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I can answer questions concerning tanks, setup, display, maintence,filters, heaters, substrates, CO2 Systems, lighting, arrangements. Also water quality, chemical makeup and altering water parameters. I can advise on fish selection, how to arrange the tank to minimize aggression, water parameters for specific fish, breeding and raisning fry. Feeding and nutrition. Lighting both flourescent and metal halide and everything in between Plants, selection, lighting and feeding requirements, CO2 Systems, and substrate selection as well as what plants will work with what fish. Heating, and cooling the tank. Automating certain functions and what maintenence is necesssary to keep things looking good. Fish diseases their diagnosis and treatment. As well as other topics related to the hobby.

Experience in the area

I have been involved in Tropical Fish for over 30 years having bred or kept most everything that was out there at one time or annother. I have worked in several shops and managed several more, I have owned my own shop for over 12 years and currently maintain more than 3000gals of fresh water and saltwater fish, plants and invertabrates. I service tanks and respond to emergency calls. I advise on design, placement and impact of displays and custom design and install whatever the client wishes. I had a business within a business servicing systems for Dr;s,Offices, Restaurants, Hospitals, and private individuals.


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I attended Clinton Comm. College and then went to work for the State of New York. I also recieved training in the unrelated field of Law Enforcement. I am a certified fish specialist both fresh and saltwater having attended seminars at the Backer Trade Shows in Atlantic City sanctioned by PPAC.

Awards and Honors

I have won awards from the New York State Dept of Education and from the Govenors Office for Business of the Year in the Northern Tier. I work as a consultant with the State assisting people who are starting a business.

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2017-03-03 help with possibly egg heavy gold barbs:

Mercedes,  from what I see in the pic she looks pretty heavy.   You will see quivering, and flitting around. She will not color up  as much as the male.  They are egg scatterers so if you have a tank set

2017-02-16 Internal organs coming out of fish's gill? Photos attached:

I am not sure what this is at this point, hard to make out from pics. I don;t believe I have seen anything quite like this from what I can make out. Don;t believe its contagious and appears to be either

2017-02-13 Cloudy water:

what you have is an algae bloom.  Too much light or the wrong spectrum of light.  Its not dangerous to the fish.  You may be getting window light from somewhere  or the spectrum of light may be dialed

2017-02-06 White stuff growing everywhere in tank:

Rosie,  looks like a fungal type thing at this point, not overly harmful. I have had the same but localized, like cotton puffs.  I would at this point, remove all the gravel, either replace or rinse it

2017-01-27 Fish tanks in Commercial Airlines.:

Prashant,  In a short answer to your question is if the airline is willing to take on the expense.  There would be some challenges but nothing that could not be overcome.  Simply a closed system not unlike


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