What fish species are in the Piedmont Reservoir Exhibit?
Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Longnose Gar, Spotted Gar, Bluegill, Common Carp and Silver Horse Sucker.
Which fish is the heaviest?
There’s a Blue Catfish that weighs as much as 40 pounds.
How big are some of the other fish?
The Largemouth Bass vary from fingerlings born in the exhibit up to a 12-pound female. The catfish range in size from 10 to 40 pounds. The crappie weigh about 1 to 3 pounds.
What do the fish eat?
We feed them a mixture of frozen food that has been thawed, such as krill, squid, sardines and silverside minnows. We supplement their diet with live goldfish.
Why don’t they eat each other?
Sometimes they do! The food chain does not break in the exhibit. Overall, we feed them enough to keep them from devouring their tank mates.
What does the alligator snapping turtle eat?
The alligator snapper eats sardines we throw in, and every now and then, a tank mate!
Are there any other turtles in the exhibit?
A Yellow-bellied Slider occasionally visits our tanks on occasion. But we never know when it will drop by!
Why are some of the catfish white?
Those are albino Channel Catfish. An albino animal is born with little or no pigment (melanin) in their skin. The reason we do not see many albino animals in the wild is because of their color. They have no camouflage to hide from predators. Our albino Channel Catfish were born in our hatchery ponds where there are few natural predators.
How large is the Piedmont Reservoir aquarium?
It’s the largest and deepest at Go Fish, measuring 60-by-80 feet and 15 feet deep. This aquarium is part of a 146,000-gallon system at the center. At roughly 8 pounds per gallon, that’s 584 tons of water!
About the Camera
When was the underwater camera installed and why?
The camera was installed in August 2014 and was provided through a generous grant from the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation. The camera is used to support the Go Fish Education Center’s mission to promote fishing and education concerning the state’s fishery resources. Click here to learn more about the Go Fish Georgia Initiative.
The mission of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation is to support the efforts of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.
Does the camera stream at night?
Yes, but the tank does not have artificial lights and there’s not enough natural light at night for clear viewing through the camera.
Who do I contact with questions about the camera?