarium keeping. It serves to replace evaporated water without affecting hardness, it helps to recreate “black water” environments, or to induce spawning my mimicking spring rainfall. Julien will discuss the importance of RO water as well as the making and use of RO water.

Corydoras catfish are seasonal spawners who can respond to efforts to mimicking spring rainfall. It is easy to recover and save newly deposited cory eggs but sometimes difficult to prevent fungal infections on the eggs. Some cory eggs are very sensistive to anti-fungal agents such as Methylene Blue or Acriflavin. Francois will discuss alternative methods to increasing the hatching success of Cory eggs.


Julien and Francois are members of the Societe d’Aquariophilie de Montreal. Julien is active in breeding fish with over 500 different species that he has successfully bred. Francois has a biology that he will use to present his successful strategies on fish keeping.

Giant Auction – Sunday March 13th 2016

at the

Tom Brown Arena
(141 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M3)

Everyone is welcome!

See: Giant Auction

Club Meeting – Profundus oxacae – The Lost Killifish Rediscovered – January 25th 7:00 PM, TOM BROWN ARENA 2ND FLOOR

Speaker: Eleonore Schmidt

Topic: Profundus oxacae – The Lost Killifish Rediscovered

Synopsis: A presentation on the rediscovery of a killifish species from southern Mexico. Once considered extinct, Eleonore as an expedition participant presents with slides a discussion of its habitat, the threats to the species and local rescue and research efforts that have been carried out.

Vitae: Eleonore is a Dutch national that works in development aid projects as an international forestry consultant. These projects range from reforestation to biodiversity protection. Her work takes her to many countries which has allowed her to combine work with her hobby by visiting local fish hobbyists and stores in these countries and even go on fishing trips.

Eleonore lived in Mexico for 15 years where she got in contact with an aquatic biologist that works to disseminate information about, and to preserve, endemic fish. She has been involved from the start in the initiative to preserve Profundus oxacae.

Eleonore lives in Montreal when in Canada. Her main interests in the hobby are biotopes with plants and (Asian) nano and labyrinth fish.