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Surprise!Surprise!

The animal care technician had a wonderful surprise recently! While caring for our friends in the freshwater aquarium, she found eggs on the predatory side of the tank (see previous posts about how the freshwater tank is divided). Further great … Continue reading

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Captured Fugitive Returned

You may remember this juvenile Largemouth Bass from an earlier post…he had been found on the “small game” side of the freshwater aquarium, eating the bait fish (in this case an Emerald Shiner). You see, in order to demonstrate a … Continue reading

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But where do the fish come from?

Since the upcoming water gallery has 3 aquaria featuring live creatures, you might be wondering where they all come from!  For the freshwater aquarium, staff members go out on fishing expeditions right here in Ottawa.  Most recently they went to … Continue reading

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Hungry much?

Up until now all the action in the water gallery has been in the freshwater tank. I know the exhibit designers, builders and animal care specialists might not agree with me – they’ve been furiously planning behind the scenes! But, … Continue reading

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Lunch Time in the freshwater aquarium!

Now that a variety of fish are calling the fresh water tank home, the next step is working out the feeding procedures to suit all the different breeds.  With the aquarium being divided into two sides, one side containing larger … Continue reading

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Here fishy fishy fishy fishy…

There are fish in the Fresh Water aquarium!  A few Emerald Shiners have been introduced to the aquarium as part of the process of establishing the biological system, and the fish are doing their jobs well!  Immediately after the fish … Continue reading

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Testing aquarium water

In order to establish a healthy biological environment which will naturally control ammonia levels, staff has used a biological supplement in the aquarium to speed the process up a bit.  The supplement provides powerful, beneficial bacteria that will allow for … Continue reading

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Preparing the Fresh Water Aquarium for fish!

An important step in setting up the fresh water aquarium, where plants and fish will thrive is making sure the water chemistry is healthy and can support the specimens living there.  After initially filling the tank and introducing a few … Continue reading

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Progress on the Fresh Water Aquarium

Setting up an aquarium in a museum is not as straightforward as you might think, especially one that holds 1000 pounds of water!  There are mechanical, chemical and biological factors to consider when installing a successful and thriving tank.  This … Continue reading

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