Loving Life with Dr. Weir | “Aquatic Creations” – Ep02


Hi, I’m Dr. Tim Weir and I gotta
tell ya, I love life. But when I’m not being a
husband, a father, a
grandfather, an author, or a
practicing chiropractor I’m the host of the television
show, Loving Life with Dr. Tim
Weir I love to cook. I love to travel. I love to spend time with people
who do what they love and love
what they do. Join me and Elvis for the next
thirty minutes as we help you
discover how to love life. [MUSIC] I’m with actor, Tank Jones, you know I say, “Actor, Tank
Jones,” but you’re Tank Jones, who happens to be someone who
acts. Someone who acts. Because there’s more to Tank
Jones than just an actor. Some might think, yeah. Here shake my hand man, I’m glad
you’re here with me today. Pleasure to meet you sir. So, talk to me a little bit
about- -because I got all this stuff
here- -this is all the things that
you-I’m sure it’s not all the
things that you’ve done-all the
movies. That IMDB thing. [LAUGHTER] Yeah. You’re currently, you just
got out of, Union Bound. Yes, first time in the
Carolinas. Really? Yeah, that was my first time in
the Carolinas. That project opened up my eyes
in a lot of different ways, and there’s another project on
there that I’ll be coming back
to shoot in Wilmington, that I learned about when I was
here in North Carolina last
time. So, this all started, not 10
years ago, not 15 years, when
did it start for you? So, I’ll give you the “cliff
notes” version. I did my first commercial when I
was 2 years old believe it or
not. Wow. I did a Sesame Street commercial
out in Chicago, Illinois. My mom, she got-after I did this
commercial-I had an agent and
everything. She got a serious bout of
scoliosis, and she had to have
surgery. She was in a body cast for a
year. You could have helped! [LAUGHTER] Yeah. But, she was in a body cast for
a year- I called her and said, “you know
I think I could help.” See, I knew, I knew Dr. Weir
sounded familiar, she said, “No that’s not your dad. But, he
might have been your doctor.” [LAUGHTER] So, but yeah I-but, we lived 50
miles south of Chicago, and no one else was taking me to
my auditions-career over. But, I did all the church plays
and all the school plays-just
something that I enjoy doing. I played Jesus, I don’t know how
many church plays, and I was King Midas, I played
Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas
Carol. I just enjoyed acting, and I
moved out to California-I’m
sorry, I moved out to Arizona, to be close to California and I
lived with my Dad. I figured I might as well-I’m
there, I’ll get my degree, so I graduated from Arizona
State University with a degree
in marketing. After I finished I picked up the
acting career and things have
been… things have been going well. I took my foot off the gas a
little bit on the acting side
because people see my resume and
say, “How come more people don’t know
you? Or haven’t seen this?” I actually took a long hiatus
because when you think you’re
talented at a lot of different
things, you thinthink you can do everyt. So, I was running a couple
companies, I ran a couple record labels,
but I realized I did all of
those things well, but I love acting. There’s
nothing like being in front of a
camera, or even behind the camera, or
just creating; taking a
character that’s just some
sheets, some paper, some lines, and
giving it life, giving it flesh, adding some accessories to it,
and just bringing it to life;
nothing like it. And not only does it give the
life to the people, it’s what
gives you life. Absolutely, we were shooting,
say when I was out here last,
when we were shooting Union
Bound, like I said, I had never been to
the Carolinas before. You guys got some bugs, that
reminded me of home, but I hadn’t been home in a long
time. So, mosquitos, ticks, chiggers,
everything. It was hot, it was humid, we
were in wool clothing, and I
loved it. Every part of it, we were
shooting sometimes, 12, 14, 16
hour days, and we even had some
people pass out on set. Because- It’s good isn’t it? [LAUGHTER] It was dehydration. I wasn’t one
of them! [LAUGHTER] Because, I mean I just get so
enthralled in the process and it
doesn’t matter, I’m at the point in my career. I
just like being on set, I just enjoy creating and I can
go and go and go until it’s cut
and it’s time to go home. So, for example, the character
that you played in Union Bound, how did you get into that
character-how did that come
about? Okay, good question, so for
those of you that don’t know,
Union Bound, we shot it out here in the
Carolinas, it’s a story of Union solider
who gets captured by the
Confederacy, and is shipped up
to a stockade in the Carolinas, escapes and somehow stumbles
upon a plantation that I, Jim
Young, slave that happens to be at, and
I try and help them escape to
