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Hello all. As some of you may have seen, a few of us did a live youtube interview with Thomas Brown of ThomasReefVision recently. Well as luck would have it, I have been invited to join him in another interview this Saturday night, though I will not be interviewed. I will actually be assisting Thomas in interviewing several Local Fish Stores from around the country, that will join us for a chat about the Aquarium industry.
We had a great time last time we did the interview, so I am hopeful that this will be just as fun. I will get to learn more about the industry and as I get more comfortable with the process, may continue to join Thomas for future live youtube chats. This is an exciting thing for me, for Hydra and hopefully for you all as well.
I hope you can join us, even if you just get to catch a few minutes. If you have a google+ account, you can post questions to us live on his channel, which is the same place you will see the live feed.
I recently took my kids to Chattanooga for fall break. They didn't know I had ulterior motives for wanting to go there, so I tried to make the trip all about them and doing things for them, but they soon realized as we spent so much time at the aquarium what my real goal was. The set up itself was well thought out IMO. One building is dedicated to freshwater, with a heavy focus on River monsters, some of which can be found in the Tennessee waterways. I was pretty amazed to see the full grown size of fish that I had the opportunity to either house in my home, or care for during my time at the pet store. This to me, was especially a treat. It is easy to say that a fish can potentially grow up to 6 feet long or more, but to see them that large was just more enjoyable for me than I ever expected. I took note that they did not have a super large cichlid display tank, I found that just a tad odd since they seem to dominate in the freshwater realm. I also enjoyed the photos they had throughout showing some of the rivers within the state that sturgeon monsters are living in, recognizing some places I have been at or swam in. I will likely never swim in them again now that I know what lurks beneath... To me that is a little scary!
So here are some shots of my journey through the Freshwater River Monsters exhibit.
New Feature!! Introducing Frank Indiviglio from That Pet Place!!
We have been truly lucky to gain the permission of Frank Indiviglio, the famous author in the Terrarium, Vivarium, and Aquarium hobbies, to re-post his articles here on The Hydra!! We will be featuring his articles here once per week, and Frank has graciously promised torespond to YOUR QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS HEREwhen he has some spare time!! So, please read, enjoy, and feel free to ask your questions or post your comments below as you would normally do in a typical thread.
Thanks again, Frank!!! We are really excited to have your participation!
Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist and book author, recently retired from a career of over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo.