Presentation Topic#1: Bulletproof Reefkeeping: System Design, Installation, and Maintenance
Oftentimes hobbyists overlook the maintenance required to keep our systems thriving long-term, and the appropriate equipment to get them there based on their skill level, available time commitment, and budget. This presentation delves head-first into having the foresight of what’s to come during the design phase, keeping life support systems redundant to prevent catastrophic failure, and how to keep equipment functioning like new years down the road.
Presentation Topic#2: Keeping Benthic Feeders with Coral: Angelfishes, Butterflyfishes, and more
Angelfish and Butterflyfish are two unmistakable iconic families of reef-dwelling fishes that everyone would love to keep in their reef. Until we read a bit further and see all of those pesky “not reef safe” notes attached to these beautiful animals. Yet sometimes seemingly crazy aquarists mix these benthic feeders with their prized coral collection. How do they do it? What is their secret? This talk walks you through the process of mixing benthic feeders with coral successfully… most of the time.
Austin is the founder and owner of Aqua Box, a company that installs unique aquarium systems worldwide, and professionally quarantines and conditions marine fishes. Austin has been in the aquarium industry since 2002, previously working in local fish stores, coral farms, and heading up a fish breeding program.
“As aquarists, we have the responsibility to allow all of our animals to thrive, not just survive. Our animals are stewards to their wild counterparts that can inspire others to push for better conservation. We have the ability to keep animals alive far longer than in nature provided the right care. My mission is to spread sound science-based information to keep animals thriving long term.”
During his free time, he can be found hiding in a dark corner of his office watching fishes interact in one of a dozen fish conditioning systems. He has a soft spot for Pomacanthidae, particularly twilight zone reef dwellers. He’s been an avid SCUBA diver since the age of 12 and consistently seeks new aquatic adventures.
This year Austin is presenting two topics, “Bulletproof Reefkeeping: System Design, Installation, and Maintenance” and “Keeping Benthic Feeders with Coral: Angelfishes, Butterflyfishes, and more”.