European Cichlid-Forum members will be glad to know that Aquatis, the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe, has opened its doors this past weekend. Originally envisioned over 15 years ago, the project is finally completed and open to the public, although not all the exhibits are fully stocked. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, Aquatis boasts both permanent and temporary exhibits from Europe, South America, the Congo River and the African Rift Lakes.

Unlike other public aquariums which are usually geared toward marine fish, Aquatis is all about freshwater ecosystems. Freshwater exhibits are more than a second thought or temporary exhibit. The first floor of the facility displays fish and ecosystems from across Europe while the second floor encompasses African, Australian, Asian and South African river ecosystems. If you live close-by or plan to visit the Lausanne area make sure to visit. For more information check out