CAFE Events


All CAFE member meetings, swaps, and auctions will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center for 2022. The Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center is located at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive Columbus, Ohio 43210

CAFE Member Meetings: CAFE hosts member meetings on an every other month basis where subject matter experts are invited to speak on anything aquarium and fish keeping related.  CAFE member meetings for 2022 will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in the International Room on the first floor unless otherwise specified.  CAFE member meeting start at 7pm and will go up to 9:30 pm  The 2022 meeting dates are as follows:

  • February 25th - Decoding Aquarium Water Chemistry
  • April 22nd - Breeding Rope Fish
  • June 24th - The Rules and Reality of Starting a Fish Business from Your Home  and/or Selective Breeding
  • August 26th - Pizza night and general discussion
  • October 28th - Aquarium Photography

CAFE Swap Meets: CAFE hosts swap meets in the winter and summer months between auctions and anyone is welcome to attend. The swap meet is a good opportunity to purchase unique fish from local breeders and pick up specialty foods, equipment, and breeding supplies not commonly found in aquarium stores at reasonable prices. CAFE members receive a discount for table reservations. The 2022 CAFE swap meet dates are as follows:

  • Winter Swap January 22nd

CAFE Auctions: CAFE hosts a Spring and Fall auction every year. Auctions are an excellent opportunity to acquire new and rare fish, plants, plus many common aquarium fish and plants from local breeders at excellent prices. You do not need to be a member to attend our auctions, but membership does provide the benefit of priority stickers and a free express bid. The 2022 CAFE auction dates are as follows:

  • Spring Auction March 26th
  • Fall Auction October 15th

March 26th, 2022

CAFE Spring Auction

Join CAFE for our first auction since Spring 2019! (wow!) If you are looking to add high quality, locally bred/cultivated fish and plants to your aquarium this is the place to be! The auction is also an excellent opportunity to find that unique and rare fish or plant you have been hunting for at great prices! Auctions are free for anyone to attend.

Sellers please review the Auction rules and register prior to the auction!

Buyers please review the Auction rules prior to the auction!

Rope Fish

April 22nd, 2022

CAFE April Member Meeting

Speaker: Hayley Cox

Topic: Breeding Rope Fish

See the Events page for details

CAFE hosts speakers every other month to give a presentation on aquarium related topics.  Members and non-members are welcome to join.  If these topics bring value to you please consider joining CAFE at the meeting!

Collecting Trip

May 21st, 2022 (Tentative)

CAFE Collecting Trip

This is a CAFE paid members only event!  If you are not a member and would like to participate you can join here!

CAFE members please join us for a field trip to explore Ohio's waterways and collect Ohio native fish!  If you would like to keep any of the fish collected please purchase an Ohio fishing license prior to the trip.

The date of the trip may change pending weather, so please check for updates as we get closer to May 21st

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