Henry Doorly Zoo, Fort Fisher, and Maritime Aquarium Open to Visitors

Henry Doorly Zoo, Fort Fisher, and Maritime Aquarium Open to Visitors

Aquascaping is a unique art at its best. From basic fish tank design to the concept of smart aquarium, there are no limits to what an artificial marine life can look like. Today, more aquariums are opening to the public.  With that said, here is a list of aquariums opened to the public.

A report published on 1011 Now shows that Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is the most popular attraction since 1966.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium welcomes 50 millionth visitor

The Zoo reached a milestone of one million visitors for its first time in 1992, the same year the Lied Jungle opened. Attendance steadily grew throughout the next fourteen years until the Zoo would reach a new milestone of two million visitors in 2016 with the opening of its largest project to date, African Grasslands. Today, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium sees more than two million guests through its gates each year.

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This zoo and aquarium has attracted many people. The number has hit 50 million visitors at the time of this writing.

According to Robert Koch from The Hour, Maritime Aquarium is making plans to open a four-dimensional theater in October 2019.

Maritime Aquarium plans to open 4D theater in October 2019

With replacement of Walk Bridge slated to start in late 2019, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk plans to begin building a 4D theater and replacement exhibit space starting this fall. Replacement of the rail bridge, which bisects the aquarium on North Water Street, will require removal of the aquarium’s IMAX theater and a riverfront structure, which is home to the “Go Fish,” “Meerkats” and “Dragons” exhibits. Aquarium officials describe the planned fall construction start on the new theater and exhibit space as an “advance response” to the bridge replacement.

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According to the Chief Operating Officer of the Maritime Aquarium, the project will not have a major impact the artificial marine life or its visitors.

According to a report published on Port City Daily by Michael Praats, the Fort Fisher Aquarium in North Carolina will be reopening soon.

Aquarium at Fort Fisher weathers Hurricane Florence, ready for reopening

Despite facing struggles, including power outages and a chiller failure from Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is ready to reopen.

According to a press release from the aquarium’s spokeswoman Robin Nalepa, “Initial storm damage assessments of the aquarium found no major damage and animals in good condition. Low-lying areas on the aquarium grounds, including gardens and the Nature Play area, sustained minor flooding and downed trees. Water levels are slowly subsiding and the aquarium team continues to remove vegetation and debris.

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Even after facing power issues and experiencing additional inconveniences from Hurricane Florence, the aquarium reported zero damages and the animals are in good condition.

Conclusion

If you would like to learn more about aquascaping, especially about basic setup for beginners, check out our homepage section for more details.

This Week in Aquarium: 3 Happenings You Missed on the News

This Week in Aquarium: 3 Happenings You Missed on the News

There is a lot happening on aquarium patterns lately, with some of the incidents reported just a few days ago. And honestly, if you missed it on the news, chances are you may never have had the opportunity to know. So as a rewind, let’s see what happened this week: the 3 happenings you missed on the news.

This week, unwanted about 600 unwanted goldfish have found refuge in an aquarium in Paris, France, reports Andrea Romano on their website Travel Leisure.

600 Unwanted Pet Goldfish Have Found a New Home at the Paris Aquarium

Goldfish in Paris are getting a second chance to just keep swimming, even after their owners kick them out of their tiny fish bowl homes. According to Reuters, the Paris Aquarium has been taking in the unwanted goldfish who can no longer live with their humans, no matter the reason. More than 600 goldfish have found sanctuary at the aquarium over the last two years, where they are well taken care of and enjoy much more space to swim around.

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Besides having a home where they can keep swimming, the 600 goldfish receive proper treatment for effective sustainability.

Somewhere in Tokyo, Japan, as reported by Mayuko Ono on Reuter, a lonely dolphin has raised the guts and concern of the public.

Honey the lonely dolphin, abandoned in Japanese aquarium, sparks public outcry

The female bottlenose dolphin, nicknamed Honey, was captured in 2005 near Taiji, a western port town that has become notorious for its annual dolphin hunt that was featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove”, media reports say.

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According to the report, the dolphin has been abandoned for almost8 months (start of the year), and the public are calling for the respective party to save the animal.

According to News Channel 9, there is highly likely to be climate change that may affect salamanders.

New aquarium study predicts climate shifts may upset key salamander community

There is a new aquarium study that predicts climate shifts that could potentially upset salamander communities. Thanks to its warm, humid climate and geological stability, the rippled hills of Southern Appalachia have long been a haven for salamanders.

