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The ultimate basement aquarium

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 25, 2015 10:00 AM
Imagine living in a luxury high-rise apartment building whose bottom floor is a massive underground public aquarium. If real estate developer The Sunland Group gets its way, that's exactly what some lucky Aussies will have.


The architecture of the twin 44-story high rises is undeniably striking.  But should the Sunland Group make its $600 million (AUD) apartment and retail complex at the Mariner's Cove marina a reality, neither the architecture nor amenities may be the biggest attraction for us fish geeks.

The proposed Mariner's Cover complex will feature a 2.5 million liter (660,000 gallon) public aquarium in its basement!  The total volume will be primarily divided between three huge 200,000+ gallon exhibits, each showcasing sealife from different oceans.

Like many folks, I sometimes hang out at coffee shops and tea bars to lounge, net surf, or study/work.  If I had a beautiful public aquarium that is only one elevator ride away, I'm pretty sure my caffeine consumption would plummet.  The world needs more public aquariums (with free WiFi)!


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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