Johnson Aquatics

This blog is an attempt to document the good, the bad, and the ugly in regard to the new 29 gallon reef tank we are adding to our tank collection. Feel free to click on the photographs for larger views.

Friday, September 22, 2006

From the Beginning - Part Deux

Now its back to the living room to study all of the new stuff extensively. And yes, fish paraphernalia is expanding to fill the space here (and in every other room of the apartment!).

Now we move to the second bedroom which will become the tank's permanent home. As you can see, this room has been invaded by stuff as well. Don't you use your furniture as a rig for straightening wayward plastic tubing?!

A view from the top...and the front.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

From the Beginning...

Tonight I thought I would fill in the missing pieces in the tank's set-up process. After this you should be up to date. Also, before I forget, Jonathan stumbled onto a great site called The Marine Center while looking for a picture of a Randall's Goby for me. Rich is trying to get me one right now. Thanks Rich!

First package arrives from Doctors Foster & Smith...

Jonathan moves to the kitchen to see how the new skimmer will work with the sump he has been designing.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Our Current 10 Gallon -- Featuring Apoch & Switch

Proof that I am adding water as requested...

Dead "Live" Rock Salvaged from I-65

This rock has not been in a tank since we lost our 45 gallon reef aqarium to Hurricane Ivan back in 2004. Jonathan was transporting it up to our new place in Birmingham when he was involved in an interstate traffic accident. Most of the items he was carrying ended up on the side of the road, but the rock was trapped under a big blanket in his truck and was left unscathed. His truck, however, was not so fortunate!

Protein Skimmer Working Hard to Develop Slime!

A View from the Rear...Time to Check Out the Sump

Refugium Shots & Plug Central

And yes, those are CD's holding it up!

When you open the front flap...

Inside Jets

Front & Side View

First thoughts...

Well, the 29 gallon that Aaron gave us is finally up and running. After our second attempt at baffle walls in the sump, a new connector and pipe for the water flowing back into the tank, a variety of check-valve adjustments, about a million trips to Home Depot, and about a million dollars spent with Hello Lights and Doctors Foster & Smith, we are finally up and running for our one week break-in period while Jonathan is out of town. Doesn't that sound about right? "Kristin, I'm gonna need you to take care of the new tank as well as the old one while I'm gone this week," he says. "There's nothing to it," he says. "Just make sure there is 'the right' amount of water here, here, and here...just check it periodically," he says. Yeah, that's about as vague as, well, really vague things. I'm sure I will flood the apartment before he comes back, but that's what he gets for leaving me with this. :-)