The Marathon County Public Library is taking a dive in a different direction. Crews are building a 650-gallon saltwater fish tank.
Fish tanks are quite the attraction for people of all ages. But a tank that takes up an entire wall? That’s incredible, and exactly what the Marathon County Public Library is getting.
It’s all thanks to a $76,000 donation from Wausau native Phyllis Donner. The money lets the library to spend the money on things like the fish tank.
The construction for the 650-gallon tank, which is being built by a well-known Las Vegas company, began today, and the library staff couldn’t be more excited.
Library Assistant, Amy Ryan says the tank is something the library has wanted for years. "It’s going to be built by Acrylic Tank Manufactures of Las Vegas. They are the guys behind the television program “Tanked”. So, were very excited and have been waiting for this day for a long time. Seeing it actually start is just wonderful."
The tank is in the children's story room. In all, the tank will cost around $35,000. Area organizations are chipping in to cover the costs.
Acrylic Tank Manufactures of Las Vegas is donating the creatures who'll call the tank home. It will cost $6,000 a year to keep up the tank. That money comes from the friends of the Marathon County Public Library organization.
The entire project will be complete in 6 weeks.
Crystal Finishing Systems of Schofield donated the frame going around the tank. They’ll also build and donate the tank cover.