12/14/02 - Boise -
The material needed to set up a Bullet proof reef tank is usually easy to find in all parts of the World. We let others know if they have problems getting their hands on products to let us know and we will do what we can to assist them with finding the necessary materials.
We showed them step by step instructions on how to assemble a bulletproof reef tank. We also expressed what we have learned throughout the years as how to set up the tank at the very beginning to save yourself nightmares down the road. Having set up so many of these systems we have learned so much mostly from making mistakes.
It is important to mark the electrical plugs identifying them as power heads, heaters, or lights. When one needs to be replaced it gets done at that time. This may save hours of work and get the task done right away. If you have a tangle of unmarked cords you may delay the job until you find the time to fix it. The easier you make your tank to work with the more time you will spend with it. The more success you have with your system the more you will enjoy it and you may inspire others to become involved.
Planning how much time you have, and how much money you can spend is important before setting up the system. How big the tank is has a great deal to do with how much money you will need and how much time you will need. Deciding where you are going to locate the tank is very important. You will need electrical plugs, water, and a forgiving spouse if you make the spills that always seem to come with a reef tank. So doing ones homework is so very important and is a personal task one that I can not do for anyone.
For information on this subject please read the articles posted on our site. I share in detail how we do this and if you get confused call our office staff at 208-344-6163 they will take the time to answer your questions. Leonel speaks fluent Spanish, and he can share his many years of experience. Because we knew we were going to teach the bulletproof reef system we told the students, first you make your rock so you have time to cure it. The curing process takes 6 weeks the longer ones rock cures the more stable the rock.
While the rock is curing you can begin ordering your equipment and wait for it to come. You can go to your local pet store for your aquarium, or you can decide to make your own aquarium. Just watch for scratches; make certain the stand is strong enough. More than once I have heard of tanks that came crashing down.
We then shared the recipe on how to make the Aragocrete rock. What you see reflected in this picture is the very first rock these people ever made. LeRoy said the students became very creative. LeRoy had them use plastic bags that were left as trash by the ocean. Plastic adds strength when it is mixed into aquacultured rock. They formed many different shapes and showed us with the beach as your backyard you needed fewer tools than we need in our man made beach in Boise.
The first day of class was windy and cool so we had to change the rock recipe just a little to force the rock to dry faster so that we could pull them the next day. You can find the recipe for making your own rock on our web site at LEARN TO MAKE YOUR OWN ZERO IMPACT LIVE ROCKS
I could almost hear their brains clicking on how they were going to create their personal reefs. They now had the information, tools, and the material needed. We are certain that many of them will find their own way to make the dream of saving the reefs in Mexico and around the World a reality for all of us.
This slide reflects how much rock can be made in one day and with one bag of cement. It is hard even for me to believe that we had never ever taken the time to figure out how much rock could be made with one bag of fresh cement.
We than discussed the different methods for placing the man made rock in the ocean or curing it in fresh water. We spoke of the difference between wild rock and just simple plain man made rock.
FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.
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