ELLESMERE Port's Blue Planet Aquarium has just opened a new attraction.
Reef Magic aims to educate, amaze and enthuse visitors about one of nature's most complex and colourful tropical ecosystems.
It also sets out to raise awareness of the major threats to coral reefs - often called the nurseries of the seas.
The living exhibit will feature more than 15 different species of fish and 20 different types of coral as well as demonstrating the captive breeding process which aims to help alleviate pressure on endangered species in our world's oceans.
One of the main features is a central, 2,000-litre free-standing tank which will allow visitors to view every angle of this living exhibit, and a 4,000-litre tank will feature corals and fish exclusively from the Red Sea as the destruction of coral reefs in this region is a major environmental issue.
Four smaller 500-litre tanks will complete the installation. These will demonstrate differences in the behaviour of corals and fish during night and day and fluorescence.
Visitors will be able to see up close how different species of marine life behave at both times of day, alongside one another - one tank will include nocturnal fish and the other diurnal fish (asleep at night).
Coral reefs have thrived on earth for more than 50 million years. In recent years, however, more than 20% of the world's reefs have been lost, and 50% of remaining reefs are in jeopardy of collapse unless action is taken.