My adventure in salt water aquariums started in July of 2009. My wife had a tank growing up and was excited to try it again. We jumped in with our first tank (55g) and quickly learned from our mistakes. We loved the challenge and found species only tanks a thrill. We have had 2 Garden Eel tanks and absolutely love everything about them. Our desire for more tanks quickly grew, before we knew it we were planning our dream 180g tank. We carefully planned this tank and used the WMAS club for a lot of information. To date we have had 3 55g tanks, a 40g breeder, an 8g all-in-one and now our new 170g cube.
We have been WMAS members now for almost 8 years. My wife and I love to continue our knowledge by going to club speaking events and even traveling for large shows like Reef-a-Poolza, MAX and MACNA.
I have been married 11 years now to my wife Bacot, we both have a passion for saltwater and are happy to be enjoying this hobby together. We also share a love of diving and enjoy diving whenever we can in the Caribbean or Florida Keys. One of my fondest diving moments was diving with reefing celebrities in the Florida Keys for CRF (amazing organization).
Our love for glass cages has also expanded to 3 species of Dart Frog, our Panther Chameleon and a Bearded Dragon.
I am excited to start my 5th year in WMAS Presidency and 1st as President.
Responsibilities: Vice President
I'm Jeff the DIY Dude. I have had aquariums since I was old enough to convince my mom that I could take care of one. I didn't get started into Saltwater until a few years after I got married. That was just over 28 years ago. I was quickly hooked and had many FOWLR tanks for 11 years. After doing FOWLR for that long I started getting into reef keeping. It was hook line and sinker from that point on. Within a year of starting my first reef, I also started a basement LFS and aquarium maintenance service. I build that business for 9 years. Some in the Kaysville area may remember my store front on 200 south just east of the freeway called Prestige Aquatics. That phase passed and I sold the entire business off as well as my own tanks. Working full time and running a LFS and Maintenance company had taken its toll.
! thought that I was done with anything fish related. Hahaha. I stayed away completely for 6+ years. Then a good friend and neighbor bought a JBJ 28g Nano cube. She quickly realized she was in way over her head and somehow the information about my previous fish life slipped out. She immediately began picking my brain and having me over almost every night to help her get things under control. Long story short, we were able to get her nano setup, stabilized, running well, and growing like crazy. I was once again hooked.
I am a computer geek and IT guy by day and a Harley/saltwater guy by night. I have been on WMAS since 2012 and a member since 2013. I love doing DIY aquarium projects from sumps, to LEDs, to reactors. I love the tech gadgets available in the hobby today and usually have my hands into something new. I look forward to seeing where this year as Vice President takes us.
Presidency Council - Council members are the support staff for the president and the vice-president.
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My interest and participation in reefing began about six years ago when I met my, now, husband Dennis. I got hooked on him and reefing, in that order, and we've been reefing together ever since!
Our daughter, Tawni, enjoys our fish tanks very much as well. She knows the names of our fish and loves the bright colors of the corals. I think we've got a future reefer on our hands!
A couple other hobbies of mine are reading and cooking, but my favorite thing of all to do is spend time with my family.
Responsibilities: Presidency Council
I'm fairly new to the hobby, my first saltwater tank has been running for less than a year, but I grew up near the ocean and have been around water and fish for much of my life as many of my family members are avid fisherman.
My decision to start a saltwater tank began shortly after my honeymoon to Hawaii where my wife and I spent many a day snorkeling and enjoying the marine life around the islands. In particular I was quite enamored with the Hawaii state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a or the Rectangle or Reef Trigger Fish. When we got back from our honeymoon I asked my wife what she thought about getting a fish tank to have a couple of those fish and she liked the idea, little did we know what we were getting into.
After making the initial decision to get the tank I proceeded to spend the next 9 months extensively researching what it would take to have a tank with those fish before finally getting our first tank. We now have a thriving 210g tank with lots of corals and a few fish and while we don't have the trigger yet we are slowly building to that day.
