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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:48 am Post subject: Enthusiasts now spend big bucks on aquariums Reply with quote

 Sorry  I  could  not  post  the  link  as  it  is  published  in  the  epaper  edition  of  Times  of  India  and  not  in  the  web  page.   To  go  to  the  link  click  on  http://epaper.timesofindia.com//?  log  in  with  your  indiatimes  ID  and  go  to  page  no  2.
 
 
                                                 
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Enthusiasts  now  spend  big  bucks  on  aquariums
 Bansy  Kalappa  |  TNN
 
 Bangalore:  It’s  quite  fishy,  you  know.  These  Bangaloreans  don’t  mind  spending  tens  of  thousands  of  rupees  on  aquariums,  equipment,  and  exotic  varieties  of  fish,  and  spending  another  few  hours  cleaning  and  taking  care  of  it.  The  regular,  small,  freshwater  aquarium  is  passe  now.  What  these  top-of-the-heap  enthusiasts  are  toying  with  is  saltwater  (marine)  aquarium  and  even  more  exotic  varieties  of  fish  and  marine  life.
       Satish  Jesse,  an  interior  designer,  has  a  marine  aquarium  that  holds  450  litres  of  saltwater.  He  spent  close  to  Rs  40,000  to  set  up  this  marine  ecology  in  the  comforts  of  his  home.  Here,  a  neon  Damsel  with  blue  stripes  swims  lazily  beside  a  yellow  Chequer  Board  Wrasse.
       Indian  Fire  Gobi,  a  pale  grey  fish  with  bright  peacock  spots,  competes  with  Blue  Ring  Angel,  a  Chevron  butterfly  and  Pakistani  butterfly  for  attention.  â€œI  spend  3-4  hours  every  week  looking  after  the  aquarium,’’  says  Jesse.
       He  had  to  travel  extensively  to  collect  some  of  the  exotic  varieties.  â€œMost  of  them  have  come  from  Rameswaram.  I  have  even  gone  to  the  islands  around  Sri  Lankan  coast  to  collect  coral,  though  it  is  illegal,’’  he  said.  Another  enthusiast,  Farooq  Sohael,  who  has  set  up  his  aquarium  in  his  flat  in  upmarket  Lavelle  Road,  explains  his  first  date  with  fishes.  â€œI  went  scuba  diving  and  fell  in  love  with  marine  life.  My  aquarium  now  has  sea  anemones,  star  fish,  sea  urchins  and  soft  corals.’’
       He  has  tough-looking  Sergeant  Majors,  Blue  Ring  Angel  and  Green  Chromi  from  Singapore,  yellow  tailed  Damsels  and  lots  of  other  marine  life  blissfully  swimming  around  in  the  aquarium  that  cost  him  Rs  25,000.  Maintaining  an  artificially  set  up  ocean  environment  is  not  easy.  Farooq  uses  some  hi-tech  equipment:  an  imported  water  purifier  to  keep  unwanted  salts  and  chemicals  away;  sea  salt  from  the  Red  Sea  to  maintain  salinity;  a  protein  skimmer  to  clean  water;  and,  a  hydrometer  to  ensure  water  density.  But  not  all  aquarium  enthusiasts  like  the  saltwater  variety.  Techie  John  Seemon  says:  â€œI  have  almost  a  complete  mini  eco-system,  plants  in  the  aquariums  and  fish  that  do  not  destroy  the  plants.’’
       On  the  illegality  of  selling  certain  corals  and  other  marine  fish,  Syed  Farooq,  an  advocate  and  aquarium  enthusiast,  says:  â€œCorals  and  certain  species  are  banned,  but  some  unscrupulous  dealers  sell  it  for  a  price.’’
       There  are  2-3  lakh  aquariums,  glass  bowls  and  fish  tanks  in  Bangalore.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:27 pm Post subject: Re: Enthusiasts now spend big bucks on aquariums Reply with quote

 I  see  the  illegal  angle  and  the  money  has  caught  the  eye  of  Indian  newspapers.  Considering  our  news  channels  are  acting  like  tabloids  we  will  have  to  be  more  discrete.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:07 pm Post subject: Re: Enthusiasts now spend big bucks on aquariums Reply with quote

 Hi,  can  you  copy  and  paste  the  article  published?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:19 pm Post subject: Re: Enthusiasts now spend big bucks on aquariums Reply with quote

 I  simply  cannot  understand  these  people's  mindset,  first  they  keep  illegal  creatures,  then  they  go  about  talking  to  the  newspapers,  then  they  go  around  proclaiming  what  they  keep  and  where  they  get  it  from  little  understanding  they  are  opening  themselves  up  for  prosecution.
 
 In  the  end  all  this  will  affect  the  simple  aquarium  enthusiast  who  wants  to  keep  a  few  cichlids  or  tetras  in  his  aquarium.
 
 Reporters  and  Newspapers  will  sensationalise  small  harmless  home  aquariums  and  create  havoc.  One  fine  day  they'll  simply  latch  on  websites  and  write  trash  next.
 
 I've  been  dealing  with  publicity  for  Aquarium  Exhibitions  and  events  from  1997,  and  I  know  of  purposeful  distortion  of  facts  by  reporters  and  newspapers  to  dramatise  a  simple  fact,  frankly  they  are  incorrigible.Very Happy  
 
 Yes,  ofcourse,  "Sea  Salt  from  the  Red  Sea",  We'll  have  the  Kolkattans  up  in  arms  now  -  Why  isn't  the  Bay  of  Bengal  good  enough  for  these  guys??  Chuckle
 
 That  particular  reporter  who  wrote  this  piece  is  well  versed  in  Aquariums,  and  has  been  reporting  about  aquariums  and  aquatic  events  from  1997  atleast,  when  I  first  met  him.
 
 Just  see  what  a  simple  twist  -  "Sea  Salt  made  by  Red  Sea"  transformed  to  "Sea  Salt  From  Red  Sea"  implies  to  a  common  man  who  has  no  idea  about  Aquariums.  The  Reporter  gets  away  scot  free  as  he  can  deny  that  the  Sea  Salt  has  anything  to  do  with  the  geographical  entity  "Red  Sea".  Chuckle
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