Kingsborough’s Marine Academic Center (The only CUNY college to host an aquarium) contains a 6550-gallon shark tank with 19 predators that are observed throughout the day. Observers can sit on two concrete benches in front of the glass to watch the fish swim by.
Each fiscal year the aquarium is allotted between $2500 and $3000 between three vendors for food, stock and equipment/supplies. They also get about 300 hours for a student aide in the aquarium.
For the amount of work that goes into maintaining the tank, the budget is slim—especially when major repairs are estimated to cost the college between 70,000 dollars and 100,00 dollars this year alone.