Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Podcast: MARS 05/2011: Dr. Timothy Hovanec: Pellets - Removing Nitrates and Phosphates

Dr. Timothy Hovanec of Dr. Tim's Aquatics gave a very informative talk to the Marine Aquarist Roundtable of Sacramento (MARS) about polymer denitrifying and phosphate removal through biodegradable pellets for the groups monthly May meeting.

From Dr. Tim's Aquatics website, The President of DrTim's Aquatics is Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec who, for 17 years, was the Chief Science Officer of Aquaria Inc., the parent company of Marineland Aquarium Products, Aquarium Systems (Instant Ocean) and Perfecto Manufacturing.

Dr. Hovanec's groundbreaking research on nitrifying bacteria led to him discovering and developing BioSpira®.

Dr. Hovanec regularly speaks to pet store owners, distributors, and hobbyists on a diverse range of topics all with the goal of increasing knowledge exchange which can benefit everyone in the hobby.

After studying limnology at Uppsala University in Sweden, Dr. Hovanec graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Biology.

Dr. Hovanec earned his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he investigated the phylogenetics of nitrifying bacteria in aquaria and Mono Lake, California. Dr. Hovanec was the first to demonstrate that bacteria of the phylum Nitrospira were the active nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in aquatic systems such as aquaria. His work on nitrifying bacteria has lead to the discovery of many new species of nitrifying bacteria in freshwater and saltwater systems and the granting of several U.S. and foreign patents, with additional patents pending. He has also conducted much research on topics such as ammonia excretion and toxicity in aquatic organisms, bio-filtration systems design, and fish feed formulations. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Tim's Aquatics)

At Marineland, Dr. Hovanec was in charge of the biology, chemistry and microbial ecology laboratories that comprise Marineland Labs. He was also responsible for overseeing the quality control of such products as Instant Ocean® sea salt and BioSpira® nitrifying bacteria.

Dr. Hovanec has authored numerous scientific papers in aquatic microbial ecology, and in public aquaria and aquaculture fields, and he writes popular articles on tropical fish for several magazines. He has been an invited speaker and contributing author at several domestic and international conferences. He was the editor of SeaScope® magazine and is a member of many scientific organizations. His past positions include a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, university research assistant, biologist and manager at an intensive striped bass aquhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifaculture facility and consultant on various aquaculture projects.

Dr. Hovanec was the President of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, a Washington, D.C. based industry lobbying group, for 5 years and has been a member of the Board since 1992. Dr. Hovanec has also served at the Co-chair and Program Chair for Marine Ornamentals a combined government-private industry scientific conference that occurs every 2 years.

A BIG thank you to Dr, Tim for allowing me to post this recording for our
members that were unable to attend the meeting to hear his talk.

Here is the link to the Podcast. To download, use the VBR ZIP link on the left of the page, to listen simply push the play button below.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

BAYMAC 2011: May 14th, 2011 - Mark Your Calendars!

The Bay Area Marine Aquarium Conference (BAYMAC) is just less than 10 days away and things are looking like it will be another great Northern California conference.

The BAYMAC mission: Bring together Californian reef clubs and hobbyists, expose new people to reef keeping, expand reef keeping knowledge and promote the captive breeding of marine ornamentals.

The fourth annual conference will be held at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be over 30 exhibitors and vendors and three great speakers talking aquariums from 11:30-4:00. An awesome raffle and door prizes and best of all it's FREE!

Big thanks to the sponsors and their contributing efforts; Reef Nutrition, Kessil, Reef Hobbyist Magazine, ESV and Aquatic Collection.

The BAYMAC is hosted by local marine club Bay Area Reefers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MARS: 03/2011: Mr. Ken S. Feldman: "Waste Not Want Not"

Mr. Feldman is a professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests in the area of organic synthesis focus on two diverse areas: the synthesis of natural product molecules, such as the secondary plant metabolites known as ellagitannins and gallotannins, and the de novo assembly of organic zeolites with long-range periodic three-dimensional order. Mr. Feldman arrived at Harvey Mudd as a graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School in Florida and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1984 from Stanford University.

Mr. Feldman spoke to the Marine Aquarist Roundtable of Sacramento (MARS) on March 18th, 2011 meeting about organic waste in our reef aquarium systems.

A BIG thank you to Ken for allowing me to post this recording for our members that were unable to attend the meeting to hear his talk.

Here is the link to the Podcast. To download, use the VBR ZIP link on the left of the page, to listen simply push the play button below.

Print reference materials for this talk can be found on the Advanced Aquarist archive.