Fish Nerd [fish nurd]noun slang
- An ‘individual’, i.e. a person who does not conform to society’s beliefs that all people should follow trends and do what their peers do. Often highly intelligent but socially rejected because of their obsession with a given subject, usually their saltwater aquarium.
Reef Nerd [reef nurd]noun slang
- A person who gains pleasure from amassing large quantities of knowledge about subjects often too detailed or complicated for most other people to be bothered with.
- An intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit of the greatest reef tank of all time!
I’m Bill , and I am a Fish Nerd and on my way to being a Reef Nerd.
I certainly didn’t begin as one, but somehow transformed.
I began my fish journey by buying a small fish tank for my two year old twins thinking it would be fun to have a pet that wouldn’t take much work. The twins didn’t have much interest, but I found myself sitting in front of the tank in awe of these plain little fresh water fish. This tank soon turned into a bigger one with a few Cichlids, then an even larger one where I began my metamorphosis.
Now I had 3 tanks in my house. I had joined the boards and scoured every night looking for “just one more fish”. With some pressure from my wife to get rid of all of the tanks, I began dreaming of one super tank. Initially I was still thinking of freshwater since I was now comfortable with the process, but saltwater kept calling my name.
At this point I became truly nerdy. Hours were spent online researching saltwater tanks. Somehow I decided that I should build one partially due to cost, but I really wanted to build myself. So, I began collect the tank, drawing up plans for the frame, understanding and gathering the plumbing for the sumps and overflow units. I had my father-in-law help me with a wooden paneling system attaching to the frame by magnets. Then the construction began. My neighbors often remarked how often they would look outside and see me in the garage working on “that monster aquarium”. Finally I was ready to move it into the house and began the acclimation process.
There was one more problem I had overlooked. Now I had 4 tanks in my house!
As I began the process of searching and buying the perfect fish and the perfect corals, and trying to understand all the complexities of keep my water parameters where they should be, my wife commented about how I could possibly spend that much time talking to others about fish. I described the people as ‘fish nerds’ and realized how appropriate the term really is for those of us who take pride in their tanks. It really is a science, and takes time and dedication to create the serene environment desired.
Ultimately, I simply thought it would be fun and humorous to to create Fish Nerd T’s and accessories thus the birth of this Fish Nerd site.
I wear my Fish Nerd stigma proudly.
I hope you will too!