I've met some amazing people in this club and have been having a blast with my aquarium and learning new stuff every day. I can't wait to find out what else I can learn about this great hobby and what other amazing people I can meet.
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Dennis grew up in Las Vegas and graduated with a degree in Business Management from UNLV. Although he has lived several places over the years, including Preston, Idaho and Logan, Utah, his favorite place to be is with his family. Dennis is a devoted husband and father, welcomed the newest addition to his family, a baby boy (or girl, or boy, or girl, or boy), on August 24th.
Dennis works for the Boy Scouts of America as a Senior Store Manager and oversees several Scout Shop stores in both Utah and Idaho. While he has many hobbies, reefing is Dennis's favorite and over the years it has become a family affair at the Wimett house. Dennis's wife, Ayla, and his five year old daughter, Tawni, have a great time caring for and enjoying their fish tanks together with him.
Dennis has considerable experience in the saltwater hobby spanning almost two decades. He has a variety of corals in his largest tank including SPS, LPS, and a few softies. When it comes to fish, Dennis has pretty much had them all: the good (tangs, clowns, firefish, the occasional wrasse minus the six line), the bad (finally caught that !@#$ damsel), and the ugly (pajama cardinals-we all know it's true). Dennis's dream is to get a larger tank up and running someday, although right now he is content with his 90 gallon and two nano tanks. That's right, Dennis is a tankaholic and proud of it!
Responsibilities: Special Event Commitee Vice Chairman
Thanks for the opportunity to serve on the presidency council for another year. It is my joy to serve on such an awesome and active council as this club has elected.
I have found the pursuit of marine aquaria to be an absolute addiction. The pursuit to achieve environments that can support and sustain these precious life's is what drives me in the hobby. At this time we have a little over 600g of salt water, 80g of fresh water and a 300g pond. We breed and sell Bangaii Cardinals for the pure joy of it.
We enjoy pursuing the knowledge necessary to achieve these things and in sharing all that we have learned and in helping any one interested.
Besides this addiction, I have the most wonderful wife in the world. Alice and my 6 children (3 mine, 3 hers) and grandson are my life and the driving force in my existence. We have a small carpentry company that specializes in custom cabinets and remodeling.
Welcome to our home away from home. Hope you enjoy your stay.
Responsibilities: Special Eddy Commitee POTM
Call me Eddy. (In my English literature class, Professor Barker said the beginning to Moby **** (the software edited the book title lol) was the best opening line in a novel. Ever. So, I figured it was good enough for me. (Since it involves the ocean and a sea animal, even better.)
I began my saltwater career with a 6 gallon tank I bought from Petco on a whim (which I still have btw) after I got married and got rid of my ball python clear back at the beginning of 2012...I know, not that old or experienced in the saltwater world, but if mistakes make you smarter, I'm a genius! I've had freshwater tanks most of my life and have enjoyed them, but I've always loved saltwater tanks and the colors and diversity in them.
I'm lucky enough to have a wife who enjoys the hobby with me. It's not uncommon to receive a call at work from her with a report on current events (pun intended) in the tanks. She names all the fish and even some of the CUC (there was a white-fuzzy legged hermit crab that was in the 6 gal for yrs that was named Gandolf.) So, anything I do in the hobby, she does with me and it's something that we enjoy doing together (as long as she doesn't have to stick her hand in the tank! She tells me that's my job [;)])
We currently have 4 tanks: 6 gal (Reef Oasis Lightning and nem), 10 gal (shroom tank), 45 gal frag/display (really, really, really, overcrowded sps/lps tank), 180 gal (mixed reef tank)
I'm into Blastos and fish and my wife is into fancy mushrooms and anemones. My favorite marine animal is the mantis shrimp followed by the cuddle fish.
We've learned a lot from this club and have made a lot of friends from this club. So, if your new, welcome, and if your old, keep breathing.
