Some of you guys know I am doing the volunteer training program over at the Maritime Center in Norwalk. The Aquarium is a Long Island Sound based aquarium, and basically everything that is in it can be found at one time or another in the sound; sharks, sea turtles, seahorses, seals, jellies and tropical fish.
Yep, tropicals. Apparently the Gulf Stream drags em up the coast and some get dropped off right off of Brooklyn and Long Island LOL
Never though one could see angelfish and butterflies in the waters near Coney Island! Some info/descriptions of fauna that shows up can be found here: http://www.scubaparadise.com/about.htm
And the coolest thing is, once I'm ready for a reef tank (which won't be for a couple of years) I already have frags
lined up! They have a 500g reef tank with many of the tropicals, and tons of corals and anemones. They apparently need to frag
often *grin* I'm almost temped to start a SW
reef tank now LOL
The other thing that really caught my eye was the skimmers. The reef dude took some of us behind the scenes. The skimmer for the 500g tank is big, but the skimmer for the sea turtle tank? Holy jeez. Its got to be 9 feet tall at least, and really wide. I can't imagine having to pull the skimmate off that puppy LOL
For those interested, this is the Maritime Centers webpage: http://www.maritimeaquarium.org/
. They even have a seal cam and sometimes you'll catch wild seals hanging out.