Rotala sp. ‘Colorata’ by Anubias (Italy)
Location: Kölle-Zoo Karlsruhe (Germany)
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a store a friend of mine just opened in Seattle, called Aquarium Zen. Today’s grand opening has been a couple years in the making, and I was privileged to be asked to come in before the crowds to capture the energy of the place. The boutique is less a fish shop than it is an experience. In his words:
My goal when designing the space was to create a sort of alternate universe where the contrast between the chaos of urban street life would juxtapose with the tranquility of the aquatic life held within. The idea was to create a natural sanctuary that is artificial but still resonates with the healing vibes you might associate with a walk in the forest or sitting by a stream. The space itself is nearly a hundred years old and is loaded with character – exposed brick walls, skylights, old growth Douglas fir exposed beams and hardwood floors. Not your typical pet shop.
We cater to a style of aquarium keeping that originated in Japan called the “Nature Aquarium,” which tries to elevate the aquarium to an art form.
I wanted to create a space that celebrated nature and love for aquariums and to create an experience for our community. In my mind, it’s a living art installation disguised as a pet shop. The aquarium can be a lens into normally unseen realms of nature that are magical. When executed with an artistic intention, the aquarium can create a transformative experience for the viewer, a timeless space and moment that is not soon forgotten.
My friend Steve is a mad genius and I absolutely love his store to death!
If anyone is with in a couple hour drive of the Seattle area I highly suggest going to check out Aquarium Zen.
Hnnggg- I need this.
Adding this to my fish tour of the west coast…
South American Pufferfish/Amazon Pufferfish
Species: C. asellus
Maximum Size: Reportedly up to 6”, 3” more common in home aquaria
Aggression: Mid, Social
Temperature: 72-82 F
Hardness: 5-20 dH
Brackish Tolerance: varies, 1.000-1.005
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Feeding: Flake, Pellets, and Algae Wafers likely accepted. Chopped Shellfish, pieces of frozen fish, even vegetable matter good for supplements. Eats some snail species
Notes: South American Pufferfish (SAPs) are unique as far as the commonly traded pufferfish go. Unlike the Carinotetraodon and Tetraodon puffers sold, these fish are social and can be kept in good sized groups. Indeed, they seem to be nervous when kept alone. A group of about 6 puffers is a good number for keeping aggression down. Other choices for tankmates are a bit limited. As confirmed fin nippers, it’s best not to keep them with easy-going fish like Corydoras catfish. The best tankmates are fast (like Glassfish) or spend the majority of the time hiding (like Synodontis catfish, in freshwater).
These fish are adapted to river life and appreciate higher water flow than other puffers. Filter flow of 6-10 times tank volume per hour is beneficial. Also as riverine fish, they are less dependent on caves than other puffers, though they do appreciate plants to hide in.
SAPs do hunt and eat snails, but specific species are certainly preferred. Pond snails (Physa sp.) are easiest, and Ramshorn Snails may be accepted. Malaysian Trumpet Snails may be too hard to eat and should be avoided. Feeding snails may help wear down their teeth, which grow very fast. Trimming may need to be performed at some point during the life of the fish (more information and instructions in the sources below).
SAPs seem to be prone to Ick infestations. Freely floating Ick protozoans cannot survive brackish conditions and thus it is better to keep these fish in slightly saline water. Like many puffers, SAPs are very sensitive to Ick Medications that contain Copper.
Colomesus asellus (Amazon Puffer), Seriously Fish
Fish Dentistry: Tooth Wear and Care in Predatory Fish, Kelly Jedlicki, Anthony Calfo
Still stunning — ADA designed and maintained gigantic aquascape in Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo. Photo credit: talachi
My fish tank at the end of August. 10 gallons to my sassy little man.
There’s another lungfish at one of the LFS in my area. If anyone wants him let me know! He would be $50 plus shipping. He is around 5-6in and is in good shape with dark colors. This is a Protopterus annectens, common name is the west african lungfish. If anyone does want him I’ll buy him and we can work out shipping and such, I’d really like to see him go to someone on the fish community here so I have someone to talk lungfish with!
I’m reblogging this from the first time I visited him on April 30th(I had to go back and check since I originally thought it was June). He has sat in the LFS for five months now. While this store does take good care of their fish the lungfish really is in a tank that is too tall for him to easily get to the surface. He is also on gravel when a much better substrate for his fragile fins would be sand, and he is housed with no plants or places to hide or rest. So while the lungfish is being cared for he would really benefit from a proper setup and environment. These guys are all wild caught and it bums me out to see them in unnatural tanks :( Help me find a home for this special sarcopterygian? Here is the newest update about him (posted yesterday 09/10/14). He is a really pretty example of the species and needs a good home and an even better diet to regrow his severed pelvic fin.
Someone go for it man!
Okay so! I have two caresheets ready to go, but since the last Aquariadise post was also a caresheet I’m not sure if I should post another one. So I figured I’d ask my audience! What would you like to see next? A caresheet? Something else? And if so, what? Any suggestions for articles are welcomed!
Thank you all! ♥
obligatory question mark?
The fish are just a couple hours away. Soon this will be occupied. SOON
Spent the weekend with my boyfriend and his two uncooperative models
It’s aLIIIIIIVE! Dust still settling. Makes it look misty, which fits. Just imagine it; the little mausoleum thick with growth, tombstones peeping from the grass, looking abandoned. By the time Halloween arrives, it’ll be perfect.
What do you think?
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