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Hi Eric, Welcome to the salty family! This can be a simple or as complicated as you make it. I think we all dip in in different depths of the pool and that is totally OK. Some love the science side, others just what looks pretty. We are all one big, supportive, salty family.... with slightly less dysfunction than a typical Thanksgiving.
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  1. Later bought some cultured live rock from local PetCo which introduced some unusual (to me) new life forms that I didn’t expect but I think is all good, at least cool/interesting — snails, copepods, bristleworms

Those rocks from Petco usually have nice starter colonies of Aiptasia
 
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Also thought I accidentally redirected to NASA when I found something about “CO2 scrubbers.”

You were more likely directed here by NASA. We also openly discuss chemical warfare here as many of us have experienced it first hand. Not for the faint of heart.
 

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Howdy,,, new to aquariums and found this site. Cool!

I’m seeing discussions like, “running a QT, waiting on new DT, <something, something> diatom and some GHA”

…so far, my thoughts are What the heck?

Also thought I accidentally redirected to NASA when I found something about “CO2 scrubbers.”

Anyway, learning a lot here in the reef2reef forums. Here’s my life story (aquarium-wise):
  1. Got FREE 5 gallon jellyfish aquarium — in-law got as a gift years ago and never used.
  2. Jellyfish went well (for the most part) for about 1.5 years.
…after last jellyfish finally disintegrated into nothing, figured water and substrate was already established so bought:
— a chocolate chip starfish
— 2 tiny hermit crabs
— 2 small snails

Jellyfish tank (old-style that they don’t seem to make anymore) didn’t seem ideal so:
  1. Moved everything into a 10 gallon aquarium we had from a gecko long ago.
  2. Next bought 37 gallon started kit (tank/pump/heater/hood/LED/etc) on sale (allegedly) for like $110.
  3. Later bought some cultured live rock from local PetCo which introduced some unusual (to me) new life forms that I didn’t expect but I think is all good, at least cool/interesting — snails, copepods, bristleworms
  4. Lastly threw in a pack of 5 brittle stars that came with a clump of cheato (so I did the cheapie “cheato soap dish” thing I saw on this forum).

*Current status — original chocolate chip starfish and hermit crabs/snails are all going strong after about 2.5 months so I think that’s good.

Invertebrates only (‘cause I think they look cool) but might go for a clown fish or two in the near future if my kids ever get interested (…which they really haven’t as much as I had expected).

Wish me luck!
Peace,
Eric

...the "star" of the show (cheesy/sorry):
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Welcome and good luck!
 
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Howdy,,, new to aquariums and found this site. Cool!

I’m seeing discussions like, “running a QT, waiting on new DT, <something, something> diatom and some GHA”

…so far, my thoughts are What the heck?

Also thought I accidentally redirected to NASA when I found something about “CO2 scrubbers.”

Anyway, learning a lot here in the reef2reef forums. Here’s my life story (aquarium-wise):
  1. Got FREE 5 gallon jellyfish aquarium — in-law got as a gift years ago and never used.
  2. Jellyfish went well (for the most part) for about 1.5 years.
…after last jellyfish finally disintegrated into nothing, figured water and substrate was already established so bought:
— a chocolate chip starfish
— 2 tiny hermit crabs
— 2 small snails

Jellyfish tank (old-style that they don’t seem to make anymore) didn’t seem ideal so:
  1. Moved everything into a 10 gallon aquarium we had from a gecko long ago.
  2. Next bought 37 gallon started kit (tank/pump/heater/hood/LED/etc) on sale (allegedly) for like $110.
  3. Later bought some cultured live rock from local PetCo which introduced some unusual (to me) new life forms that I didn’t expect but I think is all good, at least cool/interesting — snails, copepods, bristleworms
  4. Lastly threw in a pack of 5 brittle stars that came with a clump of cheato (so I did the cheapie “cheato soap dish” thing I saw on this forum).

*Current status — original chocolate chip starfish and hermit crabs/snails are all going strong after about 2.5 months so I think that’s good.

Invertebrates only (‘cause I think they look cool) but might go for a clown fish or two in the near future if my kids ever get interested (…which they really haven’t as much as I had expected).

Wish me luck!
Peace,
Eric

...the "star" of the show (cheesy/sorry):
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Welcome!

Glad you joined!

Mine started paying more attention once I asked to have everything given names. Still spends more time watching videos and playing games, but its summer break for kids... Knows enough to feed which came in handy when I was on travel and dad was too sick to get off couch for couple days. Still comes by for a bit each day just to watch tank, so I feel its a family hobby (but like every family pet, mom gets to take care of it...)
 

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