Life of a reefer give us your story

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by roderigo, 10 Aug 2012.

  1. roderigo

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    As the titel said tell us things of a reefers life
    Guess I'll start with I few points of my own when I started it was hard work and still is when my tank is not doing well I don't sleep at night when the tank is doing great I stIll don't sleep coz I'm thinking of way to make it better lol

    So come on guys let Us know your journey from start to where you are now or anything you feel like saying as I know reefers can talk a lot I am one lol:thumbup:
     
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  3. gMAN

    gMAN with the plan

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    That used to be me but not anymore, sleep like a champ even when there's a power out. I've decided that it's not the end of the world if my nitrate is out by 0.000005ppm, and know what? I enjoy & appreciate my tank even more these days. Water change every 2 weeks, biodigest once a week and thats it..
     
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    yeah its not cool when you always worry about your tank and you actually make decisions in life based around your tank
     
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    gMAN with the plan

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    oh, and I even go on long holidays and actually relax without stressing about the tank :)
     
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    Good news Greg!!!!! So I can tell Barry there's still hope for me. Cause at this stage the amount of Prozac I'll need to take on a loooong holiday away from the tank, is illegal ;)
     
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    gMAN with the plan

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    Helga, I think it's a matter of less is more. The less equipment/additives/buffers etc you have in your routine, the more time you have to enjoy the tank ;) A decent sitter (our kids nanny) to feed the tank and monitor the atu is all I need when going on holiday for peace of mind. We went away the longest this past december, I was freaking 2 weeks before we left but when we got to our holidays, thats when I made the decision not to stress anymore..
     
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    Ive just made the non reefer shake her head in amazement at the lengths we go to to look after fish and things. I sold a nennie to a bloke in town ages ago and popped round to see how it was doing after a couple of months. the poor thing is sheet white and not feeding at all, half hidden under the reef and terrified of his maroon clown. So i took it back. Literally just picked up the rock under his protest and acclimatised it to my tank. Its been my heart ache for ages now s i cant get it to show a feeding response. And Ive been inventive with ways to feed it.

    Anyway the nennie is still in my tank, white and translucent in areas and had retreated into a very inaccessible area, getting little light, but does come out to get some light daily, but still no zoaxthella at all.

    I had a delightful session on a small lake last night and took a few wild brown trout on small ant patterns, keeping one to smoke for lunch today. While cleaning it I thought id feed the roe to the fish and try the nennie on it too. No luck with a feeding response and the eggs were just stolen by a very greedy Sailfin Tang as soon as the nennie got one. So i ripped the reef apart, including reclaiming two large pieces of LR from a leather coral that has taken over one half of a 1.8m tank. I got the nennie out, foot very firmly attached and turned off water flow. Slowly using a tea spoon i scrapped an egg at a time onto the nennie and watched with true elation as the first egg slowly got put into the mouth. The nennie doesn't close over the food like others I have had, but simply folded the tentacles with the egg in it towards the mouth, which it then extended out to meet the egg. Naturally this pleased me more than a springbok try against the All Blacks and I called the non reefer to come watch the miracle I have been trying to get happed for 6 months. She thinks its astounding that I will use hours to catch a trout, clean it carefully so as to not spoil the eggs, feed that to my fish and scream like a porn star as i watch the nennie feed. Thankfully she does concede that the effort is worth it, and that its justified to go to any lengths to save a living organism, but to get this excited about it is beyond the non reefer.

    I go the nennie to ingest 6 eggs and will wait a few days be for trying again. Thankfully trout eggs are a good size and I am sure have good nutrition, so I am chuffed with this as a start.
     
  9. roderigo

    roderigo Thread Starter

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    reefing is about small goals well thats my idea of it and one day like now i can see all the hard work i put in,but i must say this hobby is for life
    Most of the time im so busy with every aspect of the hobby eg water, feeding, testing,whit spot,ect that i dont take enough time to enjoy my tank lol
     
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    Funny what amazes Reefers compared to. .....dare I say, normal folk.? KUDOS for being persistant though cripin, just one thing, is screaming like a porn star something you are familiar with?
    On a serious note, I fuss over my tank just like I do over my dogs, kids, parrot and the missus. BUT I have learnt that it is still just a hobby, although it borders on an obsession there are a few non-salty, and equally important, things to keep an eye on in my life.

    So yes, a god amount of husbandry Has to be done and the bigge your budget, the easier. HoweverI dont stress anymore about a tuft of GHA! I live with it for the moment and ind the root cause....the ocean is not clinically clean after aal

    My 2C
     
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    After I flooded the dinning room and lounge the other day, I care less lol.
     
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    agree.

    Remember, the more complex your husbandry routine, the more time you will spend on that routine instead of enjoying your tank. Repeated tasks, becomes something you hate.

    I believe in keeping it simple. You need to be able to leave your tanks in the care of somebody at some point, for holidays or work. And if all he needs to do is feed them and refill the RO chamber, then hopefully they cannot stuff that up. I know of too many tanks that crashed while in the tank-sitters care. Advance filtration methods that does work wonderful under the correct management is a time bomb under the wrong supervision.

    Anyway
    I worked on my system now for 4 days straight. And last night, the fulfilment, joy, happiness, pleasure, all were so much enjoyed in the 10 minutes I eventually sat down in front of the tank.

    Relaxing with a beer.

    4 days work, it was worthwhile.
     
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    I must also give my thanx to my lovely wife for all her support though the ups and downs in this hobby and all the wet tiles on a daily bases as well as all the late drives after a hard days work to pick up frags and things for the tank
     
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    It is much easier to enjoy this hobby if the partner is also into it, or at least willing to help out, rather than just give a shoulder shrug... Hats off to her:thumbup::3:
     
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    Ya I know I'm lucky to have her :)
     
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    bad month for me, mad the wife upset as i tripped the whole houses power twice this month:whistling: if you didnt know water and electricity dont mix lol:eek:
     
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    I think my tank is almost a year now and all I can say is taking things slow has really paid off for me ppl always say it but noobs seldom follow it,so to all the guys just starting out take your time sounds so simple but you will soon find out how hard that statement is to follow lol
     
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    I am on my 4th tank and all i do is look after my tanks the wife is in bed right now as we have a power failure and here i sit waiting for the power to come on so i can shut down the generator . its 11pm and how long makes no diff as i have to i am away for 9 days from tomorrow so tank sitter will be briefed tomorrow
     
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    Just to add to this party...... It was due to my lovely wonderful wife, that I now have another tank. She dragged me to the one LFS. And we walked out there with the tank (well - actually drove out - the tank is still BLOODY heavy!)

    But - I was the one who slightly rebelled - and had to have MY rubber arm twisted.....

    But - I am extremely happy, excited, and once again completely obsessed! Like it was over a year ago! :)

    So yeah! :1: to my wife!
     
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    Wow that's great news bud high five to the wife :yeahdude:
     
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    well my poor husband had to have a cold shower twice last week because my tank tripped the electricity :eek: I was very unpopular but he seems to have forgiven me as he has okayed an upgrade in tank size :thumbup: Now just to get the tank moved from my office into the lounge :whistling:
     
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