freedom. Obviously I have never been a
slave before, thank god we live
in the 2000’s and I’m free. But, if you watch the film,
Jim’s struggle is one of a human
struggle, and he’s struggling to do the
right thing, he’s struggling to
follow his conscience, follow his-basically and even in
the extremes of extenuating
circumstances that he was pushed
into, doing the right thing above all,
and humanity prevails in the
story. Well, I latched on, if you will,
to the humanistic part of Jim. I didn’t have to be a slave to
be human, and his story is a tale of human
which is why i like that film
and is why I want people to see
it. Because, it tells, in my
opinion, up at least until now, slaves aren’t just caricatures,
they, they have life in this
film. Right. So, I’ve had my own personal
struggles, and freedom can mean
many different things. Not just
necessarily being in chains,bondage that you can see- Exactly. You can be in mental bondage,
you can be in anguish that no
one knows about, and like I told you, I was not
doing what I was loving to do. Yes, I was running some
companies, having some success, but this is what I do. And, I wanted to pour everything
that I could into that character
so that, one I could get it out because I
needed to, b ut hopefully when people would
watch it that they would also
feel what I felt and good work
begats more work. I wanted to give the very best
performance I could give to the
producer, to the director, to the other
actors, and so I watched a
mini-series, I watched documentaries, I
listened to recordings, I read
books, everything that I could. I have this 12 step process, yes
12 steps, that I go through It’s okay we can talk about
that. [LAUGHTER] But I don’t have a problem! The
first step is to admit it! [LAUGHTER] Yes, I uh, to make the character
breath. I have plenty of script notes,
and just going back and forth,
back and forth, and acting it
out, okay that worked, that didn’t work, and just, I knew
the whole script- Right. Not just my lines I knew, uh, everybody else’s
lines too. And that’s my process. Make it-I, I do it so much,
because step number 12 is let it
all go. The only way you can do that is
if you do your homework. So I do as much homework as I
can, so that when I step on the
stage, Then all I’m doing is reacting. Acting and reacting to the other
actors. Well, it, it ought to be so much
so that people think you are a
slave. Pretty much. And that’s, that’s
the key to acting. The key to acting is not to act. The key to acting is to be. To be. And the best compliment that I
got, after this film was done, I had several of my friends and
family tell me, you know, this is one of the
first times that when I looked
up on the screen and I saw that
character, that I didn’t see you. I just saw the character. That’s amazing. And that’s, that, for people who
are super, super critical, ‘specially of me. To have them say that was a big
plus for me. And just let me know, I’m right
at home. This is what I love to
do. Love your work. Thank you. Very much. Love what you do. As, as I said, now I’m out here
shooting a horror film. It’s my first horror film. It’s about mother-in-laws. [LAUGHING] Which all of us want to do
something about. I’m not even going there right
now. ‘Cause my mother-in-law’s
sending me your letters. No, but, uh, my character’s name
is Kevin. And he’s the boyfriend. He’s
kind of like the… heart through the gore, and the
kid throughout this. Maybe he makes it, maybe he
doesn’t, but I started a hashtag online,
called “#dontkillkevin” [LAUGHING] So, if you go to #dontkillkevin,
online, you’ll see all the different
things that have been popping up
since I’ve been shooting the
film, it’s been great. Gentleman Howe Bertakeesh, he’s
the producer and director of
this, great cast, one of the girls
that, actually, two people that I
worked with from Union Bound are
in the film. Oh, really? Yes, so… How cool. It was really nice to work with
them in a different way, and then, the other one that I
was telling you about, A Reckoning. So, the thing that happened in
Wilmington, 1898, I don’t know if you know what
happened in Wilmington, circa
1898, but it was the first “coup
d’eta” in United States history, I think it’s the one and only, where the city, where the towns
people overthrew the city
government, Wow. And it was a very integrated
city. And there’s… there’s stories
on both sides to say what
happened, what didn’t happen, but there’s a gentleman, whose
name is Allen White, he wrote the script, he’s from
Wilmington. He wrote the script called A
Reckoning. And we’re going to be shooting
that later on this year in
Wilmington. How cool is that man? I’ve been in North Carolina so
much! Oh my god! You might as well just get your
drivers license here. Pretty much. If, if you guy’d legally allow
me to do that and still keep
