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 number of nature scenes
during his career. 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, and in 2008 two of his
landscape photos were displayed at the G8 Working Lunch/
Outreach Working Session of the Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
His research into tropical fish husbandry and aquatic plant
cultivation led to his developing the aquatic plant layout
method, “Nature Aquarium,” which combines his extensive
experience in the observation of nature and his unique
sense of beauty. Over the years he has won many awards in
various photo contests, authored many books, and in 1993
established Aqua Design Amano, Co., Ltd., where he serves
as president and CEO.
Radek Bednarczuk lives in Poland
and is a graduate of a medical academy. He
has written numerous articles concerning
fishkeeping and shares his knowledge and
experience with hobbyists from all over the
world, having contributed to magazines in the
United States, Germany, England, Sweden,
the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and
many other countries. One of his major interests is South
American cichlids. He is a photographer with amazing
pictures that are often used in articles and has been
featured on the covers of several aquarium magazines. The
author owns his own website, www.radbed.com.
Seth Gibson resides in Fort Wayne,
Indiana, where he is attending IPFW
(Indiana University–Purdue University Fort
Wayne) Graduate School for his Masters
of Public Management. Currently doing
psychiatric assessments at a local mental
health facility, his passion lies within the
fishkeeping hobby, and his primary species
of interest include cichlids and catfish of the world, as
well as predators and oddballs. He currently maintains 14
aquariums, including a 240-gallon display tank of South
and Central American cichlids. He has been maintaining
aquariums for nearly 20 years—at the age of 5, his parents
bought him his first aquarium, not realizing it would turn
into a lifelong obsession.
Jeremy Gosnell’s love of aquatic animals
started at an early age. After keeping
freshwater aquariums, he began keeping
and breeding marine fish. His interests
have turned to reef aquariums and raising
delicate invertebrates and fish in captivity.
He has published a variety of articles in
aquarium magazines and websites.
Jeremy is a PADI-certified divemaster and coral reef biology
science instructor with the Beautiful Oceans eAcademy. His
diving excursions have enhanced both his understanding
and love of natural coral reefs.
Mike Maddox is an aquatics hobbyist
and author whose articles have appeared on
various major aquarium websites, and he
also owns Captive Marine Aquatics (www.
captivemarine.com), a company that installs
custom aquariums and provides wholesale
aquatic livestock to pet stores. Over the
past 15 years, Mike has kept many aquatic
species in many different types of aquariums, from sharks
to clams. He has visited collection sites on coral reefs,
observing capture and handling techniques, and followed
livestock all the way through wholesaler, local aquarium
store, and to the individual home aquarist. Mike greatly
enjoys helping people successfully provide long-term care
for captive aquatic animals and has been actively sharing
his knowledge for over a decade. Visit his Captive Aquatics
blog at blog.captive-aquatics.com and his Microcosm blog at
Neale Monks has been keeping aquaria
for over 20 years, but he has always been
particularly interested in brackish-water fish.
Since 1996, he has been a regular contributor
to the Brackish Water Aquarium Mailing List,
and it was from that group of like-minded
aquarists that his Brackish Water Fishes (T. F.H.
Publications, 2006) guide was derived. Neale
studied zoology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland,
after which time he worked briefly as a marine biologist
before earning his PhD in paleontology at the Natural
History Museum in London. He is nominally an expert on
heteromorph ammonites, an extinct group of cephalopods
closely related to the modern-day squids and octopuses. He
currently lives in Hertfordshire, England, where he divides
his time between teaching and writing.
Michael Ophir has been an avid loach
enthusiast for the majority of his life.
Now a graduate student pursuing a PhD
in Immunology at Tufts University, Michael
has written numerous articles on loaches,
especially botiid species, which are his
primary interests, and co-authored the recently
released book Loaches: Natural History and
Aquarium Care (T.F.H. Publications, 2008). He credits his
parents Shalom and Ellen Ophir and his brother Alex for his
interest in aquarium fish, science, and for the appreciation
of the world around him and its inhabitants.
Iggy Tavares started keeping fish in the
1960s when he caught some wild guppies in
a stream in Africa. At about the same time,
he became interested in photography after
receiving an Instamatic camera as a birthday
present. In the United Kingdom, where he
currently resides, Iggy retained his interest in
livebearers and community fish but became
particularly interested in breeding cichlids, with a view
to photographing their behavior, thus combining his two
hobbies. He also enjoys traveling and exploring the tropical
fish hobby in various parts of the world.
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