International Report: Hong Kong
Marine Aquarist™ HK correspondent is Mr. Jimmy Cheung. Mr. Cheung has years of experience with marine fish, reef invertebrates and other forms of aquatic displays. Mr. Cheung is the director of operations of the largest supplier of quality aquarium items in Hong Kong and Southeast China. His is an international traveler and is recognized as an aquatic authority. He is frequently called up to act as a consultant to many aquatic projects.
The general population of Hong Kong is about six million people. Most of the people reside in apartments in two main living areas. These areas are Hong Kong Island and with about 100 stores. The other area is Kowloon with about 200 stores. There is a total of about 45 stores that sell marine fish and colorful reef invertebrates. Due to the close proximity to the Philippines, Indonesia and Indian Oceans, the most poplar marine fish come from these collecting areas. However a large selection of Caribbean, African and Red Sea fish are always available at significantly higher prices.
Marine fish and invertebrates from the Red Sea, Indo Pacific, Hawaii, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Africa are all in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong approach to marine aquarium keeping is unique. Most customers experiment until they can keep marine life with a minimum of equipment. Undergravel and over the tank filters have given way to trickle filters and UV sterilizers. The most progressive stores utilize central filtration systems with trickle filters and large RK skimmers from the USA. BI OX™ is the primary medium of choice because of its unparalleled “usable surface area”™. This allows for smaller and more efficacious filters.
Virtually every new aquarium product from the US, Europe and Asia is tested and evaluated in Hong Kong. Only items that prove their value are accepted.
All aquariums in this article are using 100% Marine Envrionment® dual phase formula or BIO-SEA® Marinemix. The leading marine salt in HK is Marine Environment®. The next most popular marine salt is BIO-SEA® Marinemix. Although a wide range of liquid and power additives are offered, the most popular group of supplements offered is the REEF SYSTEM™.