This has been a Summer for checking items off of my bucket list. We took a family vacation in June to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and I finally had the chance to see Caribbean reefs in person. I shot a lot of video, and will post several from the trip. These first two are from St. Thomas. The first is from a boat trip we took out to a sanctuary, and the second is from the cave at the hotel. The third is a snorkling tour in Trunk Bay, one of the highlights in the Virgin Islands National Park on and around St. Johns. The shorelines of the US Virgin Islands are covered in reef animals. You can hardly go wrong putting on a mask and jumping in the water…
I have been holding and acclimating some wild fish for a very cool aquarium, and the fish are being delivered tomorrow. Stingrays, Brochis multiradiatus and wild angelfish. For those of you who are observant, yes… these are some of the same stingrays that were in the CustomAquariums.com booth at the Aquatic Experience show a few weeks ago. The owner of CustomAquariums.com loved the rays, and he called a client who wanted to do something special. Tomorrow we will see the result. A custom aquarium built with sting rays in mind. I will not tell you about the tank right now… I plan to shoot video tomorrow.
The fish in this video are the first stocking, which will include three rays, a school of Brochis multiradiatus catfish and some wild angelfish. The substrate in the aquarium is sand, and one of the dangers with rays is that a sand substrate can become dirty and cause infections on the skin of the rays. That is where the Brochis help out… these hoovers constantly turn over the sand and help to keep it clean. We will also be putting some eartheaters (Geophagus and Satanoperca) into the tank to help with that chore.
I am a little bit in love with these stingrays. They have been a lot of fun to have in the fishroom, and I will miss them. But I really do not have tanks large enough to house them long term… but that may change.
If Pier Aquatics is not one of the top ten aquarium stores in the world, I want to see video of ten that are better….
The zoo in our nation’s capital has always been one of my favorites, and the Amazonia building one of my favorite Amazon River galleries anywhere. Matthew and I had a chance to spend 1/2 a day at the zoo on a beautiful Fall day this past October. All the animals were out, including the male panda. And so were the school groups…. dodging groups of screaming kids was a challenge, but we were able to beat them to Amazonia, which is a little off the beaten track in the park. Well worth the effort hiking down to it….