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Faith was born in the blizzard of 78’ in Connecticut. She spent most of her days on the rocky shores of New England until she moved to Utah in Sept of 2000. She married her better half 7 yrs. later. She has her Associates degree from Salt lake Community College. Works full time at Western Gardens Center Downtown. Grows a small community garden for herself and her neighbors, currently bakes bunt cakes like there is no tomorrow and plans on this year picking back up in doing specialty courses in scuba diving through Neptune Divers in Sugarhouse.
Faith has a 55-gallon monster currently for a tank and has been a paid member since 2010. She likes doing Saturday Excursions and wants to know what you want to do for an excursion. If you have ideas please PM her and she’ll get back to you ASAP!
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I am Kenzy Hogan (BADM). I am the other half of Eddy Hogan (Hogie). We/He took on the saltwater world several years ago and have/has loved getting to know people on the board and in the community. Several months ago in my intro to the board, I said we have a lopsided relationship with the saltwater world. Still true, however it is beginning to become less lopsided as I have been heavily involved with our tanks the last 4 or 5 months. One thing I have learned in this hobby is that the chance of you having “just one tank” is not really so.
We have 5 tanks currently with a number 6 being newly set up by the time you read this. Each has there own personality and size. Our smallest is a 6 gallon with 3 clowns that lay eggs on a 10-14 day cycle. The next 2 are a 10 gallon and a 20 gallon that are mostly softy tanks. Then there is the 45 gallon frag tank that we use as a display. That one is probably my favorite and where most of my pictures come from on POTM. Our biggest is a 180 with a 50 gallon sump that is recovering from a 34 fish wipeout due to Marine Velvet. That tank has given us a lot of experience in the what not to do category and has definitely given us a run for our money. The new addition is a 6 foot, 90 gallon, frag tank to be added into our newly designed fish room. Tank threads will be posted soon so watch for those.
Like most women, we can find the really expensive items as soon as we open the door to any store. Including fish stores. My condolences to Eddy right now because I have that niche. But really in all honesty, the aquarium world has so many wonderful things to offer and I am continually amazed at the color and variety we have in our tanks. Although I am still trying to learn the mechanics of the saltwater world, I am glad I have my other half and those of the board to go to for questions. I am excited to get my feet wet and help to create great year of meetings, Saturday excursions, and more.
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My entry to saltwater occurred four years ago when a neighbor introduced me to the beauty of salt tanks. My neighbor took me to the Reef Fest where I heard about water chemistry, lighting, frags and wrasses. It was all over my understanding, but I did get to meet Reefy Buddy.
I purchased a used 55 gallon and spend about four months collecting equipment, building the stand and putting it all together. Attending frag fests quickly filled the 55 so we added a 120 gallon. The 120 took about six months to set up and is on an open base table with all the support equipment is located in the adjacent storage room so the tank appears to be sumpless. My son and I have been actively engaged in building LED lighting systems for ourselves and friends. We have also repaired many LED systems for other reefers.
We currently have a 55 gallon aggressive tank, a 120 gallon reef tank, a 30 gallon frag tank, and a 7 gallon nano (for my grandson). When I'm doing water changes I enjoy scuba diving. I have had the pleasure to dive in Bonaire, Bermuda, Jamaica, the Chanel Islands, Hawaii, Yap, Saipan, Guam, Palau, Pohnpei and several mud holes in Utah.
My family has enjoyed the associations made at WMAS and have appreciated all the hard work put in by the past presidents and their councils. This year I felt like it was my turn to give something back for all that I have received and ran for a position on the council. I know Arthur and Jon have some excellent events planned for the upcoming year and I look forward to supporting them. I appreciate the chance to serve this year.
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Unlike most members of this council I am rather new to this hobby. During my undergraduate studies I took a scuba diving class simply because I needed one more credit to be considered "full-time" It was from there that I took great interest in salt water life.
