Convention News

The 43rd Annual NEC convention is being held from March 16-18, 2018!


 Online Registration is now closed. 

Walk-in registrations are welcome at the convention!






Sunday Auction Rules


1. A maximum of 40 lots per vendor of fish,plants, and aquarium related items in the auction. There is a limit of 5 dry good lots and a limit of 3 lots per species. Nothing deemed illegal by the state of Connecticut will be accepted for auction. Dry goods must be clean and in working order, no broken items or cracked tanks; no used light bulbs or gravel…

2. *Vendor-sequence numbers will be assigned at auction registration on Sunday. All lots must have the assigned vendor-sequence number written on the bag along with species name, quantity, sex of fish and vendor’s name with a waterproof marker. Vendor forms must be submitted to the auction registration on
* Vendor-sequence => Assigned bidder number
and lot sequence on vendor form (1 - 40)

3. All fish lots must be properly double-bagged; a fee of $2.00 will be charged if we have to re-bag your fish.

4. Auction proceeds will be 50/50 for up to 10 lots, 60/40 for all lots for 10 lots or more. Preregistration is not required.

5. Printable vendor forms are downloadable on the NEC Facebook page at

Complete by listing your name, address, phone number and a list of lots.

6. Vendor proceeds will be mailed to the vendor no later than 3 weeks after the auction.

7. Each seller will receive one “red” dot and an additional red dot per 10 bags to mark which lots will be the first auctioned, all other seller lots will follow the 10-table system.

8. The Auction Committee and auctioneer have the right to refuse any lot due to size, defects, sickness, inadequate  bagging or any other disqualifying reason. If a buyer brings a lot to the attention of the NEC within 24 hrs., that is
obviously sick or deformed, the vendor’s information will be given to the seller so that the parties can work out an agreement.

9. The seller at the end of the auction must pick up any lots that fail to sell. Any items left will become the property of the NEC.

10. Auction items should be brought to auction room between 8:00am – 11:00am Sunday. Lots received after 9:30am may not be a part of viewing and will be added to the 10-table system as time permits. Viewing of auction items is from 9:30am – 10:45am. Please drop off your lots as early as possible. Viewing may be extended at the discretion of the auction  committee.

11. All bidders must register at the auction table for a bidder number. Bidder numbers are available for $2.00 each; if you are registered for the convention, the $2.00 charge will be waived.

12. All bidders must produce a driver’s license or valid government ID at the registration desk for security purposes; the ID information will be entered on the bidder form. Lots will be handed directly to the buyer at the time of sale. Before leaving for the day, buyers must pay for their lots at the registration desk with cash or by check (no starter checks) and the bidder card must be turned in. Buyers who choose not to run a tab must pay the runner each time they make a purchase.
If you plan to pay cash please try to bring small bills (singles, 5’s & 10’s) with you. The NEC will have a limited amount of small bills.

13. The NEC will do its best to ensure that all items at the auction are what they claim to be, but nothing works better than actually viewing the item that you intend to bid on. With this in mind, the NEC cannot be held responsible for any items
after they have left the auction site except for defective livestock as stated above.

14. The auctioneer has the FINAL WORD on all bids.

15. The auction will start promptly at 11:00am, see the convention schedule for details.

16. There may be a silent auction during the regular auction; winners will be announced during the auction. Lots must be paid for prior to removal from the silent auction table.


Hotel Accommodations


The NEC looks forward to welcoming you to their 43rd Annual Convention being held at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, CT.  The hotel has undergone extensive updating, the facility offers free wireless internet throughout, enclosed indoor heated pool and excercise room, recently remodeled sleeping rooms, and spacious convention facilities, all at an affordable price.  Up to four individuals may occupy the same room at no additional 'per person' charge!


Sheraton Hartford South

100 Capital Blvd
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

    Same venue for our 42nd Anniversary Convention!
    The Sheraton Hartford South is a pet-friendly hotel!Let the hotel you'd like to bring your pet when you make your room reservation.

    Take I-91 North or South to exit 23. Turn right off the exit. Hotel is on the right.


We are able to offer a special convention rate of $110 per night (plus tax) for the nights of March 15 - 20, 2018.  This special rate will be available from Thursday March15, through Tuesday, March 20.


Check-in 3:00 PM Check-out 12:00 PM


To view the hotel's website, please go to:


Hotel Room Reservations are to be made DIRECTLY with the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel.

To make reservations at our convention rate of $110/night rate (plus tax) please either reserve online or call the hotel at 1 888 627 8263 and mention the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies 2018 Convention.

Deadline to reserve your hotel room at the convention rate is Friday, March 2, 2018!


To reserve online, please go to:


Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from today until March 20, 2018.


