“See that LCD screen, when you can have that in your home why not this,” says Bhaskar Rao pointing to a wall mounted aquarium. Almost like a painting but with crystal glass, sand, darting fishes, filter and light, with a black wooden frame that contrasts against the wall, Rao promises that this is going to be the trend of the future. Rao works for Finorgan which has a tie up with a Singapore based firm for the stuff which is on show at the Pet and Aquarium Exhibition in Institute of Engineers, Khairatabad.
NDFB set up a stall where D. Srinivas sat explaining the nitty-gritty of the role of NDFB in financing and helping ornamental fish aquarists expand their business and reach newer markets. A small piece of land and a few thousand rupees and you are on your way to becoming an ornamental fish farmer. But you live in Hyderabad where you are interested only in keeping a well maintained aquarium or a pomeranian. Oh, that's secondary.
Then there was the promise of free anti-rabies shots arranged by the The Animal Welfare Society.
But beyond this, the exhibition was a big letdown as only a few city-based aquarium shop owners joined the other petcare product peddlers. Zoa Zone, which is planning to open an outlet on Road No 5, Jubilee Hills tried to sell what all will be available once the outlet is operational.
The entry fee for the exhibition with eight exhibitors is Rs. 20 and it ends on November 26.