Themed Aquarium

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Themed Aquarium

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Themed tanks are a collection of smaller exhibits that provide an intimate view of the underwater hidden creatures.

These targeted displays allow you to enjoy marine life’s diversity and adaptability, which you will miss in bigger tanks. 

The tanks include marine invertebrates (sea urchins and starfish), seahorses, tropical corals, and sea dragons.

The different themed aquaria are:

  • Marine invertebrates
  • Seahorses
  • Shark Eggs
  • Tropical Corals
  • Amazing underwater creatures

This guide will help you navigate through these themed treasures and learn about the distinct residents to develop a better understanding of the ocean’s hidden gems.

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Marine invertebrates

To better comprehend this group of marine animals, this tank displays some representatives of the various species of invertebrates. 

Invertebrates are both terrestrial and aquatic animals that lack a backbone. 

We can divide invertebrates into two groups: arthropods and non-arthropods.

Sharpen your vision to distinguish some hermit crabs and shrimp in this neighborhood!

At a Glance

Volume of water: 2,61 m3
Illumination: Low
Temperature: 14/16ºC
Zone: 15 to 25m, Infralittoral-Circalittoral
Marine animals: Starfish, sea urchins, holothurians (sea cucumbers), brittle stars (false stars) and common prawn.

Shark eggs

You may look closely at the shark eggs in the aquarium, hanging between the corals and marine plants.

Shark eggs, often known as mermaid’s purses due to their form, have a lengthy and relatively translucent shell that allows you to observe how the shark embryos develop inside. 

The egg capsule also has tendrils on its ends to keep the eggs anchored to the corals and marine vegetation instead of being carried away by the currents.

Look closely at the eggs because the embryos may be moving within at the bottom of the tank because some have already been born.

At a Glance

Volume of water: 2,61 m3
Illumination: Low
Temperature: 14/16ºC
Zone: 15 to 25m, Infralittoral-Circalittoral
Marine animals: Lesser spotted dogfish and Nursehound 

Tropical corals

Corals are colonies of microscopic animals known as polyps that construct intricate reef structures. They are genuinely natural architects.

In this tiny aquarium, you can see several beautiful corals up close and how polyps move by opening and shutting their tentacles.

This tank’s coral has been bred in captivity without removing specimens from the wild.

Amazing underwater creatures

In these little aquariums, you can see marine species with unusual shapes that resemble mythological beings. 

They are organisms that take on bizarre shapes to adapt to their surroundings. They will pique your interest and take you to a world of myth and legend.

They are currently home to clownfish and leafy sea dragons, a sporadic type of seahorse that is difficult to identify from its surroundings, rich in leaves and algae.

Check our guides to enhance your visit to the Aquarium:
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Planet Aqua
Tips for visiting
Opening hours

FAQs

When is the best time to visit the aquariums?

The best time to visit is when the gates open at 10 am.

Do you need a special ticket to visit the Themed aquariums?

No, you do not need a special ticket, the entry ticket includes the Themed aquariums.

Where can I purchase Barcelona Aquarium tickets?

On the day of their visit, visitors can purchase tickets for the attraction at the venue or online. We advise you to purchase your tickets online in advance for the best possible experience.

What themes do the aquariums cover?

Barcelona Aquarium’s themed tanks focus on hidden wonders:

  • Marine invertebrates
  • Seahorses
  • Shark Eggs
  • Tropical Corals
  • Amazing underwater creatures

Does Barcelona Aquarium host any special events in the themed aquariums?

Barcelona Aquarium might host special events, but themed aquarium events are less likely as they are designed for self-discovery.

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