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Aquarist Courses: Marine Aquarist Courses Online (MACO) is proud to announce the first of 2010's offerings!

By D. Wade Lehmann Posted Apr 14, 2010 08:00 PM Pomacanthus Publications, Inc.
Classes include Marine Reef Fish Husbandry and Aquarium Photography!

Marine Reef Fish Husbandry - May 2, 2010

The Fish Husbandry class is now available for registration! To register, head over to www.aquaristcourses.org and click the link on the left navigation panel to the course. Inside will be registration details.

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Anyone with the following questions, would do well to participate in this course!

  • Are you thinking of becoming a marine fish keeper?
  • Do you have experience with freshwater fish, and wonder how your skills and knowledge will translate over to the marine hobby?
  • Which fish are suitable for the home aquarium?
  • Do you need a protein skimmer?
  • How can you best avoid disease in your tank?

This 6-week class is a meeting place where you'll learn the answers to these questions, as well as many, many more. Taught in an interactive, discussion based format, you'll be able to ask the questions that are most important to you and where you currently find yourself in the hobby. From tank selection, fish selection, basic setup to basic fish anatomy, this class will prepare you for success in the marine hobby, and enable you to make educated decisions, and avoid the pitfalls and disappointments that plague so many hobbyists, even years after investing in the hobby.

In this course we'll discuss every aspect of marine fish husbandry, from basic anatomy and biology that every aquarist should be aware of, to the do's and don'ts that are critical to your success, including but not limited to; tank setup, species selection, nutrition, managing aggression, and disease prevention. We'll also examine certain families and species in detail, and discuss why these species are (or are not) suitable for your reef tank, or for captivity in general. Upon completion, you'll be well on your way to becoming a successful marine fish keeper, and navigating the aisles of your local fish store, or the price list from your favorite online vendor will be a piece of cake!

The course starts May 2nd and runs for 6 weeks. The cost is $100 for full access to the website, weekly live chat sessions with the instructor, 24/7 access to a forum just for this course, as well as constant access to your instructor and fellow students. Registration in the course provides lifetime access to the forums and the course materials.

Aquarium Photography - June 13, 2010

The Aquarium Photography course is now available! Registration is on the website: www.aquaristcourses.org and is $100 for a full 6 weeks of instruction.

As most aquarists and photographers have experienced, picking up a camera and taking high quality, visually stunning photographs of aquariums and their inhabitants can be quite a challenging task. There are a multitude of difficulties that a would-be aquarium photographer might encounter, including low light levels, cloudy water and reflections on the glass, not to mention the fast moving and unpredictable subject matter.

The visual appeal of a well-tended aquascape can lend itself to some truly compelling images that illustrate the dynamic nature, fantastic colours and individual personalities of the different fish and other aquatic animals.

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In the Aquarium Photography course, we'll take a look at numerous aspects of successfully photographing aquariums. We'll look at; things you can do to prepare an aquarium for photography, techniques for photographing entire aquariums, composing your images, and specific methods of photographing fish and other subjects, as well as digital imaging (post-processing). We'll also delve into some of the more technical aspects of the aquarium photography process, including: lighting a tank, color balance, exposure and focusing issues.

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Early in the course we will learn about cameras and other photographic equipment that is applicable to aquarium photography. For the most part, the equipment you'll need for aquarium photography is straightforward. Most well-equipped amateur photographers would likely already own much of the gear that they would need for basic aquarium photography.

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This course begins June 13, 2010 and live chat sessions are 7:30-9:30 EST (4:30-6:30 PST) Sundays. The cost is $100 for full access to the website, weekly live chat sessions with the instructor, 24/7 access to a forum just for this course, as well as constant access to your instructor and fellow students. Registration in the course provides lifetime access to the forums and the course materials.

For more information on MACO, specific courses, or exactly how MACO functions, see the website www.aquaristcourses.org or email wade@reefs.org if you have questions. Registration information is available on the website through Paypal.

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