Systems Control

Life Support System

There are thousands of marine animals living in our building.

To assure their well-being at all times, we make sure millions of gallons of our own quality tested salt water is continuously circulated through massive computer controlled pumps and filters.

View these computer controlled systems that filter more water in a day than the city of Gatlinburg.

Aquarium Quick Facts

  • The Aquarium has 1.4 million gallons of water in its exhibits. Water travels throughout the building in over 40 miles of pipe – more than the distance from Gatlinburg to Knoxville.
  • Shark Lagoon is 750,000 gallons of water. The state of the art filtration system for Shark Lagoon circulates 11,664,000 gallons of water every 24 hours.
  • To provide electricity to our exhibits there is a million feet of electrical wiring built into the structure. That is 190 miles of wire – approximately the distance from Gatlinburg to Nashville.
  • In one month, the Aquarium uses nearly 630,000 kilowatts of power, which is enough power to light up several Tennessee towns!
  • To withstand the water pressure, the acrylic window in the Coral Reef exhibit is over 4 1⁄2 inches thick. It measures 40 feet wide by 9 1⁄2 feet high. This single pane of acrylic weighs over 7 tons.