Meet the marine team that cleans

20 August, 2012 By admin

How do you feel about housework?  Love it? No we didn’t think so.  However, there is a team of unusual marine critters at The Lost Chambers Aquarium that love cleaning every day and pride themselves in scrubbing, the glass, plants, sand of algae and even fellow fish!  Let’s meet them. Starfish, Sea Urchins and Sea Cucumbers These expert cleaners constantly stir the sand bed and provide oxygen to the beneficial bacteria living in the sand so its kept clean.  The nitrate levels are kept low too. You can observe them very closely in the touch pool located in the Seven Sages chamber of The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Turbo snails These slow moving snails get their name from their incredibly fast grazing abilities.  They consume huge quantities of algae, making them one of the most efficient cleaners in The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crabs These scavengers can be found in the coral exhibit. Known for their small size, beautiful colors and excellent reef cleaning abilities, they are able to reach into tight crevices and polish off the detritus and algae.

Cleaner Wrasse The Cleaner Wrasse removes harmful parasites from gills and skin of larger fish. In turn, the Cleaner Wrasse gets a free meal. Both benefit from this symbiotic relationship. Look closely when you’re visiting The Lost Chambers Aquarium and you may see this behavior right in front of your eyes!

The Lost Chambers Scuba Diving Team These marine experts clean the windows and even vacuum clean the sand in The Ambassador Lagoon. You can meet a diver and variety of fish during the Aquatheatre, daily at 10:30am and 3:30pm in The Lost Chambers Aquarium or simply come and say hello to the cleanup crew, who can be viewed daily at The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Sand Filters, Foam Fractionators and Filters This equipment is needed to provide optimal water quality at The Lost Chambers Aquarium.  You can learn more about the amazing technology behind the largest open water marine exhibit by booking your “Behind The Scenes” tour today.

The Aiptasia Eating Filefish This fish  is found on reefs and rubble areas on shallow reefs, is known for its ability to remove and consume Aiptasia Anemones.  This particular anemone can injure or kill other marine animals that come into contact with its stinging threads.  By removing these swiftly reproducing Anemones, the balance of the marine exhibit is restored.

The Copperband Butterfly Fish The copperhead is easily recognisable by its copper colored vertical stripes. This clever fish uses its special pointed mouth to seek and consume the Aiptasia Anemones pests from the small crevices they are found in.

Come and meet the clean up crew at The Lost Chambers Aquarium.  Entry is complimentary for resort guests and it is AED 100 per adult and AED 70 for children for day visitors, with complimentary access for children under 3 years. Special UAE resident rates apply at AED 75 for adults and AED 50. Or participate in a Guided ‘Behind The Scenes’ tour for AED 75 per person.