Belle Isle Aquarium now says tanks not vandalized - KMSP-TV

Belle Isle Aquarium now says tanks not vandalized

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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Trouble at the newly re-opened Belle Isle Aquarium. At first, it appeared someone snuck in overnight Saturday and vandalized several fish tanks. Aquarium staff members are now saying there was some sort of problem with the tanks not related to vandalism.

Here is a statement from the aquarium posted on their Facebook page:

Dearest Friends,

Thank you for the outpouring of LOVE for the Aquarium! We want to give you the facts as best we know them. We are thankful to advise that we do not believe that the loss of the fish in the first 4 tanks was due to vandalism. We believe that there was a tank dye off, something that is terribly unfortunate - but nonetheless happens even in the best of circumstances.

It was inaccurately reported that 4 tanks were poisoned. Rather the 4 tanks are actually one large tank with 2 dividers that share the same water.

The loss is traumatic, and we appreciate the generous donations we have learned are being made. However, we do not want our friends to donate because they believe we were vandalized. Our volunteers are highly dedicated but one acted upon emotion rather than the facts earlier today.

While we are delighted to accept donations to help reopen the Aquarium on a regular basis, we do not want to do it by disingenuously pulling upon our friends' heart strings! We are happy to report that we were able to revive our Oscar but did lose our Giant Gourami, Tilapia and Catfish. Loss of the Tilapia is ironic because they were rescued from a Korean fish market. This event will in no way halt our efforts, or cloud our mission to reopen the Belle Isle Aquarium for the enjoyment of all people.

Click on the video player to watch Ronnie Dahl's earlier report.

 

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