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Our two-storey reef aquarium is visible from
Emergency on Lower Ground (Underwater) and Main Street on Ground
It is home to approximately 40 different
species of fish, two black tip reef sharks and one epaulette
shark. All species can be found on the Great Barrier Reef,
Australia. The biggest fish is a hump head Maori Wrasse whose name is 'Humpy'.
The aquarium is managed by Advanced Aquarium
Technologies as part of the hospital's community partnership
The fish are fed twice a day, and the sharks
are fed every two days. Their diet consists of foods such as whiting, squid,
bonito, tailor, prawns, sardines, pilchards, pipis, mysis shrimp,
brine shrimp, nori and wombok.
The tank is cleaned daily. Divers wipe algae
from the acrylic walls with a cloth, vacuum dirt from the gravel on the
bottom of the tank and scrub algae off the coral.
The tank is 7.5 metres deep, four metres in
diameter and holds 153,000 litres of salt water (including
filtration system). The walls are eight centimetres
thick and the water temperature is 25.5 to 26 degrees Celsius.