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A self contained, low maintenance REEF that will light up any desk with brightly colored corals. Read more

Naples, FL Design
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A self contained, low maintenance REEF that will light up any desk with brightly colored corals.

Naples, FL Design
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I would like for everyone to have the ability to bring a part of the reef to their desktops. I had always been fascinated with the complexity of reefs but when I was young I was not able to own a saltwater aquarium due to the cost, complexity, and maintenance that saltwater tanks demand. After several years of careful observation, research and experience I designed a small aquarium that was very low maintenance and was able to maintain a large biodiversity of life including certain corals.

When I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology,  I began to experiment with saltwater aquariums. I was surprised to learn that there were few miniature-sized saltwater aquariums because it was thought to be nearly impossible to own without complex equipment. The equipment that was available was large and cost several hundred of dollars, which did not include any corals. Therefore I began to experiment with small tanks.

My first 3 gallon aquarium
My first 3 gallon aquarium

My first tank was a 3 gallon saltwater aquarium. The equipment was complex, maintenance was very high and initial cost was expensive. Although the tank was beautiful, and won many awards, I knew that without specialized care the tank would not thrive. I began to ask myself, "Can I make a small, low maintenance saltwater aquarium that I can carry everywhere?"

3D view of 1 1/2 year old PJ Reef ECOSYSTEM
3D view of 1 1/2 year old PJ Reef ECOSYSTEM

I went through other tanks observing and recording my observations on how to simplify the system. At one point I had put together a small aquarium made from a jar for my girlfriend. It began to grow and started to look like a miniature reef. Up to this day, it is still growing and harbors a massive amount of biodiversity with little maintenance.

So I began reproducing several jars which I began calling, PJ reef ECOSYSTEMS. Each jar began to grow and had its own biodiversity. I designed a prototype lamp that would be ideal for the balance and low maintenance of the tank.

PJ reef Lamp and glass jar
PJ reef Lamp and glass jar
New PJ reef, 6-7 month old PJ reef, 1 1/2 year old PJ reef Ecosystem
New PJ reef, 6-7 month old PJ reef, 1 1/2 year old PJ reef Ecosystem

At this point I have several dozens PJ reef ECOSYSTEMS going and are ready to be shipped out. I need your help to expand the project so that you can own a saltwater aquarium on your desktops. Also, with the funding I will be able to order a finished lamp and begin shipping aquariums in a few months.

Dimensions of PJ reef LAMP and ECOSYSTEM

Approximate dimensions PJ reef Ecosystem: 6" x  3" diameter inches

Approximate dimensions PJ reef LAMP        : 9" x 5" x 6"  inches

Description of PJ reef ECOSYSTEM

The 2-3 month old PJ reef ecosystem will at least contain 1-2 types of corals and a macroalgae.
The 4-6 month old PJ reef ecosystem will at least contain 2-3 types of corals and a macroalgae
The 7-12 month old PJ reef ecosystem will at least contain 3-4 types of corals and a macroalgae.

Also the rock contains many types of organisms such as crustaceans and sometimes small starfishes. As the rock ages it will begin to form many colors especially red. This is due to organisms depositing minerals and calcium on the rock.

General Maintenance Requirements for a PJ reef ECOSYSTEM

There are four maintenance requirements to keep a successful PJ reef ECOSYSTEM, they are: 

1) Maintain temperature between 70°-83° Fahrenheit. No drastic changes. No direct sunlight.

2) Saltwater change every 3-6 months, preferably 3 months. 

3) Addition of pure water every month or so to compensate for evaporation. 

4) No over addition of corals and animals.

Instructions on how to build your own PJ reef
Instructions on how to build your own PJ reef

Stretch Goals

Once the goal is reached, a stretch goal will be announced.

Risks and challenges

These systems require very low maintenance but are still living creatures that can only tolerate a certain range of change.

The biggest hurdles are:

- Being able to ship these small aquariums across vast distances with guarantee that the living organisms will arrive safely. Currently only overnight shipments can guarantee live arrivals. I shipped corals before and know how to safely ship them across the country.

- Because these aquariums are very unique in design, I constructed a website that will help you understand these ecosystems. These aquariums are NOT MAINTENANCE FREE and do require a certain level of knowledge. I will do my best to provide backers with equipment, supplies and information through the PJ reefs website after funding has ended.

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    30 backers

    Follow the journey of a PJ reef from ocean, to land and into a PJ reef. Receive Backer Only updates that document the project.

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    $60 reward

    7 backers

    PJ reef LAMP (PLASTIC) and glass jar. Be the first to receive the PJ reef Lamp and glass jar. Shipping included. NOVEMBER DELIVERY

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL PJ reef LAMP.
    Be the first to receive this beautiful metal lamp so you can display any small object of value on your desktop. Shipping included. OCTOBER DELIVERY.

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    $105 reward

    33 backers Limited (67 left of 100)

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. PJ reef LAMP and glass jar. Be the first to receive the PJ reef Lamp and glass jar. Shipping included. OCTOBER DELIVERY

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    $150 reward

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    PJ reef LAMP and glass jar.
    Be the first to receive the PJ reef Lamp and glass jar. Shipping included. OCTOBER DELIVERY

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    $210 reward

    6 backers Limited (94 left of 100)

    PJ reef KIT. This includes a PJ reef LAMP (PLASTIC) with a glass jar. 1 Voucher for a 2-3 month PJ reef ECOSYSTEM. See your PJ reef grow and adapt to a micro ecosystem. OVERNIGHT shipping included. NOVEMBER DELIVERY

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    $295 reward

    10 backers Limited (40 left of 50)

    PJ reef KIT. This includes a PJ reef LAMP with a glass jar. 1 Voucher for a 2-3 month PJ reef ECOSYSTEM. See your PJ reef grow and adapt to a micro ecosystem. OVERNIGHT shipping included. OCTOBER DELIVERY

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    $345 reward

    6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)

    PJ reef KIT. This includes a PJ reef LAMP with glass jar. 1 Voucher for a 4-6 month PJ reef ECOSYSTEM. See your PJ reef grow and adapt to a micro ecosystem. OVERNIGHT shipping included. OCTOBER DELIVERY

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    $395 reward

    10 backers Limited (10 left of 20)

    PJ reef KIT. This includes a PJ reef LAMP with glass jar. 1 Voucher for a 7-12 month PJ reef ECOSYSTEM. See your PJ reef grow and adapt to a micro ecosystem. OVERNIGHT shipping included. OCTOBER DELIVERY

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    1 backer All gone!

    PJ reef KIT. This includes a PJ reef LAMP with glass jar. 1 Voucher for a 7-12 month PJ reef ECOSYSTEM. See your PJ reef grow and adapt to a micro ecosystem. OVERNIGHT shipping included. NOVEMBER DELIVERY

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

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