Thomas Reich

Thomas R. Reich PhD

  • Freelance writer and author of several books on fish keeping
  • Over 50 years of experience in keeping fish
  • Video producer of documentaries on fish


Thomas R. Reich is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles for over a year. He grew up in the world of tropical fish, fascinated by all things involved in the hobby. At 15, he met and developed a rapport with the aquarium expert many consider the father of the tropical fish hobby in America, Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod, the publisher of TFH publications and Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. At age 17 he wrote the book “All You Need to Know about Tropical Fish Keeping" for beginners. He created the Aquarium Fish Advisor website.


Thomas R. Reich earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Marketing at the University of Tampa. He cites a life experience doctorate in ichthyology.

Awards and Publications


  • "All You Need to Know About Tropical Fish Keeping"
  • “How to Breed Live-Bearing Aquarium Fish”
  • “Egg-Laying Fish, Care and Breeding"


  • TV documentary “The Wonderful World of Fish Keeping”
  • DVD "Tropical Fish Aquarium"

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

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