Reef Life restores coral reefs using IntelliReefs biomimicking nanotechnology habitats. 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.
The result of prolonged and severe reef degradation is that reefs around the world are being flattened. This leaves fish populations on the reefs without food and shelter, making them more vulnerable to predation, disease, and fishing. IntelliReefs have been found to not only provide non-toxic, pH balanced additional habitat to shelter fish, but also grow healthy, vibrant reef communities with nearly 100% cover of marine organisms for fish to feed on within months of deployment.
Squirrelfish living in Reef Life habitat.
Reef Life marine restaurant infographic.