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Some one suggested that I start a journal on my project that I have undertaken. I am fundraising to put a 55gallon Aquarium-planted of course and a 29 gal paludarium in the city library. I am doing all of this free of charge and on my own time. So far I have raised about $500 dollars and the $55 gallon is on layaway at the fish store-the 29 is being ordered today.

The paludarium goes in on June 25th and I am doing a special learning project for the kids as it gets set up.:cool:
The aquarium goes in the middle of August -once again the kids get to help.

I am hoping that my fellow planted tanker will chime in with plenty of advice.

The majority of plants I hope to buy here. Looking Low teck 2 wpg hopefully pressurized.
I'll post more when I have news
Cindy
 

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How about posting a list of some equipment you need that most of us probably have laying around as extras? I would be happy to donate stuff I have laying around since it's for such a good cause. Those little things like tubing, fittings, filter media, etc, can really add up to some $$ and I would guess 90% of us have some laying around.
 

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ok for the terrarium we need a 24" reptile slider light, 29 gal screen top,thermometer/hygrometer, habba mist, cricket keeper, cricket quencher. aquatic plants: narrow leaf java fern, crypts ( lucens & albida)
echinodorus, tenellus.
aquarium : 300 w heater, 48" light 96 -130w prefered, auto fish feeder, 2 timers, theremometer, co2 regulator & canister, canister filter, media. co2 tubing, fish food, nets, python.
plants undecided yet.

let me know if you have any of these for sale.:cool: these are all the things I haven't purchased yet.
 

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I have a heater sitting around, it was on at 45g tank that I got, I'll have to check what the wattage is but I'm pretty sure it's large enough.

If so All I need is the price for shipping;)

Also for Crix don't bother with an expensive 'cricket keeper' just get a small plastic terrarium thing similar but much cheaper;) Crix will smell though so be warned. I'm glad those days are over...

Also you need any heat pads? I think i have a few around if so... What's going into the viv?

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There will be anoles for sure -don't know about treefrogs yet. I also bought some pilea and ferns. Going to the green house again next weekend.
let me know about the heater and how much you need for shipping.
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Hey everyone i need some good book suggestions for the adult library. planted of course. I know I wante to get Takashi Amano's books but other that that no clue. Tell me what your favorite book is.
 

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Gotta say that TundraGirl has earned a top rank in both mine, and my 8 y.o. son's eyes! She really took care of him with regard to RCS. Nothing short of total dedication!!!!

That being said, I have a 3rd grader who is making a priority of hitting the local library to see if he can ID some books that he finds interesting for some of your younger enthusiasts of this project.
 

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Thanks Owenstubbs- I want some younger and older view points. Our Library has NADA. and I want to change that. I think I want to add Diana Walstads
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium. Any opinions on this one?
 

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Perhaps you could contact that author and get her to contribute a copy or 2 to you local library????? I just think your project is awesome. You know I have little, if anything, to contribute.... but I sincerely hope the generous members of this site will help you bring this very worthwhile project to completion. In fact, perhaps when you have completed it, you can help others here, including me, copy your efforts and make similar contributions to other public causes. I was even thinking that perhaps elderly facilities would be a good choice (ie, nursing homes). I have personal reaons for thinking this.
 

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I am all for what your doing. I think its great. Its a superb way to get kids to learn about the ecosytem. I only wish I had something to contribute. I wish you the best of luck with this. You have, if at the least, motivated me to talk to my local library and see what I can do as far as something like this. There are a few nursing homes and a preschool/daycare around here so I will see what they say. Once again Good Luck TundraGirl!
 

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This whole thing started because of a book I requested from another library. While I was checking out the lady manning the desk said Isure wish we could have one of these down here. I asked her why they couldn't? She said because noone knows enought about it to even start. That's when I volunteered myself. The library had very little money for the project so I am Visiting local businesses in my spare time to get donations.

They had a pathetic number of very outdated books that weren't very helpful or at all interesting:(
 

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Pretty good book.
Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants by Peter Hiscock.
 

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The library had very little money for the project so I am Visiting local businesses in my spare time to get donations.
Go to the largest bank in town and speak with the manager. Where I live, banks are often the largest sponsor of municipal activities.

How about an empty aquarium at the library with some kind of cash donation box attached to it? :icon_idea
 

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Perhaps you could contact that author and get her to contribute a copy or 2 to you local library????? I just think your project is awesome. You know I have little, if anything, to contribute.... but I sincerely hope the generous members of this site will help you bring this very worthwhile project to completion. In fact, perhaps when you have completed it, you can help others here, including me, copy your efforts and make similar contributions to other public causes. I was even thinking that perhaps elderly facilities would be a good choice (ie, nursing homes). I have personal reaons for thinking this.
Good point-nursing homes
aquariums are supposed to calm people and lower blood pressure-that's why so may medical facilities have them.
 

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You might also talk to the managers of local fish stores and pet stores and see if they might be willing to support the project with donations. Local book stores might be willing to order some books to donate to the library, too -- or the publishers/authors of the books. Maybe some local biologists, scientists, or museum staff members would be willing to agree to a lecture series that focuses on the tanks and their inhabitants? And a donations box up near the book checkout area of the library might be a great idea!

Great project -- your community is lucky to have one so willing to donate time and expertise!
 
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