by Richard Back
This is Richard from Afishionado Channel. We at Afishionado, and many of our sponsors, strongly believe that children are our future. Knowledge through proper education and hands-on experiences are paramount. We have been involved in local community programs before, and learning from past experience, we came to realize that we needed to do something different from the traditional tank setup and routine maintenance.
This year, we are given the rare opportunity to join hands with New River Middle School’s Guy Harvey Marine Biology Magnet program in Florida. Like in the past, our plan is to start by setting up the tanks for the students. Next, we would like to coach the teachers and students proper care and maintenance routines so that they can become self-sufficient without our help. The divergence from conventional methods will allow for interaction with the students, faculty and staff throughout the school year to cultivate their knowledge via qualified training by enlisting experts in the industry.
They are as follows:
●Two Little Fishies – Julian will come out and teach the children on the many aspects of keeping a successful aquarium.
●Marco Rocks – Marc will come out and teach the children about the importance of rocks in aquariums and lead a workshop on aquascaping.
●Coralvue – Ricardo will come out and teach the children about the importance of having proper flow in aquariums. Coralvue will donate one of their Gyre wavemakers.
●Fritz Aquatics – Shawn will come out and teach the children about the nitrogen cycle and the importance of the ionic balance of salt. Fritz Aquatics has donated salt, bacteria and some filter medias.
●Jellyfish Art – Jon will come out and teach the children everything about jellyfish, starting with their anatomy and suitable care. We will have workshops using his farm-bred Moon jellyfish.
●Boyd Enterprises – Sean will come out and teach the children about filter media and the importance of clean water in our aquariums. They will donate the Chemipure lineup for the school.
●Current USA – Steve will come out and teach the children about the importance of lights in the aquarium. Current USA will donate their latest flagship the LOOP system.
●24/7 Aquariums – Shane will come out and teach the children about proper maintenance and why it is so important to have good husbandry for their tanks. Shane will donate a sump, RODI machine and various materials needed get the tanks up and running.
●Billy’s Reef Connection – Billy will come out and teach the children about the importance of having the appropriate cleanup crew in reef aquariums.
●Larry’s Reef Services – Larry will skype with the children them about the importance of good nutrition for fish and corals. Larry has donated multiple packs of his popular fish food blends.
●C&C Aquariums - TBA
The following companies are also providing their generous contributions:
●Salty Bottom Supplies - Live rocks
●Hydra Aquatics - TBA
●Aqua Medic USA will donate their eco drift pump as well as tank cleaners.
●ACI Aquaculture will donate many live stocks and inverts.
●Reef Nutrition has donated their line of sustainable live and dry food source for their aquarium.
We still need a lot of support through equipment, materials and donations to get this project underway:
●various sizes of PVCs
●pvc cleaners, cement, taflon tapes.
●elbows 90s, 45s, couplings in various sizes
●various sizes of soft tubes for soft plumbing
●5ft tank wide x 30” tall or more and x 24”~28” width for main display tank replacement.
●prime or similar water conditioners
●wood for some stand constructions
●glass magnet cleaners
●tons of inverts for tanks and for touch tanks.
If you would like to get behind this project, please PM or email me at Richard@afishionado.org.
We will get a group of dedicated writers that will share ideas, product reviews and thoughts.