Aquarium opening up in the air

JENKS, Okla. - The opening date of the Oklahoma Aquarium was on hold Friday because of delays in achieving the proper water environment, a spokeswoman said.

The aquarium had scheduled a "soft opening" for members only on Saturday, but that and a general admission opening were uncertain Friday, said Shea McClung of Sterling Communications.

"Preparation of the water environment is complicated and time consuming," she said. "When the aquarium is ready for the animals, that's when we'll be ready for the people."

The aquarium's chief operating officer, Susan Bramsch, plans to make an announcement next week about the opening, McClung said.

When finished, the aquarium will have about 200 exhibits using about 1 million gallons of water. The centerpiece is a 500,000-gallon shark tank.

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