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Aquarium Management

Course CodeBEN105
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn to Manage Aquaria

  • As a Passion

  • For a job

Suitable foundation course to work in commercial aquariums, zoos, marine conservation, aquaculture, etc. Learn to create and manage feature aquariums in offices, shopping centres or other commercial locations; or develop skills to work in the Pet Industry. 

Learn to look after fish in aquariums.


Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Aquaria
  2. The Water Ecosystem
  3. Water Quality and Management
  4. Equipment and System Design
  5. Suitable Inhabitants for Your Aquarium
  6. Fish Health and Diseases
  7. Freshwater Tanks
  8. Simple Saltwater Tanks
  9. Maintenance
  10. Breeding

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Learn What Marine Fish Eat

Proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, energy, energy/protein balance are the essential elements of an animal diet.

The object of feed formulation is to mix ingredients of differing nutritional quality so as to obtain a balanced diet whose biologically available nutrient profile approximates to the dietary needs of the animal in question.

However, the formulation of a practical diet is largely a compromise between what would be ideal from a nutritional viewpoint (i.e. such as the production of a diet in which the protein component is entirely supplied by a high quality fish meal), and what is practical and economical.

According to the F.A.O. the following factors should be considered when formulating a practical fish or shrimp ration:

1.    Market value of the species to be farmed: feed cost should not exceed 20–25% of the farm gate value of the cultured fish or shrimp

2.    Feeding behaviour and digestive capacity of the farmed species: Is the species a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore; a benthic, pelagic or surface feeder; a day-time, twilight or nocturnal feeder; a visual or olfactory feeder; a moist or dry diet feeder; a rapid or slow feeder; and does the species in question have an acid secreting stomach and possess a full compliment of digestive enzymes?

These factors, together with the proposed production unit (i.e. tank, cage or earth pond) will dictate if a floating, slow-sinking or sinking feed is required, and will also determine the physical characteristics of the feed to be produced (i.e. size, bouyancy, colour, texture, palatability and desired water stability).

Similarly, the formulation of a diet for a stomachless fish species or a shrimp will necessitate the use of dietary phosphorus and calcium sources which release their native elements within an alkaline digestive environment

3.    Intended feed manufacturing process to be used: straight mixing, cold pelleting, conventional steam pelleting, expansion steam pelleting, flaking, crumbling or microencapsulation.

For example, expansion steam pelleting requires the presence of relatively high amounts of starch containing cereal grains within the formulation so as to facilitate starch gelatinization and obtain the desired expansion texture.

Cold pelleting techniques require the use of special binders which do not have to be activated by heat (i.e. such as the use of alginate binders within semi-moist pelleted fish feeds); and micro-encapsulation techniques for larval shrimp require the use of soluble and highly digestible dietary protein sources such as egg proteins and invertebrate tissue homogenates

4.    Dietary nutrient requirements of the farmed species: including the dietary protein, essential amino acid, essential fatty acid, vitamin, mineral and energy (if known) requirements for all stages of the life cycle.

5.    Available feed ingredient sources: This includes the nutrient content of available feed ingredients, including quality control and cost (at source and with transportation).

The availability, nutritional quality and cost of individual feedstuffs (including micro-nutrient sources such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and mould inhibitors) will dictate the type of ration which can be formulated

Meet some of our academics

Dr Robert BrowneZoologist, Environmental Scientist and Sustainability, science based consultancy with biotechnology corporations. Work focused on conservation and sustainability. Robert has published work in the fields of nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design.Robert has B.Sc., Ph, D.
Dr. Gareth PearceVeterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. Gareth has a B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
Jade SciasciaBiologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager. Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.

Check out our eBooks

Marine AnimalsA heavily illustrated text with seven chapters including: classification, fishes, sea birds, marine reptiles, marine mammals, marine invertebrates, and zooplankton. 110 pages, 133 colour photos