Friday Fish Health Management Course Summaries
Friday, November 3

$97 Friday Fish Health Management Course with Show Floor Access and Speaker Meet & Greet/Networking Reception.  (Does not include access to all other seminars.)

The Aquatic Environment: Biological, Chemical and Physical Factors and their Interactions in Nature and in Closed Systems
Presented by Tim Miller-Morgan
Achieving successfully functioning aquatic systems requires a basic understanding of the complexity and interplay among various physical, chemical and biological processes. This lecture covers various topics including biological, chemical and mechanical filtration methods, water chemistry, chemical interactions, water additives, role of the filter bacteria and other organisms, and essential components needed to set up properly functioning systems.

Anatomy and Physiology of Fishes
Presented by Tim Miller-Morgan
This presentation reviews the basic anatomy of fish as well as an introduction to fish physiology and how fish utilize various physical and chemical mechanisms to function in their environment. Topics include a review of sensory receptors, chemoreception, digestion, osmoregulation, respiration, excretion, immune system functions and the stress response.

Maintenance Protocols, Water Testing and Challenges in Closed Aquatic Systems
Presented by Patrick Donston
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.

Aquatic Nutrition Principles and Practices
Presented by George Blasiola
This lecture covers basic nutrition principles and practices for freshwater and marine fish in aquatic systems.  Balanced diets are essential for the health, growth and longevity of fish in aquaria.  Topics covered will be the types of nutrients required by fish, utilization of nutrients, optimal protein requirements, comparisons of types of foods such as prepared, frozen, and fresh, pros and cons of various foods, benefits of vitamins and essential oils in diets, and implementing healthy feeding guidelines. 

Principal Diseases of Freshwater and Marine Fish
Presented by Greg Lewbart
This lecture will cover the principal infectious diseases of freshwater and marine fish.  Topics will include how to prevent the development and introduction of diseases to aquatic systems, role of quarantine, learning how to recognize the signs of various diseases prior to initiating chemical treatments and use of a microscope to identify disease organisms.

Chemotherapeutic Approaches for the control of Fish Diseases
Presented by Greg Lewbart
This presentation covers the proper selection and use of various chemotherapeutics for the treatment of various fish diseases. Topics included selection the appropriate medication, various dosing routes including bath, dips, oral and injection; treatment dosage calculations, treatment frequency, and safety guidelines for use of medications.