Who's Into Saltwater?

Tony

Staff member
We plan on getting him a beginner set up for his birthday next month.
Just a word of advise, you can get started in a smaller tank, like a 29 gallon with a hang on back filter. However, you will have to keep up with very regular water changes, and watch the bio load. If it's something that he ends up loving, the second tank should be a reef tank with a sump. More water equals way more stable! You will also want a skimmer to help with the bio load.

IMO, a 40 gallon breeder will work perfectly as a beginner tank as you can use it as a sump for the new tank (as long as it will fit under it).

And if you or he has any questions, hit me up. I'm always happy to help out!

Tony's tank is awesome. Fish tanks are cool to look at as long there someone else's to take care of :).
Thanks Ivan, Not too awesome right now, but it may get back to that point.
 

James M. Lewis

Armed Forces
Thank you Tony for your advice. Will follow your recommendation. Learn from his older sister's this is all he's talking about. Told my daughter we got this. All he has to do is pick out the fish he wants. And of course they'll guide him along ensuring a good fit. :peaceful: :banana: He was star struck Tony of your setup, you made a serious impression. :arms::hdbng:
 

Tony

Staff member
Here's a video for an update to the tank. Neglected is the word of the day, but I'm hoping to turn that around.

 

James M. Lewis

Armed Forces
Awesome job Tony, when you first show what your passion for this other hobby, I show those photos to my grandson. We help him get started and believe he found his calling. We all notice the way he's been reading and researching on the internet plus watching National Geographic on the Disney channel. His parents have also got involved with him. Who knows might become a marine biologist when he grows up :yahoo: Thank you for sharing and they may go salt water.
 

Tony

Staff member
That is awesome James. Sounds like he is really digging what is below the surface of our oceans. There are some pretty awesome things out there to see, that's for sure.

It is definitely a lot of fun when things are running smooth. I need to do a water change today and may take another video when I'm done.
 

James M. Lewis

Armed Forces
Oh also forgot to mention my grandson lives 30 minutes from Baltimore Maryland. They have a very nice aquarium that's huge. We also have a decent size one here in Virginia Beach, Va. about 15 minutes from my home.
 

Tony

Staff member
I have heard good things about the NE Aquariums. And it's an awesome place to go check out. You had mentioned he may be interested in becoming a Marine Biologist, see about getting a behind the scenes look at what goes on to keep those large aquariums going on the back end. I'm sure he will love the science behind what goes into them, and the care that goes into each fish in that tank.
 

Tony

Staff member
It's a lot of fun to tinker with for me. Coding the aquarium controller is quite fun. But just sitting in the living room on the couch and watching the fish and coral do their thing is peaceful. Great conversation piece.

I have thought about starting a nano tank, likely a 29 gallon AIO (All In One) just to show how easy it can be.
 

James M. Lewis

Armed Forces
I have heard good things about the NE Aquariums. And it's an awesome place to go check out. You had mentioned he may be interested in becoming a Marine Biologist, see about getting a behind the scenes look at what goes on to keep those large aquariums going on the back end. I'm sure he will love the science behind what goes into them, and the care that goes into each fish in that tank.
Marine Science is big business along the east coast. Several colleges work hand in hand with NATIONAL OCEANIC SCIENCE ADMINISTATION.
 
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