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Since its inception, we have strived to bring the best of the best top knowledge to speak at the ReefStock conference. Having already featured many of the All-Stars of the aquarium speaker circuit (Sprung, Joshi, Kohen, Yauillo & Vargas to name a few), it gets harder each year to invite some pillars of our aquarium world.
Julian Sprung grew up on a residential island on Biscayne Bay in Miami Beach, Florida, where he spent a lot of time collecting and observing all kinds of marinelife. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology, and is President of the aquarium industry company Two Little Fishies, Inc. that he co-founded in 1991.
Julian has been keeping marine aquariums for more than 40 years, and currently maintains 7 marine aquariums plus a few planted freshwater displays too. He is also installing a marine pond at home that will utilize natural sunlight.
Julian became known to the aquarium hobby through his monthly column Reef Notes in FAMA magazine, and many years of traveling the lecture circuit at aquarium club meetings and exhibitions around the world. His books include The Reef Aquarium, volumes One, Two and Three, which he co-authored with J. Charles Delbeek, Corals: A Quick Reference Guide, Invertebrates: A Quick Reference Guide, and Algae: A Problem Solver Guide.
Cris Capp’s 900 gallon reef aquarium display at his store Aquatic Art Inc. is one of the most luscious we’ve seen in recent memory. While the top two thirds of the Aquatic Art reef display is mostly SPS corals like Acros, Montis and Stylophora, there’s nice big colonies of other stuff too.
Large chalice corals, big mats of zoanthids, a huge Space Invader Pectinia all make a prominent appearance in this reef aquarium system, and there’s even a nook in the corner of the reef for three large colonies of Euphyllia hammer coral and one large Duncanopsammia. No matter what kind of reef aquarium you’re into, there’s colonies in here for everyone to love and the Aquatic Art reef aquarium display is an inspiration for all reefers who see it.
Cris Capp talks about growing healthy corals
Vincent Chalias is a Marine Biologist based in Bali (Indonesia), where he started Bali Aquarium, a world leader in coral mariculture. He’s introduced countless corals to the reef scene and is always working to develop new techniques and new species. Vincent has traveled extensively through Indonesia, and the rest of Asia, and as a passionate underwater photographer, has contributed to several magazines in Europe and the USA with his photos and articles. Vincent Chalias is Reef Builders wild coral correspondent, and will speak about Australian corals at this years Reef Stock event.
Vincent Chalias is one of the most important people in the reef aquarium hobby today and he’s gearing up to give one of the most timely and informative keynote presentations that MACNA has ever had. More than anyone we know, Vincent Chalias has had his finger on the pulse of the goings on both of the tropical reefs where our corals come from, and the captive aquariums where our corals end up.
Stamford Plaza Hotel
ReefStock Australia 2019 will take place at the Stamford Hotel Sydney Airport, Augusts 17th and 18th.
See you soon in Sydney!
Book your room today, use this link for a 10% discount. https://www.stamford.com.au/ssa/accommodation-packages/conference-np09
Sydney is Australia’s largest and most famous city. Think of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House and its ingenious shape, like billowing white sails, and the impressive steel arch of the Harbour Bridge. The blue waters of the harbour and the white sands and curling waves of Bondi Beach will also come to mind.
These beautiful images inspire people from all over the world to visit Sydney. Once here, they discover so much more to see and do. This beautiful cosmopolitan city celebrates its cultural diversity and heritage, and passion for arts and sports.
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A temperate climate makes Sydney spectacular at any time of the year. Walk in pretty parks and gardens, stroll along beaches, and marvel at Australia’s unique native animals and marine life at Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium year round.
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