Please contact Leslie Dick by e-mail - NECConventionChair @ if you have any questions or concerns



 Special Registrations


Special Registrations include:

All speaker presentations

Friday night dinner with keynote speaker

Saturday Breakfast Buffet with keynote speaker

Saturday night dinner with keynote speaker and cash bar

Hospitality Room Friday and Saturday nights with snacks and beverages

Ability to enter the NECA cichlid show, IFGA guppy show, Nanotank aquascaping contest

(additional charges may apply)

Entry into our Vendor Room

Free Sunday bidder card

NEC members $160

Non NEC members $170



Registrations include:


All speaker presentations

Saturday Breakfast Buffet with keynote speaker

Hospitality Room Friday and Saturday nights with snacks and beverages

Ability to enter the NECA cichlid show, IFGA guppy show, Nanotank aquascaping contest

(additional charges may apply)

Entry into our Vendor Room

Free Sunday bidder card

NEC members $85

Non NEC members $95



Friday and Saturday dinners available a la carte

T-shirts and Golf/Polo shirts available a la carte






Friday night plated dinner (fish)

Caesar Salad with Parmesan and Pancetta Crisps
Baked Cod, fennel, shallot, crumb dressing
Dessert turtle cheesecake
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee



Friday night plated dinner (chicken)

Caesar Salad with Parmesan and Pancetta Crisps
Chicken Picatta, lemon, capers, white wine
Dessert turtle cheesecake
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee



Saturday breakfast buffet

Breakfast Juices
Whole Fresh Fruit
Scrambled Eggs
Breakfast potatoes
Hickory Smoked Bacon
French Toast
Pastries, bagels, breads
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee



Saturday banquet plated dinner (chicken)

Salad- petite greens, feta cheese, cucumber, Kalamata olives,
with balsamic truffle vinaigrette

Chicken Marsala, wild mushrooms, and Sicilian Wine Sauce
Dessert- quadruple chocolate mousse pie.
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee



Saturday banquet plated dinner (beef)

Salad- petite greens, feta cheese, cucumber, Kalamata olives,
with balsamic truffle vinaigrette

Prime Rib of beef with horseradish crust
Dessert- quadruple chocolate mousse pie.
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee





James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund

Our freshwater conservation recipient is

The Ocean Foundation's

"Sawfish Mating Project:"


Researchers Discover Critical Clue In Sawfish Mating (

Tallahassee, Florida. April 13, 2017. For the first time in 17 years of Florida-based research, scientists have discovered a mating ground for the Endangered smalltooth sawfish. During an expedition early April to the shallow-water back-country of Everglades National Park, a research team captured, tagged, and released three adult sawfish (one male and two females) in an area previously known almost exclusively as juvenile sawfish habitat. All three had distinctive lacerations, apparently sustained during mating, that match the pattern of teeth on the animals’ saw-like snouts. The team includes scientists from Florida State University (FSU) and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) who conduct ongoing research permitted under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to monitor sawfish population health.

For more information on the Sawfish Mating Project, please go to




Our saltwater recipient is the

Coral Restoration Fund


We are a nonprofit ocean conservation organization working to restore our coral reefs, educating others on the importance of our oceans, and using science to further research and monitoring techniques. We are dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species. These programs have allowed us to take the lead in innovative nursery and restoration techniques that are implemented worldwide.

Due to multiple stressors in the late 1970s and early 1980s, previously dominant reef building corals throughout the Florida Keys and the Caribbean declined dramatically, leaving the remaining corals scattered and facing extinction.

Through propagation techniques, tens of thousands of corals are grown and maintained in multiple offshore coral tree nurseries before being strategically outplanted on reefs allowing them to continue on a path to natural recovery.
With the help of students, volunteers, scientists, and donors, our corals are successfully raised until they are “reef-ready”, outplanted onto the reef, and monitored. Our innovative techniques are scalable and they are making a difference for our oceans.

For more information, please go to



Nanotank Aquascaping Contest




Fish Shows and Exhibitions


NECA Annual Cichlid Show



1. There are four classes:
   Class 1. North/Central America
   Class 2. South America
   Class 3. Africa Rift Lake
   Class 4. Africa Non-Rift Lake, Madagascar and Asia

2.  Certificates will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each class, and the Best of Show, Reserve Best of Show, and People’s Choice.

3.  You must be an attendee of the convention to enter the show.

4.  The cichlid show is limited to 30 total entries on a first-come first-served basis. You may enter as may fish as you like, depending on how many entry slots are left.

5.  NECA will provide (24) 10-gallon tanks and (6) 20-gallon tanks. You may bring up one 29-gallon tanks for large fish if space allows. Please email if you wish to bring a 29-gallon tank and inquire if there is space.

6.  Each tank will include a sponge filter. Heaters will not be provided. The room will be heated to 76 degrees. You may bring your own heater. NECA will provide extension cords and power strips.

7.  Each entry is $5. Make payment with your registration on-line at under Convention Registration before the deadline of February 24, 2018. Once at the show registration section, enter the class, number of entries, tank size, and species (scientific name or common name). If your number of entries exceeds the number of slots that are left, you will be notified- Reminder: there are only 30 entries for the show!



SNEKA Killifish Exhibition



IFGA Guppy Show

New this year!

Hosted by NEFGA and SJGG