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Phyllis Donner Aquarium

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The children's department at MCPL Wausau features a 650-gallon saltwater aquarium with a living coral reef and more than 30 species of tropical fish and other marine life!

The tank was built by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Las Vegas and was funded by a donation from the estate of Phyllis Donner, a Wausau resident.

Inhabitants of the aquarium are as follows (as of October 2022): 


  • Azura Damsel
  • Bangai Cardinal
  • Batfish
  • Bicolor Angelfish
  • Blue Tang
  • Blue-Green Chromis
  • Bluespine Unicorn
  • Clownfish
  • Copperband Butterfly
  • Coral Beauty
  • Emperor Angelfish
  • Flame Angelfish
  • Flame Hawkfish
  • Heniochus Butterfly
  • Lemon Chromis
  • Lemon Peel Angel
  • Mimic Elibi Tang
  • Pink Skunk Clownfish
  • Powder Blue Tang
  • Powder Brown Tang
  • Purple Firefish
  • Sailfin Tang
  • Sea Goldie
  • White Blenny
  • Yellow Tang
  • Yellowhead Jawfish
  • Zebra Moray Eel


  • Banded Coral Shrimp
  • Black Urchin
  • Blood Red Fire Shrimp
  • Blue Hermit Crab
  • Blue-Legged Hermit Crab
  • Chocolate Chip Starfish
  • Corinth Snails
  • Nassarius Snails
  • Pencil Urchin
  • Peppermint Shrimp
  • Pin Cushion Urchin
  • Red-Legged Hermit Crab
  • Rose Sea Anemone
  • Sand-Sifting Sea Star
  • Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab
  • Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
  • White-Legged Hermit Crab


  • Accordia
  • Brain coral
  • Daisy Button Polyps
  • Finger Coral
  • Frilly Mushrooms
  • Lettuce Coral
  • Montapora
  • Mushroom Coral
  • Mushroom Polyps

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