Category: Something Fishy

Later in 2011, my girls gave me a 50 gallon aquarium they used to keep a lizard in. I’ve always wanted a saltwater fish tank, so I took this opportunity show almost no restraint or self control and dove right in to this hobby head first.
I’m now on to my 2nd tank – a 125 gallon with a custom steel stand, high-end LED lighting and the full setup.

Read about it below, or view the detail at

Finding Local Fish Stores Just Got Easier

One day I was driving around looking for a particular fish store and just could not find it. I pulled over and I tried searching for it online by name and could not find it. I tried searching the map on my smart phone using key words such as Aquarium shop, Fish store, Saltwater Aquarium Shop, Coral Store, just to name a few – all to no avail. I quickly realized that many of the local shops here in phoenix just don’t take the internet seriously enough and as a result they are not easy to find unless you know right where they are. Continue reading

Reaching the Nine-Month Mark


the new tank (ya I still call it new) is hitting the nine-month mark. this is an exciting time for a new tank. Somewhere between the 6 and 9 month mark a saltwater aquarium will really begin to shine as the natural systems in an aquarium begin to mature. By this time most of the kinks will be worked out both in the water  chemistry as well as in all the mechanical parts that make up the life support systems. Continue reading



Kole Tang
Kole Tang

Tango, my new Yellow Eyed Kole Tang is a cool little fish. He spends his days inspecting and picking at the rock and substrate. He has tons of personality – I mean , just look at this photo.

I jumped at the chance to bring one these fish into the tank as a juvenile because I wanted to give him the best chance of fitting in. At his small size, the other fish don’t see him as any sort of threat or as competition. He also has a great domineer, allowing him to fit right in.

Not sure yet, but his coloration looks as if it may lean more toward the blue side. It’s hard to tell under the LEDs. Either way, he has nice , well defined pattern beginning to form. He should grow into a beautiful fish

Par Measurements

I recently rented a PAR meter from my local fish store and spent a day measuring and gathering PAR readings from around my mixed reef tank. I took a lot of measurements. I tried to get a reading for just about every nook and cranny I could fit the PAR meter’s sensor into. I wanted to get a complete picture of how the two 160w Maxspect Razors (R420r)  LED lights hanging over my tank interacted with the rock work so that I could make the best choices possible when placing corals. Continue reading

Beer and Fish

So I recently entered a photo contest at Unlike other “photo contests” though, this one had a cool twist. The task was create a beer label design using photos from your own tank. Of course when I read about this I had to enter. I mean – who doesn’t love beer, and saltwater aquariums?

To win it, I knew it needed to be clever and had look good. So I started shooting a few images of the new tank but still didn’t have any good ideas was to what it should be. After looking through the photos and coming across a particularly nice shot of Kora, the Yellow Coris Wrasse, I came up with “Coris Light” – an obvious play on words for “Coors Light”. I had to win.

Coris Light Beer labelI shared my idea with my better half, Darlene, and she loved it. She then came up with the tag line that tied it all together; “Better than all the wrasse so you can goby all you can be“. I personally believe that’s what pushed my entry over the edge and got me the extra few votes that ultimately allowed me to win.

The full list of entries can be seen at this thread
The final vote can be viewed at the voting thread

You can view the full resolution version of the label here: Coris Light Beer label


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Cooper the Copperband

CooperWe just got a new fish and his name is Cooper, the Copperband. He’s a bit too big for the tank, but he’s only passing through since we’ll likely trade him in in a few months (assuming we don’t buy a bigger tank…) so it shouldn’t be a big. Continue reading

My Custom Split-Sump 50 Gallon Reef Tank

The Build was certainly learning experience – one I’m still learning from. I started by first buying an aquarium stand that looks good and would fit the room nicely – first mistake. although it looked nice, it quickly realized it was not designed for the type of system it was going to have to house for a successful reef tank. Continue reading