IntelliReefs are cast from bioenhancing proprietary mineral mixtures called Oceanite. Our mixtures are chosen to enhance the growth and development of desired species and can be completely customized to site and function - including pH values. Unlike Portland cement, the pH of Oceanite mineral mixtures is customizable, which allows us to create ideal growth conditions for target species by fine-tuning and controlling substrate pH.
Portland cement and 3D printing binders can burn animal tissues when they come into contact with it because it has a pH around 12. Oceanite mixtures can currently attain a pH as low as 8.1, corresponding directly to the surrounding ocean’s pH value.
The porosity of the material provides more surface area for animals to live in the crevices, creating a living substrate that is unparalleled in marine construction materials. Within months, Oceanite can foster nearly 100% coverage of a healthy benthic coral reef community, feeding fish populations quickly.
As overfishing and reef degradation intensify around the world, the compounding effects of biodiversity and species loss will be felt by over a billion people (13% globally) who rely on reefs for food and economic security. While many countries have deployed artificial reefs to address these issues, the vast majority of man-made underwater structures are not large enough, durable enough, or biologically viable enough to make a real difference on an ecologically relevant scale. The biological and physical benefits of IntelliReefs address the most pressing conservation concerns globally. Contact IntelliReefs today to discuss your marine conservation needs and for a direct consultation.