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ARAGOCRETETM ROCKS - A FAMILY PROJECT THAT TEACHES AND ENTERTAINS

Hello, This is and I hope you enjoyed this tour of GARF'S reef rock making research. We have been saying that making your own reef using home grown live rock is a simple project for several months. These pictures show how fun this type of family project can be. These kids are very proud of the reef rocks they helped their parents make.

THIS YOUNG MAN WILL LEARN MANY THINGS ABOUT SCIENCE
AS HE WATCHES HIS ROCK GROW INTO A PART OF THE FAMILY REEF


What we have learned is the most important ingredient for success is taking responsibility for each project at hand. This begins my creating jobs for everyone in the family to share or be apart of. When deciding to make your own rock this is not only the first creative step to take but allows everyone to play in the sand box!

THIS YOUNG LADY WANTED TO MAKE A BIGGER ROCK
BUT THE REEF AQUARIUM IS ONLY AN 80 GALLON


It is very important to involve everyone in this family project. We have never met a child who is to young or to old for this kind of fun. Working with your children in a family setting allows them to learn as well as have fun. Remember when working with your children they are our future scientists they will be leading the reef causes well after we are gone. Explain to them the purpose of making your own rock and most importantly let them be creative in the shapes and styles that are developed. These aragacrete rocks featured in these pictures where made by these talented young people.

THIS IS THE FUN PART!


I have often watched LeRoy play like a little boy in his sand box (he calls it his beach) this is where the fun begins. So that mom doesn't get upset make sure you lay down a piece of plastic or make your own sand box. Follow the posted instructions that LeRoy has on our newsletter site, roll up your selves and let your imagination take over.

THE FUTURE REEF IS READY

It is fun to go to the ocean and bring back ideas of how some of the live rock is shaped but, in all honesty I have seen better structures made by hand than come from your local pet stores. The other fact is that no matter how you choose to make your own designer rock they will fit into your reef tank any way you want them.

THERE WILL BE LOTS OF ROOM FOR CUTTINGS IN THIS REEF AQUARIUM

Once the tank is full of your very own designer rock you can then sit down and discuss how you want to place your animals. The rocks that are formed like caves gives you more opportunity to raise animals that don't like alot of light or current. You can glue animals anywhere in this newly set up reef they will grow on their own and provide the family with an enriching educational experience that they can pass on.

REEF TABLE ROCKS KEEP THE SAND CLEAR IN SMALL FOOTPRINT REEF


We hope to have reef tanks set up in every classroom for every age level. Now that is no longer legal to collect live rock in the US oceans this method of making your own rock needs to be shared. You can seed this rock with some of our coralline algae eggs and within a months time you will notice the coralline algae growing on all your aragacrete rocks. This will not only take the burden off the ocean it will teach us all to take responsibility and appreciate our systems far into the future.

WE USE 3 REEF TABLE ROCKS IN AN 80 GALLON REEF AQUARIUM


We have designed some tables that work really well when people are concerned about placing their rock right on the sand. The tables look really nice once they have animals growing on them and allows the fish more hiding places and places to swim through. It also allows a more stable structure for your heavier corals to be placed. One of the problems I have continually fought is the falling over of rock or the corals become to heavy and won't stay where I put them. The tables are a very good permenant foundation for your reef system.

PLEASE SEND US PICTURES OF YOUR FAMILY DOING THIS TYPE OF PROJECT


Once your rock is in place and you've drafted your ideas about which animals you want to raise your well on your way for the journey of your life time. It is hard in todays busy World for the family to turly find projects to do together. This is one that would make your family enjoy being together and proud to be taking a part in. These living reefs become your pets and if you care for them properly and nuture them they will grow and make babies that you can all be proud of. We would like you to send us some pictures of your creative ideas and we in turn will share them with the rest of the World.