An artificial coral reef seen in the
tank was reproduced from a real section of the Great Barrier
Reef. Molds were made from both concrete and rubber then
colorized to reproduce an authentic looking reef. This presents
a similar feel to what divers experience when going through
the actual Great
With over 100 fish in the tank, feedings
are done daily by Abts own in-house staff. Abt uses a mixture
of foods that include both meat and plant life. Our goal
is to promote the healthy growth of the fish in our tanks
by providing proper nutrition for a wide variety of fish.
Water is piped 150 feet to a filtration
room where it is run through both mechanical and biological
filtration media. It is then oxygenated, refrigerated to
the proper temperature and finally processed through a protein
skimmer to take out any left over contaminants in the water.
It is then returned to the tanks as clean as the ocean.
A diver in a wetsuit with compressed air
goes into the tank twice a week to keep the tank in its pristine
looking condition. This can get a little scary since he must
dive with Moray Eels, a 2.5 foot Leopard Shark and an assortment
of other meat eating fish such as Puffers and Triggers. The
diver uses both brushes and a high-pressure water sprayer
to clean the acrylic and the coral. Having the tank looking
as flawless as possible is important because it is used for
both the pleasure of our customers and as a camcorder display
where the colors of the fish bring out the best in the cameras.
Tank Dimensions: 20 ft long, 8
ft tall, 8 ft deep
Volume of Water: 7,500 gallons
Weight of Tank: 8,000 lbs
Weight of Water in Tank: 60,000 lbs