|In this picture you will see what the tank looked like on day one. Leonel took over this tank the day before. He took out all items that were in the tank already, and washed out the tank very carefully. He was going to reuse the ballast that was on the tank before. He went upstairs to our bulb graveyard, which is made up of old lights LeRoy has not had the heart to throw away, and found two blue bulbs and one white 30 watt bulb. He decided to reuse the power heads that were already in the tank , so he washed them and made certain they where running properly.
Everything else he started with from scratch. He then went out into our rock yard and picked out the pieces of Aragocrete rock he wanted to use to landscape his very first reef tank. He picked out two of Eddie Postma's beautiful arches and washed them. They have been fully cured in geothermal water, but they had been laying in the rock yard for months.
You can see in this picture that before he placed the tank on the stand he placed a one inch thick piece of Styrofoam down to keep the tank level. He came into my office and asked me to make several water changes in my oldest reef because he had a special need for some aged water. At this time I had no idea what he was up to.
I called for Leonel to come into my office when my water changes where completed. I remained in my office fussing with my tanks for the rest of the day. By the time I was ready to leave I walked around the corner of my office, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the beginnings of Leonel's newest project. In this picture you can see the dust is still settling from the grunge being placed in the tank just a few hours before. You can see how nicely these arches look even on the first day of tank set up.
If you look closely as I did that day you will notice that Leonel may have been the bravest 'GARFer' of all because he did place a few corals in the tank on day one.
LeRoy and I both felt that after Leonel set up his very own reef tank he would be better able to guide many of the people who call our office to ask about the next steps to take with their very own projects.
We had no idea the seed we were planting in this young man. He too feels that if he can do this so can you. If any one out there has the slightest desire to have and maintain a reef tank, it is our hope that this slide show will give you the encouragement and push needed to make that life changing plunge.
FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.
We will continue to provide the most current data on reef farming for both education and profit.
Sometimes I forget how fun it can be to watch the Reef Janitorstm as they go about their duties. It is important to have the mixture of crabs and snails custom picked for your reef aquarium. Both Leonel and Norm are experts in algae control. You can be sure that they will choose the right mixture from GARF's extensive collection of algae eaters.
The GARF staff knows that each aquarium is different and they will ask about the size, lighting, and age of your reef. Summer is the most important time to add extra janitorstm because there is more light and the reef will be a bit warmer. When you order any Reef Janitor pactm you can pick a free coral or two pounds of GARF's FAMOUS GRUNGE LIVE SAND ACTIVATOR Reef Janitors tm or call toll free 800-600-6163.
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|Many of the rare corals are offered to our members for 2 years before they are put on sale. We will soon have an E-mail list that will list the rarest color forms of sps corals and soft corals such as Xenia and Mushrooms.|