The aquarium facility consists of 40 tropical aquaria with a total operating volume of almost 5000 L. It is located at the ICBM in Wilhelmshaven. 30 x 100 L tanks are used for different experimental setups: Long and short term coral experiments, fish feeding assays and chemical ecological experiments with corals, algae or sponges.
Temperature and CO2 can be controlled individually. All aquaria usually run in a recirculating system where ~ 5 % of the volume is exchanged with treated and analyzed North Sea water per week. However, all tanks can be run independently if needed.