I have been in the since I was 6 years old. I have had all manner of fish both salt and freshwater. I have never really been very good remembering the scientific names of any fish or plant but OK at common names. Jealousy has been a trademark of mine for anyone who can remember scientific names. Over the years I have become a DIY guy as is comes to the hobby. My focus is on filtration, developing my own take on every of filter know in the hobby. It is my belief that carbon should be used very sparingly or not at all. I know for a fact that filter carbon does not occur in nature. Furthermore, canister and hang on the back filter manufactures set up their filters to sale you more replacement product than you ever really need. I use very uncommon products for filter media in the past I used curlers packed with drinking straws to filter the water for two very dirty Oscars.
Fifteen years ago I moved to Ohio and found a so many large fish stores that we here in New Mexico can only dream of. I could never decide what kind of fish to keep so had made a fishroom. I have had everything flowerhorns to shrimp and everything in between. I soon joined the Greater Cincinnati Fish Society and became part of a larger fish geek club then I ever new excited. It was a great opportunity to trade fish with other breeders and to lean and about fish I have had not kept. But as all things do my time in Ohio came to and end, we had to move back to Albuquerque because a family illness. To my dismay when returning to ABQ I found that the aquarium hobby had fallen of to obscurity. When I had left the aquarium was very robust and had many non-chain-store pet stores. The pet stores that were still here had a very small fish selection or only had the bread and butter fish on the freshwater side. The saltwater side of the hobby did however, have two very nice store but only two. So I then turned to Facebook to see if I could find some answers, I joined the the Albuquerque Aquarium Club. Talking with administration I found some answers but it came down to market share. So we started talking and as a group thought it best to start an aquarium society.
Our society wants to grow the hobby so we can educate, to become conservators of endangered fish and to create a community of like minded people. The founding members will answer any question and support you with any problems you might have. We have gained national sponsor and so local companies as well. We want everyone to fall in love with hobby, or fall back in love, as much as we do.