1250 Gallons

By Jessa Franck, Keeper
If you visited the Zoo recently and walked past the koi aquarium by the Claire E. Mower Red Panda exhibit, you may have noticed something extra inside: me! Algae builds up inside the tank faster than the Chinese sucker fish can consume it, so a few times a year we drain the aquarium and give it a good scrubbing. I remember thinking it was a big chore to deep clean my 20 gallon aquarium. Now imagine cleaning a 1250 gallon aquarium. It takes about 2 hours plus the time needed to put on chest waders and deal with all the double takes from seeing a person where only fish should be. So the next time you’re at the Zoo, join me in cheering on those sucker fish so I can stay out of the tank a little longer!
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