Construction of a fish breeding station at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology

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In the basement of Building O of the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Martinsried a fish breeding station has been built. The fish department consists of a large fish room, a technical room for water treatment, as well as associated laboratories and offices.

The aquariums in which zebrafish are bred contain a total of approx. 12,000 litres of water with a water temperature of 28°C. The fish are kept in a large fish room. The water is provided by a reverse osmosis system and treated in the water technology room. Since the animals are genetically modified, the waste water must be led through a thermal disinfection.

The fish room is operated with an air temperature of 26°C and a temperature constancy of ±1K. Due to the high relative humidity of up to 70% at 26°C, the risk of condensation and corrosion is very high. For this reason, the entire interior of the fish compartment was insulated with vapour-tight foam glass panels. All interior materials had to be corrosion-free. In order to exchange the fish and samples with the associated laboratories on the 1st floor, a small elevator was installed over 3 floors.

Construction of a fish breeding station at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology


Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, München

Planning: 2011
Construction period: 2012

Gross floor area: 200 qm
Gross volume: 800 cbm
Costs: 1 Mio. EUR

Project leader:
Manuela Taubenberger