Frank Aguirre

Updated October 22, 2017

Frank has been a tropical fish enthusiast since the age of five. He began by helping his mother raise pond goldfish in his homeland of Mexico. He set up his first aquarium at age seven. By the age of ten, he became an assistant at a small aquarium shop. During his teenage years, he learned the techniques and “secrets” of breeding from master breeders in Mexico City. In preparation for his career choice as a biologist, he went to the Polytechnic College in Mexico to study aquaculture. He then pursued a bachelor's degree in Biology. His ultimate academic goal is to obtain a Masters Degree in Ichthyology at Guelph University.

His life has been dedicated entirely to the study of fishes, with particular emphasis on reproduction and genetics. After publishing many papers and articles in a variety of magazines, Frank's next project, a book on tropical fish is a logical step. His repertoire varies widely in topic, ranging from the common to the unusual. As the president of Acuaprof Inc. Frank is now fully integrated in to the aquarium business and supporting the hobby trough his activities as member of the Canadian Association of aquarium Clubs CAOAC. Franks 2009-2010 line up of talks is quite extensive.

Altum's. This presentation deals with the myths and truths about the always controversial Altum Angels, With Frank’s solid background in Angel fish reproduction this presentation promises to bring your audience wild. Angelfishes been an all time favourite and this presentation brings surprising findings from all over the world. The last update in 2008 was by no other than Heiko Bleher the legendary German explorer. Finally Frank and Heiko meet bringing the two experts together for the first time.

Synodontis Catfish. In this presentation Frank describes this particular group of catfishes from Africa; thru the presentation concepts about ecology and preservation as well reproduction are discussed in a simple manner making it affordable to any aquarist regardless on level of knowledge.

Goldfish. This presentation deals with the goldfish and its origins in old China, varieties and the origin of the many strains available are discussed also pointing out the importance of the goldfish as the real originator of our modern hobby.

Salt water Basic Elements and Marine Angels Part 1. This presentation deals with the indispensable elements necessary to build a marine ecosystem. Breaking away from the common mistakes and mythology surrounding the hobby Frank explains with particular clarity for the audience how easy is to keep and maintain saltwater fish and invertebrates following simple steps. As well this presentation includes the first part of our series “Marine fishes” Angel fish Part 1 which deals with one group of Marine Angelfish. There is a discussion on husbandry and requirements to keep marine angels fish healthy and perky for many years.

Piranhas and relatives. This presentation is about one of the most mythological freshwater creatures ever… Piranhas had conquered the imagination of millions due to the exploitation of their well know ferocity at feeding time. In this presentation the piranha group is discussed as well some close relatives of the family well know for their high level of aggression or the complete opposite.

Plecos the L numbers. This award winning presentation deals with the L numbers. The L numbers are denominated in such way after a proposed classification using the L letter from Loricaridae the family that groups these fishes. Originated in Germany the L classification helps to give some sense to collectors and hobbyists alike trying to put some order to the complex group formed by loricarids. As new discoveries in the South American rain forest come along more species are added to the list. Especial mention in this presentation is given to the reproduction and habits of the L 46 Zebra pleco.

Fresh water stingrays. Fresh water stingrays are fascinating creatures, ancient and millenarian stingrays are fishes that evolve from the oceans to conquer new territories in fresh water streams and rivers. This presentation deals with all the information necessary to keep these creatures as well reproduction is discussed in detail. Lately with their environment in danger the artificial propagation of stingrays has taken off in Europe and Japan.

Tridacna Clams. These mollusks named tridacnas are among the most beautiful invertebrates in the world displaying all kinds of colors in their mantles, making the keeping and propagation of these animals very desirable. Lately there is been and explosion in the commercialization and interest from this group either as a stand along or forming part of the reef systems so popular on these days. The presentation deals with the care and maintenance of tridacnas in full detail.

The most beautiful aquariums in the world. This presentation explains what it takes to reach the highest level possible in aquariology. When science and art melt together in a perfect combination the results can be explosive to the eye. Impressive and breath taking the aquariums chosen to be part of this presentation were found around the planet in a continuous effort to remind aquarist of all levels that the dream is possible,
alive and well.

Fish Propagation/Fish reproduction. This presentation is perhaps one of the most popular topics and perhaps the challenge that keeps going this hobby of ours. In this presentation all aspects of fish breeding are discussed, from foods to tricks to mimic the changes on the environment that triggers the stimulus of reproduction in fish. Also there is a brief mention of fresh water shrimps reproduction.

The Biotope idea became a reality  looking to involve aquarists in a more deeper agenda which is conservation and to gain knowledge about the fauna related to your nearby ecosystem. and to to bring a dosage of new interest in a hobby we all cherish.

Among the topics in the talk are:

-How to participate

-What is a Biotope?

-Differences between highly decorated aquaria and biotopes

-Agenda of conservation and ecology


Contact Frank via e-mail or visit his website here. Frank can also be reached by phone (905) 796-2276.

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