Lucas Bretz has been keeping freshwater fish since he was a kid, inheriting his love for aquariums and nature from both his mother & father. Growing up in Tennessee and rural Indiana, he spent a lot of time outdoors and works to recreate a piece of nature in each of his aquariums. Once he discovered what adding natural plants can do for a tanks eco-system, he was hooked!
Since then, he’s always maintained a great line of Cherry Red Neocaridina Shrimp and expanded his aquatic plant collection from all around the world. In 2010 he began breeding Rainbowfish, noting their love for Indiana’s hard water. He also discovered mixing Neocaridina shrimp colors can create new types and has created many new colors of Neocaridina shrimp.
During the time Lucas was working full time in the construction field, caring for his fish on the side, making occasional sales through a variety of aquatic forums. Weeks before his son Wesley was born in 2014, he quit his full-time job and became a full time Dad. At this point, Lucas had around a dozen naturally planted tanks and started his YouTube Channel, L R Bretz’s Aquatics.
In 2015, Lucas took part in the 1st International Shrimp Contest at the Chicago Aquatic Experience, winning 1st and 2nd place in the two categories he entered. Almost 3 years later, he’s still maintaining and selling his 1st place winning Fire Red Neocaridina. In the 2nd International Shrimp Contest he acquired two more awards for his Neocaridina shrimp, making him the most awarded shrimp breeder in the US. You’ll find him competing again in October 2018 at the Aquatic Experience in Secaucus NJ.
After the initial recognition for his shrimp, LRB Aquatics was officially born & has been growing rapidly ever since! Lucas introduced his website www.lrbaquatics.com and has been expending to keep up with demand, now maintaining 200 aquariums in his house. He also operates outdoor breeding ponds and tubs year-round & has created his own signature line of Rainbow Tiger Endler Livebearers.
Lucas often admits his is stricken with MTS, Multiple Tank Syndrome! In order to help manage the workload he designed and installed individual plumbing to each of his tanks. This was a lot of work, but it keeps him from having cross-contamination issues between tanks.
His fans know him for being a bit unorthodox in his approach to fishkeeping. He takes natural habitats into consideration whenever possible. This style has been a big contributor to his successes breeding a variety of aquatic life. He always challenges the status quo and enjoys taking you along on his experiments through his YouTube Channel.
Over the past year Lucas has been working to be more active in his local fish club, Circle City Aquarium Club out of Indianapolis IN. He’s also accepting invites to provide talks at other clubs.