Fish in neon red, blue and green and every shade in between. Fish with stripes and dots, dazzling designs and Disney-esque tails.
Forget about the goldfish and guppies in your local pet store. An array of small exotic fish colorful enough to rival the big aquariums will be on display in Fairfield County at the Norwalk Aquarium Society’s 47th annual Tropical Fish Show, taking place October 5 and 6 at Earthplace in Westport. Beautiful swimmers will be available at auction for admirers who have home aquariums and there will be a special session for those want to learn how to take part in one of the most popular hobbies in the world.
The goal of the 125 enthusiastic members of the Norwalk Aquarium Society is to share their favorite hobby and educate others on how to join them. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. members of the society will display their prize specimens, competing for awards at the annual event, while a workshop on Beginning Fish Keeping at 2:30 p.m. will teach the secrets of a successful home aquarium. Sunday at 1p.m. brings the annual auction and the chance to bid on exotic fish to take home. Also on bid will be aquarium equipment, and one lucky participant will win the aquarium raffle.
The society members not only keep aquariums but breed fish, including many endangered species in conjunction with the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Some of these rare breeds may be on display.
The Tropical Fish Show is included with admission to Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport, a 62- acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, exhibits an interactive natural history museum with wildlife dioramas. Earthplace rates are $7 for adults, $5 for children. For more information, see www.norwalkas.org. For information on Earthplace www.earthplace.org.