“TMC builds on fun at Interzoo”

Visitors to the Tropical Marine Centre stand at Germany’s recent Interzoo trade show had a pleasant surprise when they saw its unique ReefScape display, which used approximately 35,000 LEGO bricks.

The ReefScape was made by Bright Bricks, one of only 12 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world, and the only one in the UK.

TMC’s MD Paul West said: “We wanted to entertain and surprise visitors, but also to ‘share the cost’ with Mother Nature by reducing the number of live animals on display, underlining our commitment to sustainability and animal welfare. Our LEGO Certified Professional ReefScape showcased both nature’s beauty and complexity and our skill and ingenuity, and visitors LOVED it!”

Visitors could also make their own fish or coral using LEGO bricks, under the guidance of Duncan Titmarsh from Bright Bricks. They enjoyed it so much that TMC will launch limited-edition Marine Life LEGO Certified Professional kits for Christmas, comprising a stingray, Regal angelfish and lionfish.

However, there was also serious business at Interzoo, and the aquatics manufacturer and wholesaler also launched a number of new products. Among them was its REEF for Advanced Aquarists range (which will be available to the trade from November 2014) and the REEF-Skim range of advanced protein skimmers, incorporating a conical body design, patented bubble diffusion plate and needle-wheel injection system and pump. A low-voltage DC version with controller was shown alongside the standard AC model.

On show was a prototype of TMC’s AquaRay Horizon LED light, an ultra-slim piece of glass (black or white) incorporating Samsung LEDs. The company also displayed its prototype range of Optiwhite Drop Off aquariums which allows hobbyists to create a realistic reef shelf.