Water Biology in Pet Fish Health Maintenance (1254)
Food Animal/Equine |  Aquatic
Friday |  1:00 PM -  1:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||206A



Julius Tepper DVM, CertAqV
Long Island Fish Hospital

Dr. Tepper graduated with honors from the University of Liege in Brussels, Belgium in 1976, practicing as a small animal- exotic practitioner in New York ever since and opened the Long Island Fish Hospital in 1998 to care for the health of pet fish. He served as Treasurer of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine from 2006- 09, and as a member of the Executive Board of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA) since its formation in 2006 through 2012, and as President in 2011. He became a WAVMA Fellow in 2012 and a certified aquatic veterinarian (CertAqV) in 2013.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


The thorough understanding of the organisms present and the processes occurring in living aquasystems is essential to the care and treatment of pet fish. Water purification of pathogens from natural bodies of freshwater occurs primarily in wetlands. Four processes have been identified in achieving this end, being: aggregation (floc formation) and sedimentation; adsorption on suspended inorganic matter; competitive inhibition and ingestion by beneficial micro-organisms; and the presence of antibiotics and biocides produced by beneficial micro-organisms and plants. Despite the absence of inorganic matter, it is possible to identify and utilize both floc formation and sedimentation and competitive inhibition and ingestion in purifying artificial freshwater aquasystems. It is also likely that antibiotics and biocides produced by algae and higher plants may play a role in purifying artificial systems. This lecture will detail the organisms present and processes occurring in freshwater aquasystems and explain their roles in water quality maintenance.

Learning Objectives

1. To identify the organisms present in freshwater aquasystems

2. To understand the processes that occur which affect water quality

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