Monday, October 19, 2009

MARS 10/09: Bob Fenner; The Pros and Cons of Hitchhikers in The Reef Aquarium

Bob Fenner, author of "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist", returned to the Marine Aquarist Roundtable of Sacramento, (MARS), to speak on "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhikers in the Reef Aquarium", Friday, October 16th, 2009. With the influx of pizza and beer, Mr. Fenner provided his entertaining and intellectual knowledge on the subject. Photographed with Mr. Fenner (R) is MARS Vice President Kevin Cowan.

Bob has "lived" the science, hobby and business of aquatics in the Philippines, Japan and United States. All phases; collector, wholesale, jobber, retail, design, construction and maintenance. All levels; manager, owner, hatchery worker, retail clerk, and technician. Except for a stint teaching high school sciences for four years, he has worked all his life in the field of ornamental aquatics.

Academic experience includes eleven years of college, a couple of life science degrees and a teaching credential for chemistry, physics and biology. Published works include several studies on aquatic biological and chemical questions, and an extensive publishing and photographic background in the industry and hobby of aquatics. Have taught High School sciences and Marine Sciences and Aquariology courses at the State University, University of California levels. Bob has been an avid aquatic hobbyist since day one and is active in hobbyist and scientific organizations. He has served on numerous Boards, judged shows and given many programs.

Helped form and run (President) of the employee-owned corporation, Nature Etc., Inc. in San Diego, started in 1973; a turn-key operation in the field of ornamental aquatics, designing and building ponds, lakes, fountains and waterfalls (Aquatic Environments), designing, installing custom aquarium systems and maintenance (Aquatic Life Services), and operating retail outlets (Wet Pets).... currently does consulting, content provision to the trade, sciences and hobby of aquaristics.

One of Bob's current endeavors is providing advice to hobbyiests and professionals on his website,

Here is the link to the Podcast. To download, use the VBR ZIP link on the left of the page, to listen simply push the play button below.

Here is Bob's Power-Point presentaion in text format: The Pros & Cons of Hitchhikers in the Reef Aquarium, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.