One of the reasons this project first excited me was precisely because it was organized from the beginning as a pilot Citizen Microbiology project. The aquarium samples and associated metadata were collected from Kitchener Waterloo Aquarium Society members after we contacted them and invited their participation. I’ve now given two talks at Society meetings now: one to explain the science behind our hypothesis and collect samples, the second was to present our preliminary results and thank them. The experience has been rewarding for KWAS members and a fantastic microbiology outreach opportunity. And importantly, the insightful questions KWAS members asked of the preliminary data presented at their meeting led to follow-up research that strengthened this publication.
Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society shared The Ark Pet Shop's photo
The National Aquarium in Baltimore has taught some of their exotic animals "husbandry" behaviours so they can voluntarily participate in their own veterinary care. Produced by Jillian Kitchener.
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Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society shared a photo
It was a picture in The Robb Report, a luxury goods magazine, that prompted Tom Gosling to buy the Spacearium and modify his building plans. He was building his 3,500-square-foot home in Kitchener, Ontario, and opted to scrap some cabinets between the kitchen and the living room in favor of the hanging aquarium.
Kitchener Waterloo Aquarium Society Show and Auction (Canada
Congratulations to "Author of the Year" Greg Steeves and the Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society who won "Publication of the Year (more than six issues)" for their newsletter Fins and Tails and the Aquatic Gardener Society which won "Publication of the Year (six or fewer issues).Freshwater and saltwater aquarium biofilters were sampled from retail aquarium outlets and homes in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge (Ontario, Canada) between June and December 2009 (). A total of 27 freshwater and 8 saltwater filters were analyzed in this study; filter types included sponge, floss, baffle, and live rock, and all filters collected were composed of cotton or synthetic polymeric material (e.g. nylon). Filter samples were collected using flamed forceps and scissors to cut small slices (e.g. 1 cm×1 cm×3 cm) from sponge material in external aquarium filtration systems. All filter samples were placed into 50-ml sterile tubes and stored on ice until returned to the laboratory within a few hours. Aquarium water samples were collected in 50-ml sterile tubes and stored on ice before being frozen at −80°C. Note that additional samples were collected for this study but were not included either due to poor yields of nucleic acid from the filter material or lack of amplification for both thaumarchaeal and bacterial amoA genes. A filter from one aquarium (FW27) was sampled four times over the course of two years to assess temporal stability in AOA/AOB ratios, and water was sampled several times (over six months and hourly over one day) to assess stability in ammonium concentrations within a given aquarium. The pH was assessed for all water samples with a DELTA 320 pH meter (Mettler Toledo, Columbus, OH). Ammonium concentrations were assessed fluorometrically, according to a previously published method using a TD 700 fluorometer (Turner Designs, Sunnyvale, CA) and calculated from linear standard curves. Other water chemistry parameters were assessed with a simple water test kit available commercially (Quick Dip Aquarium Multi-Test Kit, Jungle Laboratories Corporation, Cibolo, TX). All sample information is contained within . We also sampled from eight saltwater aquarium filters and two aquarium supplements for comparison (). Bacterial supplements (typically bottled liquid suspensions) are intended to aid in populating newly established aquaria with active nitrifying bacteria, to help ensure that ammonia and nitrite concentrations remain below toxic levels during the initial 1–2 months of aquarium filter colonization. The aquarium supplements included were Cycle (SP1; Rolf C. Hagen Inc., Montreal, Canada), and Bio-Support (SP2; Big Al's Distribution Centre, Niagara Falls, NY).