ABOUT US

We have built many spectacular reef tanks in Los Angeles over the past ten years. Additionally, acquiring and farming a wide variety of coral is our passion. As a business, we believe that people come to us for our experience. This is why we have taken our time to build the most comprehensive reef-keeping site on the web, offering only the products and brands we trust. And we've created Vivid Aquariums TV to help guide you. Furthermore, Dave has personally rewritten every livestock description on this new site to include what we've learned over the years. Our mission statement below is a commitment to education and quality which has remained unchanged for ten years

MISSION STATEMENT
  • Maintain a website where hobbyists can go to purchase anything and everything they need to build, create, and maintain a successful aquarium.
  • Offer top quality products and livestock for sale at competitive prices.
  • Only sell net caught fish, corals, and invertebrates that are well acclimated to aquarium life, eating well, and healthy.
  • Recommend products that we have used personally and know are of top quality.
  • Design, build, and install all shapes, sizes, and styles of high-quality custom aquarium systems that are user friendly.
  • Use high-quality photographs to give our customers an up-close view of what they are buying.
  • Share our knowledge to help our customers make educated purchasing decisions.
  • Educate our customers about the importance of strong filtration, changing water currents, adequate lighting, stable water chemistry, and stable temperature in creating a balanced aquarium habitat.
  • Support aquaculturing facilities and captive breeding programs.
  • Pay our bills doing what we love to do.



THE TEAM

Dave Burr - Owner, President
Dave is from Kensington, Maryland and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Business. Addicted to reef aquariums, Dave conceived the idea of vividaquariums.com in 2003, starting with tanks out of his garage. It eventually took over his home and turned into a promising career and business. In 2005, with hard work, borrowed money, and faith, he opened a warehouse and retail location in Canoga Park, California. Like a madman, he designed and plumbed the original Vivid store by himself.


Dave has been a hobbyist for over 15 years. He is an expert on building reef systems, loves all things coral, fragging, and an expert in aqua-culturing. His other hobbies include photography, golf, snowboarding, mountain biking, and surfing. 
 
Jesus - Livestock Manager and Farmer
Jesus is in charge of acquiring and maintaining high-quality livestock, aquaculturing, and fragging. Jesus has been a hobbyist for over ten years and is an expert on fish, reefs, and aqua-culturing. Other hobbies include soccer and...being a workaholic.

He has also taken the lead on our in-store beginner section where coral are $15-$35. If you like what you see, let him know.
 Zach - Reef Aquarium Expert
Zach - Store Manager and Sales

Zach is a reef enthusiast, guitarist, recently married, and loves snowboarding. He also maintains some of LA's top home aquariums. 

If you always see him on the phone or computer, he literally answers hundreds of phone calls and emails each week.
 Reef Aquarium Expert
Jesse - Sales, WYSIWYG Photography, and Maintenance 
Jesse works closely with Dave building and maintaining top-tier aquariums. We are proud of the amount of knowledge he has acquired in the last two years and has become a great resource for information to our customers.

He is also in charge of WYSIWYG photography and water testing here at Vivid Aquariums.
 Rudy - Reef Aquarium Expert  
Rudy - Quarantine and  Maintenance
Rudy has worked at Vivid Aquariums for over five years. He is in charge of packing orders, receiving livestock, quarantining, and keeping the store immaculate. If you come in the store and say to yourself, "This is the cleanest fish store I've ever seen," it's because Rudy and Arturo do a great job.

Arturo - Quarantine and Maintenance
Arturo and Rudy work together to keep our store clean and pest-free.

Did you know we dip and quarantine all coral? This includes cutting off bases and replacing all frag plugs to minimize pests. We also quarantine all fish.

Greg Rothschild - Video and Photography
Greg shoots our livestock photos and education videos. He is also our forum moderator.

Greg has been an aquarist for 15 years, the last ten of those keeping a reef tank. He's been a photography enthusiast for just as long. In fact, Greg says he bought his first digital camera (a Canon G1) just to take pictures of his aquarium. Along with reefkeeping and aquarium photography, Greg likes to take pictures of wildlife and landscapes (www.gregrothschild.com). He has one other hobby too - coffee roasting.

Thuong - Web Director

Thuong is Dave's wife and manages everything web, marketing, and video. Her philosophy when presenting information online is be useful, get to the point, and keep it organized. Our web team worked on this new site for ten months. We're very proud of what we've accomplished together. 

Amy - Web Assistant

Amy has worked at Vivid Aquariums on and off since 2003. She used to answer phones when we were working out of our garage in 2003 and even helped paint our retail store before we opened in 2005! She has been a huge help on getting our new site up and running.