A 15,000 gallon aquarium in the Salina Central Mall in Kansas has been restocked after the tank experienced a die off of fish earlier in the month due to deadly chloride levels, according to KSAL news radio. The aquarium, which is maintained as part of a partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism showcases the state’s native fishes and turtles.
Along with Central Mall, The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism is confident that we have taken care of the situation, and the proper precautions have been taken to ensure this does not happen again, Tom Lange, Fisheries Program Specialist at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism told KSAL. After consulting with water quality specialists, Central Mall has added chloride testing and treatment to its weekly routine to prevent any future rise in the chloride level, he said.
The restocked aquarium features such native fishes as gars, carp, channel catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass. Also in the tank are grass carp, which is native to China and was added to keep the tank’s algae in check. In addition to the fish, the aquarium houses a variety of turtles, including painted and snapping turtles. The aquarium is also stocked with 3,000 fathead minnows each week as a food source.
The aquarium display at the mall was constructed in 1987 to showcase the state’s native fishes. According to the Central Mall website, the aquarium is the largest freestanding aquarium display in Kansas. It is 25 feet in length, 12 feet wide, with a depth of 6 1/2 feet. It features six acrylic viewing windows. The display also features a simulated mud bank backdrop as well as trees from area rivers that help to create a Kansas river-inspired biotope.