Open House at the Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture Facility

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Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture Facility

Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture Facility

© 2010 Foster & Smith, Inc. Reprinted as a courtesy and with permission from http://www.LiveAquaria.com

LiveAquaria announced today, via their Facebook Page, that they will be hosting several Open Houses at their Aquaculture Facility in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. This is a great opportunity for hobbyists to see how the pros do it. If you’re in the Rhinelander area, or willing to make a long trip, you should definitely go to the open house events. Below is a list of dates available for the open house as well as some stats and pictures of the facility.

OPEN HOUSE DATES: Noon – 4pm (CST)

  • Saturday, April 17th, 2010
  • Saturday, June 19th, 2010 – half full! Sign up soon!
  • Saturday, August 14th, 2010
  • Saturday, November 13th, 2010

To RESERVE YOUR SPOT email [email protected].

Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture Facility Coral System

Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture Facility Coral System

© 2010 Foster & Smith, Inc. Reprinted as a courtesy and with permission from http://www.LiveAquaria.com

The LiveAquaria/Drs. Foster and Smith aquaculture facility was opened in July of 2005 under the supervision of Kevin Kohen. In 2007, the facility received a half-million dollar expansion and renovation, which more than doubled the size of the original facility. Ten employees work at this 20,000-gallon capacity facility year round. All of the systems in the facility are hooked up to a natural gas-powered generator, which automatically kick on during power outages. The building is also sealed off to the outside world, allowing for a constant humidity of less than 50% and temperatures around 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Reverse osmosis units in the facility are capable of 2,300 gallons per day and heaters total to 9,000 watts of power. The primary salt mix used is Reef Crystals.

Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture Facility Fish Quarantine

Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture Facility Fish Quarantine

© 2010 Foster & Smith, Inc. Reprinted as a courtesy and with permission from http://www.LiveAquaria.com

Overall, the aquaculture facility has eight different systems, each with their own filtration. Three systems are dedicated to fish. One of these systems is a treatment system, one is a quarantine system, and the other is the main housing system. The facility also features three main coral holding systems, as well as an SPS quarantining system, and a LPS/Soft Coral/Invertebrate quarantine system. Water parameters are maintained via ReefKeeper 2 or Aquadyne aquarium controllers.

LiveAquaria Soft Coral and Clam Quarantine

LiveAquaria Soft Coral and Clam Quarantine

© 2010 Foster & Smith, Inc. Reprinted as a courtesy and with permission from http://www.LiveAquaria.com

For more information on the facility, as well as a breakdown of each system with more information, please visit LiveAquaria.com.

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