VIDEO: 65,000 L Reef Tank Tour!

23 Jul, 2021

Spectators watch as a diver in the Zoo Rostock reef aquarium clears detritus from the corals and rock with a jet of water. Image from SeaFriendlyReef video.
Spectators watch as a diver in the Zoo Rostock reef aquarium clears detritus from the corals and rock with a jet of water. Image from SeaFriendlyReef video.

Nearly as large as the iconic 20,000-gallon reef exhibit at the Long Island Aquarium, this incredible 17,171-gallon (65,000-liter) reef aquarium is part of the Darwineum at Zoo Rostock. (Rostock is a port city on the Baltic Sea in northeastern Germany.) The building, officially opened in 2012, was designed to “guide visitors through the different geological eras, and in a vivid way show how life on the earth evolved.”

SeaFriendlyReef host Tobias Neyer, filming above the 65,000-liter reef aquarium at Zoo Rostock. Image from SeaFriendlyReef video.

The reef aquarium featured mostly live rock and small corals in 2013, but by 2017 had grown in spectacular fashion. Now, in 2021, viewers are treated to an exclusive look at the reef and other off-exhibit portions of the Zoo, such as the dedicated jellyfish breeding operation.

All grown up; the Zoo Rostock reef in 2021!
All grown up; the Zoo Rostock reef in 2021!

Host Tobias Neyer promises more extensive content from the Zoo in the future; this is just the first look!

Watch the exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Zoo Rostock from SeaFriendlyReef, now!

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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