Questions & Answers
What is your favorite thing about working at Aquarium Co-Op?
My favorite part of working at Aquarium Co-Op is the sense of community and family. I really feel like everything I do really matters and is shown in things like views and sales. And it’s a good feeling to know people trust my judgement.
What is your career background?
In every sense of the word, I am self-taught. I learned everything I know through many hours of research and practice. My appreciation for cinematography and score really inspires me to continue to learn as much as I can and produce the best quality videos and photos within my skill set.
What has been your best moment while working for Aquarium Co-Op?
My best moments are meeting with the legends of this hobby, documenting their journey and putting it out there for the world to see.
What do you do in your daily job at Aquarium Co-Op?
My main job is to be the cameraman and edit the videos from scratch to finish. That includes all graphics, animation, color and sound. I also create graphics and labels for many of our in-house products and take all of the product photos for the website.
What is your favorite fish and why?
My favorite fish are Celestial Pearl Danios because they look like a tiny brook trout, Pseudomugil luminatus (Red Neon Blue Eye Rainbowfish) because I like their amazing fin action and Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi (Yellow Rainbowfish) because I love rainbows, how they flash and because it’s really hard to find a nice yellow fish.
What would your dream aquarium be?
An aquascaped 800 gallon with as many Celestial Pearl Danios as will fit.
What is your current favorite aquarium at home?
- Type of tank: Community planted tank
- How long has it been setup? About 6-8 months
- Fish stocking list: Celestial Pearl Danios, Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi, Pseudomugil luminatus, cherry shrimp, ramshorn snails
- What is your biggest goal or challenge with this aquarium? Evaporation is my biggest challenge because it’s open top
What products do you highly recommend?
- Easy Green – because it extremely user friendly and not complicated. It’s safe for virtually every type of livestock and grows plants very well. It takes the guess work out of fertilizing aquarium plants.
- Xtreme Krill and Spirulina Flake Foods – Flake food is very versatile because you can feed larger flakes to large fish, but you can also break them up to feed nano fish. Just looking at the Xtreme flakes, it appears more natural because it has grooves and doesn’t look totally processed like most other flake foods. I especially like that it was developed by an experienced hobbyist, not a big company. The reason why I use both types of flakes is because you can’t just feed protein or veggies all the time, you have to mix it up so that your fish get a variety of foods.
- Coarse Sponge Pad – because you can cut it to fit any filter and it has the perfect amount of pores per square inch so you don’t have to constantly clean it
Top 5 Tips for Hobbyists
- Don’t overspend on livestock that you don’t already have the perfect habitat for, it will end in disaster and you’ll lose money – be patient and wait until you have the best setup for the livestock you want to keep, THEN spend the money.
- Don’t jump to conclusions when your fish are doing something out of the ordinary, medication should be used as a last resort.
- If you don’t want to keep a cover on your tanks, at least put a lid on your tank overnight. In my experience, my fish always jump out of the tank at nighttime – especially rainbow fish.
- Only stock your tanks to the point where you will not have a disaster if something else is taking up more of your attention or you are away from your tanks for an extended period of time. Lighter stocking is always better and always take into account for worst case scenario. I.E. you’re away for 7 days
- A good trim on plants goes a long ways. Trimming plants keeps them healthy and will allow them to grow more bushy. Even if you keep jungle tanks, a nice trim will make sure nothing grows too out of control or shades out other plants. Don’t be afraid to use your scissors!