Marc with his favorite freshwater fish, Datnioides pulcher, the
wide-banded tiger perch. His favorite marine fish is the maculosus angelfish, a
photo of which is used as the buttons on this website.
Marc Weiss, an aquatic biologist and professional aquarist, is
president of Reef Bugs Inc. and markets his products as Marc Weiss
Aquarium Products , Ft. Lauderdale Florida USA. Marc develops,
manufactures and consults in the marketing of nutritional supplements,
medications, and innovative products for freshwater and marine aquariums,
aquaculture and ornamental plant culture. He is US Advisor to Ornamental
Fish International, the international trade association for aquarium fish
dealers. Marc also does consulting,
sales promotion and advertising for other firms in the aquatics/pet
Marc was born in New York City, where there were always fish tanks in the
house ... lizards, turtles, amphibians and other critters occupied those
glass boxes as well. When Marc was nine, his family moved near the sea and
marine life was soon added to his collection of freshwater fishes,
turtles, critters and plants. Admittedly he didn’t do too well with marine
life in those days, but he was hooked.
An avid diver and explorer; he often travels far from his present Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida USA home. His first journey to the Amazon basin in
1974 opened his eyes to the biochemical interelationships of the
rainforest and reef environments and formed the basis of his future work.
Marc spent much time from the late ‘80’s until the millenium year finding
unique and exceptional discus in the Amazon primarily serving the Asian
market. In the course of studying, catching and breeding discus, Marc
introduced several unique discus specific products as well as new forms of
discus to the hobby. His marine endeavors address organisms of both
ornamental and pharmaceutical value and the techniques to culture and
market them. He has developed unique products and protocols to cultivate
marine life that has not survived in captivity before. He has lectured on
discus and marine aquaria in both the USA and abroad. He has been
published in several languages, in both hobbyist and technical journals.
Marc was one of the founders of the Discus Study Group in the USA and
edited its publication, “DISCUSsions” for several years. During this time
he also authored the monthly column “Salt Solutions” for Tropical Fish