Nice report, lookdowns are my favorite fish to see in a public aquarium.
>Subject: NANFA-L-- TN Aquarium addition opening
>Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 10:25:01 EDT
>i visited the new addition to the tn aquarium last night w/ the family. a
>members only preview before the grand opening in a few weeks. they are
>bit under construction but the volumn of water is deep, dark and endless.
> tunnels and caves w/ bowed, arced and bubbled acrylic protrude into the
>salt water. 7 or 8' sharks slide by snaggle toothed and sleek leathery
>fearsome. how come they dont eat all the other multitude of colored fish?
>the massive tank... something like twice the volumn of the current
>waters is capped w/ a butterflyeri... is that a word :) and shallow touch
>tanks of sharks, manta rays and freshwater stingrays. in many "windows"
>cant see to the other side. just an abiss. a nice addition to an already
>the tn aquarium is still the largest freshwater aquarium in the states (
>world? ) and is what i like most when i visit. the mountain streams, swamps
>lake tanks. they keep a good variety of regional shiners, darters,
> chubbs and dace as well as the game fish and gars, bowfin, trout and
>but the public likes salt and sharks so i guess one has to please them. i
>think they are also setting up some jellyfish tanks behind the curtains
>a great place to "snorkel" and not have to hold your breath. several
>impressive views were had like a massive scholl of lookdowns swimming into
>reflecting into the light and then fading into distant blue. makes me wanna
>scuba gear again. been a long time.
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