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Hello!

 

I have had a tank in my classroom for the past several years and have not done a great job documenting it with how busy this year has been, but what I am wondering is if anyone has knowledge of ways to help offset costs of the tank or to get it stocked with some more corals? I have received the Pets in the Classroom grant and when I look for others to fund saltwater aquariums, there seem to be very few out there.

 

Any suggestions would be much appreciated - thanks all!

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Here’s the tank as it is right now, can definitely get it into better shape, but having the 10 instead of the 20 makes things much easier!

 

 

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In highschool we had a marine biology course(wasnt into reefkeeping at the time) but unfortunately, most of it was teachers out of pocket or donations.  You could maybe co tact a local aquarium to see if they could help out in any way. 

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Join a local reef tank aquarium club in your hometown. Odds are, once they find out you have a classroom learning tank and need corals, you'll get inundated with frags. 🙂

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Maybe of you document this in a thread and link it too a go fund me before school starts next time it could offset the cost a bit???

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I have gotten funds for my classroom through the local Schools Foundation. They funded $3000 to get a 150 gal Salmon in the Classroom tank. This year they gave $1000 for a frog habitat that was donated to me from a community member.

 

My LFS is also a great place. They will offer $100 in equipment when we have asked about starting a reef tank, jellyfish bowl, or the frog habitat.

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3 hours ago, OPtasia said:

Join a local reef tank aquarium club in your hometown. Odds are, once they find out you have a classroom learning tank and need corals, you'll get inundated with frags. 🙂

Thanks for the suggestion, I had tried awhile back and not much luck though - which is why I'm curious to know if there are other grants available 🙂

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3 hours ago, Weikel said:

Maybe of you document this in a thread and link it too a go fund me before school starts next time it could offset the cost a bit???

I've thought about that too. I will have to see if I can get it up and running! I'm trying to be a little more active with tank stuff on social media. Thanks for the suggestion.

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On 1/14/2019 at 5:26 PM, Sparty said:

I have gotten funds for my classroom through the local Schools Foundation. They funded $3000 to get a 150 gal Salmon in the Classroom tank. This year they gave $1000 for a frog habitat that was donated to me from a community member.

 

My LFS is also a great place. They will offer $100 in equipment when we have asked about starting a reef tank, jellyfish bowl, or the frog habitat.

Great suggestions as well, thank you!

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the suggestions! I guess I am just looking towards what larger organizations offer grants 🙂

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Here's the tank as of now. I recognize it's not nearly in as good of shape as I would like it to be because there was a dip in alkalinity - which is now under control and I am dosing Tropic Marin Carbo-calcium and have been maintaining consistent parameters for the past two weeks. In addition (and hopefully as a way to fund this) I had enough equipment lying around to set up a small 5 gallon that I am going to use as a frag tank. The plan is to bring in some corals from my home tank, grow them out, and use them to generate a bit of income. 

 

What my big goal with the frag tank though is to really involve my students in all aspects of the hobby by starting an aquarium club during recess time. During that time we would do tank maintenance, testing, learn about the animals, and discuss finances as far as tank expenses are concerned and income generated through various sources (considering a GoFundMe as well). In addition to this, I want my students involved in writing to people who grow corals/maintain tanks for a living and see what they are then able to apply to our setting.

 

I've been doing this for years and am always looking for ways to learn and grow with this hobby. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome!

 

 

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