mine, I’m all for it. Alright, we’ll talk to the
governor. Governor, can you do something
about this? Help a brother out. [LAUGHING] Awesome to be with you, man. Thank you so much, doc. Keep loving life, man. I do my very best. You do the
same! I’m going to. You see this lavishness out
here? I’m saying, this is a nice-guys,
if you don’t, if you haven’t
come out here, you need to make sure you do. This is the man right here. Don’t change the channel, we’ll
be right back. [MUSIC] Just because you’re in an
accident, but didn’t ride in one
of these, doesn’t mean that you didn’t get
injured. Hello, I’m Dr. Tim Weir. And after 35 years in practice,
I can tell you, a lot of times, an injury
doesn’t show up for two to three
days after an accident. So if you’ve been in an
accident, don’t delay any
further. Call my office today. Raleigh Spine and Injury
Chiropractic. Just when you
thought nobody cared. Call 790-1332 right now. [MUSIC] You know how I always say I love
people who create? And I love people who own their
own businesses, because they, they know, uh,
exactly how life really is. And I’m with Gil at Aquatic
Creations Group. Gil- Pleasure to meet you Tim. We’ve known each other for,
what? Five, six, seven years?
Something like that? At least, yeah. Um… tell me a little bit about
your history. About how you got
involved in all of this. Ok, well, it goes back a long
ways, uh, I’m originally from California,
um, I was born and raised in the
Central Valley on a dairy farm. I decided really early on in
life that I was not interested
in taking over the dairy farm. It’s a lot of work. But I was
obsessed with fish and fishing. And going to college, putting my
way through college, I ended up with a master’s
degree, I went to school at
Moscon Marine Laboratories, were three or four of the best
years of my life. Just a lot of adventures. And, uh, as I finished up there,
I was able to get on as a diver, and a collector at the Monterey
Bay Aquarium in California. And, so that was a dream come
true. So I worked there about 18 years
on all kinds of different
things, Uh, everything from sharks to
deep sea animals, to the local
flora and fauna of Monterey, and learned a lot, I worked with
some of the best people in the
world, in that industrustry. By the way, that is one of the
most- I believe it is one of the top
aquariums in the world. It’s still ranked as one of the
top two or three aquariums in
the world. I went to work for this company
here, Aquatic Creations Group, in 2004 we purchased a business,
and Aquatic Creations Group has
been around the area about 15 years,
we’re one of the longest
running… “aquarium shops,” aquarium
businesses in the area. And the reason for that, uh, and
I’m speaking from experience
here with him, is that you guys, uh… have a
real eye for… quality… and, uh… you want to make sure
everything’s right. Yeah, part of our, our company’s
goal is to do things the right
way. And we strive to provide people
with the exhibits they want. And our business model is, is we
are a professional aquarium
design, installation, and
maintenance company. So we’ll help you design your
aquarium that you want, in your business or your home. We’ll install it, do all the
plumbing, do all the set up, and then we’ll provide you with
the animals. We’ll show you how to feed, and
do whatever, but really, that’s
what you have to do. Wow. And then we’ll come by, you
know, once a week, once every
two weeks, um… and maintain that exhibit
for you. Our business consists primarily
of medical, dental, and
professional businesses. So we make sure that livestock
comes from a reputable dealer,
wholesaler, and then we quarantine those
fish, make sure it’s healthy, it’s eating, disease free,
before it’s delivered to the
client. So, you’re kind of like a fish
hospital here, to make sure that everything is
disease free before you send it
out to major clients? In a way, yeah. We, we’re known
for being more of a maintenance
company, than an actual retail operation. But we have retail hours. We’re
actually, uh, expanding that a
little bit, Um, because we actually have
expanded our staff, we actually have a full time
store manager at the moment. And, and we’ we’re also realy
involved in education, with a lot of local schools and
whatnot, we’ll go in and do, uh, work
with the schools, uh, do classes
with them, invite their classes here, we’ll
do tours. So we’re kind of set up as an
education company, as, uh, you
know, to do some outreach as well. That’s amazing. So let’s take a look here to see
what you got as far as fish
and… Well, we got the store divided
up into about three different
sections or so. Uh, we’re standing in front of
the fresh water section. This is the fresh water
community fish. These are fish that most people
have probably started out with
