View Full Version : 1st time aquarist in Colorado Springs

02-23-2013, 06:48 PM
Good afternoon!

Decided to get into the hobby because my 2 year old son is a big fan of "Finding Nemo". I'd always liked how salt water tanks were so much more vibrant and colorful than freshwater so my boy gave me a reason to start!

Did a little bit of research on line before buying gear. But with everything there is to this hobby it was like drinking from a fire hose. We ended up purchasing an Aqueon Deluxe 29 gallon kit from Petco, thanks to the advice and suggestions from some friendly and knowledgeable Petco employees. I will say they have been very nice and informative since we started our tank in mid January.

Our underwater neighborhood consists of
2x Ocellaris clownfish
1x Firefish goby
2x Emerald crabs
1x Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp
1x Fire shrimp
4x hermit crabs
5x margarita snails
10x Nassarius snails
3x live rock

Everything seems to be going good so far. We're using white sand from Petco as the substrate. And we have a few fake decorations as well.

Only hiccups thus far were we lost an anemone. :icon_cry: No one's fault really but our own. We bought it at the suggestion of a Petco employee but he was one I don't think we'd previously discussed the age of our tank. Come to find out after doing some research our tank was far too young to be home for an anemone and we decided to pull it in its sickly state because some online research showed it could have been very harmful to the rest of the life in the tank if it would have passed in there.

Looking forward to learning a lot here!

Not pictured is our newest additions of the fire shrimp and 2 more pieces of live rock

Cleaner shrimp!:icon_smile:

The LTA when we first got it.

Another shot of the LTA. I hope to have one again in the future.

Adding the anemone, snails, and clownfish to the firefish and emerald crab

Our first fish tank residents; the firefish goby and emerald crab

First pic after set up.

02-23-2013, 06:53 PM
Welcome to the addiction. Great pics. I love the drinking from a firehose comparison, that's Perfect!
Lots of great folks around here with more knowledge that you can absorb. We will help in any way we can.

02-23-2013, 07:25 PM
Welcome to the addiction. Great pics. I love the drinking from a firehose comparison, that's Perfect!
Lots of great folks around here with more knowledge that you can absorb. We will help in any way we can.

Addiction...lol. That is a perfect description! We've visited the Briargate Petco a lot more frequently since starting our tank. :D

Thanks for the welcome and appreciate the hospitality! This novice will be absorbing as much as I can. :)

Coral Xpressions
02-23-2013, 07:28 PM
Welcome to your new life!!!! Lot's of good people in the club and a wealth of knowledge. Don't be affraid to ask quesions or to ceom over. Lot of us here love talking tank and having people over. Look forward to watching your tank grow.


02-23-2013, 07:36 PM
Welcome to the hobby, and like many people have said, this can QUICKLY become an addiction. There is a massive amount of knowledge on the forum for almost anything saltwater related. Call me up if your ever in a need for live algaes and other little critters. Got plenty over here!

02-23-2013, 08:42 PM
Welcome Jon! said hi on FB too.

02-23-2013, 08:43 PM
Welcome to the club.

02-23-2013, 08:54 PM

02-23-2013, 08:58 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome all!

I think I'll start a log for our tank over in the nano's section. :)

Parker Knowles
02-23-2013, 09:44 PM
Welcome to the Greatest saltwater club in the United States! Well at least I like to think so. This club is filled with amazing people, and filled with tons of knowledge too! So if you have ANY question about the hobby odds are one of us will know it. If there's anything you need just let me or someone know an I'm sure well all be glad to help out! Enjoy the Addiction!!

02-24-2013, 11:36 AM
One question I do have is bout corals/anemones. What would I need to successfully keep them? I like the color and variety they bring to tanks.
Right now I have a Zoo Med Aquatic reef sun 50/50 T8 bulb running 14hrs a day on a timer and the Aqueon quiet flow filter that came with the kit. I feed the neighborhood with Marine Cuisine and a bit of seaweed every now and then.

I'm guessing I'd need one of those things that create current and some type of food supplement. What type of corals are beginner friendly? And how old should my tank be when it's ready? Also what is everyone using to test their water? I see posts where people list specific numbers for parameters. What is use to get those?

Thanks for everyone's time and help!

02-24-2013, 11:44 AM
You will definately need more light. Just a single T8 is nowhere near enough for a nem. With the size of your tank, I would go with one of the 120w led light fixtures that are all over the place. You can build your own and save some money, but I don't know your abilities.
You will eventually need to do upgrade your filtration. More flow is also a necessity. Tanks mature at different rates. I would wait untill around the 6 month time frame.
Jus remember to go slow.. A good motto to live by is " nothing happens fast in saltwater, except disaster."

Parker Knowles
02-24-2013, 11:12 PM
Once you get the nem, you should feed it some brine or Mysis shrimp. Its what I fed my first one and it grew like crazy! Also your gonna need some higher flow in your tank than just your filter. You should be able to find a wavemaker for your size tank fairly cheap. I'd defiantly agree with hooked to take it slow. Have fun!