Interzoo 2014: the Thrive Aquatics booth and the impressive WaterLab


We have met Thrive Aquatics during the last Interzoo, in the 2012, then we have had the chance to meet them during Macna 2013 at Ft. Lauderdale and today we have met them again to fully understand what is, and how it works, the impressive WaterLab.

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Thrive Aquatics is well known in Italy for their wonderful coral plugs, and for the Tree 360 to contain all the plugs with a tree shape.

The Interzoo booth wasn’t focused on their coral plugs, but, as it was also at Macna, to the wonderful and impressive Thrive Aquatics Waterlab.

The Waterlab is been improved since, and in the frontal panel we read today Waterlab when the first prototype we saw at Macna had Thrive, and we have the pictures 🙂


The Thrive WaterLab is an automatic lab to do many water test, aimed for shops, because the price is to high, in our opinion, for a simple reefer


The Thrive Waterlab can perform 23 water tests, for fresh water, marine water and ponds. To fully understand the complexity of this system, you have to know that there are three patent pending, the 61869917, the 61869940 and the 61869946.


As you can see from the picture of the inside, there are all the syringes with all the reagents, and one simple colorimetric indicator of the contents for each syringe.

We have known that soon in Italy some shop will have it… so we hope to see it in action.


The Thrive Aquatics Waterlab is extremely simple to use. We have only to choose the test we are interested and put the water… if we leave our name, Waterlab can store all our parameters, locally and on Thrive Aquatics website, so we can browse it, from everywhere we’ll be in the future.


The test that Waterlab can perform are the following.

Fresh and marine water:

  • Ammonia
  • Nitrite
  • Nitrate
  • Color of water
  • Phosphate
  • Copper
  • pH
  • Salt
  • Potassium
  • Carbonate hardness

and only for marine water:

  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iodine

And only for freshwater

  • General Hardness (GH)


In the picture we can see the anterior part of the machine, with the big trash bin 🙂


And here we have the interior from the back, with fans, back of display and syringes with reagents.


The DataLog and all the wiring.

Obviously, as we have just written at the beginning,Thrive Aquatics it’s not only WaterLab, but in the booth we have seen also all their products… but… hey, they attract so less attention than Waterlab…


Thrive Aquatics has also additives for marine water, fresh water and ponds. Then some “organic control” bottles, for phosphates remover or stimulant


To learn more, please consult the shop website and our Editorial about the show:

Thrive Aquatics

Interzoo at Nuremberg 2014 – editorial