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As seen at the Experimental Biology meeting in DC April 2004....
For a mere $10,000, you can have this setup from Aquatic Ecosystems
Inc, including 1L, 3L and 10L tanks, setup to hold zebrafish at
densities of up to 10 adults per liter (way above the standard
recommendations of 1 inch of fish per gallon!).
All 56 tanksf run off a common filtration system including mechanical
and biofiltration. As designed it is setup to recirculate, but
can be redone to permit continuous fresh flow as well.
Water enters through the drip tubing at the top of each tank, and exits
out the back, through a channel which leads to the overflow pipes
on the back of each tank which normally would be connected to a
collection gutter leading to the larger pipes at left and then to the
sump. The blue plastic pieces are special insterts designed to
force the outflow to come up from the bottom of the tank to the
outflow, so that these tanks are "self-cleaning". Oh, and they're
You control the whole system from here; if there is a problem with the
pumps, the sump has a sensor to shut down the water circulation,
and because the water comes in & out the top of the tanks, there's
no problem with overflow to the sump in that situation. Under
normal operation the water in each tank is recirculated six times per
The only maintenance required is supposed to be monthly changes of
filter media and charcoal
and, one presumes, the water.
All that for just $10,000: some assembly required.
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