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chain 02-09-2013 09:47 PM

My first aquarium
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Hello everyone, been on this site for a while and until now I have just been checking stuff out and learning a little bit. Well I finally decided to dive in and get my first aquarium. The last time I have had fish I was probably 7 years old with a goldfish in a bowl. I do wonder if I am being a little ambitious making my first tank saltwater but I can't help it. Fresh water just looks boring to me. I am confident between help from the people here and my local fish store I will be good to go.

Anyways I got a 28g NanoCube with a stand, salt, live sand, and 31 lbs of live rock. I have everything set up and power is going. Now just to wait and see what happens. Of course I am a newb so feel free to throw out suggestions. Here's my new tank. Of course I will update with new pictures and news as it comes. =)

Reefing Madness 02-09-2013 09:59 PM

chain 02-09-2013 10:07 PM

Figured I should add I just bought all of this earlier this afternoon. After all was said and done I had to laugh when I realized I just spent $360 on a box of rocks.

RSully 02-09-2013 11:08 PM

You'll love it. Can't wait to see some pics when you're tank clears up. If you got cured live rock, you'll be up and running in no time. If it wasn't truly cured live rock, it will take a bit for you're tank to cycle. Welcome to SW!

chain 02-09-2013 11:24 PM

It is all cured. I guess that's why it wasn't cheap lol. Plan on letting it do it's things for a couple weeks and then adding CUC at the end of the month. Will let them run for a month and then add fish. I am going on vacation in late March so I think I will be better off to wait on fish until I get back.

RSully 02-10-2013 01:16 AM

Sounds like you have a good plan.

Big Dogs Little Pigs 02-10-2013 07:50 AM

gotta love a person with patience!! you will love your cube. i started with a 14g a few months ago and i'm cycling a 29g now.

do you have a selection of fish you're thinking about? lots of great information here about stocking your tank and has really good detailed descriptions of fish, etc., that can help guide you.

looking forward to watching your progress!

chain 02-10-2013 08:46 AM

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No idea what I want for fish. I know I want a Blenny but other than that not sure. Of course I don't even know if a Blenny will be happy in my tank. Originally I was thinking about a 75g tank and figured being my first time I should probably save a bit of money and make sure I am up to it first. My thought is that if things go well a 75g is in my future so I would like fish that will be fine where they are but could also do well in a bigger tank. Clown fish are cool and my wife likes them, so assuming they get along with others they will probably be in there too. I don't want to get anything that might not work in a big tank when the time comes. Once I get a big tank I want some kind of eel for sure, probably a snowflake. I like colorful and would prefer fish with personality. Feel free to throw out ideas. =)

Aslo here are pictures of my tank as of now. This is about 12 hrs after adding rock, water, and sand.

Big Dogs Little Pigs 02-10-2013 10:06 AM

looks very nice!

royal grammas, clowns, firefish are all good choices. check out the "beginner fish" and "nano fish" at

Reefing Madness 02-10-2013 10:25 AM

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