Thursday, October 27, 2011

Update: Reef build 2 months

The reef tank is now two months old and I have all of the fish from my stocking list in the tank and a good number of coarls. At this point I will be going slow and letting the tank grow out.
As for fish and inverts, I have:
Harptail Blenny
2 Misbar Clownfish
Six-Line Wrasse
Orchid Dottyback
Yellow Watchman Goby
Tiger Pistol Shrimp
Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp
5 Turbo Snails
6 Nassarius Snails
Feather Duster Worm

And corals:
Whammin' Watermelon Zoanthid colony
Neon Green Birdsnest Acropora
Blue Clover Polyp
2 Branching Frogspawn corals
Sun coral
Dragon's Eye Zoanthid colony
War coral
Maze Brain coral
Plate coral
Trumpet or Candy Cane coral

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Too far into the future

I have this really bad habit of planning. I like to plan far into the future, it's part of the reason that I burnout on projects so fast. Before I'm done with something I'm already off in my head planning out the next project. For example, I've just started my first saltwater tank and everything is going really well so far but the tank is only about 2 months new. It's way too soon to gauge my success with this tank but I'm already planning my next SW tank in my head. These are kinds of conversations I have with myself:

If this tank goes well then I'm going to upgrade to much larger reef tank in the future. I don't have room in my apartment for a bigger tank so when I own a house with a basement one day I'm going to put a monster tank down there. No expenses spared. It's gonna be like a 240g long reef tank and I'll have a 70g sump or larger attached to it and I'll have a coral frag tank also so that I can sell stuff and try and make so money back. yeah right. All the money I make from selling frags will just go towards buying rarer frags. Where am I going to put all of this? I know I'll wall off a portion of the basement in my future house and create a room behind the display tank, which I'll set into the wall, so that I store everything out of sight and do water changes easily. Wait a minute, 25% of that water volume is roughly 80 gallons. I'm going to be buying A LOT of salt. I also like freshwater tanks so I'll get like a 150g FW tank and stock it with oscars and big plecos. I know I said I wanted like a 300g FW tank for Umbees or Black Nasties but now I think I like saltwater more. I'll be happy enough with just a 150 cichlid tank. This house will be awesome!

My brain works a mile a minute when coming up with grandious plans. I'm not even done with my schooling yet. I don't have a career that will support a fish addiction on the scale that I'm planning on having. It's a total pipe dream that may not ever come true. And if it does will I only get halfway through the project and then get sidetracked by something else? Who knows. This is all too far into the future to say anything for certain. For now I need to keep focused on my present tanks.