Chris Carpenter has been a board member of the Grand Valley Aquarium for many years, and have recently become Vice President. He has won a awards such as Breeder of the year, Aquarist of the year, Master Breeder, and Old World Cichlid Master. He has been a serious fish keeper for 10 years focusing a great deal of his time in the hobby on the cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, particularly the Shell Dwellers.