Sunday was a mish-mash of activity in the lobby of Center in the Square. It started with Tank Team volunteer Darrell Morris and his son-in-law Zac Thomas arriving with a piece of driftwood (for the turtle tank) that filled the entire bed of a small pick-up. We took a chainsaw to it — and then a saws-all and finally made it small enough for four of us to carry it. Somehow we are hoping to make it the centerpiece of the turtle aquarium. IF we can figure out how to get in in the tank. Stay tuned on that count.
Meanwhile, the tech whizzes from Technology Integration Consultants arrived and installed the iPods on the side of the reef aquarium. Annie Whitaker and her husband, Lincoln have created fantastic programs where visitors touch an image of the fish they want to learn about and it pops up on the screen. It’s a world-class addition to a world class aquarium.
The team from Reef Aquaria Design was busy on top of the aquarium most of the day, rigging the wiring for the massive lighting system. Then just at the end of the day they hit the switch and the first half of the eventual 24 high powered LED’s came to life, illuminating the aquarium and momentarily spooking the fish. The other half of the lighting will be installed tomorrow. (Monday, May 6.)
As all of that was going on, Ben and I — with the help of RAD president Jeff Turner and engineer J.R. Corvison worked on plumbing the Roanoke Logperch exhibit. We didn’t have much to show by the end of the day except for an interesting way to disguise some of the pipes that would have been visible inside a hollow piece of driftwood. At this point most of the thinking and purchasing has been completed, and now it’s time to put in the rock and driftwood that we accumulated on Saturday.
What’s a bit scary is that the the Center black-tie gala, the Grand Affair is Saturday night. The team must still add more fish and corals to the reef aquarium, complete the plumbing and stocking of the Roanoke Logperch aquarium and Turtles of Virginia exhibit, install and stock two jellyfish aquariums and stock and light the seahorse tank. I think it will be done — but it’s going to be tight and everyone is feeling it.