Kenji Kawabata, BS in Ichthyology (fish biology), owns Aquarium Illusions and has been maintaining award-winning aquariums in the Tampa Bay area for over 15 years.
- He has over six years experience working and volunteering at the Florida Aquarium where Mr. Kawabata created a display for their AquariuMania exhibit, which closed a few years ago.
- He also worked for a tropical fish importer and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
- For seventeen consecutive years (1997-2013) he won the Grand Champion Award (and many others) at the Florida State Fair for the Aquarium Beautiful Competition for both saltwater and freshwater aquariums.
- For the last three years (2015-2017), he has designed multiple aquariums for the Florida Tropical Fish Farmer’s Association (FTFFA).