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.


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

Garage Sale Season Opener! September 17th 2016

Preceding our first meeting this year we like to invite you to our annual Garage Sale Season Opener!

Hello all!

The garage sale takes place the Saturday before our first meeting this year: on September 17th from 10am to 12pm at Tom Brown Arena.

It’s a great chance to get meet up with fellow fishy friends, clean out the fishroom of unused stuff, thin out the fry that showed up unexpectedly over the summer, de-weed that planted tank, … You get the idea! :)

Also, bring $20.00 to renew/buy your new membership for this year if you have not done it yet.

Looking forward to seeing everyone out!

Club Meeting – September 19th 7:00 PM – Wild and Wild-Type Live-Bearers

As always in the TOM BROWN ARENA 2ND FLOOR

Join us for our September meeting on September 19th.

Our presentation will be by Gary Elson of Montreal who was slated to present to us in May of this year. His talk will be focused on live-bearers.

Here is Gary’s Bio:

Gary has had fish for 49 years, since he was 8. He has written 3 books on aquariums in the Barron’s Series, and has well over 100 articles published in English, and translated into French, Polish, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and now German (He has one coming in the European Amazonas). Gary was a monthly columnist for Tropical Fish Hobbyist for 6 years, and was a longtime Contributing Editor to that mag. Gary has been a member of the two Montreal clubs since 1992.

We will be serving drinks and snacks.

Rob and the other members of the Executive hope to see you all!

Club Meeting – May 30th 7:00 PM – Cichlids, Elections, and Pizza!

As always in the TOM BROWN ARENA 2ND FLOOR

Join us for our May meeting on May 30th.

You will be able to vote and volunteer to become part of the OVAS executive – a unique opportunity to determine the path the club is going. For more information check out our forum post: http://ovas.ca/forum/index.php?topic=59728.0

Our presentation will be held by Jody McManus, many of you will know him from the Big Al’s East. The talk he will be doing is going to be Cichlids of the World pt 1.
A talk about cichlids in general, the discussing some specific species from different areas.

Here is Jody’s Bio:
I got into the hobby in about 1987, with a 29 gallon community tank.
My brother and I quickly got another, then another tank. He soon discovered girls, and that was the end of his aquarium hobby. I on the other hand, kept at it, and was keeping a bunch of different type of fish, but already my leaning was towards the cichlid family.
I was a member of the Saskatoon aquarium society for a couple of years, then moved to Ottawa, where I didn’t have any tanks for about 5 years. Then one tank, led to another, then another. Again, with many different types of cichlid.
Around this time, mid 90’s I joined OVAS, and soon after was in charge of the bowl show. Eventually, I would become Vice President, and then President of the club for a couple of years.
In 1999, I started working at Big Al’s and except for a 4 month excursion to where I was working in Malawi, I have been there ever since.

We will be having pizza as a little treat for everyone!

Hope to see you all!