Something fishy is going on at Techniquest

November 23, 2021

If you’ve visited Techniquest recently, you’ll probably have noticed the large aquarium that sits between the ground floor retro zone and the café.

It’s full of brightly coloured exotic fish, darting around, showing off their dazzling hues. But it’s rather fuller now than it was prior to the pandemic. Over lockdown, the fish were very busy making baby fishes and their numbers are rapidly growing beyond the amount their environment should be supporting.

Hence, Techniquest now has around 20 fish — at the last count! — that need to leave that tank very soon. Rehoming them, however is not as simple as just finding someone who’d like a pet for a spare goldfish bowl…

They are from the family of Cynotilapia afra, a small species of cichlid fish from Lake Malawi in East Africa. In the wild, they’re found in rocky habitats and prefer a PH range of 7.5–8.5 and a temperature range of 23–27 °C. It’s an aggressive and territorial fish that really needs to be kept in a species-only or mixed mbuna tank.

James Summers, Head of Projects at Techniquest commented:

“Obviously over time we were expecting the population to increase, but the scale has taken us a little by surprise.

“Clearly there was a lot of roe-mance in the air during lockdown and sometimes it’s just about being in the right plaice at the right time; gil meets koi — or Cynotilapia afra in this case — and suddenly there are lots of baby fish making an appearance.

“We’re hoping that this app-eel means we’ll be fin-undated with enquiries about taking a few of them to new homes, which will give the remaining aquatic residents here more room to roam.”

Techniquest would love to hear from anyone who might have suitable tanks and experience of looking after such exotic fish, who may be able to take a few of them away from the Bay to give them a good home elsewhere.

To find out more please contact James Summers, Head of Projects at Techniquest.


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  •   What is Techniquest?

    Techniquest is an educational charity, with a science centre in Cardiff Bay. Our mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

  •   Where can I park?

    We are pleased to be able to offer all of our visitors discounted parking with Q-Park, our preferred parking partner.

    The Q-Park operates the Cardiff Bay car park in Pierhead Street which is around 8 minutes walk from Techniquest.

    We have agreed a special discount rate for our customers of 15% off all pre-bookings.
    Pre-book and guarantee your space here using the code TECHNI15.

    There are also nearby pay-and-display car parks on Stuart Street and Havannah Street. Please do not park on Havannah Street itself.

    We regret that there is no parking on-site at Techniquest.

  •   Who is it for?

    Techniquest is suitable for all ages! We do have special events for certain groups, however — see Toddler Days and Home Educator days.

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