January 2017 Speaker


Date: January 5th, 2017

Mark is coauthor of “Adventurous Aquarist Guide to the 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species” from Microcosm Publishing. A well-known speaker and judge, Mark has lectured to over 50 aquarium societies in 20 states, plus Canada and Bermuda, and spoken at numerous regional and national conventions. He is a past president of the International Betta Congress, Indianapolis Aquarium Society, Bucks County Aquarium Society, and the the American Labyrinth Fish Association, where he is a founding member. Mark has been keeping freshwater and marine aquariums since the 1970’s, and has bred 200+ species of freshwater fish, 10 species of marine fish, 30+ species of marine invertebrates, and propagated 150+ species of aquatic plants. He has been involved in all phases of the pet business, including import, wholesale, retail, online, installation and maintenance companies. He has written articles for several national and international magazines and writes the recurring column ‘Into the Labyrinth’ as well as feature articles for Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine

The Namesakes will go over the well known names in the hobby and the fields of ichthyology and taxonomy. Names like Linnaeus, Innes, Lacorte and more will be covered going over their contributions to the hobby, struggles with taxonomy and conflicts and rivalry between each other. It will be much easier to recall the scientific names of these fish after you hear the story behind the name.