Our Quarantine Facility

For almost 40 years Grosvenor Tropicals has been renowned for the quality of its livestock, and this is due in no small way to the work which goes on behind the scenes in our quarantine centre. Once considered more than a little eccentric, (it certainly was when we started), the concept of a purpose built quarantine facility is now accepted best practice throughout the industry and an integral part of our livestock husbandry.

Photograph of the general shop interiorSince moving to the new store in Lisburn, the volume of livestock passing through the shop increased to such an extent that we were forced to consider expanding our support facilities to cope with demand. In doing so we considered several options before eventually deciding to design and build a completely new state-of-the-art complex more convenient to our new Lisburn store.

Within days of the decision being made we were overwhelmed with curious customers and individuals asking for details, and all voicing the same question ... "It is one thing to maintain a 200ltr community tank, but how do you go about looking after hundreds of tanks, thousands of species and tens of thousands of individual fish?"

In response to your interest we have decided to post this commentary on how things are progressing. We hope it will give you some insight as to how some of the processes and equipment work, and through photographs, a glimpse of the complex in operation.

April 2007

Less than a year since the opening of our Lisburn superstore Grosvenor Tropical's second major investment in the city is nearing complication. Contractors are on schedule to finish construction of our new quarantine facility within the next few weeks, leaving only a handful of technicians to commission the state-of-the-art systems which will make this the most modern facility of its kind anywhere in Europe. By the time the facility comes on-line later in the year the inhabitants will be enjoying every luxury a fish could ask for. Fully automated systems will cater for their every need and ensure that they are maintained in the optimum environment for their health and well being. Even the fish keeper's least favourite chore, water changing, has been automated, with each of the tanks receiving a daily water change of between 5% - 10% appropriate to its inhabitants.

Photograph of Solar PanelsAs to greener issues and impact on the global environment, we can reassure everyone that this will be a very eco friendly site indeed. Energy conservation will play a very important role in the operation of this complex with much of the site's energy requirements being met in-house from renewable sources including solar energy. Indeed plans are already being considered to make this facility entirely self-sufficient within only a few years.

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