WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – The grand opening of the much anticipated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit at the Waikiki Aquarium has been delayed. The new exhibit was scheduled to open this Saturday, but because of some equipment problems it will not open until Thursday, August 18.
"The life support system, the part of the exhibit that keeps these animals alive, we had problems with that. Luckily we detected it before we put all the valuable animals in there," aquarium Director Andrew Rossiter told Hawaii News Now.
"The ultra violet filtration system wasn't working properly which would have meant that any parasites in the tank would not have been killed and ultimately the fish would have got infected. And we also had problems with the chiller unit which we need to keep the water cool enough for the proper temperature. That's now repaired and we're moving ahead with the new opening date of August the 18th," Rossiter said.
Now that all systems are functioning properly coral fragments representing about 20 coral species have been put in the exhibits tank. Soon about 230 fish from 30 different species will be added.
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