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Gary Hater

Founder & CEO

Gary Hater is a former professional biologist with a bachelors and a master’s degree. His professional career was in the environmental field and centered around water quality, air quality, bioremediation, research and development, and waste water treatment.

Gary started in the aquarium hobby in the mid 1960’s and moved almost exclusively into goldfish in the 1980’s after breeding livebearers, South American and African Cichlids. Over years he has bred over twenty varieties of goldfish and has maintained several rare lines for decades. These rare lines include Philadelphia Veiltails, English Veiltails, Bristol Shubunkins, and Broadtail Moors.

His hobby is best described as very large with 70 - 90 indoors tanks and tubs, and numerous outdoor ponds and seasonal tubs. Gary has brought Steamed Eggs into the mainstream for feeding juvenile and adult fish.

He was the first President and founding member of The Goldfish Council, a 501(c)3 a non-profit charity. Gary was a co-chairman of the Goldfish Society of America, (GFSA), and a member of the American Goldfish Association, (AGA). Gary was born and still lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he continues to be a member of the Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society (GCAS). He has been a club member for over 30 years. Other interests include fishing, Chestnut farming, bee keeping, gardening and koi keeping. Gary has been retired since 2015 and married for almost 50 years.

Gary Hater
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