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13,000 gallon aquarium ruptures, forces casinos shutdown

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 05, 2012 09:00 AM
Over the busy Labor's Day weekend, a massive free-standing acrylic aquarium in Gulfstream Park (Florida) sprung one whopper of a leak, forcing the closure of two casinos on the premises. Watch a video of the wet disaster after the jump
13,000 gallon aquarium ruptures, forces casinos shutdown

Saltwater gushes out of the 13,000 gallon Gulfstream Park aquarium.

The gigantic 13 foot wide, 13 foot tall saltwater aquarium was installed in 2006 on the main casino floor of Gulfstream Park Casino and Racetrack at Hallandale Beach, FL.  On September 1, 2012, the acrylic aquarium ruptured, flooding the casino floor and unsuspecting casino patrons with approximately 10,000 gallons of saltwater.

All fish residing in the aquarium survived and are said to be doing well.

Contrary to rumors circulating in aquarist communities, the cylindrical aquarium was manufactured by Reynolds Polymer Tech, not Living Color Aquarium;  Living Color Aquarium installed the reef decor and filtration system.  Reynolds Polymer Tech is currently investigating how the aquarium failed.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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