A Stone Aquarium

So, how does one go about making a stone aquarium? Let me tell you:

First, you go to Kemmerer, WY and excavate some fossil fish … lots and lots of fish.

Fossil Fish Excavation: Kemmerer, WY, August 2011

Then, the fossils are prepared in the lab. (By great preparators none the less. Great work Mel, Steve, Michelle, Anna, Margo and Jenny!)

A fully prepped Prisci

Now comes the fun part, choose the specimens to go on display!

Laying out specimens and deciding who will debut in the exhibit.

And then the tricky bit: custom backings and mounts for each and every specimen. (Many, many thanks Cory!)

Starting the mounting process …

Custom backs, mounts, and screws …

… insert the appropriate fish

… and make mounts for all the specimens!

Throw in some cases, signage, and lighting ….. and then POOF! you have a stone aquarium!


“Tertiary Treasure Trove: Adventures in the Green River” opens tomorrow (November 10th, 2012) at the Burpee Museum.This exhibit is <just> a sneak-peek of a larger, permanent exhibit we plan to open in the fall of 2013 about the flora and fauna of the Green River formation. We hope you’ll take the time to stop by and check out our newest addition sometime soon!