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Northwest Missouri State University


The tank itself weighs about 600 pounds and was delivered in February, 2009.

After much discussion with the architects, we realized that the weight of the project (close to 3000 pounds) necessitated a sturdy location. Eventually we settled on a novel approach -- to embed the aquarium in the wall, so that it is visible from both of the long sides. Glass flanges were added between the aquarium and the walls to seal the room, and a curtain will be added for privacy when needed.

After adding distilled water, we placed the Fluval FX5 canister filter and the Pacific Coast 1/2 hp chiller in the equipment closet and began to establish circulation. Instant Ocean was added to obtain the proper salinity, and undergravel filters were installed to better distribute the load and to enhance circulation.

Granite cobbles and lava rock were inserted as substrates. Finally, in September, live rock from Maine was added.

Financial Support

Special Thanks To...

  • Provost Doug Dunham
    • Culture of Quality
  • Former Dean Charles McAdams
    • Undergraduate Research Grants
  • Dr. Gregg Dieringer
    • Department of Natural Sciences
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium