AquariumKids

About

Evan Baldonado

By Evan Baldonado
(Founder of AquariumKids)



What is AquariumKids?

AquariumKids.com is a website and a community created by Evan Baldonado. Our mission is to ensure that kids and young adults play a crucial role in the future of aquaria. We are dedicated to providing kids, their parents, and everyone else with the very best aquarium information and we are the leading kid aquarium website on the internet. We offer fish care sheets, videos, and knowledge—all for free!

What is the story behind AquariumKids?

At the 2012 Duveneck Harvest Carnival, kids could win their very own pet goldfish by tossing a ping-pong ball into a cup. With inadequate care, many of these fish sadly passed away.

The next year, at the same carnival, I was prepared—the AquariumKids goldfish care sheet was available to the public and it was a success. Many of the goldfish survived and thrived as a result of the readily-available information.

In 2015, 2016, and 2017, kids could win bettas at the carnival instead of goldfish, so I created a betta care sheet! Again, the response was overwhelming and many families are still caring for their happy betta fish today.

Ideally, the carnival will not offer fish as prizes in the future. Taking care of a fish is a commitment as fish are living beings requiring respect, not things to be given away to people who aren't prepared to care for them. However, if the fish game does come back, you can expect to see me there at the booth, helping provide quality information for soon-to-be fishkeepers.

In addition to our efforts in person at the carnival, AquariumKids has grown online. Our YouTube videos have been viewed over 1.5 million times to date and over 100,000 people follow us across various social media websites.

Who runs AquariumKids?

Evan Baldonado

Hello! My name is Evan Baldonado and I am the person behind AquariumKids.com.

I've spent quite a lot of time on this little “project” of mine and have watched it start as a simple webpage with a single care sheet and blossom into a large community full of aquarists. I've done all of coding for the website (except for the Disqus commenting system) as well all of the content generation and have been rewarded with a rapidly-growing group of people who follow my work.

When I'm not working on AquariumKids or school, I am busy with extracurricular activities. I am the captain of my high school debate team, the director of a middle school debate team, a board member of a local nonprofit, the president of an environmental club, the vice president of my school's largest community service club, and a member of my school's varsity Science Olympiad team.

I am quite passionate regarding my work and am always eager to connect with other like-minded people, especially those my age. While I enjoy almost all aspects of my work, I would have to say that my favorite part of AquariumKids is watching the results come in, whether it's in the form of comments, views, friendly emails, or watching a webpage unfold before my very eyes as I code. It is very rewarding to see my work impacting the lives of others on a day-to-day basis.

What is the current status of AquariumKids?

Right now, I am updating AquariumKids' design as well as working on videos and writing articles.

In addition, I am working on a book about fishkeeping and developing aquarium t-shirts. Check back soon for the newest updates!

What do people think about AquariumKids?

We don't have a goldfish - but this is impressive! We read it all - maybe we should now get a goldfish!

— Barbara V. (Palo Alto, California)

Thank you for sharing your website on how to care for a goldfish. My children won goldfish at the Harvest Carnival a few weeks ago and we have been using your website to help us care for them.

- Michele W. (Palo Alto, California)

Evan's article was great. So easy to understand and very well written. Can you contact the Harvest Carnival staff and have them actually stick the labels with the website information on the bag that the goldfish are in, so that everyone who gets a goldfish at the Harvest Carnival has access to this information? If the parents and kids read it, the goldfishes have a better rate of survival.

- Vini J. (Palo Alto, California)

Hi!!! Fish enthusiast here and I just wanted to say I love your blog!! I also love your original posts with beautiful pictures and definitions!

- forestmellow (Tumblr)