reef tank for local elementary school

Discussion in 'Events & Announcements' started by LordHelmet, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. LordHelmet

    LordHelmet Supporting Member

    Hi, my name is Chris Buchanan. I have had the opportunity the last 2 years to lend nano reef tanks to the classrooms of 2 of my children and will be lending the nano reef again. This summer a hobbyist donated a beautiful used 120 gallon tank for the purpose of a tank to be donated to a school. Los Paseos Elementary School, the school in my neighborhood, has some room in their library and would love to have the opportunity to have a reef tank.

    The tank, 36”T-5 lighting, 40 lbs live rock, & salt water have been donated and the service will be performed by me. To set up the tank we will need some more donations of new or used items, some items may seem overkill for a free tank but will aid in the stability of the tank, especially during time when the campus is closed for breaks.

    We are looking for the following items:
    Sump that is appropriate for a 120 gallon or any similar sized Fish Tank
    Return pump
    Auto top off
    40 – 50lbs live rock
    Doser for Calc and Alk, ect.
    Livestock(fish, coral, inverts)
    Media Reactor
    Any other upgrades or equipment that you think may make this tank successful (ie: better lighting)

    If desired, can provide donation information from the school for tax purposes.

    Thank you for your generosity.

    Chris Buchanan
  2. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Are you going to go full reef? Fowler tank might be easier to maintain and you wouldn't need any special lighting making it cheaper.
  3. LordHelmet

    LordHelmet Supporting Member

    The lighting for the most part is taken care of, as well as the skimmer. It's mostly odds and ends that make the tank run better that I'm looking for in donations.
    It will be set up as a softy/LPS reef. Something that can be left alone for a few weeks at a time.

    Thank you
  4. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Sounds interesting. I have equipment that might be a good fit for the project.
    Out of my head I know to have some power heads for circulation, nothing fancy, dinosaur era stuff.
    External pump for return, a Panworld or if you need good volume to be moved, a Reeflo Dart with plenty of flow if you want to ditch power heads and go closed loop.
    For sump, I have couple glass tanks I don't mind making a sump out of both of them.
    Not sure if I have bigger Mag pumps but I spotted at least one Mag 7 over the weekend.
    I do have some media reactors.
  5. LordHelmet

    LordHelmet Supporting Member

  6. LordHelmet

    LordHelmet Supporting Member

    Thanks for the supplies xcaret, you truly are generous. Almost ready now to start the tank.

  7. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    You may want to chat up @MolaMola since she's got a classroom tank going. She might be able to give some tips the rest of us wouldn't think of.
  8. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Glad is not collecting dust anymore.
    Found the other ATO units at home, some DIY kits.
  9. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    @LordHelmet Hi - MolaMola here - been AWOL for months from the club. LOTS of issues with classroom tanks if you want to chat, like @Flagg37 mentioned. : )
    Hey do you live in the Avenida streets in San Jose? My niece's elem was Los Paseos.
  10. LordHelmet

    LordHelmet Supporting Member

    IMG_7353.JPG The Tank has been set up!!!!!!!! thanks again to everyone who has donated equipment for this wonderful tank build. The tank has had water in it for a week now (the live rock cured for months) and everything is looking great. Now come the fun part of filling it with livestock. I wanted to see if there was anyone who had anything in their tank, fish or coral, that they would be happy to donate. I will be at the BAR frag swap tomorrow and can pick up anything that anyone brings. Thank you for your support in creating this wonderful tank for the children in my neighborhood.

    Chris Buchanan
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  11. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    What kind of lights do you have running and what kind of coral are you looking to populate with?
  12. LordHelmet

    LordHelmet Supporting Member

    48" 8 bulb t-5 lights. Going to be mixed reef.
  13. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    I can get you a few frags. Prolly an acro, micromussa lord, and some zoas.
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  14. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    Very cool! Those are some lucky kids!
    Bringing Capnella Kenya Tree - don't know if you will be there frequently and can keep it from growing too large, but it is some of my students' favorite coral and they love watching it produce "baby trees."
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  15. Yippee

    Yippee Supporting Member

    I will bring some corals for your school tank.
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  16. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    That's a lot of light. Hoping you can keep algae at bay. And carpet...yikes!
  17. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    I totally spaced. I was going to bring you a few softie frags. Hope you got plenty of frags today.

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  18. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Those Mohawk zoa will look lovey in that tank :)

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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017

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