Shortly after graduating from Pharmacy School at Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, I picked up a 75 gallon tank as something to do with my new found free time.
Now that I am completely addicted to the hobby I am upsizing my tank and implementing the new things I have learned along the way. I enjoy this club because it allows you to meet other hobbyists and learn from their experiences. Outside of this hobby I enjoy snow skiing, dirt bikes, longboarding, ping pong and adding new frags to my growing family.
I grew up in Centerville where I met my wonderful wife Amy. We currently have two little girls (second just arrived in March 2016).
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I have been in the hobby for almost 6 years. I was introduced to the fish world by my then fiance. We decided we would try our hand in freshwater. After visiting fish stores near our home for the first couple months we decided saltwater was a better fit for us and so we made the switch! And never looked back. Within that first year of owning a fish tank we decided we liked the option of live foods vs frozen or dried. We began experimenting with growing our own live foods, and before I knew it, it took over our spare bedroom. After a year we decided we wanted to bring this to the public via our home. And after 3 years we decided to open a local fish store called Prettyman Exotics.
Not only do I enjoy fish and running my own business, but I have also been in Pharmacy for 12 years. I also enjoy camping, fishing, shooting, watching movies and being with my husband and our 4 furry animal babies
I enjoy the saltwater world and look forward to being a part of the Presidency. I look forward to learning and growing and bringing new people into this hobby!
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I fell in to the salt water hobby after shopping for fresh water. I kept saying how the fish were awesome and them bam, 20g later, I was in it. Now 5 years later I still have the 20, but added 150 gallons in the next room. I've met a lot of great people and it's been a fun experience every year. The amount of knowledge is insane! So much to know but it's so fun learning it all.
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I was introduced to the underwater world at a young age. My father had a fish tank as far back as I can remember. I started with freshwater and then switched over to saltwater in the mid 90's. I have an interest in aquaculture and have raised several species of fish and inverts.
I love spending time with my family, we all enjoy the saltwater world making time to visit public aquariums while on vacation across the USA. Other hobbies include reptiles, amphibians, and koi ponds.
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Dave and I are rather new to the hobby. Back in September 2015 we went on our honeymoon to Hawaii. During that time we did some snorkeling and fell in love with the Hawaii state fish - the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (aka the Rectangle triggerfish). After we came back home, Dave asked me what I thought about getting a saltwater aquarium, so that we could have our very own Rectangle triggerfish. I said "Sure, sounds like a great idea". At that time I didn't know what all was involved in having a saltwater aquarium, but I quickly learned that it involved a lot or patience and waiting.
After Dave spent about 6 months doing research, we were finally ready to take the plunge and ordered our first tank. We ended up working with OCD Reefs to get a 210 gallon tank with an awesome stand from Dion. In May 2016 we had our tank/stand delivered and started adding water, sand and rock. It's been non-stop since then. As some can attest, I now think it's an addiction or mine :) I'm always looking for new coral to add even though I'm told constantly by Dave that we don't have room.
We met Ayla and Dennis Wimett at MWRF a year ago and decided to join WMAS and have never looked back. It's a great club with a wealth of knowledge among its members and I look forward to being part of it.
Dave and I have been together for almost 10 years (married for 1 1/2) now and currently have 3 cats in addition to our saltwater tank with 5 fish. We moved here about 4 years ago from Texas and have really enjoyed our time in Utah.
I am excited to serve as part of the Presidency Coucil for 2017 and look forward to getting to know everyone that I haven't already met.
Past Presidency Council - Council members are the support staff for the president and the vice-president.
Responsibilities: Past Presidency Council
I'm Adam and I'm a science guy. I love this club and I love our club members. I first started coming to WMAS meetings before I could drive and have spent years making some wonderful memories with new friends. To me, that's what this club is about. Friendly people enjoying a hobby.
My experience with this hobby has been going on for 25 years. Like most people I started with a small 10 gallon freshwater aquarium, and then two, and then a 55 gallon, and then some saltwater tanks, and eventually a basement filled with fish stuff. Learning about reefs, ocean ecosystems, and all the life they support is just fascinating to me.
