Bill got a start
in Marine Aquariums early in life by crawling into his Mom's
tank of locally caught Marine's as a toddler. This led to
a lifetime as a confirmed beach bum and rabid aquarist keeping
multitudes of marine critters in any container that could
hold water. Since merely messing about around the waters edge
and looking into glass boxes wasn't enough, Bill obtained
his SCUBA certification in 1983 and went on to Southampton
College for a degree in Marine Biology.
As a hobbyiest Bill has maintained a variety
of aquaria, ranging from locally caught natives of the East
Coast to tropical fish from around the globe. Having witnessed
the evolution of filtration from the lowly box filter to live
deep sand beds, he has found the natural methods of deep sand
beds the best after witnessing the fauna of the live sand
assimilate entire cans of fish food often dumped in by his
young daughter. Profesionally, Bill has been working in the
Aquarium Industry for over a decade for a variety of retail
stores ranging from small Mom and Pop shops to large chain
stores. Currently, Bill runs a part time business from home
specializing in collecting (still a beach bum!) and culturing
a variety of macro algeas, live sand, detritivores and few
other things as time and interest allow.
Bill is married and has an eight year old
daughter that can't stay out of the water. The family enjoys
snorkeling together in the Carribean and even allows Dad time
to himself for SCUBA and his other Hobby of Underwater Photography.
Other members of the family include 2 Iguana's, a Water Dragon,
Blue Tongue Skink and Tokay Gecko.
On Reef Central, Bill moderates the
forum and co-moderates the Disease
and Fish Only/Aggressive