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Aquaculture

Aquaculture facilities need to be designed to support the health and welfare of the animals in our care, as well as providing optimum conditions for peak productivity. Maintaining ideal water parameters, as well as providing the correct lighting are paramount in achieving this.

Biosystems filtration systems are ideally suited to hatchery applications such as broodstock, egg holding, larval rearing and nursery areas. Our complete plug and play solutions are popular for smaller applications and pilot studies and can be assembled in a just a few hours. 

For larger applications we can design a customised solution, as well as supply filtration components to enhance existing systems, notably the RK2 range of protein skimmers, Waterco Pumps and Waterco Sand Filters, and Bio-UV sterilisers for larger flow applications.

Lighting is an area that has been receiving a lot of attention of late, and it is only right that is seen as a primary component of any life support system. Light does not just provide the ability for an organism to see but is now well understood as being important in driving biological pathways such as hormone regulation. Historically, aquaculture facilities have utilised standard fluorescent lights to provide general lighting, suited to our own spectral sensitivity range. However, our eyes and how we see is vastly different to that of aquatic organisms. Providing light that does not match the spectral sensitivity of the cultured animal can impair vision as well as negatively impact biological pathways…resulting in stress, reduced feeding and growth rates and increased mortalities. 

By looking into the optic biology and photic conditions of a species, we can understand more about its needs and design a lighting system that meets its requirements more closely. With the advent of the Light Emitting Diode (LED), we are now able to adjust the spectrum to suit the species visual sensitivity range, as well as control the intensity much more precisely. Coupling LEDs with a suitable controller enables us to create a natural photoperiod that supports the circadian rhythm and associated hormonal cycles. We are also able to mimic seasonal shifts over time (as well as track the seasonal variations for any point on the surface of the earth!) that can support broodstock maturation. 

Biolumen lighting systems have been designed and manufactured in the UK to operate in harsh environments, providing safe and reliable fixtures that offer energy savings, a reduction in your COfootprint and importantly a lighting system in tune with nature.