Aquarium Members in ZIMS:
Over 50 aquariums in over 10 countries use ZIMS daily
...and over 300 combined institutions use ZIMS functionality   
    managing their tanks and groups

One global, real-time, accurate Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) application -- enhancing local care, protecting population health & supporting international conservation efforts.‬

ZIMS for Aquariums:

  • Increases efficiency
  • Increases productivity
  • Increases data quality
  • Facilitates faster communication


Collect, query and analyze data –
quickly and easily
Aquarium professionals spend hours collecting and recording data to support daily decision-making and scientific work.

Until now, there has been no central format or location for this information, which leaves your critical information inaccessible, difficult to gather, inadequate or out-of-date – and your animal management suffers. ZIMS changes this.
Data Management Enhancements
We have brand-new ZIMS enhancements that make data management easier for aquarists!
• Aquarist Daily Log Templates – Enter measurements, feed logs and maintenance notes for Enclosures, Life Supports and Components from one screen

• Aquatic Enclosure Prescription – Apply bath treatments to all occupants of an enclosure for quarantine and medical treatments

• Enclosure Treatment Module – Aquarists can track treatment levels, drug administrations, and water changes from the husbandry module and link it to existing aquatic prescriptions

• Streamlined entries – Improvements to water quality templates and maintenance entries make entering data faster and easier

• New calendar task options – Aquarists can now request and schedule enclosure-based maintenance tasks on their staff calendar

 Enrichment – Track enrichment activities and sessions for your animals in this new module

• Enclosure Activity Report – Show water quality trends, maintenance schedules and more for a single enclosure or enclosure list

• Daily Report – Run a fast report showing all of the activity that took place for your animal or enclosure lists for a specified day

• Wild Acquisitions Report – Provides fast reporting for collection details on any wild-caught acquisitions over any date range

• Provisional Data Option – Allows for approval by senior staff before accepting data entries into the system


• Follow animals through acquisition and
disposition, including group splits, merges
and two groups in the same enclosure
• Record births and lifestage transitions
• Collect census data
• Record additional notes on each individual

Environment/Life Support
• Monitor your enclosures’ water quality
• Enter temperature, pH and nitrogen levels
for trending and out-of-range alerting
• Record data on bacteria counts and
oxygen levels
• Record and monitor filtration/non-filtration
events so you can make system adjustments
to save your animal collection
• Track animals’ life history
• Record rearing practices, sex and

• Track treatments, prescriptions and outcomes
in specific rooms/tanks/enclosures
• Access a complete history of animals
presented for clinical exam, including
enclosure and medical history, diet, behavior
and water quality
• Immediately access laboratory results, and
interface between lab and other systems
• Compare blood chemistry and hematology
results to past values for the
individual and normals for the species
• Identify morphometric and physiological
• Monitor health status to alert vets of
possible outbreaks
• Search past quarantine, hospital,
husbandry and necropsy records for
similar problems and successful
treatment protocols
• Record collection and banking samples
• Access summary information on living
collections and preserved biomaterials
• New release functionalities!


ISIS builds the ZIMS application based on constant input from aquarium professionals

The ZIMS platform is the first online, real-time aquatic data management software designed specifically to serve the needs of aquariums for animal management, research and conservation planning.
"ZIMS has proven to be an effective tool for managing our facility and living collection.  The aquatic enclosure tools work really well for our aquarium exhibits, allowing us to track everything from animal inventory, feeding schedules and behaviors to water chemistry and treatments.  Communication is key to good husbandry, and ZIMS is an excellent tool for keeping all of our staff informed on what is going on in the aquarium." 

Matt Seguin
Senior Biologist - Husbandry
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium


Organize, Integrate, Analyze
the information you need daily

In addition to providing comprehensive population oversight information, ZIMS will allow you to integrate multiple independent sets of existing aquarium and zoo animal, medical and environmental information, giving you full control and access to your data. Reports allow you to output this information in a format that makes sense to you.

The ZIMS application both feeds information into, and allows you to access the shared ISIS knowledge-base of basic biologic information and best practices on more than 6.8 million animals on more than 21,000 species. Nearly 1,000 aquatic and zoological institutions worldwide are a part of the ISIS network. The experience of more than 20,000 professionals in animal management is at the fingertips of ZIMS users. Your animal management and welfare objectives are based on collective information.