I have owned
marine aquariums for over 10 years now. Like many of my
good friends, what began as a hobby has ultimately become
a lifestyle. I plan most of my activities - even vacations,
to include or work around my reef keeping hobby. I suppose
there are less productive things I could be doing with my
time and money.
of money; I enjoy saving it - so I encourage and participate
in many do it yourself projects. But I have learned that
DIY and saving money do not necessarily equal one another.
Sometimes you just have to pay the price - as painful as
it may be.
My current display tank is 120 gallons.
I enjoy keeping a variety of different coral species. Although
tanks loaded with only SPS corals can be stunning, my personal
preference is a mixture of many coral types and loaded with
I have a large family. We enjoy
skiing in the winter and boating in the summer. However,
more and more of my time seems to be consumed by the hobby
and the club. But, it is very enjoyable when one of my kids
climbs the ladder to "help" clean or prune my aquarium!
My wife is very supportive, but the last thing she wants
to do is stick her hands in 'fish water'. She did affectionately
coin the title "Fish Nerds" to describe me and my friends
after visiting a meeting of the WMAS.
I have learned so much on my journey
through the reef keeping hobby. I've learned more biology
and chemistry through my aquarium 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.
Most importantly, I've learned patience and tolerance for
the opinions of others (even if they're wrong) and these
lessons will be with me long after my tanks are dry.
I was born and raised in Sandy. I currently work for
Siemens as a Developer / Cisco integrator. My wife stays
at home with our 15 month old daughter who I think is as
addicted to this hobby as I am.
I grew up loving animals, but because my parents didn't
like the added work and responsibility of a furry pet, they
got me fish, hence started the addiction. As most I started
with freshwater fish, and kept them for quite a while until
one of them died and the rest of the tank crashed. I got
quite dismayed and gave up on fish for quite a while. Then
last year while checking out turtles at the aquarium with
my wife, we got interested in saltwater, and toward the
end of my research for my new tank I ran across the WMAS.
I wish I would have known about it sooner! The assistance
and knowledge transfer that I have gotten from so many people
here has been invaluable. I look forward to many great years
with my new friends. Thanks WMAS!
Presidency Council - Council
members are the support staff for the president and the
Council Member, Meeting Greeter
Rob and I have had aquariums our whole lives. Isn't that
weird how 2 fish nerds find each other? Now, we share our
obsession of aquatic design (Although, I'm more into design,
and he's more into living creatures). We have 4 tanks now:
a reef tank, a community tank, and an aggressive tank. They
are built into the wall and connected by a big sump, so
we only have to "tinker" with one system. We also have a
small specimen tank we are starting. We are looking for
the perfect "specimen" right now!
Rob and I have been WMAS fish nerds almost since it's conception.
We have met some really cool people and even some very famous
authors. Most of our corals are from the WMAS. All of our
corals have been shared with other club members and every
fish store show tank in our part of the valley. We have
watched our club expand and change and evolve into a very
impressive group of wonderful friends! Thanks, WMAS!
Perspective. That is my job. I'm simply here
to keep things in perspective. All too often in this
hobby people get caught up in silly stuff. Hopefully
by learning the "behind the scenes" aspects of the hobby
and industry we will all contribute to the successful and
beneficial growth of the marine aquarium hobby.
As far as the presidency
goes, my job is to sit quietly in the corner and wait for
someone to ask me a question. I guess I see my role
as being an advisor, or possibly as someone to comment on
previous aquarium society issues.
On a personal note, I
have a beautiful wife, and she has a cute little dog.
We are pretty much the happiest people you will ever meet.
Also, we are always looking for a few more friends to accompany
us on this wonderful ride of life.
Council Member, Reef Tour Coordinator
I have been into aquariums my entire life. I have only
been doing salt water for approximately four years now.
Once I started salt water it began an obsession. I have
two salt tanks currently, and a frag tank project in progress.
