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YATFS
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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YATFS HAS 2 NEW CONTESTS COMING SHOW UP AT THE MARCH 17 MEETING FOR MORE INFO
1. A FISH GROW OUT CONTEST
2. A FISH BREEDING CHALLENGE
for more info please look at
BOWL SHOW & CONTEST  PAGE
NEXT YATFS MEETING
APR 21, 2017
Doors open at 7:30pm & we start at 8:00
3654 Main St, Mineral Ridge, OH 44440
THANK YOU ALL FOR
A GREAT AUCTION
SEE YOU AGAIN OCT 22,2017
FOR OUR NEXT AUCTION
YATFS WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME
A SPONSOR
GEORGE'S RAINBOW PET SHOP
APR 21 2017 Bio for Gary Mendez APR 21 2017
“The Life and Times of the Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)“
•        Born in Buffalo, NY, raised in Richmond, VA, currently reside in Hudson, OH.
•        Have kept busy raising five children for the past 31 years.
•        Have worked in the surgical industry for 34 years. Currently work with Medistim, USA.
•        Have been keeping fish for 50 years.
•        Degree in Biology from the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.
•        Currently running over 200 tanks. Using PVC piping, 3 linear pumps and Python to clean.
•        Raises and breeds numerous old and new world cichlids. Cichlids from Madagascar, West Africa, Lake Malawi, Lake Victoria,
Lake Tanganyika, Central America, South  America. Also raises many species of catfish, rainbows, axolotls and livebearers from all over
the world.
•        Have set up aquariums and lectured at various schools in Northeast Ohio, Virginia and Washington, DC.
•        Participated in several collecting trips, in multiple states, for native fishes. Numerous trips to Mexico.
•        Board member of the Ohio Cichlid Association, member of the Medina County Aquarium Society, Northeast Ohio Fish Club,
Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society, American Cichlid Association.
•        Ohio Cichlid Association, former Bowl Show Chairman, Vice-President - current Webmaster.
•        Awarded the American Cichlid Association 2011 “Spawn of the Year.”
•        Have introduced numerous endangered (CARES) species to area hobbyists.
•        Started in the fish hobby when I was 9 years old. My parents would take me to Woolworths and Roses to look at their aquariums. I
kept a tank with black mollies and another tank with turtles. I was fascinated by livebearers. I learned three valuable lessons: 1) Don’t trust
an angelfish with mollies. 2) Never fully clean the tank & rocks with bleach and replace all filter material at the same time. 3) When keeping
newts, make certain to have a secure top. Unless you want to find a French fried newt at a later date.
•         Other hobbies include: playing tournament tennis, playing guitar, member of the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society and the
Greater Cleveland Orchid Society.