Why You Should Join An Aquarium Club

 

As a fish geek, it can sometimes be difficult to make new friends. When all you want to talk about are fish, corals and aquarium equipment, holding people’s interest is a real challenge. Joining an aquarium club in your area is one of the best ways to connect with like-minded people that share your enthusiasm for reef keeping. Plus, as you’ll soon discover, participating in your local club can open you to many new opportunities and ideas that will help you learn and progress in the hobby.

 

If you are looking for an aquarium club, check the internet for listings of clubs available by state or even country. Some clubs will be general, while others focus on specific types of fish. This can be useful if you are raising rare fish and need some help.

 

Some clubs require a monthly or annual membership fee, while others are free except for specific events. Depending on where you live, you could have a large group divided into specialties or a smaller number of club members. The learning aspect will probably emphasized over the social, though both are important.

 

Aquarium clubs offer a lot to their members. You will be able to talk to other hobbyists, which is invaluable in itself. Many clubs will provide talks, field trips or other presentations for their members, to help educate them on specific aspects of keeping aquariums. Often, you be able to listen to speakers and read information that may not be readily available to the average hobbyist. Speakers, expert demonstrations and deals at the local shops are just a few of the benefits you can expect from joining an aquarium club.

 

An aquarium club can be a wonderful way to learn more about keeping fish. You will likely meet other people with similar interests that you can stay in touch with and learn from, as well. It is a great experience, and most clubs will allow you to attend a meeting or two before deciding if you want to join up, so you can see if it is worth your while. Below are two ways you can find a club in your area - you may also use this directory

 

  • Marine Aquarium Societies of North America. MASNA is “a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium clubs and individual hobbyists from North America and abroad, totaling several thousand individuals.” MASNA aquarium clubs are listed on their website with bios and hyperlinks to each individual club's website.
     
  • Your favorite search engine. Search for keywords that will retrieve the most relevant results for you. Try “your city” (or “county” or “state”) + “aquarium club” (or “society”) and take it from there (“Boston Aquarium Club,” for example).