My job is to help educate, support, and encourage hobbyists. I spend a lot of time working hard to promote this club and to reach out to our local hobbyists. I look forward to the great time ahead with all my fish friends, and many more people we've yet to meet.
Responsibilities: Past Presidency Council
Arthur has met many wonderful people in the club and enjoys sharing this great hobby with new people.
When Arthur isn't busy getting his hands wet, he works as an engineer doing top secret stuff (that's all he'll tell us).
Responsibilities: Past Presidency Council
I got my start in this hobby at the age of 7, when I won a goldfish at a local carnival. He didn't last too long, but I was hooked...I set up my first saltwater aquarium at the age of 13. At 15, I got my first job ever - working for a LFS that happened to carry SW fish and supplies (a rarity in 1978).
Over the years, I've kept almost every type of fish there is too keep; from African Cichlids to Killifish, from Piranhas to Discus; from Lionfish to Seahorses - you name it, I've probably had it. But my favorite has always been the Marine / Reef aquarium. Currently I have a 150 gallon show tank. I have 3 children, and 3 grandchildren. I work for a large pharmaceutical company in SLC. When I'm not messing with my tanks I enjoy bicycling, weightlifting, working on the house and watching football.
I've been a WMAS Member since 2007, and served as Club VP from 2012 - 2015. 2016 marks my first year "out to pasture" serving in the Past Presidency Council. I look forward to a great year ahead, working with the current Presidency to make your WMAS experience the best that it can be!
Responsibilities: Web Master, Past Presidency Council
I am married to my wife Pepper. We have 4 children. Natalie, Nicole Coral, Jake, and Eli. I am lucky to have them as they all put up with me and my hobby. Some of my other hobbies are fishing, camping, boating (wake surfing), paintball, board/card games, scuba diving, hiking, and backpacking.
I started my first salt water aquarium when I was 12. I was 10 gallons and I keep dwarf seahorses and pipefish (believe it or not these were some of the easy fish back then). I had good luck raising and breeding them due to my diligence in raising BBS (baby brine shrimp). I have keep many fresh and saltwater aquariums since then. My favorite freshwater fish is the arowana and my favorite saltwater fish is the frogfish (at least for the moment). I currently have a 180 gallon reef, 55 gallon reef, 65 gallon reef, and a 24 gallon nano.
I manage a medical supply company called Premier Medical Distribution. Since 2008 I have also owned Coral Planet. Over the years this company has "morphed" from an Internet only company selling live rock->selling fish and corals->aquarium maintenance->Internet hard-goods->retail store->wholesale fish and corals->wholesale aqua-cultured corals, which is where it stands today. Coral Planet sells to a limited number of Pet Stores. We specialize in aquacultured corals. I am an entrepreneur at heart and have ran a few other businesses over the years (flowers, web design, restaurant review, sporting goods, financial, etc.). I also have a website called aquaticdatabase.com, check it out.
Responsibilities: Thread Master, Past Presidency Council
Growing up I always had a salt water tank in the house, my father is a huge influence on my love for salt water fish tanks and always had one as far back as I can remember. He nurtured my love of the ocean and for salt water reef tanks.
I had my first fresh water aquarium at a young age. After I left home I spent some time away from aquariums but couldn't stay from the hobby long. Two years ago I decided to setup my own reef tank, and have been heavily addicted to the reef keeping hobby ever since much to my wallets chagrin. We currently have my 45 reef tank as well as my wife's 29 gallon bio cube and a small 12 gallon JBJ nano in my home office.
I have been married for nine years to my wife who is very supportive of me in this hobby. We have one daughter, Madeline, with another daughter due in April. I'm also a huge cycling enthusiast and a giant nerd.
