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The Reef’d Up Rescue Project

One of my life goals is to have a full-time marine rescue and laboratory that takes in sick and unwanted marine animals and studies their afflictions.  Unfortunately, “good causes” rarely bring home the bacon, so I had to settle for now on a mini-sanctuary/lab.  I would like to present the beginning stages of the “Reef’d Up Rescue Project.”

The Reef'd Up Rescue

The Reef’d Up Rescue

My husband and I built the rescue in our basement.  It contains a 30g coral quarantine system, a 75g hospital system, a 10g fish quarantine, and a 20g fish quarantine.  It also contains a brine shrimp hatchery to feed picky fish.  We plan to expand eventually to include quarantine systems for larger fish, and we may need a long-term hospital system as coral recovery can take quite a while.  Even if I am limited space-wise, I hope that my blogs will educate and encourage others to save marine animals as well.

Quarantine Station

Quarantine Station

Hospital System

Hospital System

Currently, there are over 50 corals in ongoing treatment, including Acropora, Symphyllia, Lobophyllia, Cladocora, Dendrophyllia, and many others.  There is also an anemone under treatment.  So far, I’ve only rescued one fish, a purple tang with marine ich and head and lateral line erosion (HLLE).

Ongoing Rescues

A few ongoing rescues

Just as with any other hospital, a variety of medical instruments, nutritious foods, and medications are available for treatment.  There is nothing worse than having a sick animal with no suitable medication on hand.  I keep a ready supply of Interceptor, iodine, copper, erythromycin, formalin, and many other solutions.  I also use a microscope to help identify pests correctly and a Gryphon band saw to help remove necrotic tissue and skeletal matter (think amputation for corals.)

Various Medications

Various Medications

If you have a unhealthy or unwanted marine animal (especially if you live in the Salt Lake City, UT area), please feel free to contact me to discuss treatment and housing options.  Unfortunately, at this time, I am unable to accept larger animals, such as sharks, rays, etc.  All animals are resold or returned to the owner upon a “certificate of health”.  Any funds received go back into the project to help fund more rescues.  Thanks for your continued support of this rescue effort!

 

 

 

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