I have a 125-gallon reef with a variety of corals, a 10-gallon
with 2 bubble tip anemones and a pair of ocellaris clown
fish, and a 30-gallon fresh water tank that I donít have
the heart to tear down. I think that ocean life by far is
the most exotic on the planet, and I really enjoy having
a small piece of that to take care of in my home.
I am a mechanic at a car dealership. I have been doing this
for around 12 years. I currently work on Hyundai, Isuzu
and .I am also a certified Mitsubishi Technician. I used
to love this job, but now it pretty much just pays the bills.
This is my first year on the presidency and I am very excited
about it. I look forward to contributing and helping out
the club in anyway I can. I have been in the club for approximately
three years. I have met some great people and made some
good friends. I have learned a lot from the club, both from
the meeting presentations and from individual members.
Some of my other interests include:
First is my family. I have been married for almost 9 years
to my wife, Jennifer. I also have a new baby boy, Jake.
I love being a father.
I like playing with computers, almost anything out doors
like camping, hiking, fishing, Etc. I also love music and
am partial to stuff from the eighties era.
I have an RX-7 project car, which I hope to finish one day.
Council Member, Web Master
I have loved fish and animals my whole life. I setup
my first saltwater aquarium when I was 12 years old.
As soon as I was living on my own I filled my house with
aquariums. I am an entrepreneur at heart and have
owned various businesses related to aquariums and pets including
both retail and wholesale. I currently work in the
computer industry and still run the
a couple other businesses associated with the industry including
Besides fish and corals I also enjoy scuba diving, camping,
board and card games, computers, electronics, traveling,
and helping people start and run small businesses.
What am I doing here? Iím living
a second childhood! Just like when I was a kid and watched
tadpoles grow into toads in an algae planted, old porcelain
wash basin! Thanks Mom. And thanks Dad for helping me fix
that old, broken, 10 gal., stainless steel, Metaframe brand
aquarium from Uncle Perry. Both of you inspired my early
freshwater and saltwater aquariums. And thanks again Dad
for supporting me and for keeping that tank going during
my 2 years away, serving the Lord in
Australia. Many thanks
to my sweet wife for giving me a 55 gal. aquarium as a first
birthday present and for enjoying with me, the many underwater
worlds that I created over the years.
I have made in this hobby and club are some of the best
people in the world. Itís just a lot of good fun to do this
hobby. I hope to be doing it for many more years to come.
I guess I am like the last of the old fixtures here in this
clubhouse, since helping start the WMAS in 1995 with five
Though absent now, except in my memory,
Tim and Tina Weidauer and Joe and Cindy Jones are fellow
founding WMAS members and pioneers in the local hobby. I
hope that they can be happy looking at the legacy they helped
Council Member, Accountant, Membership
I have loved fish all my life. I started with a 10
gallon freshwater aquarium when I was 10 years old.
This soon became several 10 gallon aquariums. 14 years
later I still had one of those 10 gallon tanks when my wife
gave me a 75 gallon tank. I had always wanted a large
tank and this one got me hooked. My wife jokingly
says itís her biggest mistake of our marriage. In
July of 2003 my boss got a 150 gallon tank for our office
and asked me to do something with it. I decided to
go with a saltwater reef even though I had no previous experience.
With the help of this club that tank has become a success.
I purchased a 180 gallon tank from Seahorse Suzy in November
of 2003 and have it in my fishroom at home. This tank
has provided endless hours of gazing at all the life in
my own little reef. I am now an official Fish Junky
with 6 tanks totaling almost 500 gallons of water and another
130 gallon tank in the works. My goal now is to keep
the water in the tanks and off the floor.
I love this club and
the people in it. I love talking fish to anyone who
will listen and anyone who can help me keep my animals better.
I am a tax accountant
by trade and hope to be able to use my expertise to help
this club in any way possible. It will take a long
time to give enough back to this club to pay for the advice,
expertise and friendship I have received since joining in
Responsibilities: Council Member,
Tank of the Month Coordinator
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, hunting,
camping and fishing. Other pets include, dogs,
frogs, lizards, birds, and rats. Yes my house
is a zoo.