ReefStock is a fun aquarium conference held in Denver Colorado, at the Denver Downtown Aquarium. One month from today, on March 12th, the 4th annual ReefStock will go down once again, featuring some of the best livestock, hottest new products, and the brightest minds in the reef aquarium world. Following up on speakers like Joshi, Kohen, Yaiullo and Karl is hard, but we believe this year’s lineup does justice to ReefStock’s tradition of having only the most stimulating speaker presentations. This year’s speakers will be Sharon Ram of Israel, Matt Wandell from San Francisco and Julian Sprung from Miami Florida.
Sharon Ram is the chief scientist for Red Sea, the company that took the All-in-one concept to the next level with the Red Sea Max and completely new lineup of reefing products releasing this year. Sharon Ram was born in the city of Haifa, Israel, on the Mediterranean coast. He holds a B.SC. and M.Sc. in “biology and marine bio-chemistry” from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, including research at the Israel National Mariculture Institute on the Red Sea. Over the past fifteen years, Sharon has developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in marine chemistry and coral bio-chemistry. Much of the new formulations of Red Sea’s additive line is based on findings of Sharon Ram’s research which is the the focus of Ram’s talk: “Bioenergy needs of corals in the reef aquarium“.
Matt Wandell is an Aquatic Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, where he tends to the Steinhart Aquarium’s 200,000 gallon coral reef tank. He has been an avid reefkeeping hobbyist since 1999, has written articles for Advanced Aquarist Magazine, Reefs Magazine, Reef Hobbyist Magazine, and Reef Builders. Matt really likes the rare and unusual fish, but in his talk “Expert Only Fish: They aren’t as tough as you might think“, Matt is going to share some reasons why it isn’t too terribly hard to keep fish with have certain requirements in captivity.
Julian Sprung is a biologist, author, aquarium design consultant, and co-founder and President of Two Little Fishies, Inc. He has been keeping marine aquariums for over 30 years, and has traveled all over the world to observe and photograph coral reef creatures in nature and in specially designed aquariums. Julian’s books include The Reef Aquarium, Volumes 1-3, co-authored with J. Charles Delbeek and considered the “bibles” on the subject, Corals: A Quick Reference Guide, Invertebrates: A Quick Reference Guide, and Algae: A Problem Solver Guide. In his presentation Julian is going to discuss the point where art meets science in his talk “Where do Reef Aquariums, industry and Science meet?”
For more information on the ReefStock conference, keep an eye on the ReefStock blog where we will be making frequent updates about speakers, raffle prizes, exhibitors and coral vendors.