October 12-13, 2019 | Saturday 10 am - 6 pm | Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Secaucus, NJ | Meadowlands Exposition Center

Friday Fish Health Management Course
October 11, 2019

Objective: To provide a basic fish health specialty course designed to educate and enhance attendees about the basic principles of proper freshwater and marine fish management in closed aquatic systems.

Target Audience: The course is primarily targeted in its scope and focus to pet store owners, employees, aquatic system consultants and other industry related individuals. Hobbyists, veterinary technicians, and others are invited to attend. 

Schedule of Course Lectures and Activities

8:00-8:15 Welcome/Speaker Introduction/ Course Objectives

8:15-9:30 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 aquatic systems in retail stores.

9:30-9:45 Morning Break  

9:45-10:45 Anatomy and Physiology of Fishes

Presented by: Tim Miller-Morgan

This presentation reviews the basic anatomy of fish as well serves as an introduction to fish physiology and how fish utilize 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.  

10:45-11:45 Aquatic Systems Maintenance Protocols, Water Testing and Challenges in Retail Stores.

Presented by: Patrick Donston

Maintaining a smoothly functioning stable aquatic system, whether freshwater or marine, presents numerous challenges to the retailer. It necessitates implementing basic protocols to aid in accessing the health of the aquatic system and making any chemical or mechanical adjustments to maintain optimal water quality. This lecture covers the importance of conducting regular water testing, sampling procedures, interpreting results, maintaining records and setting up a documented husbandry system in a retail store.  

11:45-12:00 Q&A

12:00-1:00 LUNCH BREAK

1:00-2:15 Aquatic Nutrition Principles and Practices

Presented by: George Blasiola

This lecture covers basic nutritional principles and practices for freshwater and marine fish in aquatic systems. Balanced diets are essential for the health, growth and longevity of aquarium fish. Topics retailers need to know covered in this seminar include major nutrients required, utilization of foods, protein requirements, comparison of prepared, frozen and fresh foods, needed vitamins and essential oils in diets, and implementing healthy feeding guidelines.

2:15-3:15 Principal Diseases of Freshwater and Marine Fish

Presented by: Greg Lewbart

This lecture covers the principal infectious diseases of freshwater and marine fish. Topics include how to prevent the introduction and rapid development of diseases to retail aquatic systems, the role of quarantine in stores, learning how to recognize various diseases prior to initiating chemical treatments and the use of a microscope to identify disease organisms.


3:30-4:45- Chemotherapeutic Approaches for the control of Fish Diseases Aquaria

Presented by: Greg Lewbart

The proper selection and use of various chemotherapeutics for the treatment of fish diseases can be a difficult and challenging task for the retailer. This presentation retailers will help make the best decision Topics that will be discussed include selection of appropriate medications, dosing route and their effectiveness including bath, dips, oral, and injection; treatment dosage calculations, treatment frequency, protocols and safety guidelines using medications. A discussion of botanicals and herbal treatments will also be highlighted.

4:45-5:15 Retailer Discussion

5:15-5:30 Closing Remarks; Q&A

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