Discussion in 'Meet & Greet Forum' started by bearlytame, Feb 10, 2019.
Welcome to R2R!
Welcome to R2R and your new reefing community.
Welcome! You have a project on your hands there. You said that the tank is on a built-in and that you will need another stand. This poses a bit of a first hurdle. What is your time-line in getting the tank out of its current home and into the school? What will happen to the system during the summer break? Do you have funds available for this project? Do you have a local reef shop near you and near the school? How much time do you have to invest in the move and setup and maintenance? Have you done some research here on R2R?
These are just a few of the questions that initially need answering and let's see if we can move you forward from there.
I'm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area!
Thank you!! Any help is good help, as far as I'm concerned
The cabinet it's currently on is part of a built-in in the owner's house, so I'll be building a new cabinet from scratch. Luckily, that means I can make it how I want it to be, and put in plenty of ventilation to prevent the rust and mildew. Good call on the GFI outlets, I probably wouldn't have thought of that.
Hey, I appreciate the constructive negativity haha. I didn't even consider the age of the silicone holding everything together. I am on the first floor, and I'm planning on placing the tank near the floor drain in my room, so if everything goes horribly wrong, at least I won't destroy the rest of the school.
The current owner is in the process of moving, so I'm trying to have it moved by the end of March at the absolute latest. I have consulted with our shop teacher, and he is willing to build a stand for me, so hopefully that will be done in time for the move. I have some funds, but it's not a huge amount, and I'm restricted to the approved vendors of the school, which there aren't any reef shops on that list. Anything that I can't get at say, home depot or walmart, I have to order through a school supply store which has a huge markup, or I have to buy with my own money. The school supply store has testing kits, small aquariums, salt mix, etc. But if I need to replace big parts of the equipment, that will be on me. I need to contact a reef shop nearby (I believe there's at least 3 within a 20 mile radius). I've taken care of a reef tank before at a former job, but I was just feeding, monitoring water levels and salinity and keeping the temperature in check. That being said, I'm a quick study when it comes to learning new animal care stuff (I'm a former zookeeper), and I have no problems coming in over breaks and in the summer to do water changes and check up on things. I'll be enlisting the administration to help with feeding and keeping the glass clean during the summer months. I'm also hoping to purchase a smart sensor system to help with water monitoring during the summer months, just in case something happens. My biggest concern is with the aquarium equipment itself, recognizing when it isn't working correctly, and being able to fix the problems when they occur.
Hmmm. I have moderate to high concerns about your absence during the summer months. Add to that, the tank will need to be in a location where there is constant environmental control. In other words, assuming that it gets or can get warm during the summer months where you are, it will need AC on, almost all the time. You will use a heater, preferably two, to maintain the temp. A reef can better handle cooler temps but the heat is a killer. I, personally, would not want to be away from my reef for any longer than 7-10 days and that is with full Apex control. I, as well as most any reefer here, dread vacations even with full Apex control and monitoring. When you are absent for any appreciable amount of time is when things go wrong, Murphy guarantees this fact. I monitor my reef daily, in person. It really needs that kind of attention. Things can go south in a hurry even with you attending to your reef daily, just peruse the "tank emergency" thread.
I like that you are motivated to take on this project and applaud your desire to teach our children about the reef but we don't want to give them a first-hand experience with failure. That kind of teachable moment would come at a cost, not just monetarily but at the life of your reef's inhabitants. You may want to stick with fish only and stock with hardy, captive bred, and inexpensive fish. Even so, our job is to keep things alive and thriving. Not to be a Debbie downer but I'm just not certain that you have the resources, both time and material, to take this on, at least with the existing inhabitants and time constraints you are dealing with, IMHO...
Good luck and keep us posted.
Welcome to R2R! Glad to see a teacher with a tank!!
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