You might know that I develop and run Marinemad.com a social networking website for Marine Aquaria with a suite of software management tools for this purpose.
About a year ago I met some scientists at the University Of Essex and agreed to collaboratively work with them in creating a questionnaire based on collating knowledge from people who have aquariums at home and are growing and culturing corals.
The Coral Aquarist Research Network is the project that facilitated the experiment of collating this information from the general public, and Pippa Mansell (the project leader) set up a wonderful line up for a day of talks the general public could attend at London Zoo (ZSL).
The talks involved a number of renownd scientists from the UK and I was lucky enough to get a slot to talk about the MarineMad project and how it facilitates CARN in the “Big Experiment”.
Today we share a stand with ITC Aquatics (a UK marine aquarium wholesaler) showing a tech preview at an industry trade show to guage feedback and ideas to go into our official launch at the Aquatics Live public show at Olympia.
Over the course of a year or so I must have brought on about 100 or so Pterapogon kauderni and passed them back to the pet trade to relieve the pressure on wild caught specimens. This is no easy task, keeping the parents well maintained and in constant broodstock condition with the commitment of multiple feedings of cultured live food and good water quality for the fry can be quite time consuming – but very rewarding!
Here is a macro movie of some of the fry eating artemia nauplii which you can see in the movie is 0.4mm wide.
Today we’re launching MarineMad to the public at the first ever show of its kind at Aqua 2011 in London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre – it promises to be a fab event!
We even have some mermaids to hand out our promotional material as IT just isn’t all that interesting on paper!
MarineMad.com is a project I have been working on for some time and has slowly developed into a bigger project than I ever anticipated.
The concept is to provide a user based Wikipedia type website where people can share set ups and habitats they keep tropical marine fish and corals.
On top of that a suite of tools for managing the complex chemistry and dosing requirements of these animals and corals have been created, along with an iPhone application that allows you to track parameters and dosing information as well as researching and a wealth of other additional tools.
So you could almost call it “facebook for fish”.
It will be interesting to see how this project develops over the next few months.