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So, this will be a different tank journal than most in that I will be posting most of the pics and info, rather than Jasper, the owner of his very own first reef tank.

This reef tank is the result of a lot of very generous aquarists (mostly reefers from BC, AB, SK, and PQ) who all donated tank, stand, equipment, supplies, frags, livestock, and funds to help this fifteen years old boy get his wish come true.

Here's Tyler "spitfire", who donated the Biocube, stand & other goodies, along with Laurie "The Guy" who donated frags to this endeavour too.



This is what the donated frags looked like in my holding tank at home in Burnaby:



What it looked like on the BC Ferry ride up to Powell River Monday morning:



Felicia (who is NOT a morning person, just like Daddy) came for a Father-Daughter trip:

 

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Waiting for the second ferry:



The build pics will have to wait until Jasper's mom uploads them since my hands were kind of wet and busy putting the tank together. So here is Jasper getting his first look at his new reef tank:



Some pics of the reef (first day - cloudy, Tuesday - much clearer):





Pair of beautiful Grade A Snowflakes from Mindy (Myka):

 

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On our way home Wednesday:





Daddy's little helper:



Again, huge thanks to all who got involved to help a young boy none of us even knew or had met before.

Everyone's involvement and generosity really renewed my faith in the human race. There may be hope for us after all:bigsmile:

Anthony
 

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Yes, it was a tiring trip and long commute (5 hours each way with two ferries to catch, each way), but well worth the effort.

We started setting up (Marie & I) around 12:30pm and finished by 1:45pm. After that, Jasper and his family spent 6 to 7 hours that afternoon/evening just sitting by their new reef tank looking at all the cool new inhabitants. So yeah, well worth the effort.

Wish I could have stayed longer but I had to catch up on my work after taking off for almost 3 days to go to Powell River.

Here's an extra treat for you photo-hungry reefers:



A quick snapshot of Marie's new 300g reef (yes, pic is too blue but just thought I'd add this into this thread anyways).

Thanks Marie for giving Felicia and I a place to stay while getting Jasper's reef tank up and running. Also major thanks for agreeing to provide the pre-mixed saltwater and taking care of the tank when Jasper's family are out-of-town. Literally could not have done this without you.

Sincerely,

Anthony & Felicia
 

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This looks great, Anthony! Together with the story and the look in Jasper's face... just brought tears in my eyes. Felicia is such a sweetheart, what a lovely picture of you two!
Thanks a lot for the update! Looking forward for more pictures! Hope Jasper is very happy with his tank!
 

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Really nice and well done, I wish I was there to c Jasper's face. I am glad everything went well :)
 
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Hello All,

First – apologies for not posting sooner. Jasper has been experiencing some declining health, and with moving into our new house, the hosting of a box-war…and non-stop company, we’ve been swamped!

We are all delighted with the BioCube14. Anthony (and his daughter Felicia) and Marie came and spent a few hours setting it up and checked up on it the next day. We are finding it more compelling than television! We have a number of corals whose names we are still learning, a pair of snowflake clownfish Suture and Dex, a cleaner shrimp Sir Edmund Hilary, a mandarin goby Bond, a royal gramma Francisco “Pistols” Scaramanga otherwise known as Paco or the Man with the Golden Gun, three hermit crabs named after sherpas; Tenzing Norgay, Sano Babu Sunuwar (Babu) and Nima Chhamzi, a snail and two tube worms (bonus!) as yet unnamed. Many many thanks must go out to those who donated equipment and fish and corals. Anthony explained how rare some were and how far away they have come from. This has been an excellent gift – not just for Jasper, but for our whole family and has inspired many hours of together-time gazing at the tank.

We’ve had quite a bit of action already – the climbing antics of the shrimp and crabs inspiring their names. Also – Bond must have put a hit out on Paco – because he was dead and being devoured by the snail one morning. (We suspect transport shock as we rarely saw it). We are already talking about a replacement with Anthony. The corals have all popped out and everyone seems to be doing well now. Yesterday morning my husband exclaimed “There’s a second shrimp…it must have been hiding all this time – it’s totally transparent!” We soon learned that the shrimp had simply molted – very exciting.

We are all learning more about aquaria every day, as are our friends and family. Thanks for getting us started in this fascinating hobby!

We’ll post more as our tank evolves.

The Mohans
 

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Hahaha that's awesome, Japer got a chair on front of the tank already lol
 
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