My Saturday morning started before I had even had my first cup of coffee. My mother-in-law finds me hovering over my coffee and then proceeds to to show me an ad on a Facebook Post, $75.00 for a complete saltwater setup including fish. As I'm looking at this my MIL replies, ready to buy. Can be there in 20 minutes, is CASH ok?
So, I find myself being rushed out of the house to go to the ATM and then go see this tank. I'm thinking to myself the whole way there, $75.00??? This has to be a joke. My husband and I have talked about doing a saltwater aquarium, he has a list of DIY filters and ect. all in a folder waiting to made with leftover materials from varies projects. Our thinking was maybe about 10 years down the road. We want to research, and do more research before diving in. But nope, life has an interesting way of throwing you curve balls.
When we get there to see the tank, I'm not expecting much, almost waiting to be disappointed, but it was a 55 gallon setup, but very neglected. The woman said she only turned on the blue/moon light and never any other light. I asked if I read correctly that it was $75.00 and she said yes.
Now, I'm presented with the task of how do I get this home? Because there was no way I was leaving these poor fish in this condition. I have no truck, I have to get this monster tank and stand into a Nissan Versa Note, along with 55 gallons of water, filters, rocks and fish.
My husband, who was clueless as to what we were up to, was surprised to see us when we stopped in to see him at work. He asked what we were up to, I told him we were out acquiring new animals. He just shook his head, knowing his mom it could of been anything and it wouldn't have surprised him. But when I told him it was a 55 gallon saltwater aquarium his eyes got big. He wanted to go to the car to see it. But I told him the deal, if he wanted it, he had to help get it home.
It took both Nissan Versas, 2 - 32 gallon totes, numerous pulled muscles and strains, but the two of us managed to get it loaded and unloaded and setup in about 5 hours.
Needless to say, we've been thrown into the world of owning a Saltwater Aquarium. With lots of questions.
Here's what I know I have in the tank.
1 - Electric Blue Damsel
1 - Three Stripe Damsel
1 - Cinnamon Clown Fish
1 - Lemon Damsel
1 - Black Onyx Clown Fish??
Lots of brittle star fish
lots of bristle worms.
Full Tank Shot
It came with the following
2 - HOB
Tetra EX70 filters
2 - powerheads/wave makers
1 - Heater
1 - Fluval Ultra Bright LED
Aquarium Strip Light
I know I need to get a protein skimmer. That's our first purchase. However, I'm not exactly sure how the placement of the powerheads should go.
I also have a few questions concerning the growth on the live rock.
I've seen numerous of these things since we've started turning on the bright light, are these a good thing?
On this one piece I have noticed these white/off white patches.
Is this one a lost cause?
I'm planning a trip to my lfs
tomorrow, to have the water tested and see what needs to be done to make this a happy home for my new fishes!