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.

Monthly Meeting – May 29th

The second meeting for the month of May will be a busy one. This meeting is the regular meeting and will take place on Monday, May 29th 2017 at Tom Brown Arena. Tom Brown Arena has plenty of free parking and is close to the OC Transpo transit routes.


We will start off the meeting with very important club business. The annual OVAS Elections will take place in which OVAS Members can vote for the Executive Members for the 2017/2018 season. We look forward to seeing some new volunteers out to help with the running of the club. If you enjoy the club’s activities, have some new ideas, or just want to be available to assist, it would be greatly appreciated if you ran for one of the many positions that are available. If you wish to volunteer, please state your intentions in this OVAS Elections thread. Persons interested in running should be at the meeting.

Some extra info about the OVAS Executive you may want to know:

• Executive meetings usually take place in the second week of each month. Exact date and location is TBD the week prior.
• Being on the executive isn’t hard or scary
• The current executives will be available to help you if needed
• The Giant Auction is probably the only event in which requires the most planning. Additional volunteers are sought out to help run the Giant Auction.
• The season starts on September 1st and ends on August 31st. Nothing really happens from June to August except for the possibility of a BBQ.
• OVAS Members must be in good standing to run for an executive position
• Your membership will be paid for by the club

For positions of the OVAS Executive and their duties, please visit the Executive Positions page.


The second item we have on the agenda is our speaker, Luke (Dixu Xie) from AquaSense Workshop in Montreal.

Title: AquaScape with AquaSense
Topic: Luke will give a hands-on demonstration on aquascaping a planted tank with live plants

Hi everyone,

This is Luke from AquaSense, the professional aquascaping store in Montreal. I cannot wait to see you guys again. This time I will present a step by step aquascaping demonstration with rocks, substrate, driftwood and live plants. The discussion topics will include the following:

1. Decide what you want to create
2. Layout material selection
3. Equipment and tools selection
4. Plant selection
5. Aquarium structure(dry scape)
6. Aquascaping presentation by hand
7. The 1st month maintenance
8. Common Questions

Best Regards
AquaSense Workshop Inc.
5530 Saint Patrick Street Unit# 1129
Montreal, QC H4E 1A8 (Google Map)
Tel: 514 800-0790


To end the season, the last item we have is the the Fun Planted Fish Bowl Activity Contest. Several OVAS forum members will be presenting a fish bowl or similar that is about one gallon or less. They will be aquascaping/decorating their bowls based on their own personal preferences, experience and desires but must be able to sustain live plants with the option of live stock. All though this contest is open to all forum members, OVAS will only be giving out prizes for the top three bowls entered by current OVAS Club Members. It might be a good ideal to have your OVAS membership card with you at the meeting, just in case we don’t know you.

1st Place – $100.00
2nd Place – $50.00
3rd Place – $25.00

Viewing and voting will take place during the meeting. The winner will be announced at the end of the meeting. Entrants must be present to accept their prize.

Please visit the Fun Planted Fish Bowl Activity Contest thread on the forum for more info.


Since this is our last meeting of the season, anyone who has any aquarium related items to sell or give away are encouraged to bring them to the meeting.

Munchies and refreshments will be available as well.

Hope to see you on Monday, May 29th 2017 otherwise see you in the new season.

Extra Meeting – May 27th

The month of May will have two meetings as two presenters have agreed to present for us.  The first meeting is tenatively scheduled for Saturday, May 27th at Tom Brown Arena. Tom Brown Arena has plenty of free parking and is close to the OC Transpo transit routes.

However please be advised that this meeting will be starting a bit earlier than usual, 6:00 pm and will run until 8:00 pm.  With the possibility of a late supper with Tommy at a location TBD.

Tommy Lam from Shrimp Fever will be returning with another talk on shrimp. It will be a general talk with a focus on disease. It will be in the form of a more open ended discussion. Any enquiries related to purchases should be made to Tommy directly however he has agreed to hand deliver any shrimp orders to the talk and will be offering a 10% on non-sale items.


Munchies and refreshments will be available as well.

Hope to see you on Saturday, May 27th 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Monthly Meeting & Demo by zenins – April 24th

Just a friendly reminder of the OVAS Giant Auction taking place on Sunday, April 9th 2017. All information can be found on the OVAS Giant Auction sub forum.

All though not happening for a couple months, let’s not forget about the Fun Planted Fish Bowl Activity Contest that will take place during the May meeting.


OVAS is honoured to welcome back Zenin Skomorowski (zenins) from the Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society (KWAS) for our next meeting on April 24th 2017 at Tom Brown Arena starting at 7:00 PM. Tom Brown Arena has plenty of free parking and is close to the OC Transpo transit routes.

Zenin gave us a presentation last March on loaches. He keeps approximately 12 species of loaches. His most favourite loaches are Clowns, Berdmorei and Dwarf Chain Loaches. In addition to loaches, he keeps a wide variety of fish such as cichlids from Africa and the Americas, along with rainbowfish, tetras, barbs, livebearers, plecos, cory catfish and loaches. Zenin brings a wealth of knowledge as he has been in the tropical fish keeping hobby on and off since he was 12 years old.  In 2002, he stepped up his involvement in the hobby by joining the KWAS.  Within two years, he went from one 15 gallon aquarium to eight aquariums, ranging from 50 gallons to 100 gallons.

On April 24th 2017, he will being giving a demonstration/presentation titled “Filters for your Aquarium – Maintenance and DIY”. Aquarium filters are a vital component of any fish tank as they allow for cleaner, healthier water for your fish tank inhabitants. His talk will include the following:

  • Different types of filtration methods and their associated equipment
  • Comparison of various filter designs including pros and cons
  • DIY filters
  • Cautions and warnings for the various filtration methods

At the end of this meeting, audience members should gain a better understanding of aquarium filters and be able to decide which one would suit their fish tank needs when setting up a tank and making the appropriate purchasing decision.

Picture from his demo at St. Catharines and Area Aquarium Society

St. Catharines and Aquarium Society Filters

Pictures from his demo at Chatham-Kent Aquarium Society

Chatham-Kent Aquarium Society Filters

Presenting at Chatham-Kent Aquarium Society


The OVAS Executive hope to see you on Monday, April 24th 2017 starting at 7:00 PM.