Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:48 am Post subject: Enthusiasts now spend big bucks on aquariums
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Enthusiasts now spend big bucks on aquariums
Bansy Kalappa | TNN
Bangalore: Itâ€™s quite fishy, you know. These Bangaloreans donâ€™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,â€™â€™ 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,â€™â€™ 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.â€™â€™
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.â€™â€™
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.â€™â€™
There are 2-3 lakh aquariums, glass bowls and fish tanks in Bangalore.
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Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:19 pm Post subject: Re: Enthusiasts now spend big bucks on aquariums
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.
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??
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".
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