Montgomery Middle School Marine Lab

I have created this Go Fund Me account in hopes of receiving support for the building, implementation and running of our class “Aqua Lab.” I feel it is important as a  teacher to bring a variety of first hand learning experiences to the students. For many years I have always ran a saltwater aquarium in my classroom and have also been involved with the Salmon Enhancement program with support of the Department of Fisheries. We have been raising salmon young over the years and are hopefully going to be receiving a grant to purchase a new cooling unit for next year. Between the salmon rearing and running of a saltwater aquarium, I have spent a lot of my own money for this, however I am very happy to do this as I enjoy the aquariums as much as the students.  

This year we have been lucky enough to have acquired a 250-gallon aquarium to expand our saltwater tank program. This new tank has inspired us to go one step further and to create an “Aqua Lab.”  The goal is to build a living marine reef tank complete with corals and a variety of marine invertebrates right in the classroom. The tank will be naturally filtered through the use of a refugium sump where we will culture algae and beneficial bacteria as well as grow mangrove to control ammonia and nitrate levels. The students will be able to learn first-hand about the nitrite cycle and the importance that estuaries, reefs, and biodiversity has on the world’s oceans. The students will not only be able to learn about a variety of marine life, but will be able to observe and grow them for themselves.

As you could imagine, the equipment, such as lighting, heaters and pumps is quite expensive  for a system this size, but we will continue to see it through because, as I have mentioned, we are passionate about what we do. However, we are still in need of a few more pieces of equipment before we can expand our coral propagation system. We would be thrilled if  we could get any support from you. 

To get a better understanding of what we are trying to do, please watch an example of a much larger and more ambitious Aqua Lab being run in Bellvue High School using the link below.

For more information please see our website at:

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  • Paul Wehmanen
    • $50 
    • 11 mos
  • Karen Chow
    • $20 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 1 yr
  • Cory Unger
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Robert J Kralj
    • $75 
    • 1 yr
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Michael Piper
Port Moody, BC

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