It wasn't my idea, at first!
We received a call from a family friend (FF) for many years. They were in the process of moving to another town and told us they couldn't take their fish tank. The only fish they had was a FW
sucker that must have been 5+ years old. It was huge. I reluctantly agreed since my wife didn't want to hurt their feelings. The tank was a 20 gal
hex made of plexi glass with a home made base. We asked the FF if other fish could be kept with the huge sucker (it was our first fish tank). The FF said you could but the sucker may eat the other fish. We set up the tank and headed off to the LFS
. As fate would have it, we ran into another friend at the LFS
while we were there. They were getting suckers for their pond. We informed them of our new huge friend and said we would let them use him for their pond. We had a lot of explaining to do when the FF came by to visit their sucker. I assured them he was much better off in the 8x4 pond than in a 20 gal
tank. It sure was awkward. After having the tank for about 6 months and many more trips to the LFS
, we were hooked on fish. We decided to buy a new home and during the move decided the hex had seen better days and went to the LFS
to buy a new one. We ended up with a 29 gal
and set it up FW
at first. My kids were bugging us for a Nemo fish and we told them we can't have a Nemo because they were SW
. After many many many many many more requests I told them fine. I took the FW
fish out, added salt, bought a damsel, and you guessed it, it died. I then let the darn thing sit there with nothing in it for at least 6 months. My wife started bugging me about the empty tank with black algea and asked if I would please clean it up. So, I did. I took all the FW
stuff out cleaned the tank and started all over with SW
in mind. I am very far from knowing much about this hobby, but, I have a 1 month old SW
tank with live rock 2 damsels, 1 clown (NEMO), about a dozen snails and a dozen hermits. The first thing we do when we wake up is check out the tank and the last thing we do before bed is check out the tank. We are very excited about it and look forward to adding a reef.