Ben has been planning out his saltwater fish tank for four years. When we started dating, he was looking over plans to build a fish tank stand. He built the stand, but it was about half an inch off, so he ended up having to buy one instead. For some reason, you can’t have a giant glass container of water sit on a crooked stand. Whatever! He shopped online and at a local fish stores for supplies. To save alot of money, he also made his own saltwater, which is actually more complicated than pouring a bit of salt into the tank and stirring. After all of that time, all of that effort, and all of that money, we finally have fish in the tank!
We have plants and snails in the refugium (where the water comes out of the tank to be cleaned out before recirculating back into the tank) and have snails in the tank itself. We had a green hair algae problem, but our Mexican turbo snails have taken care of that. We also have a black limpet snail. He has cute lil antennae and a snout! This little fella went halfway around the tank in just a few hours on his first night. I have never heard of a snail going that quickly before. I thought the turbo snail was fast, but this limpet dude took his snout and ran laps around the turbo snail. There were some emerald crabs in there. The smaller one, died. The bigger one ended up eating two of our fish and we think he killed the other crab. We stuck him in the refugium and he ate all of the plants except the mangroves. So, that jerk ended up going back to the store.
It’s only been during the time that I’ve been with Ben that I’ve really learned anything about fish tanks. Until that, all of my knowledge came from biology classes about closed ecosystems and random nature shows that I watched. Temika and I had a betta fish named Busker, once, but he died when she forgot to clean the fishbowl. I’m learning more about fish now that we’re trying to figure out what kinds of fish to get when the tank is ready. The kids want “Nemo” and “Dory” fish. Minecraft really likes the dogface puffers, too. Ben is partial to the tangs. Apparently, you have to be careful about which tangs you put in the same tank, how much food you feed them, and how many rocks are in the tank. Tangs are racist and can become aggressive depending on the color of other tangs in the tank, how hungry they are, and how big or small they are. They made Disney movies about these killer racist fish! Who knew?!
As for the fish that I want in the tank, I will need to get another job to afford them. Everytime I see a fish that I like, it’s over $100. Ben will say, “Oh yeah, those are hard to find, ” or, “We’ll have to see if we can find one on sale sometime,” when I show him the fish I like. We currently have a banggai cardinal, cleaner wrasse, foxface rabbitfish, and a magnificent foxface. The rabbit fish wants to kill the magnificent foxface, so we’re trying to find a new home for the rabbitfish.
Elska is still scared of the fish tank. Pad Kee loves the fish tank, but doesn’t have a good ledge to watch them. So, he mostly just follows Ben around when he’s working on the tank and ignores it otherwise. I take care of the cats and Ben takes care of the fish. I really got the easier and cheaper job, thank goodness!