This filter system, which includes a large trickle tower,
protein skimmer, calcium reactor, water pumps, and
a temperature control system, services just one of
the smaller displays in the Tropical Diver gallery.
The coral-fragment-cultivating aquarium in the
aquarium is a lot bigger than what can
be seen from the gallery. Behind the
reef wall there is a large lagoon, just
as there would be on a natural coral
atoll, and the back end of the lagoon
is planted with live mangrove trees.
The room also houses the huge filter
systems that support all of the Tropical
The behind-the-scenes area of
Tropical Diver also has a room that
is best described as a nursery. The
aquarium propagates corals for the
displays there, and houses animals in
quarantine. When we were there, the
curators were working on building
the systems needed to grow their
own food cultures. There are also
tanks holding growing cuttlefish, and
the hatching/growing tanks for the
zebra shark pups from the sharks
housed in the Ocean Voyager exhibit.
I have been on many tours behind the
scenes at several public aquariums,
and the one at the Georgia Aquarium
is a “must see” attraction.
During our tour, we had the
opportunity to meet and spend some
time with a few of the curators working