Hi this is Sally Jo, spring is here once again, this certainly is one of my favorite times of the year. Trees that have been barren all through the long winter are starting to produce these amazing blooms that bring forth incredible fragrances to smell, This is spring.

Little green blades start to force their way through the now unfrozen ground, surprising us with a pallet of colors even the most practiced artist can not portray, this is spring.

The sounds of birds returning to their nests, watching them rebuild their little resting places, this is spring.

The roar of neighbors lawn mowers or pruning tools, Oh and the odors coming from the freshly mowed lawn, this is spring.

The longer days bring forth tons of new recharging, energy with its magnificent light, allowing our corals and algae to propagate and grow, this is spring.

I have to admit that at GARF there is another sure sign it is spring. LeRoy brings in spring by finding every dry inch of ground, and he puts it to water use. I hear his plans unfolding in his dreams as he sleeps. Each staff member has no idea what his simple requests for them will be, but he is sure to keep them busy.
Currently LeRoy has been making curing vats for all the rock he is making or should I say breaking:) He has such a hard time waiting for the newly created rocks to set enough before uncovering. He laughs his incredible laugh as yet another rock is broken before its time. I then hear him declare this is a new perfect shape.

Before each day ends at GARF, certainly we have all been running in a dozen different directions, with our hearts always focused on the BIG picture. The focus remains to teach everyone we know how they can help us save our beloved reefs.
We begin with a tremendous respect for Mother Nature herself, how deeply complicated and magical this daily dance is. In the ocean the live rock is the solid foundation for corals to grow on. In the ocean live rock is the home to so many fish, they play hide and seek and find the perfect home to build their nests to start new generations. In the ocean the corals have a true partnership with an algae, for the corals bring the light that feeds the algae. In the ocean no space in its vastness is wasted and no created resource was not planned to be. in the ocean even the fish poop is put to great use, feeding our corals, providing for their growth and health of the coral forests.
This brings me back to spring and LeRoy. We have to plan spring cleaning day for the days LeRoy is not here and often I hear my staff taking bets on which piece of trash Leroy will find a new and valuable use for. Again, I state I love spring.
At GARF we have been bringing you some fun rock making projects for you and your family to enjoy. Making your own rock and leaving the live rock in the ocean alone is the best thing for our wild reefs.
What has become increasingly clear to us it is also the best solution for your captive reef as well. You do not have the die off from the live rock, you do not get all the unwanted pests, you are creating a lasting memory that you will enjoy for countless years to come. You can sleep at night knowing you are not a part of the blasting and breaking up of our wild reefs.
You will save so much money and headaches from no tank cycling, having success from day one with your captive reef tank.
You can watch anxiously for the very first speck of coralline algae to seed on to your man made rock and spread throughout.
You can watch anxiously for the captive raised corals to grow and spread on to your man made rock.

You can watch anxiously as you create the reef tank of your dreams.

You can watch anxiously as the fish find their perfect hiding place and protect it from any unwanted visitors.

You can watch anxiously when sharing your captive reef tank with your friends, inspiring them to care, love, nurture and understand our wild reefs.

One very important reminder for you is to take pictures often. It is so precious, and they are tomorrow memories. If you start this rock making project now, by fall you will hardly be able to see any rocks. They will be covered by creatures from the deep.
It is time for me to say goodbye, but before I go I have some food for thought. Please take to heart my message if I can do this so can you.
Remember to add your own creativity, remember to have loads of fun and most of all remember it is time to roll up your sleeves it is spring. We can save our wild reefs, even if it is one captive reef at a time.