Pierce, Richard

Richard Pierce has been keeping fish for as long as he can remember. He has earned degrees in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.  He has worked in a retail aquarium store and in two public aquaria. He currently maintains approximately 1200 gallons in roughly 120 aquaria in his fish room.  Since his largest aquarium is 65 gallons, most of his fish are smaller species.  Although he keeps and enjoys all kinds of fish, killifish, wild-type livebearers and characins are of particular interest right now.

In addition to fish keeping, Richard enjoys photography, especially photographing fish and macro photography.  He has won awards in both the American Killifish Association and NEC photo contests, and now chairs the annual NEC photo contest.  He has spoken at many aquarium societies in the Northeast and Midwest and enjoys meeting other aquarists and visiting their fish rooms.

Richard has been an active member of the Tropical Fish Society of Rhode Island about ten years and is currently Treasurer and Breeders Award Program Chair. He is a member of the American Killifish Association, serving as Layout Editor for the Journal of the American Killifish Association. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the AKA. Richard has been active in the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies as President and as Chair of the Breeder's Participation Program.  Finally he is the President of the Southern New England Killifish Association (SNEKA).


  • Killifish of Madagascar
  • Filtration: Making a Debruyn Filter and a Working Mattenfilter Demo (Workshop)
  • Seahorses, Pipefish, and Seadragons
  • This Is the Golden Age of Aquarium Fish
  • It Rains Fishes, South American Annual Killifishes
  • Tetras
  • Fish I Would Keep If I Had A Time Machine!!
  • An Updated Talk On Photographing Aquariums and Aquarium Fish (with Tony Terciera)
  • Seahorses
  • It Rains Fishes, South American Annual Killifishes
  • Aquarium Photography
  • Setting Up an Automatic Water Changing System for your Aquarium
  • Virtual Tour of His Fishroom
  • Mollusk’s in the Aquarium [Fresh and Saltwater species - Editor]
  • Killifish
  • Fishy Jeopardy
  • The Poeciliids of the Caribbean
  • Lampeye Killifish
  • Fish Photography (with Tony Terceira)
Speaker Type: 
Speaker Topics: 
Central and South America, general
DIY (Do It Yourself)
Fish Rooms, Professional Breeder Facilities
Freshwater species, general
History and Hobby-Related Talks
Marine, Reef & Brackish
Other Fish Species

Past Speaking Events

Event Name Date
TFCB Meeting Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 19:30
TFSRI Meeting Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 20:30
TFSRI Meeting Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 19:00
TFSRI Meeting Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 19:00
NEC 2018 Convention Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:00 to Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 18:00
BAS Meeting Monday, September 18, 2017 - 20:00
DAAS Meeting Friday, February 15, 2013 - 20:30
NHAS Meeting Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 20:30
TFSRI Meeting Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 07:30
NHAS Meeting Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 20:30
BAS and NELA Joint Meeting Monday, September 15, 2014 - 20:30
GCAS Meeting Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 20:30
BASNY Meeting Friday, April 8, 2016 - 20:30
2020 NEC Convention Cancelled Friday, April 17, 2020 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 20:00
American Killifish Association (AKA) Convention 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:00 to Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 18:00
NEC 2013 Convention - "Keepin' It Green" Friday, April 5, 2013 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 18:00
NEC 2018 Convention news Friday, March 16, 2018 - 09:00 to Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 21:00