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Aquarium warms up for Commonwealth Games

Macduff Marine Aquarium is getting into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games and the Support a Second Team initiative this summer, and will be celebrating the games in a very fishy way.  Aberdeenshire Council is behind Antigua and Barbuda and the aquarium is joining in by hosting their own Antiguan team - of coral reef fish.

Normally home only to cold-water-loving inhabitants of  Scotland's Moray Firth, the aquarium is creating a special Antiguan Caribbean reef display that will showcase fish and other animals that would be very familiar to the Antiguan athletes and sports people coming to Scotland for the games.

Antigua is one of the Caribbean Leeward Islands, with white coral beaches, palm trees and secluded bays, surrounded by coral reefs.  Fish such as royal and green grammas, damsel fish, blue tangs and Caribbean cowfish are common residents of these reefs and will make a colourful splash in the aquarium's Antiguan exhibit. 

This will be a stand-along exhibit as the aquarium's system's water temperatures are way too cold for these Caribbean species that are used to balmy waters of around 25C.  It will make a fantastic comparison to their own Scottish rocky reefs featured elsewhere in the aquarium. 


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