Bob Fenner, with over 50 years of experience within the aquatic industries, has written about both the aquatics industry and the diving hobby. As an avid fish enthusiast, Fenner has nurtured his fascination through penning numerous books, including: The Conscientious Marine Aquarist: A Common Sense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyists, Fishwatcher’s Guide to the Tropical Marine Aquarium Fishes of the World, and Natural Marine Aquarium Reef Invertebrates.
Bob Fenner’s educational session at the Aquatic Experience is “Coral Compatibility: On Reducing Negative Cnidarian Interaction.” During this session, you can learn valuable insights into avoiding trouble in putting together “coral” assortments and introducing them appropriately to new and established captive reef systems. Many envision the reefs of the world to be some aquatic equivalent of “Bambi crossing a meadow” with some sort of miraculous “balance” amongst the life that occurs there. This is a dangerous precept for aquarists; these areas are veritable battle zones with life competing for space, food and mates. Corals themselves overgrowing, shading, poisoning, stinging and eating their neighbors are issues that need to be addressed in placing stinging-celled life.