Arent we all a little crazy?!?!?! i talk to my fish like they are my homies... all 12 tanksI still have a lot to learn and find myself humbled on a daily basis! Lol I’d say I’m more of a “conventional” reefer when it comes to how I manage the tank. On the flip side, I’m an unconventional fish mom! Lol I am absolutely obsessed with my fish, especially the baby Naso tang. I interact with them and talk to them all the time. The baby dances around like crazy when he hears my voice. It’s too cute for words. (Yes, I’m probably crazy but I don’t care! Hahaha)
Now that is unconventional!LOL, I don't have enough ink to list all the unconventional stuff I do from the driveway gravel and asphalt that I found in the sea for my rock.
I dump in amphipods or anything else I find in the sea
I never bought anything except pumps. My "Thermometer" is a large brass guage from 1907 which I took from the coal boiler in the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. My skimer is 5' tall.
The waste goes into that bucket and there is a wire from a GFCI dangling in there which shuts off the pump if water reaches it.
Most of my real rock that I dove for I replaces with stuff I built from cement and rock.
I made my evaporative chiller that uses almost no power.
This was my original rotating algae scrubber.
I built this scrapper before they were sold.
I don't use a sump and this was my overflow surface skimmer that fed my protein skimmer.
I don't remember what this does.
My lights were water cooled copper tubing.
It had real radiators to keep it cool.
This is the water cooler radiator for my copper algae scrubber
I keep rebuilding diatom filters
I collect seawater all winter, warm it up and dump it in my tank
When the hobby first started I filled my tank with water from the East River next to Manhattan. I used to pour in a cup of Clorox Bleach to kill all the bristle worms and other things. (after I took out my fish of course) That Clorox treated water is still in my tank.
Of course I used to keep copper pennies in the tank for ich and if I had to operate on a fish to remove a tumor, I put iodine on the cut and never lost a patient.
I "cure" Pop Eye" in a few seconds with a hypodermic needle.
I could go on for days, but you get the idea.