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

    Discussion in 'Announcements' started by neoprodigy, Nov 17, 2007.

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      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

      Click here for more information and registration :


      for MFK Meet discussions click here
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