School Tank Projects

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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby adammonte on Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:34 pm

Just saw this for the first time today. So glad to see my old 20 gallon set up again! Cool deal. Hope the students love it!
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby nasanek on Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:40 pm

Long overdue update:
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Please pardon the algae on the glass, I wanted to make sure I could get pictures of the fish without scaring everyone too much. The tank has become home to quite a few happy inhabitants including: a fighting conch, a purple urchin, a coral banded shrimp, a pistol shrimp, a watchman goby, a six-line wrasse, and a clownfish. Everyone seems to be getting along well and the kids have had a great time naming everyone. I don't remember all the names, but the clownfish is Darth Nemo and the conch is Lurch :) The fish have been slowly introduced over the last several weeks and everyone seems to be doing well. The pistol shrimp hasn't been seen in a while, so hopefully it shows back up again.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Animart, and Chris specifically for providing most of the livestock to get this tank going. They have been incredibly generous and I really can't say thank you enough for supporting the establishment of this tank project.

I'm planning on trying to switch to some LED strips that I'm not using, but I don't have any blue only LEDs. Any chance someone has something they would like to donate?

Thanks so much for all the support!
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby BraenDead on Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:29 am

Looks great, Nick! Thanks for the update!

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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby nasanek on Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:50 pm

Another update:
Not all of the inhabitants have made it this far. The urchin up and died one day (maybe didn't get enough food?), and the pistol shrimp has gone unseen for quite a long time :( Most everyone else seems to be doing great. There isn't a lot of coral growth to speak of, but things are looking pretty happy, and the leather corals are actually starting to color up (getting nice and green). I switched from the CF to some LED strips I had several weeks ago and everyone seems to be adjusting well.
Full-tank shot from the front:
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Happy Shrimp:
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Back of the tank, showing off Zippy, the wrasse:
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Close up of Professor Gary, the fighting conch:
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The red feather dusters seems extremely happy:
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Thanks again to everyone that has been helping this project along. The librarian at the school tells me that the kids really enjoy the tank and hopefully they're learning about it too.
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby nasanek on Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:10 pm

Huge thanks to Paul at Living Art for donating a lovely sea hare!!
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby nasanek on Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:03 am

Hi All,
Would anyone have any zoa/paly frags that they could donate to the school tank? I brought the fish back to the library today after they spent the summer at my place. The tank is still looking pretty good and I'm excited for the kids to see it when they start back up next week. After trying a few different kinds of corals, I think sticking with softies is the best option for the school tank. We have some nice leathers and mushrooms, but I think a few more zoa/paly species would be great for the tank.

Please let me know if you have anything you would be willing to donate!

Thanks!!

Nick
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby nasanek on Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:04 pm

Here's some updated pictures from a couple weeks ago. I think it's looking pretty good!

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Huge thanks again to everyone who has helped support the tank with donations. It wouldn't be anything without all you generous folks out there!!!

Nick
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby adammonte on Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:24 pm

Any need for lighting for this tank? Not sure what's on it now or if it's still up and running
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby nasanek on Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:27 pm

Hi!
It has been a while since I posted an update, my apologies. The tank is still doing pretty well and I'm going for some regular maintenance next Friday. I'll try to get some pics before I make everyone mad with the water change. I usually go pretty early in the morning, so it's tough to get anything decent as far as pictures. RIght now I have a small T5 fixture with 2 full spectrum bulbs running on it (I believe they're 24-watts each). I also added a blue ecoxotic strip for some better coloration. The lights seem to be working okay, but I would never turn down an upgrade. The only corals that have really done well are softies (leathers, mushrooms, gorgonians). There are a few LPS corals hanging-on, but they never look very happy when I see them.
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby nasanek on Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:31 pm

Huge Thanks to Todd and Pet World Warehouse for stocking the school tank up with a great cleaning crew!!

I'm planning to stop by next week to get all the new additions into the tank and I'll try to get some updated pics.
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Re: School Tank Projects

Postby nasanek on Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:29 am

Finally some long overdue pics!

The tank was most likely without a real working light (had actinics only) for several weeks before the start of the summer. Things had shrunken quite a bit by the time I realized what was going on, so I replaced the light about 2 months ago and things are coming back nicely. These pics were taken before 7 AM and I had to turn on the lights, so no one was feeling very social :)

I really like that the glass is foggy because it's covered with so many tiny fingerprints

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Huge thanks to jonesj_83 and okcChief for donating some new corals for the tank!!!
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