An aquarium is ever-changing, always moving art that soothes and entertains.
When it’s salt-water fish and anemone, it’s in brilliant colors of purples, pinks, lime greens, oranges and yellows.
Whether it’s a small or large tank, the sea life within often fascinates young and old with the unusually bright fish colors and anemone shapes and colors. Several businesses in town have them to keep the children occupied while parents shop or speak with the staff.
One of the largest aquariums in the area is on display at Green Country Funeral Home.
“David [Dick] has had one here for more than 10 years; he recently upgraded to this 500 gallon one,” said secretary Sandy Rader. “It’s soothing, calming, relaxing and a great baby-sitter.”
The staff enjoy watching show as much as the visitors, Rader said.
“Many people have never seen a saltwater aquarium before and kids always recognize ‘Nemo,’ a clown fish and ‘Dorian,’ the fish in the Disney movie,” she said.
Owner David Dick got his first tank with kids in mind.
“I got one to make kids more comfortable. It turns out adults like them, too,” said Dick.
The Mandarin Goby is his favorite fish in the tank, he said.
“Look at its nose, it has an unusual face and bright markings,” Dick said, after searching around the tank for a few minutes before locating the orange, black and blue fish.
Nooks and crannies provided by the rocks and anemone give the fish places to hang out. In the back of the tank behind all the anemone -covered rocks, a sea urchin rests in the sand.
Every Tuesday, Nick [Davis] comes in to check on the aquarium, Rader said.
“David donated his old tank to the high school,” she said.
“They had one that needed repair,” Dick said, “so we gave our old one to them.”
For almost 12 years Davis, with Under the Sea, has been involved in the family business. They travel all over Oklahoma but mainly stay in the Tulsa, Muskogee, Bartlesville areas.
“We service our maintenance accounts once a week and try to predict what the tank will do and look like over that week,” Davis said.
On his weekly visits Davis sifts sand, checks the water level and pH balance to be sure everything is okay, Rader said.
“Everything in here is considered alive,” Rader said. “We have anemone, frog spawn coral, green sea mat, hairy mushrooms, purple mushrooms, Tang [fish], Blue Hippo Tang, Rock Angel, Flame Angel, Sail Fin Tang, and sea urchins. We’re careful to put in only coral-friendly fish.”
The tank is self-contained with a filter system underneath in the cabinet. Every day, they feed about seven cubes (sugar-cube size) of frozen shrimp.
In Cookson on Wednesday, Davis was enjoying his job of keeping aquarium fish and anemone healthy and happy.
“Most of your popular fish are going to be your clown fish, yellow and purple Tangs and Blue Hippo Tangs. Vital cleaning creatures would be turbo snails, blue and red leg hermits and a variety of urchins,” Davis said.
We have tanks that have been on our route since the beginning, he said. There is no real time frame on the life of a tank, it just depends on how good you are.
“The best tank sizes, in my opinion, range from 100 gallon and up. The bigger the better,” said Davis.
Another tank Davis tends belongs to Chris Bond, at Trigger Happy Tactics on Allen Road.
“I also have one at home; they’re pretty to look at, like an underwater garden,” Bond said. “They have vibrant colors, with bright yellows, fluorescent greens and dark purples.”
Being kid friendly is also a reason Bond got his first tank.
“It gives the kids something to look at when they come in with their dad, there’s something always moving,” he said.
The tank at his business is 150 gallons and at home, 75 gallons.
“I baby this one more,” said Bond, “it has a ‘Nemo’ fish, and the unicorn Tangs are really pretty,” he said.
He chooses plants that the fish can eat, so he doesn’t feed them.
“It took about a month to set it up, for the tank to stabilize when you set it up. I have cope pods, now it’s its own eco-system.”
An aquarium is ever-changing, always moving art that soothes and entertains.
Dream, Brewdog’s to host music festivals
One sign of spring’s arrival is the scheduling of music festivals, and 10 bands will visit a Tahlequah venue May 24, the Saturday before Memorial Day.
Conference attendees get words of encouragement
Words of encouragement and door prizes were bountiful Saturday morning at the annual Zoë Institute’s Women’s Conference.
Ten women shared words of wisdom in areas from happiness to health, and 100 gifts were given out, including the grand prize of gasoline for a year.
Panelists discuss impact of Southeastern art
Until recently, most people had a certain expectation of American Indian art – and it didn’t include images familiar to people in and around Cherokee County.
“A lot of times, when people think about Native art, they immediately think of Plains art or Southwestern art,” said Roy Boney (Cherokee), Tahlequah artist and moderator of the panel discussion “Southeastern Indian Art: Building Community and Raising Awareness,” held Friday, April 11, at the NSU Symposium on the American Indian.
Boney and the other panelists are frustrated by the divide between mainstream expectations of Native American art and their need for genuine self-expression.
Dickerson believes in putting the student first
As a child growing up in Elk City, Cherokee Elementary teacher Debra Dickerson lined up the neighborhood children and animals to play school.
“I’ve been a teacher ever since I could talk. My mother always said she knew where I was because she could hear me bossing everyone,” she said.
The classroom then was a blanket tossed over limbs of her big cherry tree on Eisenhower Street. Recess was spent tree-climbing, running, riding in the bus (her red wagon) and being creative.
“Those were the days before video games and TV,” she said.
Dickerson, 2013-’14 Cherokee Elementary Teacher of the Year, believes a classroom should be a safe haven for children, because school is often the best part of their day.
Cleaning things up
Lowrey was part of the Cherokee Nation’s Career Service Center contingency of 11 volunteers. Other volunteers cleaned up trash along the roadway from the Cherokee Casino to the NSU campus.
Right to privacy leans partly on Article 9
While the other articles of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights are straightforward – at least, enough for Americans to bicker over in court – the Ninth Amendment might cause a bit of confusion.
It reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
There are no rights enumerated, and it might be difficult to argue one’s Ninth Amendment rights in court, though it has been done successfully.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society and Native American Student Associationat Northeastern State University hosted a traditional stickball game as part of closing cultural activities during the 42nd annual Symposium on the American Indian Friday. Participants included, from left: Nathan Wolf, Disosdi Elk and Chris Smith.
City council to discuss ‘green building’
Tahlequah City Council will hold a special meeting Friday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss, among other items, applying grant money to renovate the city’s “green building” at the corner of Water and Morgan, near Norris Park.
Alcohol screening can be critical
It has been decades since Prohibition brought Americans gangsters, flappers and speakeasies, but statistics for alcohol addiction are staggering.
Millions of Americans suffer from alcohol addiction and abuse, which affects families and friends.
Today, April 10, is the annual National Alcohol Screening Day, and raising awareness through education, outreach and screening programs is the goal, according to the website at www.mentalhealthscreening.org.
Law enforcement agencies to get new facility
Area law enforcement agencies will soon have a new training facility in Cherokee County.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is building the new training room near its gun range, located north of the detention center. Sheriff Norman Fisher said tax dollars were not used for the building.
“This is something we’ve been trying to work on, and it was built with no money from the taxpayers,” said Fisher. “It was paid for with drug forfeitures and gun sales.”
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