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Could have been worse

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 17, 2015 09:00 AM
The reef tank at Florida International University busted a few seams, which emptied out the entire content of the aquarium. But only one fish died, and there wasn't even broken glass.
Could have been worse

A dreadful sight for any aquarist, but things could have been so much worse. Photo by FIU Student Media.

According to FIU Student Media, the silicone on the front pane of their large glass aquarium at Graham Center failed, leaving the unbroken pane dangling from the rest of the aquarium only connected by the top seam (like a hinge).  Water, rock, corals, and fish gushed out from opening,

Thankfully, nearby students and staff were able to save all but one fish, a skunk clownfish.  The survivors are in temporary holding tanks, and the university plans to repair the reef tank.  The fish aren't out of the woods yet.  As any fishkeeper knows, stressed fish (especially after very traumatic events such as this) can be touch-and-go.  Our best thoughts go out to the fish and those who are caring for them.

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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