The past two weeks has been a relatively kinetic time span in terms of planning out the logistics of this project. I say this because there have been a lot of different things/ideas that have come into light that are taking this project to new heights.
The first thing that has come into light is looking into running different variations of water quality or coral diet to see if we are able to help mitigate the change in temperature. This idea was always in the back of my head, but now that I am really in the action phase of my project, I decided that I wanted to draw the curtain back and bring it into the overall picture that this project is looking like. The specific variables that I am going to be looking into is the pH of the water, the amount of food that is being provided to the corals, and the amount of light the tanks receive. Hopefully, I will be able to run these different experiments on the corals and see if some of them result in the resilience of these coral specimens. These ideas have also brought a whole new level to the entire experiment, and for this, I needed a bit more help.
On Tuesday (10/2/18), I came before the school’s granting committee in an attempt to ask for an extra $700 in order to gather materials of higher quality so that this experiment may be able to be repeated or replicated in the coming years by future enthusiasts. This was very important to me because I know how impressionable young people are, and to be able to instill a drive to seek answers to global problems, such as this, will lead to a much more confident and determined era of motivated activists and change makers. This is important to me because I know that because I was exposed to these beautiful creatures at a young age, it was easy for me to latch onto their well being and health.
The next thing that I was working out in the past two weeks was the actual complexity of building and assembling these tank setups. However, this is not going to be as challenging as I thought it would be. This is because of the level of experience of my mentor Zack Rago. He is proving to be an extremely useful source of information, not only in terms of the specifics of my proposed method, but also just the broad topic of this environmental issue as well.
The next two weeks are going to be a lot less oriented around planning, and a lot more focused on getting the ball rolling on the physical experiment. This means that I will be placing orders on my materials as well as planning out the actual construction of the entire setup. This means sketching out the blueprints as well.
Image Credits: Gripp, Ryan, et al. “How to Setup a Reef Tank News Reef Builders | The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog.” Reef Builders | The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog, 10 Feb. 2016, reefbuilders.com/2008/06/10/beginners-guide-to-saltwater-aquariums-2/#