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PENETRON Keeps Fish Happy at Brazil’s AquaRio Aquarium

 

PENETRON ADMIX treated all concrete used in the saltwater tanks at the new AquaRio Aquarium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ensuring waterproof and durable concrete structures. The new aquarium was officially opened on November 9th.

The new aquarium, along with the adjacent – and also recently inaugurated – Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow), is the focal point of Rio’s Porto Gamboa waterfront revitalization program. This urban renewal effort also includes extensive residential and commercial construction projects.

Rio home for the fishes: Main saltwater tank of AquaRio during construction showing the underwater walkway – and concrete treated with PENETRON ADMIX to maximize resistance to chloride penetration.
Rio home for the fishes: Main saltwater tank of AquaRio during construction showing the underwater walkway – and concrete treated with PENETRON ADMIX to maximize resistance to chloride penetration.

Located in a repurposed cold-storage warehouse, AquaRio – Aquário Marinho do Rio de Janeiro – occupies 22,000 square meters (236,800 square feet) spread over five floors and a basement.
It is the largest marine aquarium in South America (4.5 million liters / 1.19 million gallons of salt water). Its 28 tanks, spanning two stories, provide a home to 8,000 creatures from 350 different species.

“This is an impressive marine facility,” says Cláudio Neves Ourives, General Manager of PENETRON Brazil. “The largest tank, the Oceanic and Diving Enclosure, is seven meters (23 feet) deep, and you can dive with fish, sharks, sea turtles and stingrays!”

In order to waterproof and increase the durability of the water tanks, all concrete used in the tank structures was treated with PENETRON ADMIX. The construction joints in the new concrete were permanently sealed with PENEBAR SW-55 waterstop.

“AquaRio’s tanks are primarily comprised of seawater,” adds Cláudio Neves Ourives. “PENETRON crystalline products are the best way to increase the resistance of the concrete to the chloride penetration.”

“PENETRON technology provided an optimal and environmentally friendly solution for the massive dimensions of this aquarium,” adds Robert Revera, President and CEO of The PENETRON Group. “PENETRON ADMIX is extremely easy to integrate into the concrete and provides enhanced durability to preserve AquaRio for a long, long time.”

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