How I Got Started Keeping A Marine Tank

Boy was that some time ago.  A guy I was working with, whose name is Tim  was (and still is as far as I know) really into the hobby.  We were talking about it off and on and I was getting more and more interested in it.

For those of you who read my previous article on how I got into keeping fish in the first place, you know that I had already come into knowing what I was doing the hard way for keeping a tropical freshwater tank.

Now this other guy at work named Scott had a 75 gallon tank from when he had a marine tank and it was sitting there doing nothing.  Having gone through (or was going through, I forget) a divorce, he sold it to me cheap.  I got it, the stand, and accessories for under $100 dollars.  It was the deal of a lifetime and I snatched it up.

I still made mistakes, I still didn’t know a whole lot.  It took forever before I got a protein skimmer. Over time I had a bare bottom tank, then a sand bottomed tank and finally a plenum.  At one point I had a bright blue anemone that was large enough to fill a 10 gallon aquarium all by it’s little lonesome.

Tim told me about a magazine and so I started buying it and reading up on it.  At this point my interest was virtually unstoppable.  I read almost every article in that magazine every time I bought it, I even had a subscription to it at one point.

Over a few years I probably invested $1000 – $2000 dollars into that tank.  $30 here or $40 there before I finally had to give up the hobby.  After I lost my tank (I’ll save that for another post)  I kept a 10 gallon tank (which did very very well) and a small 2 gallon tank that came with a biowheel.

Now I can’t have one at all, sigh.  Anybody interested in posting some pictures of their tanks here?  Seriously, let me know.

Maybe next time I’ll tell you how I lost my 75 gallon tank.  I still cringe.

– Jeffery

Welcome To Saltwater FishKeeping

Welcome to my brand spanking new blog (and soon to be forum) on all things related to Saltwater Fish Keeping.  Whether you want to call it a marine tank, saltwater aquarium, whether you keep a reef tank or the good old-fashioned general tank, you are welcome here.

So come on in, join and share in the fun and information exchange.  Do you have a lot of experience?  Did you make a lot of beginner’s mistakes or learn from someone else’s “oopsies”?  Care to share? We welcome your guest blog post.

– Old Salt