Tennessee Aquarium Conservative Institute says eighty percent of North America’s salamander species live within a 500-mile radius of Chattanooga. East Tennessee and Western North Carolina alone are home to more species than can be found in most countries.

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Not so many people keep salamanders in their fish tank, really. But if you do, you might want to check this story out.

Conclusion

So, what’s with the happening? Simple: they go a long way to show every last one of us the beauty of Aquascaping as an art to take seriously. Because – after all – that’s what fish family and aquarium is all about.

 

3 Aquarium Rules to Observe this Month

3 Aquarium Rules to Observe this Month

I am not the only one who struggled with aquarium design in the beginning. I am sure many people out there also have the same issue. Maybe a few rules can help you make sure you are doing things right. So here are the 3 basic aquarium rules that I would like you to observe this month.

The first thing you need to understand is that there are rules for setting up the tank. And, Marine Land has a very unique post on this.

Rules for Setting Up the Tank

Handle With Care. Never attempt to move a full or partially full aquarium. Never lift an aquarium with wet hands. Never attempt to lift aquarium by grasping upper edges or frame. Always grasp and carry an aquarium from underneath, supporting the bottom at all times.

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Before you go to the next rule, we recommend that you check the setup guide first, as it marks the foundation of the additional rules provided below.

The fluvalaquatics.com has outlined the best Ten Commandments for you, so you can have an easy time managing your aquarium.

Starting from Water Exchange to Water Testing

The old adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true in aquarium keeping. An aquarium is a closed system and, as such, it requires your intervention to ensure proper water quality is maintained, support hardware is functioning correctly and, of course, that the fish that depend on you are taken care of properly.

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Because these rules are important, and you are a regular aquarist, it would be best if you wrote them somewhere for easy reference.

In addition to the Ten Commandments above, Algone has some advice that we think are important and worth checking out.

Keep Up With Your Daily Tasks

Daily: Make sure the equipment is running properly. Watch your fish during feeding. Behavioral changes are a good indicator of a potential problem.

Weekly: Count your fish. In case of fish death, smaller species can decompose quickly, resulting in ammonia and nitrite spikes, and eventually high nitrate levels.

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The daily tasks recommended might be too overwhelming. But, if you want to get the most out of your fish keeping, keeping up should not be hard for you.

Conclusion

These guidelines aren’t difficult to keep an eye on, if you ask me. Some of them might be challenging to remember, but they should be easy to master after a while nonetheless.

How to Choose Fish for a Fresh Water Aquarium Tank

How to Choose Fish for a Fresh Water Aquarium Tank

Choosing the best fish for your fish tank can be tricky for sure. But, if done right, you will have the right type of fish in your tank for the long haul. If you have no idea how to get started on this, then this guide is for you.

According to Live Aquaria, the first thing you need to do is to determine the category of fish that you would like to keep in your fish tank.

Determine the Category of Fish

To repeat what we mentioned earlier, there are over 3000 species of fish available. To help make your search for the right fish easier, we have divided the most commonly available tropical fish into 7 main categories. Each one of these categories contains fish that are similar in many of their traits. However, it should be emphasized that this listing is just an outline and there are often many unique differences between fish in the same family and individual research into each specific species should be done before making your final decision.

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With different categories out there, you are obviously not restricted to what you can choose. The category to choose comes down to personal preference anyway.

A post on TFH Magazine stresses that it is important to consider the health of the category of the fish you plan to keep in your fish tank.

Determine Health of the Fish

Look for obvious signs of disease on the fish’s body or any behavior that suggests the fish might be ill. This takes some careful observation, not just a cursory glance, so be sure to watch the specimen for a sufficient amount of time.

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At the end of the day, you don’t want to keep unhealthy fish in your tank. So, it’s important to concentrate on their health first before buying.

According to Wiki How, it is important to make sure you choose fish that will actually fit in your fish tank.

Choose Fish that Fit the Tank

If you already have an aquarium, you can use its size to help inform your decision regarding which fish to purchase. Do a little online research—or talk to knowledgeable sales staff at a pet store—to see how large specific species of fish will grow to be.

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Of course, it doesn’t make sense to buy fish in bulk if they will outgrow your fish tank. So, it is important to do your homework before spending money on fish.

Conclusion

Now that you know what to look at before picking the type of fish to store in your tank, it should be easy to make the right decision on the exact fish to choose and keep for the longest time possible.

How to Pick the Best Decoration for Your Fish Tank

How to Pick the Best Decoration for Your Fish Tank

If you want to take your aquascaping design to the next level, it would be great if you thought about creative patterns that can make the tank stand out. It often comes to choosing the best decoration for your fish tank, regardless of its size. Here’s how to pick some good decorations for the tank.

