THE COMPLETE BULLET PROOF - ZERO IMPACT REEF AQUARIUM

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

LeRoy Headlee
When you meet people who have been in this hobby for 40 or 50 years they are often very humble; it is almost as if they honor the life that lives inside of their aquariums. Many of them have seen different marine systems that they would have never tried to do themselves thrive. Some of these NEW systems went on to become standards. During the last 30 years that I've been in this hobby, the only mistake I've ever seen anybody make that is always is fatal to their aquarium, is that when all of the water drains out, if you don't fill up back up almost everything will die.

I was asked a question recently that I still DO NOT have a good answer for.
The gentleman wrote me from Indonesia.
He wanted to know why it was illegal the harvest any corals in the United States
while we allowed the importation of tens of thousands of adult corals.

I do not know the answer to his question.

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Sometimes I talk to people who still will not believe that you can make beautiful natural looking reef aquariums with no wild collected live rock. During the next few years, GARF will be involved in research project that will disprove some of the false claims that are made about this type of aquarium system.

It is amazing that people can look at the 300 gallon reef aquarium completely full of SPS corals that is over seven years old, and stand right there and say that this could not possibly work.

It seems like some people have to defend the very first way they ever learned to do a reef aquarium. It is almost like they have invested all this time and energy into this way of doing things and if any other way might be suggested they react almost violently, all right if not violently, at least bitterly.

The Internet is a great magnifying glass, directing our attention at the very best and the very worst of human nature. Hobby chat rooms are especially telling because people can log on and use a little made up nickname to say anything they want to about people even if it's just a rumor or outright lies.

Ah, but for the good old days :), back in 93 in the reef chat rooms on CompuServe there just didn't seem to be as much of that stuff. Everyone paid to be on the forums by the minute. I remember being amazed when I received the flash screen saying that Stanley Brown had sent me a letter from the "Internet". The little flash screen said that it cost an extra dime to receive the e-mail from the Internet. Well, those one dime emails and all of the other hundreds of emails started many friendships that have lasted for years.

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SALLY JO'S NEWEST REEF WITH CAPTIVE GROWN LARGE POLYP STONY CORALS

GEOTHERMAL AQUACULTURE RESEARCH FOUNDATIONIt is very possible to have a great reef using home made live rock. You can be certain that you will not add pest algae, aptaisia, and mantis shrimp. We have many reefs here at GARf that are thriving , and I feel good that NO WILD ROCK was used.

We have helped hundreds of people start ZERO IMPACT REEFS. You can do this!

You can make your own aragocrete at home and you can start your reef with Live Sand Activator

People who do not believe in using artificial rock often talk about the wonderful Life and the porous nature of the Fiji rock, Tonga rock, this and that kind of wild rock, and they say that artificial rock could never be like this. At GARF we have crushed thousands of pounds of live rock rubble that would have been thrown away by others had we not had a use for it.

NICE OCEAN FARMED SOLOMON ISLAND FRAG

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In every shipment of live rock, there is always some rock that is too small. Some rock is too white or too damaged to be sold, even to people in our hobby. I can tell you, much of the wild rock is not porous, it is rock! Much of the stuff inside of the rock is not "live" it is dead and rotting. I've been to the wholesalers. I've been on the boats of live rock collectors. I've seen how some rock is held before it is even shipped to California to be put on shelves with boxes of other live rock that has to be sold before this batch can be shipped dry.

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SALLY JO'S NEWEST REEF HAD ONLY 3 - 40 WATT LIGHTS
FOR MONTHS - IT NOW HAS ONE EXTRA 4 FOOT VHO BULB.

There are some great sources of live rock and there are some bad source of live rock and maybe for the whole decade that we are entering, people will still find Islands that will allow the harvest of their reefs for money. It makes a lot more sense to me that as a hobby, we support land and ocean based rock farms.

It is important that we purchase captive raised corals. It would help if we ask the owners of our local tropical fish stores to start growing or marketing captive raised corals and live rock. This hobby has a choice now, we can all work to make this a hobby to be proud of, or we can watch while people outlaw and regulate it out of existence.

I was asked a question recently that I still DO NOT have a good answer for. The gentleman wrote me from Indonesia. He wanted to know why it was illegal the harvest any corals in the United States while we allowed the importation of tens of thousands of adult corals. I do not know the answer to his question.

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I do know that that after watching a National geographic special about the plight of Orangutans and the massive loss of rain forests to fires and logging that I had this deep wish that I was doing something to help. It took me a minute to remember all the coral farms GARF is helping to start. We decided to rededicate our work and our lives to doing just a little bit to help save part of one reef somewhere.

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It's hard to remember, when you see all of the destruction, that anything any one person does, that anyone group does, or maybe even that if everyone does something that we can make any kind of difference it all. I know that's not true, education is one way that we can change the future for the better.

You can make a difference, show your aquariums to your neighbor children, invite the Cub Scouts over to your house, or just tell the next person that you meet at the local pet shop about a different way of keeping marine aquariums.

Remember more than EVER SAVE A REEF - GROW YOUR OWN, and have some fun this is a hobby.