We are proud to finally be able to share with you the announcement of the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition, a very special project that we’ve been planning for the better part of a year. Blogging from aquarium events, about happenings, and new aquarium products is one thing, but the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition is a joint effort to push the envelope about what we can know and learn about the marine and reef environment.
From the 20th to the 28th of June, the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition will embark from Labuan Bajo for eight days to explore a range of coastal and reef habitats north of East Nusa Tengarra island also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands. With support from Fluval Sea and presented by Reef Builders, the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition has brought together some exceptional aquarists and aquarium professionals to undertake a voyage in the Flores Sea with a suite of unique tools and sampling equipment to paint an original picture that will have particular appeal to our fellow reefers.
The Fluval Sea Flores Expedition team consists of myself (Jake Adams) editor of Reef Builders, Vincent Chalias the chief coral farmer at Bali Aquarium, Joe Caparatta owner of NY Aquarium Service and Unique Corals, and Ehsan Dashti founder and senior chemist at Triton Reef. We will be bringing with us a dizzying array of sampling tools, equipment and collecting gear to gather as much data, information and observations as possible about corals and marinelife in their natural environment. Our objective on the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition is not only to search for new and exciting discoveries related to fish, invertebrates and of course corals, but also to bring an aquarist’s eye to the environments and biotopes that we hold so dear.
Fluval’s parent company Hagen actually has a long and storied history of sponsoring Reptile Expeditions for Exo-Terra and more recently doing some freshwater expeditions for Fluval. We have the sincere privilege of kicking off the first Fluval Sea expedition to Indonesia in the Flores Sea and we will be sharing details of the expedition over the next several weeks. Be sure to stay tuned and check back often because with such a talented team and very experienced aquarists, we hope to make some really interesting observations and discoveries that will pertain directly to the marine animals we know and love.