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  1. 701 Classroom Tank

    Phil - our Bangaii Cardinal ate some mysis today and is enjoying some clean water.
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    Today's pic - the gsp opened up a bit today and I added the diffuser top.
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    Added a bangaii cardinal and a gsp. Things are looking great in the tank - here's a pic if drip acclimation. And to help provide context (that's my daughter in the back):
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    Thanks so much for the welcome - I've always been into aquariums since I was a little kid and I got my first saltwater tank when I was 25 or so. I had two saltwater tanks for the past few years - including a 12 gallon aquapod in my classroom for the past 7 years. When I was hired at the school where I teach I had a mentor (who has since passed away). I thought he was crazy for maintaining several different (very simple) saltwater tanks around the building. But, now, almost ten years later, I can understand why he thought saltwater was worth the time and effort over fresh, especially for students.
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    I'm their math and science teacher - it is 8th grade, which in our school is 13 and 14 year olds. (Pretty typical in the US). The tank is not part of a specific curriculum. However, there is a lot of basic tank chemistry such as ratio/proportion and solubility which are already components of the existing algebra and physical science curriculum. There is some opportunity for mathematical modeling (experimentally deriving equations that describe how different variables fluctuate over time), etc. The science ideas are more conceptual - biology/ecology is more of a systems science in that changes to any one variable impact other variables. So the reef is a good model for that. I think I'm going to go tomorrow afternoon to the spot I like in NYC - its called "The Reef Shoppe," and it is affordable! Otherwise, NYC doesn't have tons of shops anymore - there is one in Manhattan, a few out in queens, and a few across the George Washington Bridge in NJ.
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    Things are looking good. I think we will add a fish on Monday. I'm thinking a royal Gramma.
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    Actually I've been turkey basting two times a day, rock is looking good. That's a test kit made by hagen. I also have the red Sea ammonia kit. I prefer the red Sea format. Easier to read. I think I'm good - I read zero a few days ago and then added lots of food for two days. Ammonia is still zero. Doesn't matter much, I'm taking this slow anyways - going to be sure before I add fish.
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    Here's today's photo - live rock rearranged into a scape I find acceptable - and I'm working on getting the sand off of the rock. I think I need to bring in an HOB filter to get the excess dusty sand out of the tank. I did some measurements today at got 0 for ammonia, 0 for nitrites and 5 for the nitrates. So I think I'm good on the cycle... I put a bunch of food in the tank plus some reef roids. I'm going to keep that up for a few days and see what happens with the levels. I suspect that the cycle is done since it is established live rock. But better to go slow! Crabs and snails come thursday.
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    oh good question - its a sponge from an old aquaclear filter. When I knew I was going to be breaking down the old tanks and setting up a new one, I put the sponge in an old tank to get "bacteria" rich. I left it in for the weekend. Probably not necessary since it was live sand and the rock was coming from established tanks, but I figured, why not? I haven't tested the water yet, got to do that tomorrow. CuC on its way from Reef Cleaners - the best place to buy your snails and crabs from!
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    Tank made it through the weekend - no leaks - all looks well. I had just piled the rocks in on Friday, it was too cloudy to really see what was up. I'm going to switch things up this afternoon when the class is in Gym. I also need to get a HOB filter from somewhere (I'm sure I can find one somewhere) to start filtering out all the dusty stuff that is stuck to the rock. I don't want to run a filter all the time though - I don't want the noise.
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    I got all the sand and rock into the tank on Friday afternoon. I did leak test it for 24 hrs prior to filling with salt water, sand, and rock but I wish I could see it. Oh well - tomorrow morning!
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    Very quiet by the way - the one powerhead is barely audible. The remora won't fit because of the cabinet height... If I add a skimmer it would have to be the tunze 9001... And if all goes well enough with water changes only, I'll skip the skimmer.
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    Tank is salty and Sandy and Rocky. Not scaped yet - I just put the rocks in to start clearing out the old spaces. A student helped measure out the salt - I told her it wouldn't really be that interesting to weigh out 9 lbs of salt but she was into it!
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    Yup, as said above 13/14 year olds. Painted the back today. Photo is of tank outside on our back stairs, pre painting. Tomorrow it gets salty and hopefully by friday it will have sand and rock. not Keeping easy and quiet in this tank, 1 pump, 1 heater, 1 light. No skimmer, no sump, etc.
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    The tank is painted now - I took a picture before I did the spray painting, but I haven't taken a fresh one yet. Tomorrow, the tank will get salty! By Friday, sand and rock.