Questions and 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. It feels like all I do is important, and that shows in sales and views. 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. Through hours of practice and research, I have learned all I know. My love for cinematography and music inspires me to keep learning and to produce the highest quality photos and videos within my skillset.
What is your most memorable moment at Aquarium Co-Op, and why? Meeting with legends in this hobby, documenting their journey, and then putting it all out there for the rest of the world.
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. All graphics, animation, color, sound, and music are included. I also design labels and graphics for many of our products in-house and take all product photos for our 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 you like to see in your aquarium? An aquascaped 800 gallons with as many Celestial Pearl Danios that will fit.
– 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 would you highly recommend?
Easy Green It is extremely easy to use and does not require any technical knowledge. It is safe for almost all types of livestock and can grow plants well. It makes fertilizing aquarium plants easy. – 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 love that it was made by a hobbyist and not by a big corporation. 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
Don’t spend money on livestock you don’t have. This will cause you to lose money and make it worse. – 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 wish to cover your tanks, keep at least a covering on them 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. If you are away for 7 days, a good trim can make a big difference. It will make your plants bushier and healthier. A trim is a good way to ensure your plants don’t get too big or shade out other plants, even if you keep them in jungle tanks. Use your scissors with confidence!