Every month Tropical Fish Hobbyist draws upon an international talent pool of fishkeeping experts in order to bring our readers the most
reliable, up-to-date, and interesting articles and advice for their own aquarium success. Here's a look at some of this month’s experts.
This Month’s Feature Authors
Takashi Amano was born in 1954 in
Niigata, Japan. He has explored the remote
jungles of South America and Africa and
photographed a vast amount of nature scenes
during his 16-year career as a professional
cyclist. He continued his research of tropical
fish husbandry and aquatic plant cultivation
and put forth an aquatic plant layout
method, “Nature Aquarium,” which combines his extensive
experience in the observation of nature and his unique
sense of beauty. Takashi was awarded the silver medal of
the Fuji Film Nature Photo Contest in 1991, and the Grand
Prix of the same contest in 1992. He has also won many
awards in various photo contests, and has authored many
books. He established Aqua Design Amano (ADA) Co., Ltd.
in 1993, of which he is the president and CEO.
Stan Sung grew up reading about
adventurous explorations and new fish
discoveries in TFH, and as a youngster Stan
dreamed of visiting these fabled destinations.
He has led expeditions to Argentina,
Australia, Belize, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia,
Costa Rica, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Peru, Singapore,
Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, and the South and
Southwest of the United States, and he has documented
many of these explorations in the pages of TFH. Among
his discoveries are new species of rivulins from Panama.
An avid painter and art lover, his award-winning stylized
depictions of tropical fish and their habitats have been
used in fundraising events for the American Zoological
Association for preservation and education of the endemic
aquatic species of Madagascar.
David Gamble has been a keen fishkeeper since the age of 21 when he built
his first fish house with over 24 tanks.
Nowadays ( 27 years later), he specializes
in breeding anything rare and unusual. He
is very interested in seeing and studying
fish of all kinds in their natural habitats.
To this end he often takes trips abroad to
see where, and how, the fish we keep in our aquariums
live in the wild. At the same time David is able to
pursue his other interests in environmental issues
by visiting fish farms and fish breeders. In his home
city of Aberdeen, Scotland he is chairman of his local
society and regularly attends fish events all over
Scotland and other locations.
Chris Ralph has been keeping fish since the
age of five. He began working for a large water
company in 1983 (and still does 24 years later)
after completing college in Basingstoke, and
it was around this time that his true passion COLETTI, PhD
for catfish began. Over the years he has kept Livebearers
many species of catfish ranging in size from
the humble Corydoras pygmaeus to Oxydoras
niger, which can reach 42 inches! Chris has written many
features for U.K.-based magazines. He also lectures part James
time at Sparsholt College near Winchester, covering water FATHERREE,MSc
pollution, fish collecting in Peru, and the odd catfish or two!
He is studying for a degree in Sports Fishery Management
and Aquaculture at Sparsholt College.
Nicholas Violand is a student at the
School of Environmental & Biological
Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of
New Jersey, and will soon be graduating
with a BS in general biotechnology, a
minor in biochemistry, and certification
in technical writing, after completing his
editorial internship with TFH magazine. He
has enjoyed keeping fish since childhood, and now houses
saltwater fish and invertebrates, as well as an outdoor pond
with some long-surviving goldfish. While his eventual
career and continuing education goals are not completely
certain, he has a strong desire to work in the pharmaceutical
industry, and may likely become a career student as well.
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Michael Lo is from the Malaysian side of
Borneo Island, where he works as an accounts
officer in a construction firm. Keeping fish
and cultivating aquatic plants from his native
land are just a few of his many hobbies, and he
is interested in almost everything from the river
and jungle habitats of Borneo. Since 2004 he
has been exploring in the jungles of Borneo in
his free time. He loves to wander around in the jungle with his
trusted camera, looking forward to the new wildlife he might
find around every corner and down every path.
Heiko Bleher was born in a shelter during
the bombing of Frankfurt. His mother instilled
in him a love for adventure and exploration,
taking Heiko on his first plant and fish
collecting expedition at the age of four. When
he was seven, she took him and his siblings
on an Amazonian adventure that included
living with a previously unknown Indian
tribe for more than six months. Heiko learned his survival
skills and his exploration and collection techniques from
these Indians, and he learned to love ornamental fishes.
Since that time Heiko has been involved in many aspects of
the ornamental fish trade and hobby, and he has continued
actively to explore and collect. Fortunately for us, he records
his trips in articles and photos, so the less daring of us can
enjoy the adventures vicariously.
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