You made me think of the toadfish I caught off the coast of NC and put in one of my early tanks. Man, what a mistake that was! I finally caught him a second time (in the aquarium this time) and put his behind back in the ocean. Maybe I need to post that to the Fish You Should Never Put In Your Aquarium thread. lolI hate to say it, but I kept a Lion Fish in a ten gallon tank for years.
A bunch of tall tanks . . . as a new reefer I only think of how much of a pain it would be to work with anything deeper than about 24" (or even 21"). But to see your current tank in the pic, it is amazing how awesome that height looks.My first reef tank venture was in my fraternity house in the late 80's it was a cinderblock wall with 3 tanks in it. Each tank was 48x10x10 - That's right in the old days these were for housing bettas - long small tanks - I had them stacked on top of each other and water flowed from tank to tank to tank to sump - which was full of DLS rolls back in the day.
That tank wasn't successful. So when I moved out of the frat house I got a 75g tall reef. I had the most tick colored yellow halide, that was bought from a company that supplied lights for parking lots. This time we upgraded and had bioballs instead of the DLS rolls.
This tank lasted 2 years and then upgraded to a 125 High. The 125 was a wonderful tank, and while enjoying it eventually Protein Skimmers came to popularity, and at one point it even had a custome fluidized sand filter on it. This tank moved up to 2 metal halide bulbs - and the colors got a lot less *****. This tank also had a motorized pool ball valve on it and every 1/2 hour the water shifted from the left side of the tank to the right side.
The 125 lasted 6.5 years until I got into the colored sticks. It was upgraded to a 360, which lasted a year before the seams started to go bad and was replaced under warranty - but we upgraded to a 400g. The poorly built 400g from the same crappy builder lasted 20 years, before it started bowing too much to be comfortable.
We got nervous about the 400 and in a panic replaced it with a 560g tall on Xmas eve. The was a beautiful tank at 36" tall. Just stunning. But after a double disaster losing all fish and corals within 36 hours the wife pushed me to build my final tank.
So we went to a 750 last fall.
My 1st Reef tank setup 7 months new. 40 gal.IM Nuvo Fusion. Great setup. I’m blessed that things are progressing well. My recent stumble was adding a Diamond Goby. Gravel everywhere. I will definitely be returning this character to my LFS. 2 Oceleris Clowns, 2 Bangaii Cardinals, 1 Pajama Cardinal, Azure Damsel, Awesome Valentini Puffer, Coral Beauty and a Purple Firefish. I would love to have a Flame Hawkfish if possible. The learning journey continues. Corals: Rock Flower, Green star polyups, Gorgonian, Duncan, leather, Torch.Rookie reef: What size was your first aquarium?
You may be just getting started or you may have an amazing mature reef like the picture shown below. For many of us, the tank, or tanks, that we have now is not where we started. That first tank may make you cringe, or you may wistfully look back on it, however there was probably a lot of learning that happened with that first tank. Please tell us about your first tank and your experience with it in the thread below!
Pro Tip: There are many perspectives on the best size for a first tank and lately the small tanks have been getting a lot of focus. I still find that 40-75 gallons is a good range to consider. The cost of equipment to support bigger tanks can become a limitation, however aquariums in this range still have enough water volume to be a little forgiving,
Photo by @maroun.c
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