Underwater renovation at Southsea’s Blue Reef Aquarium

Southsea's Blue Reef Aquarium

Southsea's Blue Reef Aquarium

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Hundreds of exotic tropical fish are exploring their new surroundings at Southsea’s Blue Reef Aquarium following renovation of their giant underwater walkthrough tunnel display.

The newly-opened display, which contains more than 150,000 litres of seawater, is home to more than 500 individual fish and features a naturally-themed coral reef.

Blue Reef general manager Lindsay Holloway says: ‘We had to temporarily close the display in order to carry out the essential repairs.

‘However it did provide us with an unexpected opportunity to improve the display and that’s exactly what we have been able to do.

‘The new display looks better than ever. We’ve also taken the opportunity to add hundreds of new fish along with the original residents and the combination of crystal-clear waters and dazzling tropical reef fish is truly stunning,’ he adds.

Among the new species on display are dozens of sergeant major fish and yellow tangs.

Yellow tangs live in large groups on the reef, but form huge ‘super’ groups at breeding times. Other new arrivals include fusiliers and flagtails.

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