My name is Scott Fellman, and I’m the consummate “fish nerd”! I bleed saltwater! And yes, I think there’s a lot of freshwater in there, too!
Much of my life centers around tweaking protein skimmers, scraping algae, cleaning up spills, or figuring out how to unglue my fingers. I’ve been keeping marine aquariums since I was a kid, and during that time, I have maintained all sorts of aquariums, fish bowls, plastic boxes, and just about anything that can hold water. My passions are aquascaping and marine biotope aquariums. I love this hobby and the crazy people in it!
I’ve mentored fellow hobbyists for over ten years, starting on Bob Fenner’s WetWebMedia.com site, where I was also Co-Editor of WWM’s Conscientious Aquarist online magazine for a couple of years. In 2006, I served as president the Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles County.
I’ve written a number of articles for publications such as the late Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine, Ultramarine UK, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Marine Fish and Reef USA Annual, and many online venues, such as Reef Addicts, Advanced Aquarist, and Reefs.com, Reef Builders, and Reef2Reef where I blog on a variety of reef-related topics regularly.
In addition to my writing, I have racked up the frequent-flyer miles, traveling all over the U.S. and internationally, speaking at clubs and events about all sorts of reef-and aquarium-related stuff. I have presented at MACNA XIX in Pittsburgh, MACNA XX in Atlanta, MACNA xXI in Atlantic City, MACNA XXII in Orlando, MACNA XXIII in Des Moines, MACNA XXIV in Dallas, MACNA XXV in Florida, as well the old IMAC Conferences in both Chicago and Long Beach. I’ve spoken several times at Reef-a-Palooza in my native So Cal, as well. I keep threatening to complete a book on marine biotope aquaria and aquascaping before this century is over, and I’m sure my aquarium is due for a water change at some point!
I am partner in a Los Angeles-based online marine livestock retailer, Unique Corals, marketing sustainably collected, aquacultured, and captive propagated corals, fishes, and invertebrates to the hobby.
When I’m not trying to replicate the ocean in my aquariums, I’m usually surfing in it at my local beach, dining at new restaurants (another great love), watching ice hockey, or SCUBA diving.
Craig Johnston was inspired to keep marine life sometime in the late 1990's while on a cruise with his wife. The cruise was playing Coral Sea Dreaming on a continuous loop and he was thrust into the world of marine aquaria.
Within a month, he had three new systems set up and read every book on the subject he could find. Soon, he found the local reef club The Greater Iowa Reef Society and his passion grew exponentially.
Craig has always been fascinated by the spawning of corals, anemones, and fish and always dreamed of someday operating an aquaculture facility. His dream came true in 2011 when a small town grocery store came up for sale. Thus was born Anemones, Clowns, & Corals.
Craig has three items on his aquatic bucket list.
1. To spawn and raise corals/anemones in a closed system.
2. To breed a marine fish that has not been raised before in captivity.
3. To speak at a MACNA to share his breakthrough's.