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AquaRays was a proud sponsor of the exhibit for Auckland Fishkeepers Association (AFA) at the Auckland Animal and Pet Expo in October 2015.

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Why did we sponsor AFA?

We at AquaRays feel it is important to support the hobby especially through clubs like AFA who have similar goals to enable successful happy fishkeepers which ultimately makes for a prosperous environment for everyone in the hobby.

How did we sponsor AFA?

Aquarays supplied the equipment (filtration, heating, lights, etc) to run 7 of the 8 aquariums you see below with the exception of aquarium 4.  Aquarium 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 along with the stands and sumps were built, plumbed and equipped by Aquarays specifically for the Expo. A nice side project was the inclusion of an aquaponics unit that was plumbed into sump 2 that enabled the AFA to display some magnificent indoor plants feeding off the nutrients produced by aquarium 3.

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Freshwater Aquariums and Aquaponics

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Temperate Marine Seahorse front centre  See my blog about this aquarium here.

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What were the AFA Goals for the Expo?

AFA had two primary goals.  First to increase visibility of the club and grow membership and secondly to increase awareness of the hobby.  These goals were achieve simply by exhibiting at the Expo and exceeded by the way the club represented the diverse ecology, creativity and artistic impression of the hobby.  By showing the hobby in the form of tropical and temperate (cold) freshwater and marine aquariums along with various fishkeeping methods AFA were able to show people the many ways they can enjoy the hobby.

Short Description of each Aquarium

Aquarium 1 – Tropical Marine with Orange Ocellaris

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Live Stock: 3 green Anemone, 20 Orange Ocellaris Clownfish, 1 Cabbage Coral

Aquarium Volume: 76 litres

Sump Volume: 70 litres

Hardscape: Live coral rock and coral sand

Lights: Green Element EVO12 Clip On LED Light

Filter (Sump): 200 micron filter sock, Coral Box D300 Protein Skimmer, Poret Foam, ATO Canister

Return Pump: Jebao DC-2000

Heating/Cooling: Weipro MX-1021b with 300w Titanium Heater

Extra Flow: Jebao WP-10 wave pump

Aquarium 2 – Temperate Marine with NZ Native Seahorse

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Click here to see a detailed blog about this aquarium

Live Stock: 2 Pot-Belly Seahorse, Corynactis, Cup Coral, Dead Man’s Fingers, Cat’s Eye Snails, Porcelain Crab, Orange Starfish

Aquarium Volume: 100 litres

Sump Volume: 60 litres

Hardscape: Live coral rock, washed beach sand

Lights: Cree 3w Esata Power Aquarium Lighting

Filter (Sump): Media stack with mechanical and biological media, Coral Box D300 Protein Skimmer and ATO Canister

Return Pump: Resun King 2

Heating/Cooling: 1/4 HP Chiller set to 16 degrees celcius

Extra Flow: Jebao RW-8 wave pump

Aquarium 3 – Malawi Cichlid and Aquaponics

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Live Stock: Malawi Cichlid – Sunshine Peacock, Electric Blue, Pigeon Blood, Demasoni, Electric Yellow, Orange Zebra, Blue Moori, Albino Zebra

Aquarium Volume:125 litres

Sump Volume: 47 litres (Sump 2)

Hardscape:  Black rocks and mixed grit

Lights: Beamswork LED600

Filter Sump 2: Bio Balls, Ceramic Noodles, Poret Foam and Aquaponics

Return Pump: Jebao DC-3000

Heating/Cooling: Weipro MX-1022 with 300w Stainless Steel Heater

Aquarium 4 – Black Water

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Live Stock: Ember Tetra, Pigmy Corydoras and floating Indian Fern

Aquarium Volume: 20 litres

Hardscape: Driftwood, rocks and silica sand

Lights: Cree 3w Esata Power Aquarium Lighting

Filter: Hang-on Back with mechanical and bio media

Heating/Cooling: 25W Glass heater

Aquarium 5 – Planted Community

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Live Stock: Penguin Tetra, Pristella Tetra, Serbai Cory, Red Whiptail with a variety of Anubias, Java Fern and Cryptocoryne

Aquarium Volume: 73 litres

Sump Volume: 47 litres (Sump 1)

Hardscape: Spider root, black rocks and mixed grit

Lights: Beamswork LED300

Filter Sump 1: Bio Balls, Ceramic Noodles and Poret Foam

Return Pump: Jebao DC-6000

Heating/Cooling: Weipro MX-1022 with 300w Stainless Steel Heater

Aquarium 6 – Planted Community

Aquarium 6

Live Stock: Cardinal Tetra and Betta with Java Fern and Cryptocoryne

Aquarium Volume: 70 litres

Sump Volume: 47 litres (Sump 1)

Hardscape: Black rocks and mixed grit

Lights: Beamswork LED300

Filter Sump 1: Bio Balls, Ceramic Noodles and Poret Foam

Return Pump: Jebao DC-6000

Heating/Cooling: Weipro MX-1022 with 300w Stainless Steel Heater

Aquarium 7 – Planted Kilifish

Aquarium 7

Live Stock: Kilifish and a variety of Anubias, Java Fern and Swords

Aquarium Volume: 51 litres

Hardscape: Black rocks and mixed grit

Lights: Beamswork EA-30

Filter:  Resun SP-2500L with mechanical and bio media

Heating/Cooling: 50W Glass Heater

Aquarium 8 – Cold Water Goldfish

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Live Stock: Goldfish

Aquarium Volume: 150 litres

Hardscape: Rocks and mixed grit with silk plants

Lights: Beamswork LED600

Filter: Resun EF1600 Canister