Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society 

                                                      We are all about the aquarium hobby 

Friday April 21st, Regular Meeting

Benjamin Bravis presents..

Stark County’s Native Fishes – a Public Education Project

After growing up in 4-H and earning the rank of Eagle Scout, I went to college with no animals to care for. After a few weeks, I began to notice that I really missed having responsibilities. With next to no fish knowledge, I decided to start keeping native fish. At the end of my first year in college, I had 12 aquariums in my dorm room, although they were mostly freshwater tropical aquariums dedicated to breeding. Immediately before Covid-19, I changed my major to biology, and dove further into the ecology of aquariums. As I work towards completing my Biology degree at the University of Akron, I enjoy producing freshwater plants, fish and shrimp in automated systems far away from school.

Last spring, I had an idea. “What if I took native fish to the county fair?” Fast forward 6 months and I’m sitting behind a group of Aquariums educating the public on a school of fish extirpated from the state in the 1980’s. The goal of this project was to raise awareness and promote “playing in the creek” for children who may not have known to look for these fish. The exhibition greatly boosted attendance to the conservation building during the 2022 fair. In my opinion, the exhibit was a smashing success, and I cannot wait to recreate a larger version at this year’s fair.


Open to Public to sell or shop – sellers must *pre-register
Swap Meet – May 6th, 2023
11:00am to 4:00pm (10:00am Setup) – inside swap – inside bathrooms – food will be available for
purchase during the swap

Please Contact *Joe Doyle to reserve a table: 724-602-7564 (text or call and leave msg) Or email:

Bring your own table OR use one of ours
6’-foot tables spot $8 each, or 3 spots for $20
8’-foot tables spot $10 each, or 3 spots for $25

Lake Milton Baptist Church
415 S Pricetown Rd
Diamond, Oh 44412

Sat October 28th, 2023

Auction Flyer
(Click Here)

Congradulations to New Leadership!

President: Don Guman
Vice President: Pam Sundin
Treasurer: Lisa Reel
Recording Secretary: Karen Guman
BOD: Bill Chandler, Erik Brightshue, Brian Strictland, Larry Ayers, Ron Sundin, Dan Guman, Greg Bodden (Alternate), and Joe Doyle (Alternate)

See Bowl Show MENU link for NEW 2023 categories.

We are a Non Profit Organization

Join Us as we return to meeting in person on the 3rd Friday of each month in our new enlarged location:

Lake Milton Baptist Temple
415 S Pricetown Rd
Diamond, OH 44412
(10 miles from our old location)

Park in the back and follow walking signs to our meeting room in the gymnasium.

Bring your BAP\SAP\AHAP items for turn in for credit. There will be a live Fish/Plant auction.

Meeting Dates:
Apr 21st, 2023 – Regular Meeting
May 19th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Jun 16th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Jul 21, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Aug 18th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Sep 15th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Oct 20th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Oct 28th, 2023 – YATFS Fall Auction
Nov 18th, 2023 – Member Luncheon at OCA Extravaganza
Dec 15th, 2023 – Regular Meeting – Christmas Party

All meetings start at 7:30pm, Doors open at 7:00pm

Board of Director – Meeting Dates
Apr 1st, 2023 – BOD meeting
May 6th, 2023 – BOD meeting
Jun 3rd, 2023 – BOD meeting
Jul 1st, 2023 – BOD meeting
Aug 5th, 2023 – BOD meeting
Sep 2nd, 2023 – BOD meeting
Oct 7th, 2023 – BOD meeting
Nov 4th, 2023 – BOD meeting
Dec 2nd, 2023 – BOD meeting

Auction Dates:
Oct 28th, 2023 – Fall Auction



That could be a $100 in your pocket for just just turning in something for BAP, SAP, IAP, HAP. any questions just ask one of us and take a glance at the contest page. Could be easy MONEY!

Auctions for 2023..


Apr 2nd – EAS – Erie Aquarium Society (Erie) – Spring Auction

Apr 16th – GAAS – Greater Akron Aquarium Society (Akron) – Spring Auction

Apr 22nd – LCAS – Lorain County Aquarium Society – Spring Auction

Apr 29th – CNYAS – Central New York Aquarium Society (Syracuse) – Spring Auction

Apr 30th – GPASI – Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society Inc (Pittsburgh) – Spring Auction

Jun 10th & 11th – GAAS – Greater Akron Aquarium Society (Akron) – Ultra Aqua Show & Auction

Aug 26th & 27th – TFCEC – Tropical Fish Club of Erie County (Buffalo) – Fall Fish Festival

Sep 10th – GPASI – Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society Inc (Pittsburgh) – Fall Auction

Sep 17th – NEO-Fish – North East Ohio – Fall Auction

Oct 28th – YATFS – Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society (Youngstown) – Fall Auction

Oct 29th – EAS – Erie Aquarium Society (Erie) – Fall Auction

Nov 5th – GAAS – Greater Akron Aquarium Society (Akron) – Fall Auction

Nov 11th – MCAS – Motor City Aquarium Society (Detroit) – Fall Auction


Swaps Listing for 2023..

May 6th, 2023 – YATFS – Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society – Swap Meet

Jun 3rd, 2023 – GPASI – Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society Inc – Swap Meet



Convention Listing for 2023..

May 19th-21 – AKA & ALA Convention (Kalamazoo, MI) –

Jul 13th-16th – ACA & Catfish-Cataclysm (Madison WI) –

Nov 17th-19th – Ohio Cichlid Association (OCA) Extravaganza –