Behavior in the Tennessee Aquarium
you are an avid angler looking for a new hook on making "The
Big Catch," or you think the sport is a little fishy, you will
enjoy watching the spectacular natural behavior displayed by
fish at the Tennessee Aquarium. By noting their habits, you
can get a new angle on how to reel in a whopper next time you
Notice how the brook, brown and rainbow trout in the Appalachian
Cove Forest exhibit swim against the rapid current created by
water passing over the rocks and back eddies. You can count
on hooking a trout in fast moving waters or behind rocks where
they go to rest.
You will find sunfish fanning their tails in the rocks at the
far end of this exhibit. They are nesting. When they're not
performing parental duties, notice how they sit motionless under
ledges or other sheltering debris. This display can also be
observed among sunfish in the Nickajack Lake exhibit. In Nickajack,
notice how sunfish align themselves with vertical structures
such as pilings and tree trunks.
Notice how grunts hover among the mangrove roots which provide
shelter from larger, more aggressive neighbors. Also, note the
schooling behavior of the game species in this exhibit, including
crevalle jacks and yellowtail snappers. Crevalle jacks seldom
linger in one spot. Most often you will find them "running"
at top speed. These fierce, stubborn and dynamic gamefish can
be hooked with a lure gliding through the water at a high rate
Pay special attention to the difference in behavior between
the two species of catfish. The flathead catfish is most often
perched atop a rock surrounded by branches, and her big blue
counterparts are usually found in the open waters far below.
While the flathead is a sedentary species, the blue catfish
are on the move and rarely found resting on the bottom. Also,
observe the striped and hybrid striped bass as they maneuver
themselves in the current of water entering the tank.
Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is the largest freshwater
aquarium in the world. Built with private contributions, the
Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world.
Admission is $12.95 per adult and $6.95 per child, ages 3-12.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or
by phone at 1-800-262-0695.