Ferdinand Velasco is a physician in New York City. He has been maintaining aquarium fish since the age of five. His primary interest is in Central American cichlids and enjoys maintaining them in naturalistic community settings.
He is an associate editor for Buntbarsche Bulletin, the journal of the American Cichlid Association, of which he is a life member. Ferdi and his wife, Jennifer, have enjoyed meeting many aquarists through his involvement with the ACA, several of whom are contributors to The Cichlid Room Companion.