My interest in fish-keeping began over 60 years ago during a hospital stay. After an operation at 7 years old, I awoke to discover a tropical aquarium close to the foot of my bed, full of freshwater Angel Fish – I was hooked - shortly afterwards I had my first goldfish aquarium.
For a number of years, I specialised in fancy cold water fish before I made the gradual transition to tropical aquariums, keeping many different types from Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish) to the beautiful Discus.
Eventually I realised I needed more of a challenge so I decided to try saltwater aquariums – and this is of course when I found seahorses. Over the following years I kept several different species and successfully bred some of them, but my favourite has always been the H. erectus also known as the Lined Seahorse.
Several commercial organisations as well as individuals have, over the years, called upon my lifelong experience to help and advise in all things aquatic. This led to a full time career as a Freelance Consultant. Although retired now, I still do receive the occasional ‘call out’ when things go wrong. It was because of all of this, I was finally persuaded to put everything down on paper and write this book to help and to lead the beginner by the hand into a successful and rewarding hobby.