A very brief description – “A decade ago, the marine aquarium world had written off
coral-eating fishes as doomed in captivity, a group of fishes that should be
forever left in the ocean. To attempt to keep them was painted in the most
irresponsible light possible, and vendors that supplied them were held in
contempt for doing so. No sooner than the message finally hit home that we
should not see these fishes in the trade, yet we are now perhaps finally on
the way to unlocking their husbandry secrets. Remember, conventional wisdom
often has said all sorts of things were impossible to maintain in
Matt Pedersen is currently a Sr. Editor & Associate Publisher with Reef
To Rainforest Media LLC, involved with CORAL & AMAZONAS Magazines, as well as the publication’s online presence at Reef2Rainforest.com. Originally
from Chicago, IL and currently living in Duluth, MN, USA, Matt’s
professional background is in interactive software development.
Additionally, Matt has experience as a professional orchid breeder, a part
time fly fishing guide, and certified fly rod builder.
Matt has been a marine aquarist for 30 years, and an aquarist for 35.
After spending time on every side of the aquarium industry (retail,
commercial and private maintenance & installation, wholesale, hatchery), he
currently considers himself a “”professional hobbyist””. Most recently,
Matt has currently spawned 30 species of marine fish, successfully raising
9 of them to date including one worldwide first (the Harlequin Filefish,
Oxymonacanthus longirostris), as well as attempted another 6 invertebrate
species to date. Most all of this was accomplished with less than 100
gallons of total working capacity, and all in closed culture. In 2010, Matt
Pedersen was selected as the breeder of choice to work with the now famous
“”PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish”” from the SEASMART program, and
chronicles the efforts to propagate this one-of-a-kind fish online at The
Lightning Project. In 2016, Matt launched the online retailer
MiniWaters.fish to compliment his wholesale livestock offerings (primarily
consisting of regionally produced aquacultured freshwater and saltwater
Matt Pedersen is credited with starting MOFIB (Marine Ornamental Fish &
Invertebrate Breeder’s Association) and writing for multiple publications
including Coral, Koralle, Practical Fish Keeping, Marine Habitat, Reef
Hobbyist Magazine, Reef Builders, Reefs.com, Advanced Aquarist and more.
Matt has spoken at numerous aquarium clubs and events from coast to coast.
He currently sits on the MBI (Marine Breeding Initiative) Council, a
project dedicated to bringing the concept of a unified Marine Breeder’s
Award Program to hobbyist organizations across the country and around the
globe. In 2009, Matt was awarded “”Aquarist of the Year”” honors by both
IMAC West and MASNA in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions
to the marine aquarium hobby.