Penta’s Chris Dodge was due to collect the eggs and deliver them to the tank around lunch time today.
As the school has been closed for the Christmas period yesterday was the first chance to see how the tank has settled following its initial setup last year.
A quick glance at the tank and disaster. The water temperature was a warm 21 degrees. OK for tropical fish but a little on the warm side for trout eggs unless you want them poached
It appears that the chiller died.
The chiller is the large grey box under the table. This works in the same way as a fridge and cools water held within. This water is then circulated through an insulated pipe and into a coil in the tank before coming back into the chiller to re cool.
This should have kept the water temperature below 10 degrees. With temperatures as high as they are, we cannot take on the eggs.
A new chiller is on route and our eggs are being fostered in another tank. All being well, Chris will swap out the chiller, get the water temperature down and then collect the eggs on Friday.