Posted: Wed May 12, 2004 6:43 am Post subject: Finally a worthy Indian Site
Congratulations and thank you to all those behind this. A brilliant jobâ€¦â€¦â€¦indeed.
In all my 8 or 9 years of surfing the net for information on fish keeping, this is the only site I have come across so far for Indian aquarists by Indian aquarists and more importantly a site of quality. I cannot tell you how delighted I was when I quite accidentally came across this site.
I am from Kerala but presently live & work in Dubai, UAE. Actually after wandering around the site, especially the forums, I wished I were back home so that I could get serious about my hobby. Out here I have not been able to due to the demands of my job, space, climatic conditions here & cost constraintsâ€¦and of course the struggle to make ends meet.
From the time I can remember I have always been around fishes, aquariums and other pets. I have always had an aquarium at home both in Kerala and here in Dubai. Although I have been keeping fishes for a long time now, it was just thatâ€¦..a couple of fishes in a tank. I had no idea whatsoever about the science behind it all.
It was after I came to Dubai and started surfing the net that I gained much of the knowledge about this beautiful hobby. Some day I will put that knowledge to practice. In the mean time I plan to gather as much information as I possibly can form you knowledgeable people in here.
Truth is due to various constraints I have not been able to pursue my hobby the way I want to. So I am not so sure how widespread this hobby is out here.
Whatever little I know suggests its not a very popular one yet. Its mostly the expatriates who are into it. In fact I bought my aquarium from an American gentleman who was leaving the country for good. I am yet to meet anybody who is seriously into this hobby. In the 9 years being here I can remember reading only about 4 articles about this hobby in local newspapers or magazines. There are no aquarium clubs here or anywhere in the UAE. I searched the net but found nothing specific to Dubai. There are about 10 to 12 pet shops in Dubai out of which 3 or 4 of them do stock some good varieties of ornamental fish, however they have very little knowledge about the fishes they sell. I have seen some ill maintained aquariums in some restaurants, hotels and shopping malls.
I know a couple of my colleagues have a small aquarium in their rooms. I try to persuade people to take up this hobby and actually managed to get one of my good friends to get into this hobby. We initially got a small aquarium and I set it up for him. Now heâ€™s caught the bug and we recently build an all glass 4 footer.
Perhaps there are hobbyists out there. May be I should put in a little more effort and try and find them. If you know of anybody or any of you coming over to Dubai let me know.
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