Photo #1 - So This Is Our First Tank... My Kids And My Wife ...
Photo Caption:So this is our first tank... My kids and my wife all sat down and decided that we would go down the 'Land of the Lost' path, complete with glowy crystals and some tropical-looking plants.
My friends Mark and Bri helped us set it up... Mark brought over some rocks and some extra plants he had... and a quick trip to Amazonia, Rivers and Reefs, and Aquatek (all here in Austin) rounded out the rest of the landscape. Our daughter (whose name is Pearl) picked out the the 'talking' clamshell with a pearl inside.
Mark is a talented landscape designer by trade, and my wife Carrie also is a garden designer.. so between the two of them, plus Bri's passion for fish (and the kid's keen eye for good dinosaurs), we think it turned out well enough to show.. what do you think?
We just got started, so there are only 7 fish in the tank... it's kind of nice because it seems like they're able to roam free and be happy.. we might go for only a few more.. to keep it feeling open.... but who knows? (I hear it's a sickness.)
Quote: "A strange twilight world opened up before me, and I felt as the first man to set foot on another planet, an intruder in this mystic garden of the deep." - Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
About Yourself: I'm an artist and designer here in Austin, TX. I found a love of underwater life while doing some beginner scuba diving... I was at my friend Mark's office not too long ago, and he had this KILLER fish tank with some beautiful fish. The water was so clean, and the landscape he made was so balanced.. and no funky smell that i remembered from my childhood in the 70's.
"It's all about good filtration. Get an Eheim" he said. He told me about how little you have to clean out the tank, etc etc. I was sold.
So here I am a couple of weeks later.. and we just dropped our first fish in my first tank ever!