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REEF AQUARIUM FARMING Conference / SeminarMARCH 23 - 24 1997
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REEF AQUARIUM FARMING NEWS
ONLINE NEWS LETTER FOR REEF AQUARIUM PROPAGATION RESEARCH

REEF AQUARIUM FARMING

Conference / Seminar

MARCH 22 - 23 1997

Captive coral, live rock and sand farming


I just returned from a two day (Dec 7,8) conference / seminar on captive coral, live rock and sand farming in Boise, Idaho at GARF (GeothermalAquaculture Research Foundation). Todd Schwartz of Reef Renovators in Dalton, Georgia spoke on the benefits of plenums, live sand and CaribSea Reef Sand aragonite to aquariums and aquaculture. He showed how unique his Eco-Sand (Jaubert/NNR) Plenum Systems are and why they give superior performance. It was very interesting, entertaining and educational to watch techniques, including the use of Super Reef Gel (special super glue) for attaching coral cuttings to rock.

A four part series of coral farming seminars
in March, June, Sept. and Dec. will be
held at the Foundation in Boise in 1997 to
celebrate the International Year of the Reef.

Even more entertaining was LeRoy Headlee's often unconventional wit and wisdom applied to live coral, rock and sand aquaculture. To say the least, LeRoy is quite a character. He keeps a group well involved and entertained. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the two day conference.

A four part series of coral farming seminars in March, June, Sept. and Dec. will be held at the Foundation in Boise in 1997, the International Year of the Reef. Anyone attending all four will be issued an official certificate of completion and will be ready to run their own propagation facility. Basically you'll be a coral farmer by the end of 1997! Farming... how appropriate for Idaho! But don't laugh, not only are some of the best potatoes grown in Idaho but some of the best corals and live rock are too.

Another unique thing about this conference
is that it will be directly accessible by
internet in nearly real time via still frame
video and script entered live at the conference.
Questions and interaction will be welcomed
from the internet.
Prominent speakers will participate and interact at each seminar with varying topics. The first coral farming seminar, in early March, will feature Mike Paletta and other speakers / participants. The topic of this first seminar will focus on SPS (Small Polyp Stoney) acroporid coral identification, acquisition, growth, and disease control.

The second seminar will be a coral reef farming inventors seminar and will focus on ways to improve general production and make captive farming more successful, easier and more profitable. What ever happens, I won't miss these unique special events! Another unique thing about this conference is that it will be directly accessible by internet in nearly real time via still frame video and script entered live by a court recorder at the conference. This means if you live in South Africa, Australia or West Newbury you can just get on the net and surf to the seminars. Live questions and interaction will be welcomed from the internet.

GARF'S dream is to educate and help the public and also numerous people who would like to run independent small aquaculture facilities, even out of homes. These could supply much of the demand by hobbyists worldwide. This would alleviate pressure on the reefs and promote public awareness of the importance of the reefs through promoting aquaculture and captive reef keeping. Want to participate? Contact LeRoy or Sally Jo Headlee at GARF.

The second seminar will be a coral reef farming
inventors seminar and will focus on ways to improve
general production and make captive farming more
successful, easier and more profitable.

In the late 1980's LeRoy, conservationist and founder of GARF, made a vow to never sell a live or dead coral due to the impact that it might have on the wild reefs if too many people became excited about reef aquariums. Since that time he has decided that propagation is a far better answer to this problem. But wait a minute, doesn't commercialization further the pressure on the reefs?
If done right it helps reefs, far more than a hard core tree hugger could hope to help. Take freshwater discus for example. These fish could have been seriously impacted if breeding had never taken place. So, the answer is in breeding marine fish and corals.

Instead of commercialization hurting nature, it actually benefits it by spreading around more beautiful reef aquariums that naturally make people more interested in the world's reefs and in preserving and sensibly farming them.

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REEF AQUARIUM FARMING
Conference / Seminar

MARCH 23 - 24 1997
1726 Merrill St.
Boise, Idaho 83705

FIRST TANK RAISED LIVE ROCK AND CORAL SHOW
Captive coral, live rock and sand will be judged and you can win some of the great prizes that have been donated. Your winning pieces will be featured in two magazines.

GROW YOUR OWN - SAVE A REEF


WE WANT RESEARCH PAPERS AND ARTICLES FOR OUR ONLINE PART OF THE SEMINAR

This will allow us to share as much information as possible with you. If you have any questions please use this form to ask them.

We will continue to provide the most current data on reef farming for both education and profit.

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