I was asked to write an introduction to the community, so I figured I would tell the story of how I got here (careful what you ask for
While I have had SW
aquaria in the past (worked at an aquarium store in my teens), it appears that everything has completely changed and I am back to newbie status (last time I had SW
tanks, you wouldn't dream of not running an UG filter!).
So, a couple of months ago, all I had was a 20 gal FW
I was mentioning to a buddy that I wasn't satisfied, and I wanted a larger SW
tank. I have been mentioning this to my wife for going on 20 years.
So, gradually I introduced the idea to my wife. When she finally agreed, she didn't want anything bigger than 30-40 gal
in the house. I gradually convinced her that bigger is better and she warmed to the idea.
A few weeks later, a tank came up on craigslist that we had seen in the store, that she liked but wouldn't let me buy. It was a marineland 60 and stand with accessories for a good price. While I recognize that this is not a particularly good tank for SW
, she said I could get it so I had to jump!
Initial aquascaping (not terribly enthused with it)
It soon became apparent, with additional research, that the stand is utterly worthless. I wanted a sump!
A couple weeks later, my buddy was breaking down his 55 gal
and offered it to me for free. My wife actually let me have it! Of course it sprang a leak on the way to the truck so it needs a reseal, and the stand is toast.
I decided to broach the subject of building a new stand for the 60 (I can even make it match our existing furniture!!) Obviously my intent was to design it around the 20 gal
, so that after I transfer the tropical fish to the 55 I can use it for a sump!
Here's the stand so far (still finishing the doors).
Since I am going to have to drain the tank to get it on the new stand, I have decided to break it down (maybe fix the aquascaping) and drill it for an overflow and returns, and plumb the 20 gal
Will start out with Fowlr
, with plans of converting to a reef in a year. Also will build a matching canopy.
Well, that's where I am currently at, went from a 20 gal
to a 20, 10, 55 and 60 in a couple months! Heh, again, careful what you ask for.
Maybe I can get fish in there this year . . .