The Coral Reef Exhibit at Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville, Australia, Technical Operations and Water Quality

Thomas, Séverine, and Anthony, Shelley L. (2008) The Coral Reef Exhibit at Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville, Australia, Technical Operations and Water Quality. Report. Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem, Netherlands.

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Reef HQ Aquarium, previously named the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, houses the world's largest living coral reef aquarium system, called the Coral Reef Exhibit (CRE). Over 20 years of CRE operation, water management has evolved significantly to improve the overall health of the tank. This chapter describes the present mode of technical operation of the CRE with a focus on water quality and compares with previous experiences. An increase in coral survival since current methods are in place indicates that a shift from occasional water exchanges using a priori ultra-clean oceanic water to regular exchanges with 'less pure' estuarine water has been largely beneficial to the CRE. Reduced mechanical filtration and increased general and localized flow have also contributed to a healthier system, which is very tolerant to large natural variations in some water quality parameters.

Item ID: 19416
Item Type: Report (Report)
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Chapter within "Advances in Coral Husbandry in Public Aquariums" (ISBN: 978-90-813805-1-5), which is volume 2 of the "Public Aquarium Husbandry Series".

Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 00:52
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070499 Fisheries Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences @ 50%
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