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I Am A Dreamer…

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Friday, August 24, 2007

David

... A Fish Dreamer!

First and foremost, I am a fish freak. You know how ADIDAS is supposed to stand for All Day I Dream About Sports? Well, I should wear a shirt that says All Day I Dream About Fish.” ADIDF! That is how nuts I am.

I am an aquarist volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific. My job is to assist the supervising aquarist with whatever needs to be done to maintain the health of the animals. These things may include but are not limited to: preparing food, feeding the animals, hydrocleaning, inspecting animals, cleaning the exhibits, filling out paperwork etc. Let me tell you a little bit about my background. I graduated with a biology degree from the University of California Irvine. In the past, I have had various pets like turtles, chickens, dogs, cats, hamsters etc. but my passion is aquaria. I have both saltwater and freshwater aquariums at home with a wide variety of animals from clownfish to tetras.

As a home aquarist, you are very limited in what kinds of animals you can keep. Unless you have plenty of disposable income, you cannot keep most fish and especially not sharks. What is more, some of the fish tanks owned by the online aquarist communities have made me envious. My dream fish was always the raccoon butterfly fish (Chaetodon lunula) but this animal has always been out of my price range. I figured that if I could work at an aquarium that already has these kinds of fish, I could satisfy that itch to have beautiful aquariums at home. Thus, I decided to volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific and have been loving every moment of it ever since I started.

I hope to share my love of animals. This blog will be about my experiences at the Aquarium and especially about the animals there. If anybody has any questions, please feel free to ask and I will try and answer as soon as possible. If I do not know the answer, I will find out for you. That is a promise!

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Anitza

Friday, August 24, 2007 12:57 PM

You know David, I think that the most interesting thing to me is that you like the raccoon butterfly so much. What is it about this particular fish that has you so fascinated? I think it is a gorgeous fish, but I think it was below my radar as a pick for a fave.

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David

Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:40 AM

While it is true that the raccoon butterflies are not too impressive when it comes to aquarium fish, they have alot to offer.
It is pretty…at least I think so.
Most are caught sustainably and so there will be plenty more for generations to come.
Lastly, the general consensus amongst hobbyists is that they are easy to take care of and thus are great for keeping in aquariums.

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Anitza

Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:36 PM

Oh yes, it is definitely very pretty! I am just used to people choosing extravagant fish like emperor angel fish, lion fish, or even the sea dragons as favorites.

It was just really interesting to me that you chose the raccoon butterfly so I had to ask. :D

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