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Madisonville Elementary's 10 Gallon Nuvo

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I wanted to introduce this new addition in my wife's special education classroom at Madisonville Elementary!We're both reefing enthusiasts and we like to share our hobby with anyone that finds an interest. Being able to use an aquarium as a teaching tool and interactive learning center is absolutely wonderful. My wife already plans to use the tank in her lesson plans and delegate small tasks to different students each day that include feeding, glass cleaning, testing, and parameter logs. We have so many more ideas on the drawing board as teaching opportunities that she can't wait to try them. As more livestock is added later down the road i'm very positive that this little tank will become the must see attraction for the Madisonville guppies!!

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That's truly wonderful on so many levels. Easy to control temperature in the tank? If my wife had one in her classroom then it would bake over weekends. 

We had initial concern over temp issues in the classroom but after speaking with administration they notified the janitorial staff to make an exception and leave the AC on at all times. Hopefully it works out as planned. Some of the janitors actually stopped by the classroom to check out the tank and were happy to help out!
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New pics!! The fire-fish is doing well but it needs a name :( On the first day of class a proper introduction will happen and each student will come up with their own ideas to name him.
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Coral update! The first pieces went into the tank yesterday. 7 rhodactis shrooms, two favia pieces, and a green nepthea leather. We're just starting to add a little color and movement to the tank and it already looks awesome!
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Tank update!!
I stopped by the school today and added a few new pieces that were donated by forum member Razzmatazz and some other pieces from our display tank at home! We also removed the filter sock from the tank and replaced it with the Innovative custom caddy for easier filtration and media replacement. The tank is going through the ugly diatom stage but after a quick blast of the rock, sand, and a water change it was good as new. The kids voted on the name for the fire-fish, it was "fishy" as the top choice over Nemo and Grumpy. News of the tank has already spread through the school. Two full classes of first and second grade students were brought into the room to see the tank!
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New developments update!
My wife and I had the opportunity to attend the Macna event this past weekend. We had a wonderful time seeing reefing buddies and other forum members. The amount of equipment and livestock options were a bit overwhelming but very exciting to see. Two major developments occurred while there. First, was the information gathered from the Hikari USA vendor on the "Pets in the Classroom" grant based educational program that provides financial support for teachers across the United States to purchase and maintain pets in the classroom. This will definitely make a positive impact on the classroom tank's ability to flourish for years. Second, we were generously offered a pair of clown fish from CEO Matt Carberry from Sustainable Aquatics! These new additions made their way into the system on Monday and acclimated quickly to the tank. The kids in the class are already interested in the clowns and wanting to learn more about interacting with nature and aquatic life!!
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That is such a great thing for kids to be exposed to- awesome job!   It looks likes the tank is getting pretty full, but please let me know if you'd like a few more pieces for the tank.. I'd love to donate a few pieces to this project! 

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That is such a great thing for kids to be exposed to- awesome job!   It looks likes the tank is getting pretty full, but please let me know if you'd like a few more pieces for the tank.. I'd love to donate a few pieces to this project! 

Thank you for your generous offer. We would truly appreciate any type of donation.

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Long overdue update!
The classroom tank is a little over a month old and the first case of nuisance red slime started on the sand bed last week. After some initial water tests we determined the tank had elevated nutrients. This led to a proactive approach of lower feeding intervals and an adjustment in the lighting period. A few new additions from Jeremy @ Coral Cove made there way into the tank that added some nice color and variety to the system. Lastly, my wife was surprised by a student with a gift that she was really impressed with. This ocean drawing was done by a second grade student in her class that loves marine life and coral reefs. I'm fairly certain she may have a future marine biologist as a student!
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A quick update on the Madisonville Minnows tank! We transferred the nuvo back to Hammond for the summer and gave the glass a good cleaning and changed the water. The ric’s were eaten by a pesky peppermint shrimp unfortunately but the zoas are really starting to take off. I may need to find a few more varieties to add later at some point.

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