About this project
I would like for everyone to have the ability to bring a part of the reef to their desktops. I'm excited to present to you Kickstarter backers the Pico Jar Reef (PJ reefs). It is the first self sustaining/low maintenance saltwater aquarium that can contain certain species of corals. Through Kickstarter, you can pre-order a starter kit or a pre-made PJ reef.
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. During college, I went through other tanks observing and recording my observations on how to simplify a saltwater aquarium's 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.
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. I designed a prototype lamp that would be ideal for the balance and low maintenance of the tank.
PJ reefs is located in Naples Florida. The founder's tanks have been featured in:
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.
Pre-order the PJ reef Lamp and glass jar NOW and you will receive it first once the manufacturing process is finished.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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