Spencer has been active within the aquaria hobby since the age of five. A true: cichlidiot”, he has worked exclusively with cichlids for over thirty years. He has since expanded his horizons to include all types of tropical fish.
Spencer has been an active hobbyist within Winnipeg for a number of years. Some of his roles within the fish hobbyist community include:
- Co-founder of the Aquarium Society of Winnipeg (1989)
- Founder and President of the Canadian Cichlid Association (2000)
- Co-founder of the Dead Fish Order (2012)
- Spencer now owns and operates a tropical fish business. The aFISHionados, and is still an avid fishkeeper and breeder.
- Spencer’s enthusiasm, humour and dedication towards the aquarium hobby is easily witnessed through his lectures. All of Spencer’s lectures are full multimedia presentations using powerpoint, and almost all the pictures in use are original pictures taken by Spencer during his years in the hobby and travels across North America, South, Central America, and beyond.
- Spencer is a part of the American Cichlid Association speakers program.