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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 25

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Kl Post-Times SECTION C FOR nToMEN SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1968 III 18 PAGES "i ' A-fish-ionados Capture Beauty In Aquariums T 0 lV..-!V( M '7 , J i . " ' Jy --Tim 1 1.1: 1 By SHEILA TRYK Staff Writer What do you do when your favorite fish looks as if he's about to expire? Why, you give him artificial respiration, of course. "Not mouth to mouth, naturally!" cautions Mrs. Marvin Glickstein of North Palm Beach, an avid member of the Marine Aquarium Society of the Palm Beaches, which will be holding its annual exhibit at the Museum of Science in Dreh-rer Park on Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24. The exhibit, which is free to the public, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. "There's a way to give a fish artificial respiration," Mrs. Glickstein goes on, "by holding the fish and pressing a spot on his head to force his gills open. Then you swish him back and forth through the water to force oxygen into him." Mrs. Glickstein is one of the early salt water a-fish-ionados in the area who decided a couple of years ago to get together and form a mutual aid club. 9 1 t r 1 r m. and possibly die. A reef can be ruined by careless divers." According to Fred Adams, the club president, members are prepared to give advice and actual help to those who want to set up their own aquariums. "There are so many little tricks we've learned, things that will help guaranee a successful aquarium right from the beginning," says Mrs. McDermott. "And we have built up a file of color slides we can show on how to set up a tank. We also have a file on slides showing all the local fish. We find a lot of choice specimens right around the Lake Worth Inlet." According to the eager members, there are three basic kinds of tanks, and how they are made is a main concern in setting up a successful aquarium. "It's not as simple as a goldfish bowl," wmis Mrs. McDermott. Colors Are Fantastic "But it's so much more rewarding," adds Mrs. Glickstein. "The fish are more interesting, and they're much more beautiful. The colors are fantastic." A plywood tank, the "furniture" style, with glass windows, must be lined with fiberglas, and finished inside, just like a boat. There's the stainless steel type tank as well, which requires very special treatment so that the metal won't poison the fish. The easiest tank to set up is the simple glass tank. "It can be ready in 24 hours, if you have the materials," explains Mrs. Glickstein. The five pieces of glass are joined together with seams of "Silastic", a product that comes in a tube and forms a very strong adhesive, watertight bond. When the Silastic hardens, in about eight hours, the tank can be filled with fresh water to check for leaks, and to absorb excess fumes. After being drained, the tank will be ready to fill with sea water. AQUARIUM ARRANGEMENT, fishy apartment house In someone's This collection of rocks, coral, and new salt water aquarium, shells will be cleaned and used as a To Build Interest "We wanted to inspire interest in salt water aquariums and in conservation," puts in Mrs. L. J. McDermott, another of the original members. "None of us really knew how to set up an aquarium, and we had to learn from each other, and sometimes by trial and error. Fortunately the Miami club came up to help us get started." Interest in the club was immediate, and now there are more than 80 members, who come from such diverse points as Delray Beaeh and Jupiter. "Not everyone in the club is interested in setting up a home aquarium," says Pat Glickstein. "Some members are just interested in the field trips, some in ecology, some in underwater photography." On field trips, we all go out on boats quite a few members have their own," explains Mrs. McDermott. "Some dive, some snorkel. We try to catch our own fish that's part of the fun. Besides, it's too expensive- to buy them! " Instruction Required "Before people go diving, we ask that they learn how to do it first at one of the local schools." cautions Mrs. Glickstein. "Then we give instruction on how not to disrupt the ecology of the reefs. Sometimes divers carelessly damage things and make the fish leave their homes "You have to have an arrangement of rocks and maybe coral, in the aquarium. Sort of a simulated reef," explains Mrs. McDermott. "Fish need places to hide. In fact, each fish will have a favorite spot that becomes his 'home'. Then if you take the aquarium apart to clean it, you have to put the rocks back in the same arrangement, or the fish w ill become upset." All rocks and shells must be thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed with water and clorox, and then rinsed well. Coral is harder to clean, and must be soaked and drained repeatedly for about a week. Sea water, collected in clean plastic (not metal) buckets, is used to fill the tanks, after being strained of excess debris and plankton. Can Go On "My tank has gone 14 months without cleaning," says Pat Glickstein proudly, adding that she has had five of her fish for more than two and one half years. Mrs. McDermott and Mrs. Glickstein had several warnings for novices things they had found out the hard way, themselves. "Never, never let any detergent or soap get near the water. If you wash your hands and then put your hand in the tank, that little bit could poison all the fish." "Paint fumes, insect spray, the fogging truck they can all contaminate the air and kill the fish. When the fogger comes along, we shut off the filter system immediately." "Keep a new fish in a separate tank for a few days before adding him to the tank. That way you can see if he's healthy, and make sure he doesn't have a fungus." "Most new owners overfeed their fish. This is very dangerous, and can kill the fish." "Some fish are too aggressive to put in the tank with the others." "The Neon Gobi is a handy fish to have in a Filter Important Indefinitely "vVe use fine silica gravel for the bottom, a thick enough layer to collect impurities," says Mrs. Glickstein. "The filter system is important," she adds, pointing to her own system of an under-gravel filter, and an outside carbon and dacron filter. "That's another trick we learned. To soak the carbon filter in salt water before using it." Once a tank is set up, it is possible for it to go indefinitely, with only the addition of distilled water to make up for dehydration. ( Continued On Page 9) There's A Fish Show Comin sr. it i ni : ilk ' "tife If ' t. i' ..'-, v.'-.'. ,. ,, I ,'' V'.' 'v;v ,J,7J.v rV'.'V'"--.-..; i ',v x. 'C ! WO & J, . . .JO . j 1 1 at I ' r '.I ; T i. .' -C--y J ard Mrs. L. J. McDermott are working on show scheduled next weekend for the Marine Aquarium Society of the Palm Beaches to be held in the Science Museum in Dreher Park. IN LIVING COLOR Having a marine aquarium in your home is like owning a brilliant case of living jewels. People who have one claim watcll-ing the salt water fish cavort is more fun than television anyday. Mrs. Marvin Glickstein (left) Staff photos by Sheila Tryk i.

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