- AquaPod 24 with Stock CF Lighting
- Maxi-Jet 900 w/1200 impeller
- Koralia Nano
- Home Made Media Rack in Chamber 1 with all of the wiers closed except the top one
- Small piece of clear plastic covering the bottom half of the to wier to increase surface tension
- ChemPure Elite hanging on back of media rack between chamber 1 and 2
- VisiTherm Stealth - 75watt
- RO Water purchased from a LFS
- Red Sea Max Coral Pro Salt
- API Salt Water and Reef Master Test Kits
- C-Balance 2 part Alk and Ca addative
- Various other essential tools and testers ( I have the list, but is is scary to see how much I have spent on this in the first 6 months of it's life)
- 20 lbs of Dry rock from Reefcleaners.org
- 15 lbs Live Rock from Premium Aquatics ( Do Not order Live Rock in January if you live in Michigan - There will be Significant Die Off - Almost Complete Die Off )
- 30 lbs mixed Sand - Arag Alive and Argonite ( I will explain later)
History and Background:
I first read about "live rock" about 20 years ago when I had a small fresh water tank, but I couldn't afford the upgrade at the time. I kept that tank for 8 years until I cracked it in a move and never set it back up. I built a 500 gallon Koi pond 6 years ago and have had great success with fish in my water garden.
Last summer we took our first Family vacation ( we have a 5 year old girl ) to Chicago and visited the Shedd Aquarium where my daughter got hooked.
Hint: If you have few or no morals, use your children to convince your wife that you Need a new or Larger tank.
Between August and October I read and researched a lot. Particularlly helpful were Nano-Reef.com threads by Icenine and SteelHealr. They had great mod suggetions and spelled out exactly how they started their tanks ( I hope I have half of their patience ).
In the meantime I started collecting equipment and supplies under the extreme fiscal supervision of my wife, until trajedy struck. Again if you have no morals, like me, you can use emotions and opportuity to get something for yourself (or your kid). Our cat had to go to the emergency vet on a friday night and the bill was over $900. The next morning, my wife was relieved (and suprised) that I paid that much to save the cat's life ( I like cats, just not that cat). The same day I just happened to mention that I ordered the aquarium and a few supplies ($400) and we should recieve them in a few days. She never knew what hit her!!!
I do use the Tank to teach my daughter about the ocean and the emvironment, which she runs upstairs and tells it right back to mommy, who doesn't care. But it is still fun to teach her things that remembers and tells to everyone she sees for the next 3 days " The Crabs are naughty, My Daddy yells at them."
I waited this long to start a thread so that I had enough pictures to show progress without it looking bare for three months.
Updates to follow -- Thanks for tagging along.