Well, to update you about that friend of mine. To quickly recap, he received a 46G bowfront with stand for free. It also comes with a Penguin dual biofilter HOB
. It also comes with 2 reversible powerheads capable of 200 gph
each. He acquired for free a 4-foot reef-ready PC
light kit that he cannot use for his 46G.
Last night he was weird enough to brag on my cellphone voicemail that he received a 15G sump for free. And 25 lbs of "seeded live rock" (is what he aptly titled it) in a bucket without water for weeks now.
I told him that at this point it's like building Lego blocks for him. I told him to start cycling the tank while he is researching more on fish. I told him to fill his tank up with Instant Ocean-marinated filtered water and let it run with powerheads and his HOB
filter (no pads and biowheel). I also told him to quickly put the rocks in the display so that hopefully the dead critters in there can decompose and kickstart the cycle.
I told him that at that point, he can start with clown fish and some small community SW
fish after cycle. I told him to deviate away from predatiorial (which usually need larger tanks) and tangs (which usually works when your tank is established for at least a good 7 months to a year).
He then responded (to all of that) this way:
No dude. I want to read and read and make sure I know everything before I even start the cycle (this is coming from a guy who has EVERYTHING provided to him). He told me that he doesn't need to put the (now dead) LR
's in the water. Besides, his boss told him he can put meat (not clear on what he means, I hope he meant cocktail shrimp) in there to start the cycle.
He also decided, after a long debate about fish, to get a Naso Tang, a flame angel, a Blue Hippo tang, and a harlequin (not sure what that meant). So here is newbie aiming for Angels and Tangs.
First, he wanted my help. Second, he refuses to listen. Third, he gives this attitude that I am just BS-ing him.
I just want to post this to get some sentiments and reaction from you had you been in my place. Also, tell me if I was wrong on any of my advice to him.
Thank you and I am going to explode in anger and frustration now. newbie is one thing. A stubborn newbie is another. A stubborn newbie blessed freebie on EVERYTHING is just straight unfair. Please tell me god.