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|Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 3:25 pm:
Please keep us updated on where the fish have ended up. The old ones have got to be oddities, along with the many tiny ones. I hope they did not meet the same end as the beautiful Gar fish.
|Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 1:41 pm:
The BIA is home to a number of endangered and threatened species of fish. I understand that on average, zoos in the US have 1 (one) species of endangered fish per institution. Who will take care of these Detroit rejected fish? Should we kiss them goodbye forever?
|Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 10:06 am:
To strengthen this point, Belle Isle Aquarium cares for many endangered species making them far above that average. Most newer aqariums are focused on huge crowd draws to pay for their enormous facility. The relative expense of endangered species is high while their crowd drawing potential may not be spectacular as many of those endangered species are actually smaller fish. However, your point is well taken. If there is no BIA, then it is certainly a nail in the coffin for those species.
|Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 1:16 pm:
Personally, I've seen some of the work behind the scenes at the aquarium and would love to help in any way possible. Having many years of keeping many aquariums myself, I would love to offer space to any of these species that need help. (I realize general hobbyists may never get a chance at these species, but I figure it can't hurt to offer). I'm more than willing to dedicate a few tanks to a species or two to keep them going. I already have a few species in my care that are extinct in the wild, and have been breeding for me for the past 6-7 years. On occasion I offer them to others to have (when they have a lot of babies and I need some room to thin them out).
I just hate the thought of the aquarium closing, but I hate the thought of these species just being destroyed because noone will take them (other AZA institutions).
|Michael Bartlett (Mike)
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 8:22 pm:
It looks like we have a fighting chance to keep the aquarium so that all may appreciate these species. The support of hobbiests though is a foundation to this entire effort. Without people who take an active interest in understanding and caring for fish, our ability to promote the salvation of the aquarium would be severly impared. I love your enthusiasm and desire to help.
|Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2005 - 8:59 pm:
I really hope that the aquarium will stay open and that this will not be an issue........but I would also like to offer a home or helping hand to some wonderful fish in the BIA. My mother runs an aquarium care business so I was raised with fish. We have a good 20 years of experience with both fresh water and salt water (seahorses in specific). We don't have massive facilities but if some smaller residents of the BIA have nowhere else to go, please consider us as an option. I wish i had a place big enough for Grandpa the giant gourami. He's my favorite!
|Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 3:41 pm:
I found money. Type wildlife grants in your seach engine and anyone or branch of gov can write a grant to preserve and keep the aquarium open. If people truly want this aquarium write the grants, it's free. If no one writes and asks we don't have a right to complain.