With 25 years’ experience as a retailer and AZA accredited public aquarium work, Patrick Donston holds Ichthyology degrees. Noted for numerous articles on aquarium keeping and business best practices, he is a frequent speaker at industry events and aquarium societies around the US. He operates Absolutely Fish; a MAC certified facility, retailer of the year PPN, and retailer excellence award APA. You can find his blogs on Pet Product News–Fish Absolutely.
- Friday Fish Health Management Course – “Maintenance Protocols, Water Testing and Challenges in Closed Aquatic Systems” – Maintaining a smoothly functioning stable aquatic system, whether freshwater or marine, presents numerous challenges. It requires the implementation of basic protocols for testing the water on a regular basis to aid in accessing the ‘health’ of the environment and to prompt any chemical or mechanical adjustments necessary to maintain optimum water quality. This lecture outlines the necessity of basic water testing, sampling procedures, interpreting results, maintaining records and setting up a documented husbandry system in the store.
- “Peacock Cichlids from Lake Malawi” – Marine fish are often wild-caught, handled and transported under extreme stress. Because of this, their immunity and protection have been compromised, challenging a marine-keeper’s success. This seminar will touch on 5 key concepts to understand and control stress factors which affect fish. We will be demonstrating proven models to emphasize positive results and long-term health.