Currently, our wet lab is under renovation! We hope to have it up and running by the end of this year in preparation for next years experiments and students projects!
A new air conditioner unit will be installed to ensure the facility and broodstock water temperatures remain cold. Larval tanks will then be fitted with individual heating units for temperature manipulation ease. We will be installing 4 brood stock tanks, 8 larval tanks, sand filter, UV system, biofilters, and a protein skimmer. This will be a great space to hold and maintain oysters and clams for future research projects!
The tanks will be set up us a recirculating system, where each tank has the option to stand alone, or have water flow from tank to tank. The biofilter will provide a medium for beneficial bacteria to colonize. These bacteria convert ammonia, a waste product harmful to fish and shellfish when it accumulates, to nitrite. Nitrite is subsequently converted to nitrate, a less harmful compound, by other bacteria colonies within the system. Water is also circulated through the UV light filter, which kills potential contaminants like algae and harmful bacteria. We will regularly test the system’s water quality parameters in order to ensure that it is running properly. These parameters include nitrate levels, ammonia, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
The types of algae used to feed the cultured oysters and clams include:
- Isochrysis galbana (Iso)
- Tisochrysis lutea (Tiso)
- Pavlova lutheri (Pavlova)
- Pavlova pinguis (golden algae)
- Tetraselmis suecica (Tetra)
- Nannochloropsis sp. (Nano)
- Thalassiosira weissflogii (TW)
- Chaetoceros calcitrans (diatom)