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WE ARE ALL ABOUT THE AQUARIUM HOBBY
YATFS is a non-profit hobby organization composed of local
aquarists and dealers. It was founded in the spring of 1972 for the
express purpose of promoting the science of exotic freshwater
and saltwater fish and plants, assisting new hobbyists,
encouraging the breeding and displaying of all aquatic life, and
acquiring and dispensing aquatic knowledge and literature.
All persons with an interest in the aquarium hobby are welcomed
and invited to attend two meetings before making any decision on
membership.
Our meetings are held the 3rd Friday of each
month (unless announced otherwise).
At the Mineral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Rt
46.
Doors open at 7:30pm & we start at 8:00         
3654 Main St, Mineral Ridge, OH 44440
Enter through the side door.
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NEXT YATFS MEETING FEB 15, 2019
Doors open at 7:30pm & we start at 8:00
3654 Main St, Mineral Ridge, OH 44440
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Lucas Bretz has been keeping freshwater
fish since he was a kid, inheriting his love
for aquariums and nature from both his
mother & father. Growing up in Tennessee
and rural Indiana, he spent a lot of time
outdoors and works to recreate a piece of
nature in each of his aquariums. Once he
discovered what adding natural plants can
do for a tank’s eco-system, he was
hooked!
Since then, he’s always maintained a
great line of Cherry Red Neocaridina
Shrimp and expanded his aquatic plant
collection from all around the world. In
2010 he began breeding Rainbowfish,
noting their love for Indiana’s hard water.

During this time Lucas was working full time in the construction field, caring for his fish on the side, making
occasional sales through a variety of aquatic forums. Weeks before his son Wesley was born in 2014, he quit
his full-time job and became a full time Dad. At this point, Lucas had around a dozen naturally planted tanks
and started his YouTube Channel, L.R.Bretz’s Aquatics.
In 2015, Lucas took part in the 1st International Shrimp Contest at the Chicago Aquatic Experience, winning
1st and 2nd place in the two categories he entered. Almost 3 years later, he’s still maintaining and selling his
1st place winning Fire Red Neocaridina. In the 2nd International Shrimp Contest he acquired two more awards
for his Neocaridina shrimp, making him the most awarded shrimp breeder in the US. You’ll find him competing
again in October 2018 at the Aquatic Experience in Secaucus NJ.
After the initial recognition for his shrimp, LRB Aquatics was officially born & has been growing rapidly ever
since! Lucas introduced his website www.lrbaquatics.com and has been expending to keep up with demand,
now maintaining 200 aquariums in his house. He also operates outdoor breeding ponds and tubs year-round &
has created his own signature line of Rainbow Tiger Endler Livebearers.
Lucas often admits his is stricken with MTS, Multiple Tank Syndrome! In order to help manage the workload
he designed and installed individual plumbing to each of his tanks. This was a lot of work, but it keeps him
from having cross-contamination issues between tanks.
His fans know him for being a bit unorthodox in his approach to fishkeeping. He takes natural habitats into
consideration whenever possible. This style has been a big contributor to his successes breeding a variety of
aquatic life. He always challenges the status quo and enjoys taking you along on his experiments through his
YouTube Channel.
Over the past year Lucas has been working to be more active in his local fish club, Circle City Aquarium Club,
out of Indianapolis IN. He’s also accepting invites to provide talks at other clubs.

Febuary welcomes L.R. Bretz
SO IF YOU FORGET VALENTINES DAY MAKE IT UP AND BRING HER TO A YATFS MEETING SHE WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT