has been involved with the saltwater hobby for a short period
of four years. Previously, he had kept a small garden pond
since the age of 12, but the cold weather made it a chore
rather than a pleasure. His journey to marine aquariums all
started on a visit to the local fish store to look at setting
up a tropical freshwater aquarium. Seeing the colourful marine
fish was too much to resist, and a path, which eventually
lead from marine fish to reefs, was begun. Armed with only
a few books and access to the internet forum Aqualink, his
first fish-only system was born.
Within about 2 months he had become interested
in invertebrates, but realizing his current fish-only tank
was unsuitable, he set up a 20-gallon reef tank. After a year,
with more knowledge and experience under his belt, corals
were filling the tank. Soon thereafter, an upgrade followed
to a 65-gallon tank, which was featured in ReefCentrals
of the Month series back in September 2001. Now, with
every inch of his tank
packed with small-polyped stoney corals, an upgrade is in
progress to a 240-gallon reef tank.
Primarily with an interest in SPS corals,
clams, and also chemistry & technology, Simon helps moderate
on our Species
Forums at ReefCentral. He is a member and regular participant
the UKs largest Marine & Reef Club.
Living in England, he is in a great position
to take advantage of the knowledge from the USA while also
utilizing German equipment. He lives alone and is Director
of a computer software company.