October 12-13, 2019 | Secaucus, NJ | Meadowlands Exposition Center

Ted Judy Discusses “Colombia – La Confluencia”

The city of Puerto Inirida, Colombia, lies near the confluence of three important river systems: the Rio Inirida, Rio Guaviare, Rio Atabapo and Rio Orinoco. Some of the most popular species of fish in the aquarium hobby come from these rivers and are exported from Puerto Inirida, including the jaguar catfish, altum angelfish and panda uaru. Learn more about these fish at the Aquatic Experience during Ted Judy’s educational seminar, “Columbia – La Confluencia.”

Here’s a sneak peak of the regions that will be covered in the talk:

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Proaquatix – a Leading Captive Breeder of Aquacultured Marine Fish

The Aquatic Experience is proud to present Proaquatix, a global supplier of supreme-quality aquacultured marine fish. Headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida, Proaquatix is dedicated to providing a steady supply of captive-bred ornamentals, which are hand-selected and graded to guarantee that customers receive only healthy, vibrant, and deformity-free fish. Proaquatix only sells to retailers and wholesalers —not directly to hobbyists. By pursuing an alternative to catching fish in the wild, this innovative company helps to reduce detrimental human impact on ocean reef ecosystems, thus supporting reef conservation and advancing the future of marine aquariums.

Proaquatix raises over 200 different varieties of marine fish, with between 60 and 75 species and color morphs available each week. Currently, this selection includes distinct and in-demand species such as gobies, blennies, 65 varieties of clownfish and designer clownfish, Palometa, Pompano, Lookdowns, Trevally, Cardinals, Dottybacks, Berghia (aiptasia-eating nudibranchs), seahorses and Jack knives—all of which are the product of 100 percent captive breeding. Proaquatix is constantly researching and striving to add new unique species and varieties to its selection.

The Proaquatix production process begins with spawning parents called broodstock. Each spawning fish has been selected for its exquisite beauty and health. Most broodstock are kept as mated pairs in their own separate tanks for maximum comfort. Once the pairs reproduce, their offspring are moved to the hatchery, where they are fed a steady diet of zooplankton until they are able to eat prepared foods. They are then transferred to larger tanks in the grow-out area, where Proaquatix specialists ensure that they remain in optimum health through a rigorous schedule of multiple feedings per day and regular water quality testing. When Proaquatix receives an order, fish are retrieved from the grow-out tanks and individually inspected before being carefully packaged for shipping. As a result of this meticulous breeding and raising process, Proaquatix is able to offer fish with a level of health,   vibrancy, and overall quality that rivals or surpasses any other captive breeder in the world.

Proaquatix’s commitment to world-class, “client-centric” customer service is evident throughout the ordering process. The company offers weekly sales and promotions, free shipping via airlines with minimum orders of $400, a guarantee that fish will be alive upon arrival and for the next 24 hours, flexible price matching, and even subsidized (up to $49.95 per box) FedEx door-to-door overnight shipping for customers who do not wish to use airline cargo. Proaquatix also often includes some free fish with every order! Customers may place orders online through Proaquatix’s user-friendly portal or via email, fax, or even text.

The Proaquatix team is looking forward to showcasing their exhibit at the Aquatic Experience and sharing information about their company and products with attendees. To learn more, visit http://www.proaquatix.com.

How to Save Your Tank if Power Goes Out

Do you have a plan in place for if you lose power to your tank in your home or office? Whether caused by a natural disaster, power outage, or schedule maintenance, it’s always good to have a plan in place as no power could be perilous for your aquarium. 

When power outages occur, pumps and other water movement devices get shut off that are necessary to circulate water and thus oxygen for your fish. Also, if your pump goes out and your water level rises, you run the risk of having your tank overflow, causing additional damage to your floor, furniture, and dry wall. Another risk your tank faces is that your heater will stop working. With water temperatures dropping quickly, reef invertebrates, corals, and fish may be subjected to abnormal temperature swings that can be problematic.

So here’s what you need to know to avoid costly mistakes, and the loss of your beautiful (and oftentimes expensive) fishes’ lives:

~  Place tanks in your home away from windows to avoid fast-rising temperatures exacerbated by sunlight, especially in the summer months.

~  Surge protectors! We can’t stress the importance of using surge protectors to make sure your aquarium devices are not susceptible to power surges.

~  Battery-operated air pumps are a great and economical way to ensure the safety of your fish by providing a fail-safe method to aerate the water. Most local fish shops have access to them and can get them via special order if needed. Also, make sure you have the proper batteries.

