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Old 02-06-2004, 10:56 PM   #11
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Most say that horseshoe crabs would starve in most tanks, don't know if the odds would be any better in the size you propose? I think the hermits would be a good idea and I know at the Baltimore Aquarium Asteroidea stars are usually available in the kids adventure tanks. There is one species of fish that appears to do o.k. in the touch tank at my LFS, I will try and figure it out or ask tomorrow when I go down. They are relatively small and schooling.
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Old 02-07-2004, 02:26 AM   #12
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HoopsGuru - If your talking about that place with the big (fake) shark over the door, your right, it is a death tank. I asked one of the people that work there how the keep stuff alive, and was told.. "we don't, we just replace the ones that die off". Sad. By the way, it's my LFS too (if you call a 3hr drive local). LOL
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Old 02-07-2004, 05:07 AM   #13
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touch tank

Mate we have got heaps of touch tanks here in aussie, you are on the right track with the specimens you have mentioned, but as a little suprise for the kids who misbehave, i would have a blue ringed octopus under a bit of live rock and then tell them that there is a special suprise for them when they lift it up.
If occys are in short supply i suggest seasnakes, bullroutes, happy moments, lion fish, crocodiles, etc etc etc
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Old 02-07-2004, 10:03 AM   #14
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just to add one more
here is a 2000 touch tank in my area i'm not sure how well it is doing

http://www.thatpetplace.com/touchtank/index.html
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Old 02-07-2004, 10:36 AM   #15
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cool thanks everyone i'm gonna look into this (i've got time since camp doesnt start till june/july) and if i go through with it ill probably be back here with questions and post pics of the process.
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Old 02-09-2004, 08:51 AM   #16
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Touchtanks are a very real possibility in t he right environment. I spent some time working at The Seattle Aquarium in the Special Events/Visitor Services dept. I had the opportunity to staff our Discovery Lab alot. Some things to remember are the animals will become very stressed, we would close sections of the tank from time to time and let the critters go into rehab every couple of months. Kids loved it and so did I.



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