Thanks to my Syracuse community, my long, lost love and enthusiasm for tropical fish have been reignited once again. I guess I had a moment of revival last year in Vietnam, when I found some spotted green puffer fish on the street for fifty cents… but, I was lacking the theory and drive to create a sustainable, balanced, aquatic ecosystem (which made the constant upkeep feel like a burden.)
Fish enthusiasts see aquariums as an ecological art: they study the hierarchical interactions, social systems, and different roles of each fish, the conditions needed to promote breeding or cooperation, and the way the non-living (style of rocks, types of gravel/sand) and living components (plants, coral, snails) become interdependent with each other. They take a multi-level approach at creating a sustainable “community” in these aquariums… and for that reason, I find fish enthusiasts really inspiring artists.
I hope to take everyone I’ve known to ABC Reefs in Syracuse, NY, the most incredible fish store I’ve ever been to in my life. What once was just a store for a small group of fish hobbyists in upstate NY, has now become a giant industry for a fast-growing community of passionate, aquatic artists.
My future prediction? I think tropical fish and aquariums are going to get very popular/trendy in the next decade, once people see how interesting, beautiful, and artistic fish-tanks can be…