Local shop opens aquatic doors to pets after earthquake

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Cody Hall is the manager of Alaska Coral and Fish, LLC.

Courtesy Morgan Olsen

Hall says the store's lack of damage after last Friday's earthquake was nothing short of a miracle.

"I don't know how we skated by," Hall said. "Whatever ghost that haunts the fish shop, as we call it...definitely someone is watching over us for sure."

The store resumed business just hours after cleaning up a couple thousand gallons of spilled water. Incredibly, all of the shop's tanks, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of aquatic inhabitants inside them, were unscathed

"I thought it was gonna be like a rock in a mirror shop. I thought we were gonna have a few more broken tanks," Hall said.

The business is now using those tanks to house the fish and corals of people whose aquariums were damaged in the earthquake.

Employees are also heading out into the community, inspecting damaged tanks and replacing water that spilled during the earthquake. Hall says Alaska Corals and Fish wants be a support system for other aquarium enthusiasts in Alaska after such a significant seismic event.

"I was there personally at my house when my tanks were shifting and sloshing, holding two tanks and trying to save whatever I could," Hall said. "We know the feeling for all of our customers who are checking in on us and making sure our tanks are fine and we really want to reciprocate that too."

Hall wants customers in the area to know that no matter how small it may be, anyone dealing with tank damage from the earthquake can give them a call at 907-929-8335 for assistance.

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