Okay, you got me! This isn't my aquarium...this is actually a shot from inside of the Aquarium I visited while in Virginia. Pretty huh? And not a piece of real coral...but anyway....
I was with my mother this week for the holiday and we happened upon a garage sale that had a tank and a stand for sale. I thought...hmmm. I wonder how much it is. Well, they lady said I could have EVERYTHING for $5. Now, some of you are saying....Wopidity doo. But let me use more detail (Dr. Cook would be very proud of my right now :P). When I asked the woman for the price I was just acquiring about two pieces....but their where other pieces on the "stand" that were included in this price. There with actually 2 aquariums (one 10 gallon, one 5) a hood, light, filter, and heater for the bigger, a bunch of decorations, gravel, tank cleaner stick thingy, and a computer speaker. Now...do you see why I HAD to get it. Five dollars was my garage sale find of the year!
SO......with these new finds, I decided it's time to get started. A saltwater tank for me and a freshwater tank for my almost 7 year old (he almost had me totally convinced to get him a tail-less gecko today, that child is too darn cute)! After I did lots of research, I went to VIPets in Jenison (gotta love this place) and the manager there gave me everything I needed to get started (about $60 worth of stuff....$25 of it being live sand) and now I am ready to go! Here's my set up so far.
It's taken a while, but the water is finally at the right specific gravity and tomorrow Xavis and I will go and get damsels to test out the tank. If I'm a good mommy and able to keep them a live, I will then be able to get Nemo and his girlfriend, and Dory and a friend and MAYBE a star fish...we'll see. Wish me luck and I'll keep you posted as I add more creatures into the environment. Thanks for reading!!