First, I want to go ahead and warn everyone that I am not by ANY means a good writer. Personally, I think they use WAY TOO MANY commas in the English Language. Itís something Iím working on so please bear with me on it.
Iím 25 years old, married to an almost perfect man (Allen- AKA Ziggy953, heís on here as well) and we have a son (Zack) who will be 3 in Aug. 2008. We are all members of WAMAS (Washington Area Marine Aquarium Society) which is A LOT more fun than I had thought it would be when Allen signed us up. Iím a full time student working toward my Associates in Nursing. I plan to later get my BSN then become a Nurse Practitioner or Doctor (the DO kind, just like a regular Dr., but you go about it more like you would to get your PA or NP).
The Beginning of our Fish Adventure
It all began on our honeymoon (4 years ago in Sept.) when we bought a 55 gal
) tank that was funded by the dollar dance from our wedding reception. LOL, not only was he my new husband but my pimp; for dances that is, donít get the wrong Idea.
Soon, that 55 gal
tank spread like wildfire into 14 FW
tanks! We had tanks everywhere: the kitchen, the dining room, even our bedroom. Along with ALL the tanks, we had 3 dogs (big ones) and a bird. I was living in a Zoo and with a baby on the way too!
In Feb. of 2005 I was laid off from my job and we moved to Sumerduck, VA. A.K
.A. DuckTown (where I grew up; That was a big bonus). But space in the new place was limited, so I told Allen he would have to limit the amount of fish tanks. Btw, our bird died. Note of advice, donít keep them near a drafty window in the cold months.
The Saltwater Adventure
Once our son was about 5 or 6 months old, he fell in love with the Disney movie Nemo. At the time it was the only thing on TV that he would even pay attention to. Allen and I were talking about maybe doing a little SW
tank with a Nemo in it for Zack. My dad overheard us talking about it and told us that since it was for Zack he would help fund the project for us, and figure out how to do it.
We bought a 72 gal
. bowed front tank, and Allen built an AMAZING oak stand for it. We started with the sand and water of course, then added live rock one at a time (cause you know that stuff isnít cheap). After having everything set up for a while, we started getting a few fish. Damsels, because we heard they were the best to start with even if you didnít plan on keeping them. Which we didnít, except for the Blue Velvet Damsel my In-Laws got for us when they came for a visit one time. Mr. Blue Velvet is a real mean sucker, so he started the expansion of the SW
world I now live in. The next addition to the SW
world came about because some of our corals were starting to get too big for the 72 gal
tank. So, we started a 55 gal
frag tank and now we sell/trade the frags from there.
Our Current Adventure
We are in the process of upgrading to a 4 foot, 120 gal
tank which was suppose to be a 4 foot, 150 gal
. tank. However, there was a mishap with the 150 gal
. which you can read all about on my husbandís thread. Itís a really good one with pics, and some valuable lessions we have learned, and are learning on the way. Just click the link in my signature.
Well, I think thatís enough about me for now. If you would like to know the specifics of our system, just let me know, and Iíll find it out. Although we have been in the Tank business for a few years now, Iím just now to the point where I want to know all the specifics rather than just point and say ďThatís prettyÖĒ