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Fish Geeks is a professional aquarium services company unlike any other.
Before I started Fish Geeks I worked at nearly every level of the aquarium trade, but it’s as a hobbyist where my story really begins. I obtained my first aquarium second-hand from my older brother in second grade and later I cut my teeth working as a retail fish-net jockey for several prominent aquarium specialty retailers in both the Twin Cities, MN metro and Chicago, IL as well. In addition, I spent several years working for a prominent local Twin Cities aquarium maintenance company during my college years before I embarked on my professional Aquarist career.
I earned my B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 2002 and immediately moved to Chicago to immerse myself in a Graduate Certificate in Zoo and Aquarium Studies through Western Illinois University. I started as a professional Aquarist at nationally renowned facilities such as the Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, IL) where I worked in their Amazon Rising exhibit and later in their Quarantine section where I worked closely with staff pathologists and veterinarians. I also worked as an Aquarist/Zookeeper for the Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley, MN), where I garnered experience with a variety of aquaria as well as complex life support systems.
At every stage of my aquarium career history beginning in the mid 1990s at a local pet store to my first days as a Public Aquarist, I’ve been that really geeky fish guy. I started my own aquarium service business in 2010 putting into service the moniker I’d suffered for years, and Fish Geeks LLC was born.
In addition to having a lifelong dedication to aquarium-keeping excellence, Fish Geeks has work experience in nearly every facet of the aquarium industry.
As a Fish Geeks Aquarist, I employ the knowledge I garnered at public aquariums and combine it with the experience I amassed working in the aquarium trade, as well as with what I taught myself as a hobbyist, to provide the best possible aquarium service and advice available.
Fish Geeks earned its legitimacy and evolved from my side-hustle into my primary endeavor, and the next step in my aquarium career in 2011, when Fish Geeks began curating Cabela’s public-aquarium displays in the retailer’s Minnesota locations. Fish Geeks continued providing curatorial services through the sale to Bass Pro Shops in late 2017.
We offer a range of service options, from a simple cleaning, to expert consultation, to a project so big I’ll literally immerse myself in my work! Our professional experience has prepared us to provide expert level care unlike any other maintenance company.