Not so glamorous but the last part of my day was spent cleaning filters for one of my systems. This involves running water back through the filter to flush out waste. The job is fun but can get quite messy. Thanks for following me on my Takeover Tuesday!
Not so glamorous but the last part of my day was spent
I feed five systems a day. Some are broadcast fed which means the food is scattered throughout the tank so everyone gets a bite! Some animals are target fed which means they are given food directly through tongs or a feeding pole. All of the feeds get logged into records which you saw me do earlier!
I feed five systems a day Some are broadcast fed which means
I prep about 40-50 pounds of food every other day to feed my animals. Our prep is carefully planned out for every animal, we even add different vitamins to make sure we meet every animal's nutritional needs. Did you know our seafood is restaurant quality? We only give our animals the best!
I prep about 4050 pounds of food every other day to feed
We have over 3,000 individual fish! To keep track of how everyone is doing we maintain detailed daily records on feeding, water chemistry, filter status, system maintenance, and animal health!
We have over 3000 individual fish To keep track of how everyone
Mascots for a Cure invited more than 30 mascots in the country to do a 36-second twist challenge to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The significance of thirty-six seconds comes from statistics showing 36 children are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States. Downtown Aquarium - Houston mascots Sharkey, Nero our white tiger and Cha! Cha! from Rainforest Cafe all got to boogie...
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Mascots for a Cure invited more than 30 mascots in the country

Mascots dance to help fight childhood cancer

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I take care of the second largest system in the whole aquarium! I dive the dining room tank early in the morning, five times a week to clean and feed. As you can see it's quite hectic! After about two hours of diving it's off to the showers so I can get ready for the rest of my day.
Loreley: Pearl Beach Mermaid
It's TAKEOVER TUESDAY! Today we are following Shawn as he takes over our Facebook to give us an inside look at what it takes to be an aquarist. Stay tuned! #nationalzooandaquariummonth
One of our biologists, Casey, got an action shot of our piranha during their feed! #feedingfrenzy #nationalzooandaquariummonth
Who's ready for a killer weekend?! Join us July 15 & 16 for all things shark!!
Who's ready for a killer weekend Join us July 15 16 for all things shark
Angela Chapman
Christina Stevens
Bianca Garza
Have you ever seen a hawk have fun? Check out our African augur buzzard carefully considering his new enrichment! #nationalzooandaquariummonth
Feeling patriotic this 4th of July? Celebrate it with us!! Purchase tickets -
Feeling patriotic this 4th of July Celebrate it with us Purchase tickets
Karen Bennett
Billie Y Marvin Cucul-Catun
At the Aquarium our animals get enriched in many different ways! Enrichment is anything that lets our animals exhibit their natural behaviors. Today Ranger is enjoying some visual enrichment through a movie! #enrichment #nationalzooandaquariummonth
At the Aquarium our animals get enriched in many different ways Enrichment
Can every Saturday be Sawfish Saturday!? This is our female sawfish resting in our shark tunnel. Sawfish are critically endangered due to overfishing, habitat loss, and entanglement in fishing nets. How can you help? By visiting accredited aquariums, reporting any sightings of sawfish in the wild, cleaning up old fishing nets and lines, and raising public awareness! The more people know about...
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Marlen Murillo
This is our mata mata turtle getting some breakfast! Mata mata's are a freshwater turtle found in South America. They look like leaves so they can camouflage with the bottom of streams. Some say they are funny looking we think they're TURTLY cool! #aquarium #turtle
We are celebrating "Cephalopod Week" at the Aquarium! Today we are going to meet our aquarist, Mirandia. She takes care of our giant Pacific octopus, Harley!

Where did you go to school? Texas A&M at Galveston where I majored in Marine Biology.
What made you decide to be an aquarist? I really wanted to teach about conservation and take care of animals.
What is your favorite cephalopod fact?...
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Dee Cepeda Zimmerman
Mayra Espinoza-Garcia
Emma Jones
Move to the Latin Beats this Friday
Move to the Latin Beats this Friday
Isbeidy Sosa
Meet Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'s newest Houston contestant, Christopher! ABC13 Houston came face-to-face with the potential millionaire here!!
Meet Who Wants To Be A Millionaires newest Houston contestant Christopher ABC13

ABC13 Houston on Twitter

“Say hello to Christopher, the newest @MillionaireTV contestant!????He was booked right on the spot @AquariumHouston and is ready to win some ???? https://t.co/5oyUzxVsaj”

Three Parks One Pass! 5 Days of Patriotic Fun!
Three Parks One Pass 5 Days of Patriotic Fun
Amanda Winton May
Christy Granillo
Flying into the first day of #summer like...
Flying into the first day of summer like
It's Tiggy Tuesday! Tiggy is one of our ambassadors who educates guests on the importance of animals and conservation! #nationalzooandaquariummonth
Its Tiggy Tuesday Tiggy is one of our ambassadors who educates guests