when they were a child. And then, uh, we have our salt
water section. Which you can see here is a, a
variety of different sized
aquariums. But salt water fish are
obviously much more difficult to
maintain than fresh water fish. Many of these fish are collected
from the wild. So… they’re collected from the
wild, and they’re transported… thousands of miles- It’s gotta be stressful. It’s very stressful. I get
strestressed just talking about. [LAUGHING] So, they get here, and we try to
de-stress them. We put them in tanks where
they’re not crowded, we feed them a good diet, and we just let them chill out
for about two weeks. At the end of two weeks, we
asses, “yeah, are they ready to go to a
new environment?” And when they go to a new
environment, of course, it’s like, uh, uh, you’re moving
your family somewhere else, you’re child now has to go to a
new school and make new friends. That’s a very stressful time. Well, the fish has to undergo
that same stress. So in some cases, disease can
erupt just because of stress,
and social issues. Pimples. Yup. Acne. [LAUGHING] Yeah, exactly. So, and sometimes we have to
remove the fish from the
aquarium, just because it doesn’t work
out. We have to relocate them. And then, uh, over here we have
more saltwater holding tanks. Your typical clown fish, you
know, uh, Nemo. Everybody loves clown fish don’t
they? You know, it’s a universal thing
now, Nemo, Dory, the new Dory movie’s coming out,
so we’re already getting
requests from clients, like, we do the Marbles Kids
Museum tank. So they want, they, they’re
going to be showing the movie
there, so they want Pacific Blue tanks,
or “Dory” as they’re known. And then these are Tomato
Clowns, they’re paired up. The large one is the female, the
small one is the male. And… fish are kind of unique
in that the male one actually
provides the parental care. If eggs are laid on a rock, for
example, a clown fish will, uh, will
prepare an area on a rock, clear it out, female will lay
the eggs, but then the male will actually
be responsible for watching
those eggs, keeping them free and clear of
any debris or bacteria or
whatever. And they fend off the nest, so,
the roles are kind of reversed
in the fish world. You know, the most difficult
salt water tank to maintain are
reef aquariums, and these are different types of
corals, uh. So the hobbyists come a
tremendous way in the last
twenty years, because of the technology,
because of what we’ve learned in
maintaining animals, you can actually have an
aquarium that, if you were to put on a mask and
a snorkel and stick your head in
that tank, you would think you were
snorkeling 5,000 miles away in
the South Pacific. Which to me is still a
phenomenal thing. Where you have a box of water in
your home, and you have all these
incredible organisms, from corals, from across the
world, and- So, let me, let me ask you
something. So when divers, they say that
you should be careful that you
don’t damage the coral, it’s not the rock they’re
talking about, is it? They’re
talking about these little
animals… Right, they’re talking about, if
you’re kicking your fins, it’s very easy to break off the
arms and the branches of a lot
of these types of corals. They’re called stony corals. And it takes years and years for
them to grow, and to get to the
size, and to build the reef that
exists out there. So, if somebody’s interested in
putting together a, a, a tank… they can even do it in their
home? We do homes, and, uh, and
commercial installations. They can call you. They can contact us, and, what we typically do is we, we
schedule an appointment to meet
with them. We want to see the location
upfront: “Where do you want to put it?” You want them in an area that’s
somewhat dimly lit, that’s viewable, so that when
you’re sitting down after a hard
day at the office, or working outside, you can come
in, sit on the couch, and view that aquarium and
just… chill out. ‘Cause its a very relaxing
environment just to look at. And psychiatrists and what not
have documented. It lowers your heart rate, takes
your mind off, your blood
pressure, so it’s a very healthy thing to
do. We call it living art. And, uh, people get very
attached to their animals. That is so cool. So, listen. We’ve talked about
the a… I don’t want to say the
“average,” but the normal
aquarium stuff, But don’t change the channel,
because we’re gonna come right
back, we’re gonna show you some stuff
that’s going to really blow you
away. [MUSIC] I’ve been in an accident, and I
don’t have insurance. I don’t know what to do. I was in an accident, and I
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accident, call us today. Raleigh Spine and Injury
Chiropractic. Just when you
thought nobody cared. Call 790-1332 right now. [MUSIC] So we’re here at Aquatic
Creations with Gil, and Gil we’ve got somebody here.
