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The exhibition conception of Aqua Logo Engineering in Moscow and Voronezh oceanariums involves a demonstration of land animals – mammals, birds, reptiles – along with traditional for public aquariums hydrobionts. The aviaries and terrariums with animals, living in different parts of our planet, make exposition more diverse, allow visitors to more clearly visualize the natural biotopes in which the inhabitants of land and water live together. We plan to integrate there great scientific and enlightening work in the future. Voronezh oceanarium has separate lection room for this aim.

Both oceanariums are united by the idea of zoning expositions over climatically similar conditions of animals’ life. The exposition of the oceanarium in entertainment center “RIO” includes 9 zones. Let’s take a walk over the oceanarium with other visitors.

The scheme of the oceanarium in entertainment center “RIO”

From the first stage of the entertainment center “RIO” we can get to the oceanarium three ways: by the beautifully decorated staircase, by the escalator, going just to the cash desks, and from the underground parking. The entry to the oceanarium hall is decorated as an underwater cave, guarded by ancient warriors.

A cash desk of the Oceanarium “RIO” directly in front of the escalator
The entry from the underground parking next to the escalatorThe staircase in the Oceanarium hall
The entry through the “underwater cave”Everything is under protection

In the oceanarium hall there is decorative rack for souvenirs sale, additionally decorated with cascade waterfall. Nearby the waterfall “Atlant” stands.  Further visitors walk into paid zone of the oceanarium, where they can learn the scheme of exposition and survey route.
A rack for souvenirs sale and a waterfall
“Atlant”, the waterfall over the glass“Atlant”, the waterfall over the glass
The staircase in the Oceanarium hallThe scheme of the oceanarium “RIO”

In the first exposition “Polar zone” with are 82 m2 visitors are welcomed by Humboldt penguins in the aviary, decorated as an iceberg. These decorations don’t fit with natural area of inhabitance of this specie, but are adequate to the expectations of visitors. The area of this aviary is 27,2 m2, the volume of fresh water is 30 m3. In the “Polar zone” there are two more aquariums – with salmonids and sturgeons (with volume of 13 m3) and with red king crabs (with volume of 23 m3). The further plan of the oceanarium is creation of aquariums with octopuses, jellyfishes and nautiluses. The whole exposition is completed with a figure of the mammoth, stacked in the iced rock, which has already become favorite place of visitors for taking pictures.

The aviary of Humboldt penguins
Aviary Peruvian PenguinsThe aquarium with salmonids and sturgeons
The aquarium with crabs and achelatasThe mammoth in the “iced rock”

The next exposition hall represents the underwater world of the tropical lagoon. Exposition zone "Laguna" has an area of 169 m2. This room is darker than the previous one. Reception of a contrast transition from the zone to the zone is present throughout the exposition and supports the interest of visitors. In this hall the movement of the human stream takes place in a circle, along the outer contour of which there is an arc-shaped marine aquarium with a volume of 225 m3.
The exposition zone "Lagoon"
The population of "Lagoon" is a bright and diverse reef fish, guitarfishes and other stingrays, bottom sharks. The interior of the room is made in the form of a corner of the underwater world. This effect is achieved by painting the walls, floor and ceiling as the world of sea depths. There are also three marine all-glass aquariums with a volume of 2.6 m3 with tropical marine fishes (boxfishes, scorpionfishes and surgeonfishes), freshwater aquarium with a volume of 9 m3 with cichlids from the Lake Malawi and two dry dioramas. The “Lagoon” zone ends with marine aquarium with a volume of 10 m3 with clownfishes and sea anemones.
A boxfish in the “Lagoon”A lionfish in the “Lagoon”
The aquarium with the clownfishesThe Banggai cardinalfish

Then visitors get to the zone №3 "Jungles" with paintings on the walls, banyan trees, living and artificial vegetation. The ceiling in the form of a starry sky with artistic painting is highlighted by hundreds of LED lamps. There are two open reservoirs in the hall. A freshwater reservoir volume of 5 m3, located in the center of the hall, is surrounded by a low border in the form of a rocky shore. In the center of the reservoir on a stony island there is a tree, covered with powerful lianas. This decoration masks the supporting pillar of the building. In this reservoir an interesting exposition technology is used - its area contains open transparent spheres filled with water. Being fed with floating food, carp koi swim inside the spheres coming above the level of open water in the pool, which creates an unusual visual effect. Nearby is the largest in Russia marine aquarium "Coral reef" with a volume of 32 m3 with live corals and an all-glass aquarium (1.67 m3) with deep-sea anglers and a small bull shark.

