BERLIN’S GIANT AQUADOM AQUARIUM WITH OVER 1,500 TROPICAL FISH HAS EXPLODED
If you’ve ever been to Berlin, you likely already know about the AquaDom Aquarium. It is, or was, the home to over 1,500 tropical fish, was 52 feet high, and was the largest free-standing aquarium in the world. It used to dominate the modern lobby of the Radisson Blu hotel. The AquaDom was so large, it contained a million liters of water! All of this was true right up until early morning two days ago, when the giant aquarium simply exploded. Had this happened only 90 minutes or so later, there’s no telling how many people would have been hurt in the hotel lobby and the street outside.
IT’S A MIRACLE ONLY 2 PEOPLE WERE INJURED, AND ONLY AFTER AQUADOM EXPLODED
As it is, two people were injured by falling glass after the giant fish tank exploded. Armed police escorted all hotel guess out just before 6 am after the blast. As for the fish, it’s a tragedy. The vast majority of the fish have died. And the cold weather made rescue attempts incredibly challenging. The AquaDom used to house over 100 different species of tropical fish. The scale of the disaster is truly incredible. Several dozen fish were saved after they were found in pockets of water that collected in several places. There are desperate attempts to save another 400-500 in smaller tanks under the lobby that were deprived of oxygen after the explosion.
FREEZING TEMPERATURES MAY HAVE CAUSED A CRACK IN AQUADOM, BUT MOST FISH ARE DEAD
The AquaDom tank explosion was so large, and the amount of water driving the force behind it, was like a tsunami. If it had happened only an hour or so later, the lobby and street outside would have been filled with children. The devastation is significant, with the lobby gutted and spread to the scene outside the hotel. One person reported remembering seeing a “large parrotfish lying on the ground, frozen.” Police warned locals that there was still “massive amounts” of water flowing into nearby streets and to drive cautiously. So far, there is no evidence of foul play to this tragedy. One possibility is that the temperature went far below freezing and may have caused the tank to crack.
The AquaDom first opened in December, 2003, and held the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium.