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Revisiting Long Island Aquarium's 20,000 reef [videos]

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 08, 2012 05:00 AM
In 2007, Joe Yaiullo, curator of Long Island Aquarium (known then as Atlantis Marine World) shared information and photos of their spectacular 20,000 living coral reef tank with Advanced Aquarist. Now through the magic of youtube, we revisit LIA's reef ... 5 years later to the day.

This reef aquarium is slightly bigger than yours (yes, you too Ralf!)

Ever wonder what it takes to build, support and maintain a 20,000 gallon living coral reef aquarium?  Joe Yaiullo graciously takes us behind the scenes in Advanced Aquarist's February, 2007 Feature Aquarium article.

How time flies!  Since then, Atlantis Marine World underwent a huge 97,498-square-foot, $24 million expansion and officially changed their name to Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center.  We get the great opportunity to revisit their 20,000 gallon reef thanks to youtube member 'mmmCHOCOLATES' (love the name!).  The LIA reef display has matured impressively.  Congrats to Joe and the entire staff at LIA for all their success.

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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