View Full Version : Hello from an excited beginner in Pueblo!

11-14-2011, 01:17 AM
Hey everyone! My name is Aric and I have lived in Pueblo for about 4 years now and am originally from Wisconsin. I've had a freshwater tank for a long time but have always dreamed of having a reef in my home, so a few months ago I dove in and got myself one!


Thats me on the left with my beautiful girlfriend who not only let me get into this crazy hobby, but also made me a father in August!

On to my tank, I have a 75 gallon that I got most of from Craigslist and built or purchased all the rest recently. I have a few hermits and snails in there right now, and having just finished cycling I went yesterday and got myself my first few coral frags!


This is a little bit older of a picture of my tank, and does not have any of my frags in it, but fear not more pictures will be on the way. I love photo documenting everything...

I am really excited to be getting into the hobby and am thrilled I found a local group interested in the same thing! I hope to be able to attend and contribute to frag swaps, meetings and any other events that come up. I've been reading my butt off trying to learn as much as I can, but still all I ask is please be gentle with me while I get the basics down!

11-14-2011, 10:08 AM
Welcome Aric and congrats on the new reefer ;-). You have a few reefers down in P-town, Racer69, Reet, prplfirefish, jjmoneymaker, kmauger. One thing I would do for your tank is get a couple of fish in there. They are what is going to feed your corals. You have to have some kind of waste, in the tank. Corals need more than just light to be healthy. They can survive with just light, but to grow and be healthy, they need to be fed. Fish help in this.

Looking forward to pix of your addiction. 3 December, the Denver Area Reef Club (DARC) is going to be hosting an event. The link is stickied in the General Discussion section.

Again, Welcome!

J&A Timberlake
11-14-2011, 10:23 AM
congrats on fatherhood and welcome to the club Aric. Enjoy the hobby. I'm looking forward to more pics.

11-14-2011, 12:34 PM
Hey Aric, my name is Todd and I am a local reefer here in Pueblo. Get in touch with me and we will see how you are doing.

11-14-2011, 01:07 PM
Welcome Aric. Congrats on being a father. And welcome to the madness of Saltwater or should I say addiction?

11-15-2011, 11:40 PM

11-16-2011, 12:11 AM
Thanks everyone for the welcomes and thanks Todd for being willing to help me out! So I promised pictures and my introductory thread feels like the right place to put up initial pictures of my first frags and first finned friend! So without further ado, here are a few..


My Xenia, which I understand will grow like a weed if I do things right and is currently my favorite frag.


My Eagle Eyes while still aclimating. The one in the center still stubbornly won't open but the others extend fully under full light.


My first Shroom that has any xoozanthelae left! I got a hitchhiker as well that is totally bleached and I fear for it's survival.


A Paly I got that is a mystery to me, but I like the green flecks in the center, hopefully I can build the one polyp into a colony. The closed polyp was purchased closed and I will try to coax back.


My Bicolor Psuedo, he's just a little guy now at a little over an inch long.


I got a couple of these helpers to take care of...


My horrific Aiptasia rock. I cant count no less than 12 Aips on this one rock, I started with 2 visible a few months ago...

Anyways, I am barely at step 1 but wanted to show you all my progress, hopefully in quite some time it'll be worth a laugh to see how far I've come! Thanks again for everyone being so welcoming!

11-16-2011, 06:59 AM
Look like Magicians

On the Aptasia rock, if you can pull it out and let it sit a week or two then wash it off and put it back in, that is what I would do to get rid of the problem.

the haj
11-16-2011, 09:52 AM
Definetly take care of that rock before it becomes a mass epidemic for you. Also, if you are every driving through Canon City, I can help you out with some free frags...

11-16-2011, 02:09 PM
Youre lucky they're only on one rock. I had them everywhere. Couple peppermint shrimp cleaned them up though for me. Almost overnight.

11-16-2011, 02:25 PM
One thing to keep in mind about aptasia is they release planula. These are microscopic parts of themselves and they will populate elsewhere in the tank. Even a Copper Banded Butterfly fish and Peppermint Shrimp don't get all the Aptasia and they come back. They do keep the population in check.