Casinos closed after aquarium leak

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Two casinos in Florida had to be closed after a giant marine tank sprang a leak.

The 13' tall 10,800 gal./13,000 US gal. aquarium in the second floor casino at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, started to leak after a seam cracked shortly after midnight on Sunday. Over 8,000 gal. of water gushed over the floor.

Staff raced to plug the leak with bar towels and the casino was evacuated. The leak resulted in water damage to the first and second floor casinos, both of which have been closed until the clean-up operation is finished.

Luckily, around 2500 gal. of water remained in the enormous cylindrical aquarium, allowing the fish to keep swimming until they could be transferred to temporary accommodation by the tank maintenance company. The fish include sharks, a lionfish and a puffer.

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