Double pumps and improved circulation

We have men at work on the squid tank again today.

Working on the squid and its tank
Working on the squid and its tank

I caught up with Don, one of our contractors, just before he was heading off to lunch after a hard morning’s work on the tank.

Don installing a second pump system in the squid tank

Don installing a second pump system in the squid tank

He’s putting in a second pump and filter system into one end of the squid tank, to match the pump and filter system already at the other end of the tank. This double pump system is designed to improve the circulation of the liquid through the tank. The pumps move liquid through the tank very slowly, from the top layer to the bottom layer, filtering out any small particles in the process.

New pump on the left, with filters in the centre and to the right.

New pump on the left, with filters in the centre and to the right.

Don has been working on the squid project for many months now and knows the tank and the squid inside out. It’s been a change, and sometimes a challenge, to do this work in full view of the public. He’s got some good stories to tell about things visitors say about the squid. My favourite? – the number of visitors who ask him if the squid is still alive!

In case anyone is confused or in any doubt about it, no, the colossal squid is not alive, it is very much deceased.

Work in progress on the squid and its tank

Work in progress on the squid and its tank

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