Blue Reef Aquarium opens up new ‘flooding forest’ exhibit

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A NEW freshwater display based on a flooded tropical rainforest is opening at Blue Reef Aquarium this weekend.

‘Flooded Forest’ which is home to a variety of freshwater species such as piranhas, turtles, angel fish and up to 1,000 tetra fish, opens up today to the public.

The feature is based around a ruined temple complex which incorporates a large running waterfall and two full-size trees alongside giant statues, fallen branches and skulls.

Blue Reef Aquarium’s Lindsay Holloway said: ‘The new feature will transport visitors inside a flooded ruined temple in the heart of the rainforest.

‘We’re extremely pleased with how realistic the theming looks and it provides an extraordinary new habitat for a host of tropical freshwater species.’

The aquarium in Clarence Esplanade features more than 40 naturally-themed displays of marine life and is open to visitors from 10am daily during the week and at weekends.