dexter1080 Posted September 13, 2008 Share Posted September 13, 2008 About me: Hello. My name is Brendon "Dexter" McCallum, I am a 29-year-old quadriplegic man paralyzed from the shoulders down. I do not have use of my arms or legs. In July of 2007 I was in a diving accident which left me how I am today. I've had a tough time for while and it is definitely a hard road but I do a good job at it. I have caregivers here to help me out but I won't be able to look in the back of the chambers or put my hands in the tank ever. This is going to be a hard hobby it might be quite a roller coaster ride but I am very excited about my new hobby. To tell you the truth, this fish tank has saved my life. For a long time I did not want to continue my life because it is so hard to have this condition. I thought and wanted to end my life regularly. This fish tank has given me goals and inspiration to do something and look forward to it. I am very excited about getting into this hobby. Here's the story about my accident a local radio station interviewed me on. They put the interview up on their website. I shared my story of where I'm at and how I've overcome some pretty tough challenges to get me here today. There is a website Uploaded the show to so you can listen to it online. The website address is www.mwpradio.com and the radio show is called Motivation with a purpose. Go click on the podcast button and you'll see a link that says Brendon McCallum on January 25th 2010. The start up of my tank: So I took the tank out of the box, put everything together and put it on top of my NEW NEAT stand. I added water, put in the salt and added the sand. I put in about 45 pounds of Fujian White Sand that I got from some guy on eBay. Boy, is it cool too. Beautiful white color. I got 50 pounds of it for $40 shipped! So everything is up and running. I went to the store and picked up live rock. I'm going to start a process of building an amazing reef tank! This is a great website and it seems like everyone is great out there. Whoever started this website did a great job. I'm going to have a lot of questions and hopefully everyone won't mind helping me out. If there are any suggestions that you have please let me know. I love getting ideas and feedback. I'm going to upload a few photos along the way and keep a little track record of what I've done. Let me know what you think. Here is the most recent picture that I have of my tank nowadays. I haven't done any modifications at all so it's like it is straight out of the box. I did take out the bio balls and replaced them with Chemipure though. 1 Link to comment
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