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Re: DC Zoo -- Amazonia
We checked out the DC Zoo's 'Amazonia' exhibit today, and I was
impressed with the exhibit overall. However, I was frustrated and
confused by their choices of aquatic plant life.
We'd gone after seeing a thread on the apisto list, where there were
some complaints that the tanks include non-Amazonian guppies (and how,
they're all over, in the two largest tanks), and because of a tease that
there were some apistos in the tanks (we couldn't find any).
Aside from a few small tanks in a side exhibit area (which included some
nice bog displays), the only underwater plant I noticed, at all, was
java moss. Lots of it. A decidedly un-Amazonian plant. The side
exhibit area included a tankful each of rotala and anubias, also
decidedly un-Amazonian. I saw only a single smallish sword plant.
I don't get it. I assume the above-ground rainforest includes almost
all, if not entirely, Amazonian plants. The wildlife seemed to be
exclusively Amazonian. Why not representative aquatic plant life? I
mean, that's the point, right?