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Aquarama 2015 to Include Public Aquaria Program

Aquarama 2015According to the organizers, Aquarama is the leading biennial international ornamental fish, aquatic plants, invertebrates and accessories trade exhibition in the world.  It started back in 1989 and has attracted exhibitors, trade and public visitors from all corners of the globe. The next exhibition that is scheduled to run from 28-31 May 2015 is said to be an affair not to be missed! The organizers and a specially convened public aquarium committee are launching a program of sub-events aimed specifically at public aquarium personnel. This committee, consisting of Scott Dowd (Senior Aquarist at the New England Aquarium, Boston, USA), Ramon Barbosa (Senior Curator at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa, Singapore) and Rob Jones (‘The Aquarium Vet’ and veterinarian at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Australia) and co-ordinated by Aquarama Consultant, John Dawes, is devising a program of activities tailored to the needs of the public aquarium industry, as well as the fostering of closer links between the home aquarium industry and public aquaria. Aquarama will be dedicating over 50% of its… More:

California Academy of Science Opens Up a Pair of Live Webcams on Philippine Lagoon Exhibit

Have you ever wanted to visit a public aquarium but just haven’t had the time to make the trip? Alternatively, do you frequent these aquariums and just can’t seem to get enough? Well, if you fall into either of those two categories, then you’re in a bit of luck. The California Academy of Science has recently put up two live webcams that focus on a couple of different areas of their massive Philippine Lagoon. Both feeds can be accessed via the academy’s website, where you just pick and choose which area you wish to view. With the lagoon view, observers can witness routine shark feedings every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30pm PST. The tank is also fed randomly on other days, so you might catch a feeding if you stick around long enough. The second viewing of the lagoon is called the “Reef View”. Unfortunately, it’s not aimed at a reef, rather it is another area where sharks and rays seem to accumulate. It differs from the lagoon in that it has a rock structure and more ocean life, but it’s not the massive collection of corals that we know are at the academy.

JBJ USA Introduces Powerful LED Pendants

JBJ USA is making the most of their booth space at SuperZoo in Las Vegas by introducing a whole slew of new products. They’ve already shown off their new RL-20 Frag Tank, we’ve been told about a new feeder (more to come on that later), we’ve spied a large rimless aquarium (again, more on that later), and now they’re teasing us with a brand new pendant style LED fixture. This powerful LED comes in two different sizes, a 150 and 50 watt model, and will have a color temperature range of 16000 to 20000 Kelvin. Each fixture will include a lens and diode arrangement that has been designed by the folks at Edison-Opto specifically for aquarium use, though you won’t see many of these lights over your average mixed reef aquarium. Instead, the focus for this light will be on aquaculture facilities, public aquarium exhibits, and the largest of private reef aquariums. The standard lens on the new JBJ LED is 100 degrees, but is focused down to 60 degrees when the optional reflector is used. The light can penetrate water depths up to 12 feet, while providing a sufficient amount of light for corals down to about 4 feet. PAR readings taken at various depths seem quite promising, with the 50w fixture hitting a reading 110 PPFD at three feet and the 150w model hitting 270 at the same depth. JBJ promises more technical specs to come soon, and it’s likely that the light will become available in the next 2-3 months.

Our Favorite Fish That Made an Appearance in 2012

 Over the past 12 months, we have written all about new aquarium equipment releases from a whole bunch of different manufacturers, and we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about all of the exciting rare livestock that showed up this year. After all, it’s the livestock that is the driving force in this hobby. So, we’ve compiled a year long roundup of some of our favorite fish that we wrote about in 2012. Some of the fish in our list are showing up as one-of-a-kind aberrant individuals, while others are just so rare in the hobby that their presence is deserving of our attention. Either way, the list is full of fish that we’d only be lucky to see in a public aquarium or in a video online.  Read MoreMore:

Fukushima Marine Science Museum Re-Opens

 Japan is well on its way to recovering from the earthquake that struck on March 11th and the re-opening of the Fukushima Marine Science Museum aquarium is a good indication of that. Due to black outs following the massive quake nearly all of their 200,000 animals died, but the remaining fish and sea mammals that were moved to temporary holding facilities are back home now.… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.