Waikiki Aquarium’s Northwest Exhibit Delivers the Goods


The Waikiki Aquarium, already considered a premiere public aquarium by most, has decided to up the ante with the creation of their Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit. The new feature houses some of Hawaii’s best and rarest livestock, including a few masked angelfish (Genicanthus personatus), of which prior to this exhibit there are only a few known in captivity. Needless to say, having a single masked angelfish is a feat all unto itself, but three (judging by the video) in a single tank is just amazing. To top it off, several bandit angelfish (Apolemichthys arcuatus) and flame wrasses (Cirrhilabrus jordani) also share the massive tank. Also described in the video are how the fish and corals were collected. Rick Klobuchar, the acting curator at the aquarium, along with several other collectors, had to ride out to the Northwestern part of Hawaii to handpick each and every fish, coral and invertebrate. The daunting task obviously proved fruitful, and has made for a very pricey display (in hobbyist terms).

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