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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The world's largest Aquarium is helping stock the tanks at Albany's Flint Riverquarium. 

Six striped bass were driven three hours to their new home in the blue hole at the Flint Riverquarium. The fish had been at the Georgia Aquarium for four years and were brought to Albany so the Georgia Aquarium could thin their population.

It's common practice to trade species among aquariums.   "We're always swapping fish, helping each other out, not only fish, but other mammals as well," said Jeff Krenner of the Georgia Aquarium. "For example, at the Georgia Aquarium we just recently transferred our sea lions from the Georgia Aquarium to the Bahamas so this is something that is commonly done." 

The bass can get quite large and can be a little piggish with the food. Georgia aquarium officials say because the bass are fast swimmers, they were taking food from other fish in their tanks.

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