Andy started at Reef Systems volunteering his free weekends over 10 years ago. Now he is on his 4th year of being a full time service technician. His job is to service, maintain, and install new systems for our clients. Andy has over 31 years of experience in the hobby, and is very grateful to be able to maintain some of the most beautiful saltwater aquariums and koi ponds we have ever seen. He is a proud father of 4 and enjoy scuba diving in his free time.
Elton has been an employee at Reef Systems Coral Farm, Inc. since 2015. He has been a reef aquarium hobbyist since 2014, and aquatic aquarium hobbyist since 2010. His experience at the farm is diverse with knowledge in marine and freshwater/pond husbandry. Since joining the team, he has pursued an education at The Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology in 2020, and completing a thesis on marine Tridacnid and Mercenaria clams. His collaborations and academic work at OSU include researching coral response to interactive and long-term effects of rising CO2 and temperature, Hawaiian coral physiology, and the development of a marine education lab as an integration to the Center for Life Sciences course curriculum. He will continue his education at Wright State University, pursuing a master’s degree in Biological Sciences. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, photography, and loves animals. Please don’t hesitate to ask Elton for any advice or information!
Capacity: 40 Gallon Breeder
Lighting: Ecotech Xr30 G4
Flow: Ecotech MP40 and Mp10
Nathan started managing Reef Systems Coral Farm in 2017 and has been keeping marine animals since 2013. Prior to joining the team he was the lead in charge of taking care of over 6,000 gallons of freshwater corporate display aquariums and has been in the fish keeping hobby since a very young age. In early 2017 he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Marine Science from Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute. His education focused on the chemistry, biology, and geology of oceanic environments; as well as the hierarchy structure of marine species. In 2016 he was able to study for a short time at the Garace Research Centre in San Salvador, Bahamas. Nathan’s other interests include shooting sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Capacity: 120 Gallon
Flow: Ecotech MP40’s, Ecotech S2 (return)
Lighting: 2 Ecotech XR15 G4
Skimmer: Reef Octopus 110 int
Garrett is a second year student studying architecture at Bowling Green State University who recently joined the team in 2020. He volunteers his free time in BGSU’s marine lab, working as a coordinator, taking care of freshwater and saltwater systems. At Reef Systems, he performs daily maintenance tasks such as preparing our water, cleaning aquariums, and keeping corals organized. He is always excited to help customers and unbag new fish shipments.
Abby is a second-year student at Bowling Green State Univesity in the early childhood education program. She is a coordinator at BGSU's marine lab, where she is in charge of aquarium husbandry students. Since joining Reef Systems in 2020, she works on keeping all the tanks clean, fish fed, and water chemistry maintained. At home she keeps a 20 gallon reef with a pair of clownfish and numerous types of zoanthids.
I have had fish tanks since I was a kid. First saltwater tank was a fish only tank in 2006, it was converted to a reef tank in 2017. I have worked full time as an aircraft mechanic for 26 years; 23 years of that on business aircraft. For fun I teach scuba diving & ride motorcycles. Married almost 20 years to Paula, don’t have kids but we do have 4 cats (Finnegan, Murphy, Bailey & Molly).
Capacity: 60 gal
Flow: 2 Ecotech MP40’s & Ecotech S1 return
Lightning: Ecotech Radion XR30
Skimmer: Reef Octopus 150-INT
Control/monitor: Neptune Apex with DOS & AFS