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watts300 04-05-2009 10:52 AM

Cichlids at the Zoo
 
My son and I drove to San Antonio this weekend to visit the zoo.

I was really amazed when I saw so many dazzling fish in with the hippos.
It was the "African wildlife" portion of the zoo, obviously...

Of course I like hippos as much as the next person, :) but I think I was probably the only person there fascinated by the fish. There were a couple cynics that were saying "poor fish" because of all the hay and grass the hippo tracked into the water, but looking at these fish and the rest of the fish throughout the park, I think they're just fine. The keepers know how to take care of them just like all their animals. You should have seen the size of the koi. Holy jeebus!

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...h/HPIM5804.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...h/HPIM5808.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...h/HPIM5807.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...h/HPIM5805.jpg

Twistersmom 04-05-2009 11:36 AM

Cool pics!
Looks like the fish are maybe picking bugs off the hippo?

veganchick 04-05-2009 09:58 PM

I hate zoos, but cool pics!

willow 04-06-2009 04:09 AM

i hope you all had a fantastic day.
the pictures of the fish picking from the hippo are great,
got any more :)

aunt kymmie 04-06-2009 10:11 AM

The San Diego Zoo also keeps an amazing amount of cichlids with their pygmy hippos. I've never seen so many species and all sizes of cichlids being housed in one area. The pygmys were quite fun to watch while they were engaged in their underwater ballet but I was more fascinated by the fish. I think I was the only one who noticed them!

invictusmaneo 04-06-2009 10:54 AM

For malawian cichlids (and most of the lakes) hippos are a natural sight--and probably welcome..kciking up that debris gives them food to eat.

Looks great--the busch gardens here in tampa has a massive cichlid exhibit that I have yet to visit


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