Discover some of our species...
On any day of the week here, you'll see children enthusiastically prodding their fingers against the glass shouting 'I found Nemo!' The Clown Anemonefish is highly adapted to its environment, striking up one of nature's most unique partnerships as a defence mechanism. Juveniles develop an immunity to certain types of sea anemone, within the tentacles of which they hatch. However, it's a short-lived mode of protection, as this immunity needs to be regularly maintained, seemingly wearing off if the fish leaves its host anemone for as little as an hour.
The familiar and friendly Regal Blue tang is renowned for its distinctive royal blue body and tail. They are also commonly known as Palette surgeonfish and the Hippo tang. Regal Blue tangs can grow up to 20-30 centimetres in length and are typically found amongst coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific Oceans, East Africa, Japan, Samoa, New Caledonia and Australia. Juveniles mostly feed on plankton while the diets of the adult tangs are omnivorous, feeding on plankton and algae.
Well known for its long venomous spines that resemble the mane of a lion, the Lionfish is one of the most common aquarium fish. Typically found along the seaward edge of reefs, lagoons and rocky surfaces to 50 metres deep, the red and white striped lionfish prey on small fish and invertebrates. Don’t be fooled by the ornate beauty of the lionfish as they are the second most venomous fish in the world after the Estuarine stonefish!