Aquatic Mastery

Aquarium Excellence

Jonathan G Augustine

Biologist, fish keeper, and YouTuber, shares his experences in the aquarium hobby and helps guide others through project tutorials and advice.

Jonathan has kept aquarium fish since age 9, when he saved his brother’s aquarium from visiting the city dump. After raising and breeding his first guppies, Jonathan moved on to keep aquarium plants and invertebrates and now houses well over 20 aquariums of varying sizes.

“Waking up one morning, I started my usual routines: getting dressed, making breakfast, and feeding my fish. As my food cooked, I sauntered over to the aquarium and removed the cover, revealing a shoal of tiny fish I did not remember buying. Surprised, I began searching for the source of these new inhabitants and found something thoroughly confusing: a guppy giving live birth….

Aquatic Mastery

Aquarium Excellence

Jonathan’s love for aquariums and fish keeping lead him to create a place to share his passion: Aquatic Mastery.

A YouTube channel based around sharing Jonathan’s experience and showing others how to achieve success in their own aquariums. 

Self Leveling Siphon Water Change

Sit back and watch as Jonathan grows fish food in a trashcan, grows aquarium plants above the water line, builds a waterchange assist siphon system and introduces the next generation to the wonder of aquariums

Read about Jonathan's story and learn how he ended up as a YouTube fish keeper

“Waking up one morning, I started my usual routines: getting dressed, making breakfast, and feeding my fish. As my food cooked, I sauntered over to the aquarium and removed the cover, revealing a shoal of tiny fish I did not remember buying. Surprised, I began searching for the source of these new inhabitants and found something thoroughly confusing: a guppy giving live birth.

I went straight to my computer, determined to understand this bizarre phenomenon — thus launching my preoccupation with aquatic research. My research steadily expanded far beyond my own collection of fish to the point where I became an online resource answering questions about undersea life and have run a YouTube channel about all things aquatic for six years. I’ve developed many friendships with fellow fish fans around the world, sharing knowledge and debating perfect water conditions. My passion taught me to look below the surface — to understand the inner mechanics and relationships guiding how things work from rivers and oceans to languages, spoken and digital, to the social dynamics of my peers.

After watching my guppy give live birth, I learned that it belonged to the Poeciliidae family, in which every member hatches from eggs grown inside their mother. To my amazement, I discovered many fish species reproduce this way. My ichthyological inquiries accelerated, as I searched the internet hour after hour, year after year, netting answers to questions I didn’t even know I had. Since that day, my collection of aquariums has expanded along with my passion. I now house well over 20 aquariums ranging from 2.5 to 75 gallons, and over the years I’ve kept  hundreds of species of fishes, plants, and invertebrates.

YouTube was one endless source of information. Aquarium pages were my saving grace whenever I wanted to learn more in depth. In 2010, inspired by experts and lifelong hobbyists, I launched the channel Aquatic Mastery, through which I created my own little corner of the internet. Whether talking about rare fishes or the filter systems connecting all my tanks, I hoped I could motivate others as my role models excited me. When I joined international Facebook groups, I found members who had found a new passion or rekindled old ones through my videos. I couldn’t fathom the reach of Aquatic Mastery until a barista in Oregon recognized my business card in a friend’s wallet. Such moments continue to amaze and inspire me.

Nearly a decade of fish keeping has transformed in myriad ways. Not only has this passion driven my love of biology, it has fostered my unforeseen fascination with linguistics, culture, videography, and engineering, and ultimately led me to meet people from around the world.”

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