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A visit to the Salzburg Nature Museum, Austria - I

by Caner Gunduz

Actually It was not a planned trip. Me and my family were on holidays in Austria and we were making a "city tour". While touring the city I saw a wolf statue which had a sign on it with the words "Salzburg Nature Museum". When we got closer to the entrance I saw some shark and aquarium figures and we decided to go in... It was a 6 floor building which had different sections on every floor. The aquarium section was at the first floor and it started with an "Amazon" tank which had 3 arowanas and a freshwater stingray. It was a 2000 liter tank. The first thing I observed was that all aquariums had an enormous plant density (the Malawi tank included). The second and third tanks were "cold water" tanks which had trout and salmon fish. The salmon tank was beautifully decorated with rocks and plants and a shallow water level. Then we turned in an "L" corridor and I saw a Discus, a Malawi and a marine tank. All tanks were at least 2000 liters some of them were even larger at 3-4 tons There were archer fishes from Asia, too. As an former discus breeder I must say they were some really beautiful strains of blue turquoise discus in there.Their body shape and colors were first class. I also saw some Corydoras species which are not easily found at the petshops, housed in the discus tank. If you look at the Malawi tank you will understand what I meant with the comment “enormous plant density”. It was the most beautiful Malawi tank I ever saw. It had Labidochromis caeruleus “yellow” (electric yellows), Sciaenochromis fryeri, Labeotropheus fuelleborni etc... I'm not a Malawi cichlid addict  so I may have got some species wrong. The piranha, dragon fish and central american cichlid tanks also had a huge amount of plants and a minimum volume of 2000 liters each. There were Thorichthys meeki which were 15cm long and some of the "big headed, pinky colored"  American cichlids for which I don't know their names but what I know is that they were spawning in their tanks. The Marine section really impressed me because it had a real big tank which was over 30 tons and its inhabitants included 2 sharks with a lot of tangs, clown fish  and other "reef" creatures. The most beautiful part of this tank was the reef “column” that which was located in the middle of the tank. It had a lot of  Anemones and a great variety of soft and hard corals on it. There was another big tank which was over 15 tons and it had a fish with a very interesting body shape - as you seen in the photos...  There was also a "past time" section in the aquarium floor which has skeletons, fossils even some dinosaur eggs. All in all, if you ever get to Salzburg it would be a nice idea to visit the Nature Museum. If you don't plan to, then just enjoy those photos !

the Arowana tank opens the show.

A freshwater stingray in the same tank.

the coldwater tank with the salmons.

the discus tank with those beautiful turquoise discus

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