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Leaders, innovators and entreupeneurs of our aquarium industry

Posted on 13th Jun 2017 @ 2:16 PM

After hearing of the recent passing of a legend of this industry, Dr Herbert Axelrod I started to think about where this hobby is headed and was sadened of the lack new blood entering and driving this industry with the same tenacity, comitment and leadership that created this industry. I still remember reading over many of Axelrod's publications with wonder and amasement and even to this day at times refer to them for info or pics. When I started this hobby, books and magazines were main sources for inspiration and ideas for me and i am so grateful and proud to own many of his books. Something that younger generations may not be aware of due to current ease of finding info using the internet these days. http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/news/fishkeeping-news/articles/2017/5/30/obituary-dr-herbert-r-axelrod

We seem to be slowly losing the great pioneers of this industry who in my childhood inspired me. Their influence on me was such that I have devoted both my work life and recreational life to persuing my addiction to this hobby and now business. The recent passing of a few of my other heros that come to mind include;

-Gunther Eheim https://www.eheim.com/en_GB/news-list?nid=3353

-Takashi Amano http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/news2015/aquascaping-pioneer-takashi-amano-dies 


All aquarists owe so much to these forefathers who developed, moulded and inspired this industry and made it what it has become today.

And where to next? Who are are the current leaders and where can we source new leaders.

Although controvesial the recent development of transgenic fish has been one of the greatest achievements in recent times and even if you dont approve it one must still stand in awe of this scientific achievements of Lin Yu-ho. The modern day father of transgenic fish who has beed incorporating DNA from jellyfish and corals to create theae stunning fluorescent fish.

Lin Yu-ho http://www.roc-taiwan.org/za_en/post/4416.html
 
So I just wanted to take a moment to write this article in honour of the greats and to let people know the history behind these household names who we owe so much to.
 

Julian Wong B.Sc. Hons

JMW International Pty. Ltd. t/as Aquatic Solutions