A post published by Which Fish Tank shows that you are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing decorations.

Decoration Options

If you’ve ever visited a pet shop, you know that there is a wide variety of decorations that you can out inside your aquarium. From driftwood to rocks, figurines to fake coral, treasure chests, wrecked ships, starfishes, etc., you are spoilt for choice.

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But then again, you need to pay attention on choosing what will make your tank stand out from the crowd.

According to wiki how, it all starts with a design scheme. Check the guide below to learn more about the design scheme.

Starts by Choosing a Design Scheme

Know how big your fish tank is and what it can hold while still being a comfortable environment for your fish. Choose a color scheme for tank pebbles that would match well with the colors of the room your tank is in. It is also important to know what kind of fish you have as different types of fish may enjoy a different environment than another.

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After all, you cannot choose a fish tank if you do not have a shape in mind. In the same way, you can’t pick decorations if you don’t have a perfect design scheme in mind.

Consider the size of the tank when choosing your decorations. According to About Fish Online, you do not want the tank to feel worthless in terms of design.

Consider Tank Size

When choosing decorative features, you don’t want the tank to feel cluttered so if you have smaller aquarium, think less is more and perhaps look for a single feature rather than choosing lots of different decorations. Select one striking item for the centre of the tank, and stick with that to make a really strong visual statement.

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In other words, the last thing you want happening is making the tank feel clattered when it really shouldn’t be that way, in the first place.

Conclusion

There are simply no limits when it comes to choosing decorations. However, I would recommend choosing what you believe is up to standard. This is where you will need to combine your guts and creative thinking.

What are the Disadvantages of Fish Farming?

What are the Disadvantages of Fish Farming?

What is Aquascaping? Also known as fish farming, Aquascaping is a form of agriculture that deals with rearing of fish for consumption and commercial purposes. These fish farms can be located in indoor tanks, freshwater lakes or in saltwater cages. But Aquascaping isn’t at all rosy as people want it to be. There are disadvantages to the art, too.

Keeping fish in an enclosed proximity increases the chances of diseases. If one of the fish contracts a contagious virus then, it will easily transfer to the other fish in the farm. Fish are also infested with parasites. According to the This Website , salmon are susceptible to outbreak s of sea lice.

Diseases

Many farmed fish–such as salmon, bass and cod–are carnivorous. They require large amounts of protein to sustain their fast growth and energy requirements. This protein is often derived from smaller bait fish ground up into pellets. Yet it takes five pounds of fish-meal to create a pound of salmon, according to the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. This is an inefficient conversion rate.

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Fish farmers should avoid rearing fish in enclosed proximities. Thus if a fish contracts a contagious virus, it won’t spread easily to the other fish in the firm.

Biz Fluent states that there has been an increasing concern with fish farming practices. People are not certain of which food sources are used to feed the farmed fish. According to EnvironmentalExpert.com, it has been a practice not yet determined to be a sustainable. We are also not sure if this will also strain wild fish stock.

Sustainability is an Issue

One of the disadvantages of fish farming is that most farms are put into natural lakes or saltwater coastal regions where local fish exist. The problem occurs when these farmed fish negatively impact the area by introducing toxic micro organisms which then infect local fish and put them at risk of being killed off. It is not widely known among scientists or fish farmers what the true impact of these fish farms will be on the local ecosystem, especially when the fish being introduced are not native to the area.

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Some consumers in the United States found out that highly recommended salmon (a fish they had been advised to several times a week) was tainted with mercury and PCB’s. There are simply a lot of questions to ask on this.

Most of the concerns that surround fish arise from the crowding together of thousands of fish in their environment. Research shows that chemical used to treat the pests and disease that afflict fish in these concentrated number affect the entire ecosystem.

Growing Concern on Fish Farming

Fish in captivity must be fed. Some species are herbivores or omnivores; species like shrimp and salmon are carnivorous and must be fed on other fish. According to Time magazine, “It takes a lot of input, in the form of other, lesser fish — also known as ‘reduction’ or ‘trash’ fish — to produce the kind of fish we prefer to eat directly.

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In many areas water is heavily polluted from agricultural runoffs, industries and sewages, notably China. It is a great concern when it comes to eating fish raised in such environments. 

Conclusion

Fish farming, whether as an art in Aquascaping or economic activity, has been practiced for hundreds of years. In the world today, fish farming produces a wide variety of both saltwater and freshwater finfish, mollusks and crustaceans. The major challenge of Aquascaping is lack of sufficient water and land.