George Blasiola: “How Optimal Nutrition Can Minimize Disease Outbreaks”
The aquatic world is not beyond the reach of disease—and neither is your aquarium. This is the caution that fish biology specialist George Blasiola will bring to his audience during his talk, “How Optimal Nutrition Can Minimize Disease Outbreaks,” at this year’s Aquatic Experience. Blasiola knows that fish diseases can greatly impact aquatic ecosystems, and he believes that their prevention rests primarily on a single aspect of aquarium keeping: nutrition.
Blasiola is an expert on fish health. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fish biology and has since filled a number of roles, including aquatic biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, CA; manager of the AquaVet Division of Kordon in Hayward, CA; Director of Research and Development at the Wardley Corporation in Secaucus, NJ; and Vice President of AquaDine, Inc. From 1975 to 1985, Blasiola served as the Chief Koi Consultant to the City of San Jose, CA, as he aided in the re-design of the extensive pond systems of the city’s Japanese Friendship Gardens and developed a comprehensive fish health husbandry program for its Koi collection. Presently, he is the owner of and consultant for Aqua-Sphere Research.
His research on the identification and control of diseases that affect pond and marine fish and the role that nutrition plays in the prevention of their development has led Blasiola to publish over 100 articles on fish health, pond management, parasitology, and fish biology in scientific journals and popular magazines across the United States and Europe. Furthermore, Blasiola is the author of Barron’s New Saltwater Aquarium Handbook and Koi: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual and co-author of the book Aquariology: The Science of Fish Health Management. He has additionally shared the fruits of his research in his many lectures, which have taken him around the globe.
In “How Optimal Nutrition Can Minimize Disease Outbreaks,” Blasiola will discuss the immunizing power that a nutritious daily diet can lend to fish and provide the results of the latest research about fish nutrition. He plans to demonstrate the ways in which the right diet can aid fish in their natural healing processes, allowing them to withstand disease challenges, maintain healthy immune systems, and repair tissues damaged by parasites. He will additionally highlight the importance of water quality to the health of fish. The true measure of an aquarist’s success, Blasiola believes, is the health and longevity of his or her created ecosystem. Learn how to protect your aquarium from disease by attending Blasiola’s session at Aquatic Experience!