Aquariums take many forms. They can range from a small tank with a few fish to a huge aquarium filled with an abundance of different fish and plant life. However, in order to have happy fish, you need a happy tank! This course is ideal for aquarium or pet shop owners or workers, those who work in related industries like tourism or conservation, or those who simply see an aquarium as a must-have home furnishing!
The Certificate of Aquarium Managementis an online program that will teach you about the different factors that can positively or negatively affect the dynamics of an aquarium ecosystem.
In this professional development course, you will study the scope and nature of aquaria, the water ecosystem, equipment and system design, and the range of animals and plants suitable for specific aquariums.
You will also learn about fish health and diseases, the differences between fresh and saltwater tanks and how to maintain them, and how to breed a range of fish successfully.
On completion of this course, you will be able to care for a variety of aquariums’ living inhabitants, systems and equipment to create a thriving fish-friendly ecosystem.
Unit - Aquarium Management
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of aquaria
Aquarium use and management
The categories of aquariums
Aquariums for fish communities
Aquaria size and complexity
Water quality control
Types of equipment
Unit 2 – The water ecosystem
Interactions between organisms and the water environment
Checking abiotic factors
Different types of natural ecosystems
Brackish water ecosystems
City or municipal domestic water supplies
Well or bore water
Water quality in the aquarium ecosystem
Water treatment options
Plants and nutrients
Pollution in an aquarium
Unit 3 – Water Quality and Management
Tank capacity/tank size
Maintaining a balanced nitrogen cycle
Changing the water
How to avoid overfeeding
Gas exchange in the aquarium
Moving your aquarium safely
Unit 4 – Equipment and system design
Learn about the equipment and systems for different aquariums
Aquarium light timer (optional)
Heaters and thermometers
Plants and decorations
Water and other additives
Adding the fish
Unit 5 – Suitable inhabitants for your aquarium
Determine appropriate species of animal and plant life to introduce into an aquarium.
Freshwater fish types
Freshwater aquarium plants
Cold water plants
Tropical fresh water plants
Brackish water plants
Saltwater fish types
Saltwater (marine) aquarium plants
Unit 6 – Fish health and diseases
Fish diet related problems
Vitamin and mineral deficiency
Origin of diseases
Common signs of an unhealthy tank
Diseases caused by water quality and chemistry problems
Water contamination and poisoning
Ammonia and nitrate poisoning
Oxygen starvation – hypoxia
Pathogenic disease causes
Genetic diseases and disorders
Treatment of diseases and parasites
Unit 7 – Freshwater tanks
How to establish a freshwater tank
Tank selection and decorations
Setting up tank décor
Setting up planted tanks
Electricity and aquarium set-up
Filters and air pumps
Lighting and hood
Selection and addition of fish
Cleaning and maintenance
Unit 8 – Simple Saltwater Tanks
How to establish a saltwater tank
Saltwater tank cycling
Basic equipment for saltwater tanks
Heaters and thermometres
Selection and addition of fish and other invertebrates
Cleaning and maintenance
Critical parameters affecting salinity
How concentrations of ions affect salinity
How temperature affects salinity
Unit 9 – Maintenance
Learn how to maintain a tank
Correct tank set-up and maintenance
Checking the lighting
Checking the temperature
Checking and maintaining water quality
Regular water changes
Unit 10 – Breeding
Fish reproduction and behaviour
Tank set-up and general requirements
Early stages – selecting and conditioning the pair
Hatching the raising fry
Breeding and genetics
Cultivating your own food
Fish legality in different countries
Ultraviolet (uv) sterilisation
Cleaning and maintenance
Maintenance of plants
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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L. Wykes, Kelso, TAS | Certificate of Aquarium Management
Very straightforward, enjoyable and interesting
C. Waidelich, Kiels Mountain, QLD | Certificate of Aquarium Management
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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