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Posted February 2nd, 2012.

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A Different Kind of Chocolate Gourami

A Different Kind of Chocolate Gourami

David E. Boruchowitz

A giant gourami at the Sea Life Aquarium in London, England, had to be trained to eat a normal diet of fruit. When the 9-pound, 16-inch fish was surrendered to the aquarium its diet had consisted solely of a wafer and chocolate candy and recognized nothing else as food.

This story illustrates a lot more than the ignorance of many people and the unbelievable hardiness of some fishes. In this case the aquarium was able to take in this poor creature, who had literally outgrown its welcome, but there are very few openings compared to the large number of oversized fish that need new homes. Even though the giant gourami Osphronemus goramy can grow to about 28 inches in length, there are many commonly bought species that get even bigger.

The time for hobbyists to realize they cannot house a tankbuster is before they purchase one! Counting on finding a home for the animal when it becomes too big to handle is irresponsible. But then, come to think of it, feeding a fish chocolate is irresponsible, too.

For the full article visit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020998/Kit-Kat-crushed-grapes-How-aquarium-staff-weaned-Gary-gourami-addiction-chocolate.html

Posted August 30th, 2011.

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Beneath the Sea

At Beneath the Sea, a scuba show, Beital's Aquariums featured a nano reef display.

By Shari Horowitz

Beneath the Sea is a not-for-profit consumer scuba show held annually at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey during the last weekend in March. This year marked their 35th anniversary and honored their missions of providing continuing education to the recreational diver community, educating the public in the benefits of protecting the ocean environment, and supporting ocean- and environment-related projects and charities.

One exhibit displayed photos people took while wreck diving off the coast of New Jersey.

Over the course of the weekend there were a large number of seminars and workshops focusing on varied topics that ranged from underwater photography to technical diving safety and shark diving. Six scholarships were given out to award students who have shown in interest in careers involving marine biology, marine ecology, diving, or medicine.

The Exosuit represents the latest in technical diving technology.

Of course, one of the major reasons to come is to see the hundreds of exhibitors featuring their latest and greatest products, trips, and services. Beneath the Sea is a great show for those interested in learning to dive, certified divers, and even those who just want to know about what their aquarium fish are like in their natural habitat. Divers are more than happy to share their experiences with just about anyone who will listen to their underwater tales.

Members of the Aquatic Voyagers Scuba Club were greatly enjoying themselves.

This year I only walked away with some weights for my integrated buoyancy-control-device (BCD), and the hope of winning one of the many door prizes and other raffles, but I highly recommend Beneath the Sea for anyone who loves the ocean and wants to take a trip to the underwater realm.

Beital's Aquariums also featured a Malawi cichlid tank.

The Coney Island Diving Bell makes a regular appearance at the show.

Posted March 28th, 2011.

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IMAC West 2010 Canceled

Please note that this year’s International Marine Aquarium Conference (IMAC) West Convention has been postponed until 2011. Please visit their website http://www.imacwest.com/index2.html for more details.

Posted July 1st, 2010.

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Posted March 19th, 2010.

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