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I've never made a post in this section and I was looking through my pictures and thought this would be neat to show to everyone. I'm proud of myself! I go to a LFS called Just Fish in Biloxi MS and those guys have taught me 90% of everything I know and currently do. I have to give credit where it's due. I love this aquarium. It's come a long way and those guys at Just Fish could testify to that! They always pick on me about the first day I walked in the door. So, lets start there. I had 10 gallon fish tanks that were freshwater and I had gotten bored of them and knew I wanted to step my game up to the saltwater world. I started doing my own research and looking for a decent sized aquarium at the same time. Well, I got lucky. A guy made a Facebook post about his tank he was selling. 90 gallon, with light, stand, canister filter and a heater. It also came with fish, Caribsea Indo Pacific substrate and live rock. Still running too. Best part is he was selling it for $300. So I jumped on it. I got it for $250, brought it home and started caring for those fish. I knew I wanted to sell those fish though since they were predators. A 12 inch Panther Grouper, a Snowflake Eel easily 18 inches long, and a Scorpion fish about 6 inches long. I sold them to a guy setting up an aquarium at his boat store for $70. Perfect, so I got the aquarium cheap. A day or so following that I went to Just Fish and started talking to them telling them what I had and what I wanted to do. Obviously a reef was my end goal. I brought him a water sample, and you probably wouldn't believe this unless I had a picture (and I wish I did), but my nitrates were off the scale for the test strip he uses. Over 200 ppm!!!!!!! The guy I got the tank from told me up front he wasn't doing the maintenance he use to do so it was probably nasty in there, but I had no idea what that meant. So, my new mission was to get those down per Gerwin from Just Fish. I did. After a few 60 gallon water changes, I was around 40 nitrates. At this point I had to start doing partial water changes to let the tank cycle. Oh, I forgot to mention. I had to clean the substrate. That was some of the darkest, nastiest waster I've seen. The Mississippi River has clearer water...... With that being said, the tank cycled, and some time later I got the blessing from the Just Fish staff to start stocking my tank. Needless to say I had to upgrade the lighting, added a uv sterilizer, and a skimmer too. I was cooking with grease at this point! Here is what i started with after that. http:// Pretty plain, ugly, and well, boring. I kept seeing peoples pictures of beautiful reefs though and envied them. I knew I wanted a piece of the ocean in my house so I kept my eye on the prize and learned a lot through trial and error and talking to the staff at Just Fish. I started watching Mr. SaltwaterTV and reading more articles. I got deployed and Gerwin from Just Fish let me borrow a book about reef keeping and I read that book from front to back twice! The book was called the Reef Tank Owners manual. What a great read for a beginner. It's filled with practical information. I came back home, and luckily for me my beautiful wife enjoys the aquarium as well, and she kept care of the little reef we started together the entire 9 months I was away! What a gal huh!? I came home to a big surprise. She was doing things a bit differently from me, but the tank had better parameters than from the day I left, and the corals had grown a lot! Then in March 2016 we went to Fragniappe! That is an AWESOME event by the way! We had a blast and can't wait for 2017, and Mr. SaltwaterTV is going to be there! How freaking awesome is that?! I'm stoked for this event this year!!!! A Fragniappe we upgraded to an Icecap sump, got a better skimmer, an ATO, and a few other things. That cleaned up the display tank a lot and wow does that sump make a difference! Well anyway, this is long winded. After 2 years, a lot of learning, love and care, we have something to be proud of. We still have a lot to learn and I just can't get bored with this hobby! I hope if you read this far that you enjoyed my writing :P. Thanks for sticking through to the end haha! I hope you enjoy the end result as well! This picture was taken just a couple weeks ago.