By Jessie Forand/ECHO  Our schooling fish tank, soon to house invasives as part of a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program , ...

Shine Bright Like a ... Lake Tank

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By Jessie Forand/ECHO 



Our schooling fish tank, soon to house invasives as part of a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, trout and salmon tank and the lake tank have all been converted to LED lighting. In addition to being one drop to help the greater good, it makes for amazing and attractive views for our guests.




(Photos: Jessie Forand/ECHO)



If you’ve visited ECHO lately, chances are you have seen the new-and-improved “big fish” lake tank, home to sturgeon, catfish, and more.




In order to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption, something we’re always striving for, 32 three-watt LED bulbs were installed. This replaces two 170-watt metal hallide bulbs, according to Steve Smith, director of facilities and animal care.






























Smith noted some of the challenges involved in lighting an aquarium. “We want to ensure that the light penetrates to the bottom and is dispersed throughout the habitat,” he said. “We also want to use a neutral color so guests can see the true appearance of the fish. Bulbs in the lower kelvin range can yellow or redden fish colors.

You might notice the tank corners look darker than the rest of the space. According to Smith, this was intentional – the fish just need a place to hide sometimes, when their fellow tank-dwellers aren't playing nice.






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