GEOTHERMAL AQUACULTURE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
GEOTHERMAL AQUACULTURE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
3/23/02
This set of farming aquariums were built by Gary Greguire.
He used and added to the plans we have shared on our web site.
These links will take you to a set of images that Gary took while he was building this coral farm system.
This link will take you to the plans he used.

Learn to construct a 140 gallon plywood and epoxy reef tank

This is one of our most popular pages. Many people have made their own reef aquarium. 

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From: Gary Greguire
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 18:09:07 EST
Subject: coral farming unit
To: leroy@garf.org
Status: U

Dear Leroy:
I have sent you some PICS of my first coral farming rack. The bottom two tanks are plywood tanks. The body fill I used is called fiberstrand and it is a waterproof filler. The paint is Sherwin Williams tank clad paint.

The owner of the store wouldn't sell it to me at first because he said (it will only work on tanks 20,000 gallons or larger) after a few phone calls I got him to sell it to me. The tank clad comes with 4 gals of paint and one gallon of hardener (4 TO 1 MIX) for approximately $175.00. The paint is fairly thin and I found it easy to paint with a foam brush and then just throw everything away rather than try to clean a regular brush.

The top 3 tanks on the unit are clear Rubbermaid storage bins. I thought these would make good gravel bowls for cuttings because they are very inexpensive and easy to plumb with PVC pipe (use a male and female union with O rings. I have also been using the plastic shoe boxes for rotifers green water & brine shrimp.

Some mistakes I made that are easy to avoid are;

1.) Make the stand at least 49 inches wide because a 48 inch bulb with end caps don't fit in a 48 in opening.
2.)Use large pluming for over flows it can be restricted if need be but you cant make it bigger.( flexible sump pump hose works great for overflows)
3.) Make sure all electrical outlets can't get wet use drip loops and mount power strips up and to the side of you tanks I will enclose a PIC of why.
4.) Leave enough room around the tank so that you can reach around the back to fix things)

I have also been using the plastic shoe boxes for rotifers green water & brine shrimp.
GEOTHERMAL AQUACULTURE RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Make sure all electrical outlets can't get wet use drip loops
and mount power strips up and to the side of you tanks I will enclose a PIC of why.
GEOTHERMAL AQUACULTURE RESEARCH FOUNDATION

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The Geothermal Aquaculture Research Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dependent on sales of quality products and our special Annual Events to support our eduacation programs. These projects sustain our service programs and ongoing research we provide to our Community and the World. 

We are an Idaho Non Profit Organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge of reef keeping. Our live rock aquaculture research has produced many new techniques for sustaining marine life and propagating corals. We are currently growing many species of sps corals, mushrooms, etc. The Foundation is building a genetic bank in Idaho with collections from around the World. We specialize in reef janitors, and have shared this research with many people who need to control algae in land-based live rock aquaculture tanks.


 
 

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