Singapore to Host New Ornamental Aquatic Conference
Top international ornamental aquatic experts will gather in Singapore for Aqurealm’s two-day conference and one-day workshop June 15 to 17. AquaRealm will be filling in the gap of the now Guangzhou-based ornamental fish and aquarium exhibition, Aquarama. AquaRealm’s predecessor was held bi-annually in Singapore between 1989 and 2015, but relocated to China in 2016.
The two-day conference program will include insights from trade experts such as the Ornamental Fish International (OFI) president, Shane Willis. The one-day workshop is to be led by world-renowned fish veterinarian, Dr. Timothy Miller-Morgan from Oregon State University and will cover illustrated talks on a range of fish health topics, as well as practical demonstrations and hands-on sessions where delegates can participate.
Dr. Koh Poh Koon, senior minister of state, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of National Development will open the event. The conference will feature 18 regional and international speakers and more than 26 key exhibitors, including world-renowned fish veterinarian Dr. Timothy Miller-Morgan and Singapore’s leading ornamental fish service providers Qian Hu Corporation Ltd and South Island Aquarium Pte Ltd.
AquaRealm, held in conjunction with Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore’s Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) in aquaculture research and training, will be open to trade visitors June 15 to 16 and the public June 17 to 18. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insight on the latest trends and research in the aquatic industry, and be part of the world’s first Guppy Art Gallery Show and ‘LIVE’ Charity Aquascaping Challenge, said show organizers.
On June 17 from 1-5 p.m., attendees can catch the action at AquaRealm - South Island Aquarium live Charity Aquascaping Challenge 2017, the first-ever ‘LIVE’ aquascaping challenge. Five world-renowned aquarium aquascapers, World Number 1 Takayuki Fukada (Japan), Dave Chow (Hong Kong), Andy Chen (Taiwan), Herry Amiri Lubis (Indonesia) and Roger Goh (Singapore) will be come together in a four-hour aquascapingchallenge. These world-class aquscapers will be putting themselves up for a challenge as a usual competition tank will take months to complete.
The five tanks will be adopted by donors and $50,000 is expected to be raised to help children from low-income families through school, beneficiaries under The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. The Fund supports more than 10,000 children and youth a year.
- AquaRealm will also play host to four regional and national aquatic competitions namely:
- 13th GCS Regional Guppy Competition by Guppy Club Singapore
- 8th Singapore International Betta Competition by Betta Club Singapore
- 1st National Junior Pseudacanthicus Competition by Pleco Club
- Marine Nano Tank Competition by Singapore Reef Club
The GCS regional Guppy Competition is one of Guppy Club (Singapore)’s outreach to promote and widespread fancy guppy appreciation in the Asia region. In its thirteenth year, the annual competition has seen regional exchanges of guppy breeds as well as forged multinational friendships.
The 8th edition of the Singapore International Betta Competition will also play host to more than 500 tanks from domestic and overseas participants. These competitions will promise to give visitors an eye opener in guppies of all shapes, colors and sizes.