John Coppolino
Bio Topic - Sunday September 5 @ 11 am

John Coppolino's innate passion for fish was nurtured growing up on an island on a lake in Northern New Jersey with a fish loving father and a mother allergic to everything with fur and feathers!

A saltwater hobbyist since age 11, John began working at a large regional aquarium store as soon as he obtained working papers in high school, and in college went on to study reef fish in Bermuda and the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador where he lived (and met his wife!) for about two years after obtaining his B.S. in biology.

John now lives in Northern Virginia with his wonderfully supportive wife and two young children, and keeps over 1000 gallons of saltwater aquariums loaded with reef fish including over thirty angelfish, his personal favorite. John travels yearly with work to Hawaii and Guam, where most free time is spent underwater! John writes articles and has spoken at conferences and reef clubs for years, and has had his reef systems profiled in multiple books and publications.

Modern Fish Keeping in Reef Aquaria

As many aspects of the marine aquarium hobby have evolved at the speed of light, others have not. One of these most misunderstood and outdated branches involves fish keeping. Many people have for years used the "Dump and Hope Approach" when it comes to adding fish to their reef tanks, avoiding proper quarantine and transitioning methods that will help develop a stunning and healthy display of fish in a reef system. One of my fish keeping principles has always been "it's not WHAT you mix, but HOW you mix." In this talk I'll touch on many other aspects I've learned in over 20 years of fish keeping, showing beautiful healthy systems throughout including some interesting or rare reef fishes that would be good options for long term success in home aquaria. The days of reef systems with just a few fish sprinkled throughout are over!! "Modern Fish Keeping in Reef Aquaria" is of interest to anyone who keeps fish!