New Aquarium in Arizona !

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  1. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    I went out yesterday to take a look at the aquarium being built by Mickey Olson, who owns Wildlife World Zoo. Fantastic job, this thing is massive, and has at least 5 cephalopod tanks (hopefully, I talked him out of the nautilus display).
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    They have a full service restaurant and bar going in, with a 180 degree view of the shark tank that is two stories high...this is John and Mickey up on the upper level:

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    The facility of four buildings is over 35,000 feet total...the largest aquarium ever built in arizona. I may be doing some of the artwork for some of the displays.
     
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    That will be too cool (especially for AZ:wink:).

    In case no one else noticed, your signature is especially meaningful below the shark tank picture :sagrin:
     
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    :lol::roflmao:

    There's a huge delay on the project, but there's been a lot of discussion of building one like that in Grapevine, restraunt and all. I wonder if the same people are involved.
     
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    found out this morning that I got the job, so I will be working there until november...they are hoping for a december opening.
    I'll be posting in progress pics.
     
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    congrats, looks like it's going to be a great aquarium!

    erin
     
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    EXCELLENT. Are they open to you posting pictures of the progress?
     
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    Oh yeah, I've known the owner of the zoo for decades. It should be a fun, though long, project.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Long's not bad if it is fun and you are getting paid for it :grin:
     
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    Oh, I never work for free ! :) Yeah, it should be a fun project, but it is a bit of a drive every day for me. Ah well.
    I start on Tuesday, so I will be posting in progress pics several times a week...feel free to comment.

    DH, I got your message, and sent an email out. Oddly enough, I have some of his artwork!
     
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    1st day of work was spent tackling the large tree that holds up an above your head aquarium:

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    after the underpainting in black and brown, I highlighted with a dark tan:

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    ...and still had time to start on some of the exterior rockwork:

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    Great, great, and great! For those who don't know, The Wildlife World Zoo was really well done, so I imagine this will measure up, and yeah Greg, that's a significant drive, if it's close to the zoo.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&q=google maps.

    Too bad you don't have a Prius.
     
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    ...bought a new Kia Rio5...40+ per mile...not too shabby, especially hauling all of my junk:

    hey, look at that stack of filters!

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    More rockwork painting:

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    I hope you keep up with the photos! Watching the metamorphis is great, makes me want to vote for AZ for TONMOCON III! (New do I see ;>)
     
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    Well, any Tonmo members, let me know if you will be out here...if there is a group, I could arrange a behindthescenes sort of thing.

    One of the custom skimmers:
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    The curator designed these, he used to work at the Oklahoma Zoo, and really knows his stuff. Just wait to you see the custom made chillers!
     
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    I second D on this one. Keep the photos coming!
     
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    More work done on the rockwork:

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