I discovered WMAS shortly before setting up my first reef tank, this club has been a huge influence on always keeping me in the right direction. I look forward to being able to give back to this community that has helped me so much in the past few years.
Responsibilities: Past Presidency Council
I've been involved in the salt water aquarium hobby for nearly 15 years! Like many of my good friends, what began as a hobby has ultimately become a lifestyle. I plan many of my activities - even vacations, to include or work around my reef keeping hobby. My first salt water aquarium was 55 gallons and I've kept many tanks of varying sizes since then. My showcase accomplishment (to date) was my 120 mixed reef. You can view pictures of it in the glory days here: http://www.utahreefs.com/tankofthemonth/ShaneHeil/tank_of_the_month.htm I have also kept many smaller tanks dedicated to certain species of fish, coral or invertebrates.
My wife Heidi and I have a large family -- two boys and four girls. We're all very active in the community and competitive sports. If it involves a ball of some type, you will likely find one of our family members participating. When we find the time, we enjoy skiing together in the winter and boating together in the summer. The family is very supportive of my hobby and they enjoy seeing my tanks develop. It is always thrilling to me to see them gather around to see what new and exotic "thing"dad has brought home this time. They can each recognize most common fish and they will even reluctantly help with water changes if they don't have practice.
I have learned so much on my journey through the reef keeping hobby. I've learned more biology and chemistry through my aquariums than I ever gleaned in a classroom. I've learned to appreciate the reefs of the world and how dependent we are on their continued success. I've learned that a community of hobbyists can have far more success (and fun) than any single person on their own. I've learned patience and tolerance for the opinions of others. These lessons will be with me long after my tanks are dry.
Responsibilities: Memberships, Past Presidency Council
I have lived in Sandy area since I was eight years old and graduated from Jordan High School. In 1993, after received my Associates Degree, in Computer Information Systems, I started working for Qqest Software Systems as a Computer Programmer.
I have always loved the aquarium hobby started with a 55 gallon FW aquarium in my office. I also had a 35 gallon FW tank at home. I especially enjoyed cichlids and eels. Another of my favorites were my Oscar and Clown Knife. My boss, not be out done, decided to start a 150 gallon SW fish-only tank also in the office.
In 2002, our family relocated to a larger home. I inherited the 150 gallon tank from my boss and traded my FW tank in on a 75 gallon SW reef aquarium and never looked back. I first joined the WMAS in early 2003. It has been great!!. With five sons, I am also very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and am currently serving as Scout Master. Some of my other hobbies are (when and if I have time) rocketry, RC trucks,
Responsibilities: Treasurer, Past Presidency Council
Having started in the aquarium hobby at 10 years old I naturally had wanted a salt water tank for many years. Upon getting a 150 gallon tank at my office and thinking about all the possibilities for it I decided it was time to try a Salt Water adventure. Having no experience with the salty side of the hobby that first tank started with 300 lbs of lace rock that had come with the tank. Upon finally getting the tank up and running I finally thought to seek out others in the hobby for advice and found the WMAS. I attended my first meeting and found out everything anyone ever wanted to know about what was in Salt Water, (most of which I didn't understand at all.)
Shortly after that meeting I went on my first Reef Tour. I saw many beautiful tanks that day and knew I just had to have one of those for myself. Over time I learned where I had gone wrong with my office tank and went about the laborious task of overhauling it, including a trip with Mark out to the desert to get some Utah Rock.
I learned so much from the club in my first couple of years that I decided that I just had to give back to the club and ran for office. The first year I ran for a presidency position I didn't make it. Very few people know who I was. The next year I made sure I had gotten acquainted with more club members and ran again. Since becoming a presidency member I have had many opportunities to serve my fellow hobbyists and have learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing so. I look forward to serving the club as President and hope to help make the club even better.
I'm not only about Fish though. By trade I am a tax accountant and have recently started my own business out of my home preparing personal and business taxes and doing accounting work for small businesses. I enjoy the outdoor sports of fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding.
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