Project Description

Dr. Ted Coletti is a well-known aquarist, water gardener, writer, and club speaker from the Northeast United States. He is author of the book,The Tub Pond Handbook (2nd Edition Revised): A Comprehensive Guide to Creating and Maintaining Patio Ponds, Container Water Gardens, and Tropical Fish Breeding Tubs.

A hobbyist for over 30 years, he was a Contributing Editor and Columnist at Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. He is a member of the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society, Founder of the Northeast Fish Tub & Water Garden Study Group, Editor of the American Livebearer Association Journal, Founder of the Aquarium Hobby Historical Society, and Master Breeder and Expert Grower at the North Jersey Aquarium Society. He maintains over two dozen tub ponds on his property.

For the past 20 summers, Ted has been propagating tropical fish, waterlilies, and native aquatic plants in over two dozen tub ponds on his property. He has inspired many hobbyists to participate in this old but forgotten practice through his writings and speaking engagements. In 2015 he founded the Northeast Fish Tub and Water Garden Study Group here at the NEC. The group has an Annual Symposium and Auction at the Convention and meets on Facebook.

Born and raised in The Bronx, New York City, Ted received his B.S. in Psychology from Fordham, and his M.A/Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall, specializing in Statistics & Measurement. A former Adjunct Professor, he has worked in the field of Marketing Sciences for over 20 years, currently in the cancer drug industry. He resides in the Skylands region of the Garden State, with his patient wife of 25 years and his teenage son. His daughter is an environmental policy student at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. In his remaining spare time, Ted enjoys singing and playing with local musicians, tinkering around the yard, and volunteering at the homeless charity, Bridges Outreach. He changes water as infrequently as possible.