Who… Yes we do, we’ve got a very
special person with us today. Uh, it’s my wife, Michelle, and
we are partners and owners of
Aquatic Creations group. We both met, actually when we
were in grad school, Michelle was one of my dive
buddies when we were doing
underwater fish research. And, uh… shortly after meeting
there, we ended up getting
married, and, uh, we spent all that time
in California, so we’re actually… since we
moved here, we purchased this
business, And uh… it’s been a, a really
kind of a fun ride, exciting, um, we work together
every day, we also bring different
strengths to the table, and, uh, so here skill set and
my skill set complement each
other, and I think we really provide a
good service and a good product, and a lot of knowledge and
background about this particular
industry, when people want to deal with
us, so… I, it’s been a great
relationship for us to own a
business, and do something we really enjoy
doing, actually. So talk to me about where we’re
at right now, I mean, I’m seeing this stuff behind us,
and, uh… That’s right, you’re in our
jellyfish lab. And this is where we culture…
three different species right
now of jellyfish. So you’re looking at the Moon
Jelly, Aurelia Aurita. And we have Aurelia Allabiata, And over here you’re looking at
Cassiopeia, which is the
upside-down jelly. So we have all life phases of
this organism, so, from the time they hatch
until they grow up as adults, and we… sell them to clients. Are they actually little eggs
that they… They are. In this particular
species, the female has brood pouches and
she broods those eggs, and when they hatch out as a
little proangula, they settle out into the
substrate and they become a
polyp. And then in the polyp phase,
they, that polyp phase, elongates, they kind of bud off,
like a stack of dinner plates, and they form mini pherie, which
come back and form this medusa
again. So it’s a whole cycle from polyp
to adult medusa, and back to
polyp again. And that’s what we grow in the
lab here, and we do the same with the
Cassiopeia. Do people just buy these for
their home and have a… Sure! Oh yeah, they, they’re
great fun and they’re relaxing
to watch. They’re in offices and
commercial buildings, and people
are finding that they’re quite nice to have
right there in their home and instead of TV… they watch the
jellyfish. Yeah, one of the things people
always ask is, can you have other organisms in
with the jellyfish. Unfortunately, you can’t. With this particular species
here, it’s a specialized
aquarium, called a psuedocryzal, and it
has to maintain a circular
current to keep the jellyfish
suspend in the water column. You can’t put other organisms in
their with them. Moon Jellies on live with moon
jellies. With the upside down jellyfish,
um… This organism over here actually
lives in shallow reef
environments, the mangroves and what not. They’re actually like a coral,
almost, in that they have, um, symbiotic
zooanthelly in their tissues, and they require high-intensity
light in order to, uh, survive,
along with additional feeding. So those you can actually have a
multi species tank, where you
could have, for example, cleaner shrimp,
other types of fishes. In there? In with the jelly fish. So, that
option’s available with these
particular animals, but not necessarily with- And I guarantee, most people
would see that and not realize
that it’s a jellyfish. They’d think it would be
something else. Some flower from the moon, righ? Yeah, exactly. So you had mentioned before,
they pull the food up through
the tentacles? Is that how they do it? We could, we could actually feed
some and you could watch. That would be cool, yeah. Gil, would you want to get the
um, there’s a, a beaker on top
of the refrigerator with a
turkey baster… I like to use a turkey baster, because it, you can create just,
just nice, gentle, plume of
jellyfish food, and uh… get it evenly distributed in the
tank. So I’ve got, uh, uh, prepared
jellyfish food, that we make
here, and it’s got, uh, napoli eye and
rotifers, and other things in
here, all kinds of nutritious things
in here, eggs, and so you can
see, I’m just sort of dispersing this
through the water column, You can also target the jellies,
if you’re really gentle, you can kind of make sure each
organism gets a nice big meal. Which is what I’m doing right
now, that’s called target
feeding. And so we let the current just
disperse the food throughout the