The starry sky of the “Jungles” zone
The freshwater open reservoir with carps coiThe largest in Russia marine aquarium "Coral reef"
The marine reservoir “At the shore of the Pacific atoll”The marine reservoir “At the shore of the Pacific atoll”

The second pool with volume of 15 m3 is full of sea water. Its inhabitants are bottom stingrays and carpet sharks from Australia. The shore of the pool is decorates as a village on a rocky shore of the Pacific atoll. The painting on the wall continues this composition. The “Jungles” zone also includes 9 aviaries and a terrarium with common area of 85,1 m2. The population of aviaries is various: raccoons, coatis, vulturine guineafowls, silver pheasant, birds-of-paradise, tauraco, lories, yellow anaconda, Indian python, red-footed tortoises, white-nosed and green monkeys, tamarins and Salvadori's monitor. The population of the aviaries is not final, it will be adjusted and replenished.
In the birds aviaryThe white-nosed monkeys
A water Salvadori’s monitorThe lories

The “Jungles” zone ends with the marine cylindrical aquarium with volume of 5 m3 with schooling tropical fish (pompanos, caranx) and snowflake morays. Then visitors come to the fourth exposition zone ”Seals”, which contains an aviary with north fur seals and a hall for shows. The whole volume of sea water here is 64 m3.

The marine cylindrical aquarium
Caranx and pompanos in the cylindrical aquariumThe aviary with north fur seals
Cleaning of the aviary with fur sealsSeals Theater

The fifth exposition zone “Amazon” welcomes visitors with open freshwater pool with volume of 54 m3 with inhabitants of Amazon – stingrays and catfishes. This is the largest hall and it is decorated with ethnic paintings and bas-reliefs, banyans, waterfalls and a great amount of plants. Going along the small bridge, visitors step on the glass parts and can see fishes, swimming under the legs. On the right side there is a sheer rock, covered with plants, and a waterfall. The dynamical colorful underwater lightning reinforces the impression of the exposition. The “Amazon” zone ends with an aquaterrarium with caimans (10 m3), an aquarium with piranhas (20 m3) and an aquarium, developed especially for arowanas and arapaimas (60 m3). In this aquarium arapaimas adjoin with arowanas, oscars and pacu.

The “Amazon” zone. The small bridge with glass parts
Arapaima in the aquariumThe aquarium with piranhas

The next exposition zone is the sixth one, “Cave”. In the shadows of the rocky aisle, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites, there are 4 aviaries: with flying foxes (Egyptian rousette), gecko, chameleons and wooden green python, and also there is an aquarium with blind fishes. On the ceiling of the cave there is a figured highlight with silhouettes of spiders and pirate symbols.

The entry to the exposition “Cave”
The aviaries with chameleons and wooden green pythonVeiled chameleons
A wooden green pythonAt the left you can see an aviary with flying foxes

Further visitors enter the hall №7 "Ocean". Here is the largest in the oceanarium sea tank (as it is commonly called the largest aquariums) with two transparent tunnels. The volume of the tank is 412 m3. Its inhabitants (more than 40 species), among which sharks, stingrays and groupers, can be seen through 5 flat acrylic windows of different sizes, from a hemisphere (blister) and from transparent underwater tunnels.
The large window of the main aquarium
A black saddled coral grouperA hawksbill sea turtle
The guitarfishes, the family of rays living in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceansView of the underwater tunnel from the main aquarium

Through the largest acrylic window measuring 7 x 2.5 m visitors can watch a shark feeding show. The pride of the fish collection from the Oceanarium “RIO” is Australian sharks, zebra, (about 2 m long), napoleons (60 cm) and two nurse sharks, who came from the oceanarium “Planet-Neptune”. Australian pelagic stingrays look remarkably.
The main aquarium from all the sides
One of the underwater tunnelsA coral hind
In “the hold of the pirate ship”The convex porthole (blister) attracts photographers

Among tunnels there is 8th exposition zone – “The hold of the pirate ship”. The decoration of the tank is designed as “sunken ship”, in which “hold” visitors can see pirate cart, wooden barrel and treasure chests. This is popular place to take photos and to be photographed. The “Ocean” zone also includes marine 20-cubes aquarium "Predatory marine tropical fish" with large morays from different species. The aquarium is decorated as grotto of washed and weathered limestone.
The aquarium "Predatory marine tropical fish"
A leopard morayThe exposition of Oceanarium ends with the “Tropics” zone
Two freshwater aquariumsDiscus are the adornment of the aquarium

Going through the tunnel from the “Ocean” zone, visitors come to the last hall of the exposition with decorative aquariums. There is also good place to take photos for memory. The “Tropics” zone (with area of 30 square meters) completes the route of the oceanarium observation. There are two freshwater aquariums of 965 liters with live plants, discus and neons. The room is decorates with a waterfall along the threads and a rocky waterfall.