Today, the stunning 300-gallon saltwater tank located on the bottom floor of Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center celebrated its official confirmation as the fourth largest aquarium in the city of College Station.
Aglantis, as it is affectionately referred to by students, was gifted to the University by the Texas Sea Grant and has now housed at least three, maybe even four fish over the last year. It takes a large tank to accommodate that many fish.
Just how large is the tank? Aglantis is a mighty two feet wide, a jaw-dropping two feet deep, and a truly dizzying ten feet long. For those who have trouble with such abstractly large numbers, that holds roughly the same volume as seven bathtubs or half the amount of water it takes to feel clean after attending a foam party.
This award is the second for Aglantis. Last year, it was named the second biggest waste of money in the MSC, behind the “Memory Cloud”.
However, many expect the tank to make a comeback soon. Once the Kyle Field renovation is complete and funding is available, there are plans to add a clownfish to the tank.
The only larger tanks in College Station are located in a local dentist’s office, Texas A&M’s own Wildlife and Fisheries Science Department, and Sally Brenner’s bedroom. She’s nine.