water column, just as though they were eating
in nature or there’s things
floating around in the water that they would be sweeping
through- Now, is that live stuff there
too? Yes, there is, and you see there
this, this tiny little
tentacular fringe, it’s this pod of little
tentacles, and they sweep
through the water column, and things attach to their
tentacles. And then they have these long,
central, oral arms, see the
longer ones in the middle? They kind of lick off their
tentacles with those oral arms, and the food travels down a
groove into their stomachs. So you can see that, that four
leaf clover looking… that, that’s their stomach. And
you see the food that they’ve
been eating in their stomachs. So event-and they’re very
efficient at sweeping food
through the water column. So I’ll feed a little bit, and
I’ll come back maybe about half
an hour later, and it will all be completely
gone, and some will need a little bit
more so I, I’ll squeeze a little
bit more in the tank, and, um, you know, a couple
feedings a day if you can do it, but it’s really fun and it’s
easy to do. I don’t see one that doesn’t
have food in it, Yeah, they, they’re very
efficient at sweeping food out
of the water column, so that one’s really full. Yeah. He’s been to Golden Corral. He certainly has. For seconds
and thirds. These here, these jellies are
about two months old now? Yeah, almost. Almost two months. And they’re
in the 2-inch diameter range
right now, so… How long will they live? These organisms will live a
year. So they live a year in nature, out, out, you know, that’s their
lifespan out in, out in the
wild. Sometimes, uh, we can get them
to live about, uh, 13, 14
months. In captivity, because, you know,
they’re being fed every day, kind of pampered, so they,
they’ll live a little bit longer
in captivity, if they’re being fed really
well. So then, part of your business,
then, is to go in, and, and make sure the
jellyfish, once they die off,
you, you replace them? Absolutely. So then, in, I’ve got all these
questions, sorry. So in your home tank would they
start… dropping eggs, and all
that kind of stuff? Um, well, they, you know what,
they will, they will reproduce, but what
will happen is, you’ll see these
little polyps that settle out, these little larvae, that turn
into the polyp, and as you’re cleaning the tank,
keeping the glass nice and tidy, all of those get swept away,
very rarely will they live in a
clean system, now in a system that’s not being
properly maintained, polyps will
have the chance to attach to the
side, you’ll have some polyps growing all over your glass. But then you won’t be able to
see anything in your tank. Exactly. For a nice exhibit that
you want to see as a display, you wouldn’t want polyps growing
in there. They’re really like a fouling
organism at that point. Um, but yeah, they’ll start to
edge out and they’ll get a
little bit slower as they get
older, and they’ll stop pulsing as
strongly and before you know it, they’re just, uh, they’re just
aged out. A year, 13, 14, months and then
they’re replaced with new, younger jellyfish that they’ll
be able to enjoy for, you know, 9, 10 months, because by the time ime they’e
getting a jellyfish, jellyfish
are 2-3 months old. So they, they’ll have them for
9, 10 months. Is there research that’s done on
them…? Sure. There’s a lot of research
that’s being done on proteins that certain, certain species of
jellyfish produce. So, uh, there are some labs that
produce jellyfish just for
research. It isn’t so much the eggs as it
is the adult medusa that they’re
looking at. How exciting. Listen. If you’re in the Raleigh area, is it ok if they just stop in
during your regular hours and
talk to you guys? Yeah. If they want to give us a
call, to give us a heads up to make
sure we’ve got someone that can
bring them through the lab, that’d be fine. And that would be Thursday
through Saturday, and we open at 11. Thank you, both of you, you guys
are awesome. Thank you, we have a present for
you. Don’t change the channel, we’ll
be right back. Look at that, jellyfish! [MUSIC] Let’s, ’cause, you know it
wasn’t funny, but thank you for
laughing anyway. I do appreciate that. Who you looking at man?! That’s for you. We sure
appreciate you coming in to
visit us. Twist the box. [LAUGHING] It’s a block of styrofoam. It’s a block of styrofoam! Is it taped shut?

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