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Staten Island Ferry Terminal Aquariums

  • April 24, 2009
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  • Posted By Justin @ 9:57 AM

The twin tanks at Staten Island Ferry Terminal had a rough start. As many of you have read in the press the aquariums had some issues over the past year. City Aquarium has the best service staff in the North East, for reals. So when it was time to change the aquarium guard over in Staten Island, the Staten Island Zoo hired City Aquarium to take over. We began the renovation on January 1st, 2009. We loved the challenge and of course we loved the tanks! The life support room is massive and needed some care and our dedicated staff has been working daily to get the tanks back into shape. Thus far, not one fish has been sick or passed on since we took over. The tanks are crystal clear, water quality is healthy, and the fish are fat and loving life. We added the new lighting last month, and the new fish are on their way. We are now placing 40 new fish in quarantine and they will appear in the Staten Island tanks second week of May.

You will find David and Keiko there daily cleaning and diving the tanks, scrubbing, taking water samples, and feeding. The fish are being fed, vitamin enriched flakes, and pellets, vegetables, krill, silversides, and a special freshwater frozen mysis. All our fish are fed this special mysis from PE Mysis

The picture is our skinny boy, David Gould, our artificial reef caretaker. He can scrub, and he can fit into any tank. He uses the hooka device to dive and spends about 6-8 hours a week under water at Staten. More to come!



Shark Week in Japan -Our Client's Japanese TV Interview

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  • Posted By Justin @ 8:53 AM

As a marine biologist, an aquarist, a hobbyist, I did not have a great feeling or attitude with regards to keeping a Black Tip Reef Shark in a smallish tank. We got her at 17", I found her in Los Angeles during one of my many visits to the fish importers gathered along the outskirts of LAX. I knew my client only wanted a shark or nothing. The tank was 130" Long x 48" Wide and 40" High. No small tank for sure, 1,000 gallons in a gorgeous penthouse apartment on 5th avenue with 360 degree views of Chelsea.  It was a spontaneous acquisition, and along with a Conspiculatus angel, a Kidako moray, and a Bubblebee grouper we left for NYC.

She arrived sure enough in a crate 36" x 36". The acclimation process was interesting, she was active, and accepted the tank pretty quickly as her new home. I must say that part of my willingness to give the shark a try was that the residence is very private, and the clients were never in residence and did not have loud dinner parties, annoying visitors, and the place was very quiet. She is left alone for the most part (she ate all of her tank mates including the giant hermits), our service team is there almost daily. She is fed only the best, smelt and large peeled and deveined wild gulf shrimp (Wholefoods of course). She is a joy and she fit the tank. She has been there for a year now and all good things must come to an end. With expert care she has grown now to 22". Now must transport her back to our facility and place her in one of our large cylinder tanks.  I am not sure the client wants a new shark, he is thinking about larger marine fish. Chelsea will miss her. As a rule, these animals should not be kept in tanks under 4,000 gallons. Requiem Sharks should ideally be placed in aquariums that can hold them once they reach their full adult size. This technically means that the length of the tank should be 4 times the adult length of the shark and at least 1.5 - 2 times their adult length in width (25' x 10'). This does not mean that they can't be placed in smaller enclosures as young. You must have an exit strategy in place when the shark out grows their tank. We will try to film the transport of the Black Tip and place it on the blog.