~  When leaving town for extending periods of time, be sure to have a knowledgeable and reliable friend check in on your tank daily.

~  Keep an emergency tank. This should be a smaller, portable tank that you are able to travel with. Only to be used in dire emergencies, this spare can provide a possible evacuation for your most valuable specimen.

~  Talk to your insurance provider about providing coverage for your tank, equipment, and fish. Either homeowners or renter’s insurance typically have options that can aid you financially in case disaster strikes

~  Consider a back-up generator. Depending upon the size and scale of your aquarium hobby, you may want to consider investing in a back-up generator as a solid option to avoid the dire circumstances of a power outage.

~ When an outage occurs, leave your fish alone and don’t unnecessarily mess around with the aquarium. The more you engage the fish, the more oxygen usage and metabolism occur. Avoid feeding them if possible.


The Coral Restoration Foundation

The Aquatic Experience is a proud supporter of the Coral Restoration Foundation and want to give you the opportunity to learn more about them.  Please read this guest blog by Shalimar Moreno, a lead intern at the Coral Restoration Foundation.

The Coral Restoration Foundation is passionate about restoring North America’s only living coral barrier reef and the third largest barrier reef in the world. Coral reefs are one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems that provide habitat and shelter for countless marine organisms. As a nonprofit organization based in Key Largo, Florida, we have made it our mission to restore our precious coral reefs using offshore nurseries to grow endangered coral species.

We have 7 coral nurseries throughout the Florida Keys tract to grow various species of threatened corals using innovative techniques. Our corals are grown on “tree” structures that are suspended in the water column. With this technique, our corals receive constant water flow from all angles, aiding their growth while reducing negative impacts from sediment and algae. When corals grow to roughly the size of your hand they are ready to be planted back onto the reef. Our team works diligently to outplant staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn (Acropora palmata) corals in order to preserve genetic diversity of wild populations. With over 300 genotypes in our nurseries we believe we can move toward a more resilient and healthy reef.

In the Florida Keys and Caribbean, we have lost most of our dominant reef building corals since the late 1970s and early 1980s due to multiple stressors. More recently, Hurricane Irma came through the Florida Keys and has downed trees, hurled debris, and destroyed boats and homes. Coral reefs and other marine ecosystems such as mangroves protect our coastlines from natural disasters like this. Now, more than ever, it is important to conserve and restore our vital ecosystems. This is where Coral Restoration Foundation and our passionate team of volunteers come in.

As an organization, we are heavily dependent upon volunteers to help us carry out our work and we could use your help in saving the coral reefs. We are thankful to be partnered with the aquarium industry and to have individuals that care deeply about corals. It takes time and effort to monitor and care for growing corals in an aquarium and we put this same effort into growing, outplanting and monitoring the corals we place back on the reef. It is a delicate and complex system that has the potential to bounce back.

Coral reefs are the rainforest of the sea. Every day, scientists learn more and more about their beauty and wonder- from discovering new species to advancing applications in medicine. And we at CRF are working harder than ever to continue our operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Visit us on our website (www.coralrestoration.org) to support us and learn more about the work we do. As one of the leading organizations focused on coral restoration, we will continue fighting to inspire and to instill hope. We must all work together to protect what we love and care about.

About me:

My name is Shalimar Moreno and I’m currently a lead intern at Coral Restoration Foundation. This means that I have the opportunity to guide and mentor new interns in the many different aspects of the nonprofit world. I’m also able to work under different organizational programs to come up with my own projects, one of which is bringing back blogs in our Coral Chronicles. I hope this was interesting to read- you might see me around in our email newsletter!

Speaker Spotlight: Claus Christensen

Claus Christensen has specialized in planted aquariums for 40 of his 55 years in the hobby, receiving the “Aquarium Oscar”, Scandinavia’s highest award.  Claus has traveled the world visiting water plant habitats bringing new ornamental plants to hobbyists worldwide.  Claus worked for Tropica Aquarium Plants in Denmark, serving as CEO for 6 of his 25 years. He currently works as a travel guide, consultant and writer. He is a highly acclaimed speaker, presenting more than 500 lectures in over 15 countries.

Claus Christensen’s educational session at the Aquatic Experience is “Aquatic Plants in Nature and Culture.”  In this session, Claus will provide descriptions and photos of natural habitats for aquarium plants.  He will present his studies from his many years of experience through his work both in natural settings and aquariums and advice on plant care.

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