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Aquarium System Design (Augsburg College)

Thu, Sep 07, 2017   7:15 pm

Monthly Meeting

King of Kings Lutheran Church 2330 North Dale Street, Rosevilleview map
Professor Capman will discuss the system design for the new marine/reef systems managed by the biology department at Augsburg College.

Many considerations go into a setup like this, and lots of complexities (including the need for redundancy and automation in critical system components due to the fact that these systems need to run unattended over weekends and occasionally for longer periods). While the system being explained is marine, freshwater aquarists should appreciate the discussion of developing a system that maintains many tanks and addresses the common issues faced by all aquarists.

In his new facility, Bill will have a 200-square-foot support space behind the display tanks. One of his goals for this support space is to breed some marine fish.  Spawning would mostly be happening in the display tanks, and in the back he will attempt to grow algae, rotifers, copepods, and such for feeding larval fish.  Specialized rearing tubs will be set up for the rearing larvae collected after a spawn.  Bill admits he is not yet  experienced in rearing larval marine fish, but this setup will enable him to experiment with the known techniques - an aspect that should inspire MAS breeders to explore the species challenging them.

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