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Rich Bireley Big Tank
February 9, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST
Rich does not remember not having tropical fish. That means he’s kept fish for a pretty long time unless you’re a Greenland shark. Rich is on his 3rd fish room, all of them fun, none of them automated. The current iteration is a 2,000 square foot monstrosity, er, insulated building next to the house. The building has about 130 aquaria set up inside and a substantial aquarium graveyard outside. Rich keeps just about any fish/critters that can be kept in freshwater, including catfish, livebearers, characins, oddballs (this covers everything not listed, such as native fish, tiger fish, polypterus…things like that), rainbows, Corydoras, Synodontis, Loracarids, cichlids, shrimp, snails, oh, and catfish. Putting his strong back and weak mind to work, Rich acquired a 900 gallon and a 1,000 gallon tank, for free, kind-of. In addition, Rich has a tomato tub in the fish room. This beautiful and professional display is of fiberglass and measures 8’x24’ by 3’ deep. Rich is very practical and esoteric considerations rarely enter his mind. Rich lives with his wife and daughter on a ranch with dogs, horses, lots of hummingbirds, rattlesnakes (and other snakes and lizards, tons of frogs) and the ubiquitous collection of pitcher plants.