A Modern (Mobile and Desktop Web) Business App built Rapidly in Alpha Anywhere - Taking Care of Aquarium Operations for 20,000 Animals

We recently heard from a development company using Alpha Anywhere regarding a "cool" application that they have created and which is being used to manage an aquarium that is home to more than 20,000 animals.

The link to the application site is

We are excited about this application, because it highlights the fact that the vast majority of modern business applications need to run on mobile devices as well as on the desktop web. Something we have been talking about since launching Alpha Anywhere in June.

It also highlights the fact that businesses (in this case the company that makes OERCA) need to be able to rapidly crank out ever improving versions of their software for a world that has adopted mobile computing.

We also are happy to show off this application because we feel good about playing a part in keeping the amazing creatures that live these aquariums healthy!



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OERCA Launches New Aquarium Module!



Customized inspection lists are easy to create and maintain.

OERCA is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new Aquarium Management Module, which debuted in early June at one of the world's largest aquariums.  The demands on Aquarium data management have been complex and diverse; however OERCA has met the challenges and in many ways exceeded expectations.  It is now managing all aspects of aquarium operations for over four thousand species of fish and a collection of over 20,000 individual animals!

Among the many useful tools available within the Aquarium module, OERCA Aquarium has the ability to track all food inventories, manage nutritional plans for large populations, itemize trophic groups in feeding administration, create easy to follow breakout plans, create customizable checklists for daily inspections and track all census data for entire facilities no matter how large or small.

Nutritional Plans

As anyone who has ever worked in an aquarium knows, tracking nutritional plans for large populations of fish species can be tedious to say the least.  OERCA has simplified the process and can track feed records for individual animals, species, trophic groups, entire exhibits, or any combination thereof.  Aquarists can plan proposed feed times, assign customized preparation codes and container codes, and even record feed methods.  All caloric values are automatically populated based on food type/lot while inventory is simultaneously tracked.

Food Preparation Summaries

Based on the information recorded with nutritional plans, OERCA can sort the most complex feed records and produce concise and easy to follow breakout and feed plans with the touch of a button.  This information not only contains the amount and types of food; but also how that food should be prepared and any container specifications (if applicable).  Aquarists can sort information in numerous ways including feed plans for each exhibit/individual or collection, food preparation summaries and facility breakout requirements.

OERCA's census tool tracks all fish species and keeps numbers current for quick reporting.  New acquisitions, transfers and mortalities can all be recorded with a few clicks of a button; and OERCA's mobile platform makes it possible to track information in the field on mobile devices.

Reporting is made easy with pre-formatted data sheets that can sort animal tallies by exhibits, species, transfers, mortalities or entire facility. System-wide alerts and notifications monitor Unusual Mortality Events based on User-defined parameters.  Daily notifications summarize activities from feeding to medical treatments and any changes to exhibit populations.


Perhaps one of the more exciting features of OERCA aquarium is its new acclimation tool.  This allows aquarists and veterinarians the ability to track all relevant information when introducing new animals to an exhibit.  Metrics such as length of acclimation time, water quality parameters, supplements/medications administered, historical conflicts/warnings and any other relevant comments.  This has proven to be a valuable tool in improving acclimation techniques and avoiding costly mistakes that can often be avoided.

Check It Out

These are just a few of the tools available with OERCA aquarium.  We're  excited to share the new Aquarium functionality with you.  Please contact us if you would like a free online demonstration.


For more information on Aquarium functionality, follow the link to:


We would love to hear from you and would be happy to provide a free quote!

Wishing you all the best,

The OERCA Team

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About Author

Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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