MFK a Proud Sponsor of Stingray Symposium, Chicago IL Aug 6~9 2008


Staff member
Jun 12, 2006
Monster Aquaria Network

a proud sponsor of

International Symposium
Freshwater Stingray Biology

Richard Ross, M.D., Director and Program Chairman

Chicago, IL, August 6th ~ August 9th, 2008

A note from the Director…

Less than fifteen years ago, freshwater stingrays were seldom kept in home aquariums. Since then stingrays have become increasingly popular and with growing knowledge of their husbandry and breeding requirements, these interesting, intelligent and beautiful fish can now thrive and reproduce in aquariums. The goal of the Symposium is to offer presentations on all aspects of freshwater stingray husbandry, at all levels from novice hobbyists to advanced aquarium professionals. In addition to husbandry topics, we will also present papers on stingray conservation, legislation affecting stingrays, tank construction and design. It is our hope that this symposium will answer many of your questions regarding freshwater stingrays, and will also encourage you to appreciate the need for conservation, captive breeding, and responsibility. We certainly hope you enjoy this event, and look forward to your comments.

Richard Ross, M.D.

Events & Activities

* Speakers on all aspects of freshwater stingray husbandry and biology
* Behind the scenes visit to the Shedd Aquarium
* Banquet dinner with renowned keynote speaker
* Round Table discussions on:
  • Mega-Tank construction
  • Veterinary Care
  • Legislation
  • Water Quality and Filtration
  • Captive Breeding
* Vendors room with live stingrays on display
* Raffle drawing for a live Leopoldi, Henlei, or Pearl stingray (each registered guest will receive one raffle ticket)
* Auction for aquarium supplies as well as a live Leopoldi, Henlei, or Pearl stingray
* Photo and artwork contest. (Prizes to be announced)


Stingrays and Snakes: 100 Million Years of Evolution
Dr. Richard Ross, Center for Stingray Biology, California, USA

Stingray Breeding Program at the Shedd Aquarium
Erica Clayton, Collection Manager, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, USA

Status of Stingray Conservation in Brazil
Dr. Patricia Charvet-Almeida

Stingrays of the Tocantins River System
Education and Conservation Programs for Stingrays in Brazil

Dr. Getulio Rincon Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil

Health Management of Freshwater Stingrays

Dr. Caryn Poll, Section Chief of Medicine, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, USA

Ultrasound Evaluation of Pregnancy in Freshwater Stingrays

Dr. Bill Van Bonn, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, USA

Stingray Breeding Program at Belle Isle Aquarium

James Langhammer, former curator, Belle Isle Aquarium

Concepts in Filtration and Water Quality

Michael Maranda, H2O Aquatics, New York, USA

Megatank Construction
Todd Ellis, Anything Fish, Washington, USA

Techniques for Breeding Brazilian Stingrays

Frank Zijlman and Nico vd Post

Stingrays in the Wild

Oliver Lucanus, Below Water, Toronto, Canada

Additional Speakers to be Announced

Round Table Topics

Mega-Tank construction

- design & construction

Captive Breeding
- requirements for successful breeding

Veterinary Care
- disease diagnosis and treatment

- regulations pertaining to freshwater stingrays within the USA

Water Quality and Filtration

- management of water quality pertaining to freshwater stingrays

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