Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society 

                                                      We are all about the aquarium hobby 

January 20th, 2023 – Regular Meeting

Speakers: Don Guman, Pam Sundin, Lisa Reel, Joe Doyle, Bill Chandler, Larry Ayres, Dan Guman
Talk: YATFS Roles and Responsibilities of Leadership positions and a Review of Club Benefits 

Will review Roles of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Membership, Newsletter, BAP, HAP, Web Site. Also Benefits of membership will be reviewed. 

February 17th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Speaker: Joe Doyle
Talk: Live Foods

Will review various types of live foods you can feed your aquatic life. Also, there will be a hands on workshop, everyone in attendance will be invited to make a live food culture of microworms to take home. 

March 17th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Speaker: Joel Antkowiak
Talk: Experiences with CARES Priority List Species
Time: 7:30pm

This program also introduces the audience to the CARES program and then goes on to discuss
various experiences with many CARES Priority List species that I have kept in over 40 years of
fishkeeping. Another program that constantly changes, unfortunately it is usually due to species
being added to the CARES Priority List.

Joel’s Bio:
Born on the Southside of Pittsburgh in 1962, Joel’s first brush with the organized hobby came in 1976 when he found an ad for the American Killifish Association in an old aquarium hobby magazine. Having always appreciated the beauty of these fishes from the color plates in the old “Innes book”, and not seeing them in local stores, he joined in order to acquire some. A few years later Joel found the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society, where he was a member for a few years before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and moving out of the area. Joel is now living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he is an active member of the Aquarium Club of Lancaster County. Joel has earned many of the club’s annual awards, and was the FAAS Author of the Year for 2012. Joel has been awarded the club’s annual “CARES Member of the Year” award for each year from 2011 thru 2016, and in 2019 and 2022. Joel was recently honoured with lifetime membership in the ACLC for completing the highest level of the club’s Writer’s and Artist’s Award Program. Joel has maintained anywhere from a few to about 60 tanks at any one time throughout his adult life and has kept many different species of fish. He is often amazed at how some species were once very common and now seem to be non-existent despite their attractiveness and ease of care and husbandry, seemingly pushed out of the hobby by the “next great thing.” Joel has most recently been added to the official CARES speaker list and is honoured to be able to work with some of the greats in the hobby in this capacity.


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

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:
Jan 20th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Feb 17th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Mar 17th, 2023 – Regular Meeting
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
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
Feb 4th, 2023 – BOD meeting
Mar 4th, 2023 – BOD meeting
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:
Mar 18th, 2023 – Spring Auction
Oct 21st, 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..


Feb 11th – OCA Ohio Cichlid Association – Winter Auction

Feb 19th – TFCEC – Tropical Fish Club of Erie County (Buffalo) – Spring Auction

Feb 25th – MCAS – Motor City Aquarium Society (Detroit) – Winter Auction

Feb 26th – SCALES – Stark County Aqua Life Enthusiasts Society – Spring Auction (80/20 Split)

Mar 18th – YATFS – Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society (Youngstown) – Spring Auction

Mar 19th – NEO-Fish – North East Ohio – Spring Auction

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 21st – 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..

Jan 28th, 2023 – NEO-Fish – Swap Meet (12:00pm to 4:00pm) Cancelled

Feb 4th, 2023 – GCAS – Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society – Swap Meet

Feb 25th – CAFE – Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts – 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 –