Monday 20th Aug 2018 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Versatility maximises productivity

Tropical marine fish importer Tidal Life, based in Stamford, Lincolnshire, has teamed up with materials handling specialist Allibert Buckhorn for the supply of storage containers to acclimatise its imported tropical fish on arrival in the UK. Tidal Life, which started business in September 2004, imports tropical marine fish from all over the world including Fiji, Australia and Singapore.

Exotics such as the Angel, Butterfly and Clown fish are just a few of the species imported for re-distribution via the wholesaler. Tidal Life imports thousands of fish per month, distributing to pet shops and aquatic retailers across the UK.

It approached Allibert Buckhorn to supply a range of water retaining containers that could each comfortably accommodate up to 15 large fish or 45 of the smaller species during acclimatisation.

Tidal life uses various depth Allibert Buckhorn 600X400 Standard European range containers to house the many species of tropical fish during the acclimatisation process. The process takes between four to five hours as salt water is drip fed into the containers.

Allibert also supply a partitioning system designed to individually quarantine the fish to avoid fighting. With over 150 containers subdivided to house anywhere between 12 and 45 fish, there can be upwards of 4,000 fish comfortable acclimatising at any one time.

Martyn Else, director of Tidal Life, says: “The European Standard 21, 33 and 45 litre containers are great because they meet all our aquatic storage needs, and can easily be stacked away when not required. As a new company, having such a versatile system, rather than a static one, has enabled us to maximise productivity and avoid wasting valuable storage space.

“The Allibert Buckhorn containers are not only able to be adapted for water filtration, but also offer a closed environment for secure night storage. Further to this, the ability to subdivide the containers to create different sized compartments has facilitated the needs of our extensive variety of tropical fish species.”