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Tony Griffitts

Tony Griffitts has been in the hobby since 1969 when he received a 5-gallon Metaframe aquarium as a Christmas present. Tony has bred and raised many aquarium fish species, including livebearers, anabantoids, cichlids, koi, and goldfish.

Tony is a well-known discus expert, having raised and sold them wholesale and retail for 12 years.

Tony wrote the first article on "Endlers Livebearer" and is the Tiger Endler's Livebearer strain developer.

Tony has written over 60 articles for the aquarium hobby and is the author of the eBooks Mastering Freshwater Aquarium Ecosystems and Planted Aquarium Keep it Simple. Tony is the editor and web designer/developer of

Tony is also an accomplished marine hobbyist, having spawned coral cats (Plotosus lineatus), Banggai cardinals (Pterapogon kauderni), jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons), Catalina gobies (Lythrypnus dalli), and many damselfish and clownfish. Tony's first article was written in the early '90s and covered how to use anaerobic bacteria in a denitrator to keep nitrate at extremely low levels in marine systems.

Tony designed, built, and operated the Aquaworld Aquarium retail store in the Sacramento, California, metro area for over five years. As a shop owner, he took a great interest in fish health and disease. Tony has developed many techniques for treating freshwater and saltwater fish diseases and conditions.

Tony has also been a consultant to the aquarium industry and sciences.

A Lifetime member of the Sacramento Aquarium Society, Tony has long supported local aquarium clubs. Tony has served on the Board of Directors, chaired multiple positions, and currently serves as the webmaster and cloud system administrator for the Sacramento Aquarium Society.

Tony is also an experienced SCUBA diver, snorkeler, and underwater naturalist, having spent hundreds of hours in many aquatic locations worldwide photographing and video recording underwater life. Tony's video clips have appeared on NAT GEO WILD channel's Blitzkrieg Sharks.