Simon Garratt


Having his first reef aquarium at the tender age of 12yrs old, Simon has been an avid reef geek for most of his life. 35yrs later with many of those years spent as an active contributor to various aquatic publications and conferences around the world he is still just as passionate about the hobby now as he was at the beginning.

With a background in engineering, Simon combines both these areas of expertise in designing and building aquariums that often fall ‘outside the box’ as it were to conventional thinking, including one of the worlds first private reef aquariums to replicated a full intertidal biotope complete with functioning tide cycles to study the effects of regular atmospheric exposure on a wide range of shallow water coral species. With special interest in biotope systems and the methods employed in creating more natural captive environments, Simons latest creations include both the Aurelia jellyfish and Syngna Seahorse aquariums.

Tied in with all this activity, Simon still finds time to run  UK based aquatic distribution and manufacturing company ( Reef-Eden International ), whilst also working and consulting closely with several leading manufacturers such as Giesemann Aquaristik on the development of new products for the aquatic market.

The art of keeping an animal successfully in captivity, rests not only in understanding the animal’s nature, but also the nature of the habitat it occupies.
This presentation will focus on the methods employed in creating more natural environments for the animals we keep, and how some families or individual species may not be as difficult as we are first led to believe once we understand the nature of the animals natural habitat, and more importantly, how we can effectively re-create those conditions in a closed system to increase our chances of success.

Whilst the presentation will focus on the methodology of system design for two different groups commonly regarded as ‘specialist or difficult’, that being Seahorses and Jellyfish, the talk will also offer valuable guidance and insight that can be used for virtually any species that we may consider at this time to be difficult or specialist in nature.