What a great few days it’s been for me, the fish geek.
I’ve been on assignment at the Regional Aquatics Workshop in Atlanta, where the curators of Public Aquariums from the U.S. Canada and Europe gathered to discuss the best practices for keeping healthy and beautiful aquariums.
The trip took me to the beautiful Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga and of course, the Georgia Aquarium, which hosted the event.
Not only did I see sharks up close, including the massive whale sharks, but I learned all kinds of secrets about the keeping of difficult species such as the Weedy Sea Dragon, and sea horses.
All of this, of course as we near the public opening of our significant Aquariums at Center in the Square in downtown Roanoke. We won’t have sharks, but we will have a gorgeous reef aquarium as well as a seahorse exhibit. Talk about whetting my appetite to get started!
While I was away, the team back here in Roanoke was very busy advancing the cause. Jeff Turner of Reef Aquaria Design, arrived with a truckload of “dry” rock to begin building out the base of the reef in the 5-thousand gallon aquarium.
On top of that, we will add early next week, (April 29th) a cap of “live” rock. This is rock taken directly from the ocean off the Florida Keys, that is covered with sponges, bits of coral and other interesting invertebrates, as well as beneficial bacteria that will assist in filtering the water.
Jeff Turner will load the rock in his truck and drive directly to Roanoke to ensure a minimal amount of “die off” on the rock during transportation.
Once he is here, the live rock will be placed upon the dry rock, and the reef will really begin to take shape.
Then of course, we will add salt water to the system for the first time, and shortly thereafter, fish and corals can be added to the aquarium. It’s going to be a busy time, with the Grand opening to the public less than a month away.
In my next post, I hope to be able to show you the latest on another exhibit that hasn’t received as much publicity — yet. The endangered species exhibit featuring the Endangered Roanoke Logperch.