Segment: The Aquarium at ViaPort Rotterdam is Coming!!!

David Gross, VIA AquariumDavid Gross, VIA Aquarium

Guest: David Gross, Director Via Aquarium celebrates aquatic biodiversity through exhibit experiences and public programs designed to connect people with the world of water.

March 29, 2016, 18th Year – Show #926, Filmed at Open Stage Media, Proctors, Schenectady

We hope that the aquarium will be completed in June, but these things are complicated to build. We have a lot still to do. Here is what is currently planned, but subject to change due to availability of species. The aquarium will continue to add new species over the coming years.
38 Exhibits; 78,000 total gallons of water, 50,000 gallons of saltwater.
Freshwater: Trout, Lake Malawi, Asian Rivers (Chao Phraya River), Hudson/Mohawk River, Amazon River. Piranha, Electric eel.

Marine: Fiji Pacific Coral Reef, North Atlantic, California Kelp Forest, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean Coral Reef, Australia Great Barrier Reef. Seahorses, Clownfish, Eels, Lionfish, Jawfish. Live Corals, Octopus, Cuttlefish.

Deep Water; Flashlight Fish, Pineconefish, Anglerfish, Nautilus.

There are three touch tanks; stingrays, koi, and invertebrates like horseshoe crabs, whelks, sea stars and club urchins.

There are 2 tunnel tanks that are 23’ long x 21’ wide with a 5’ diameter half cylinder overhead. We plan to have some cool interactive tech exhibits too.

From the Albany Business Journal: The aquarium will be significantly smaller than the National Aquarium in Baltimore or the New England Aquarium in Boston, but comparable to Merlin Sea Life Aquariums that are being built around the country by a British firm.

Gross grew up in Chicago and has had a long career in the marine sciences. He was part of the team that opened the National Aquarium in 1981, served as corporate curator for the Rainforest Cafe chain, and was curator at The Wild Center when it opened in Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks in 2006.

“I like the challenge of opening new aquariums,” he said. “At the moment I know of only two active projects. This one, and OdySea in Arizona. Opportunities to open aquariums don’t come up very often.”

Organization: Via Aquarium
Event: Grand Opening
Location of event: ViaPort Rotterdam Mall at 93 W. Campbell Rd, Schenectady 12306
Date/Time: TBA — July
Cost: Adult (age 18 – 64) – $16; Youth (age 4 – 17) – $10; Senior (age 65+) – $14; and Annual Pass: Single $40, Dual $70, Family $100
Contact Information: or 518-280-5100
Facebook: Yes. “Via Aquarium”

About the author

Schenectady Today

Now in our 17th Year of giving voice to Capital District / Tech Valley communities. To receive our weekly announcements & guest list by e-mail, send your name & e-mail address to: How to watch the Show: Live Streaming on the web when aired on Channel 16 in Schenectady County: Schenectady County — Channel 16– starting on Wed. 10 am and 6 pm and continuing throughout the week depending on time availability Now on FIOS in Sch’dy – on Channel 36 – see above for times: Amsterdam – Channel 16 – Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Albany (City) – Channel 18 on ChannelAlbany on Sunday at 5 pm – Same week as filmed Albany County, Clifton Park, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Troy — Time Warner Cable – Regional Public Access –– Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Bethlehem/Delmar – Channel 18 – Wednesday 2:30 pm. (One week later) We can also be found on Facebook: Schenectady Today – In & Around the Capital Region. Please join our page. You can also watch many show segments, read about guests and browse / search our archives, here on the site. Show Content: The show usually includes six segments with a variety of guests interviewed each week. Regular guests include Representatives from the Animal Protective Foundation; faculty from the various area institutions of higher learning discussing health and community issues; Representatives from City, County and State agencies; actors and directors from the theREP, Proctors Theatre, Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera, Albany Civic Players, Classic Theater Guild, and many other area theatrical groups; Tax Specialists from the Internal Revenue Service (during tax season); Representatives from Schenectady County Library; area museums including miSci & ESAM and many area non-profit organizations. We also try to highlight local artists and musicians whenever possible.