Most of you do not realize that I am the proud father of two special needs children. Well they are actually young adults now. My wife and I are very blessed to have them in our lives. Without getting too personal here we decided we were at the point of our business where we could give a little back.
This year we decided to set up a full 93 gallon marineland cube tank. We actually started this project last october. Believe it or not we ran into snag after snag after snag. But it is so close now I can talk about it more. This tank will be set up at Reefs Aquatics in Green Bay Wi for the next six months plus. At Macna a brand new tank and equipment will be given to a school in the Des Moines Iowa area. Home of Macna this year. I am hoping they place it in a special needs classroom. The Alternative Reef is supplying all the equipment and the structure. Reefs Aquatics is supplying the majority of the livestock. Since we want to give them new equipment much of what we are using on this tank had to be purchased in double.
We have gotten discounts from a few vendors and a few gifts from others to help offset the cost of this set up. Marineland sold us the tank at the normal sale price when it wasn't on sale. Tunze provided us a big discount on the equipment we will be using of thiers. Orphek Lighting was quick to get us a couple of fixtures when our first choice was unable to do so. Who Dah from Exotic Frags sent us a nice colony of Tubs Galaxia for the branching powerhead rock. We also have a really nice donation in the works from a private reefer we will talk about later.
If you want to read more about the set up and why we are doing it you can read it here. But I don't want to bore you with the details.
What we're doing for Macna 2011
Anyhow the tank is wet. Hoefully it will be set up and running on saturday. We hung the lights today and you can see the first part of the pillar in the tank. The rest is being fired next week and will go in the tank then. So, there is not much to see but it is finally happening.....yeah! I will be taking progress and growth shots every week or two and add them to this thread. I will probably change these pictures once I get the full tank set up.