behind the scenes

How do we Keep the Aquarium Running Every Day?

There are thousands of marine animals that call the Aquarium home. At Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, you can view the computer controlled systems that keep it going, filtering all of our water and keeping our precious animals alive.

To assure our animal’s 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.


The Aquarium has 1.4 million gallons of water in its exhibits. Water travels throughout the building in over 40 miles of pipe.

750,000 GALLONS

Dangerous Reef containt 750,000 gallons of salt water!

11,664,000 GALLONS

The state-of-the-art filtration system designed for Dangerous Reef circulates 11,664,000 gallons of water every 24 hours.

1,000,000 FEET

To provide electricity to our exhibits, there is one million feet of electrical wiring built into the Aquarium. That is 190 miles of wire–almost the distance from Myrtle Beach to Savannah, Georgia.

630,000 kW

In one month, the Aquarium uses nearly 630,000 kilowatts of power. That is enough power to light up several South Carolina towns!


To withstand the water pressure, the acrylic window in the Coral Reef exhibit is nearly five inches thick. It measures 40 feet wide by 9.5 feet high and a single pane of acrylic weighs over seven tons.