Well, my story starts with keeping African cichlids for quite awhile(from about 16 to 24 years old). When I was 18(ten years ago) the guy at the LFS convinced me to go saltwater. I had a 60 gallon acrylic with a Magnum 350 canister and a whisper pushing an airstone. He said that was all I needed...great. So I filled my tank with hose water, mixed in some salt and added a couple damsels. A few days later I purchased a lionfish, a lemonpeel angel and a sweetlips!!! All at the OK of the LFS. I think you can imagine how ugly the result was.
So, after giving up on salt for 10 years, I went in to the LFS and bought a nano cube on a whim. I spent quite a bit more time looking into how to be successful, including getting advice on this forum. It's amazing what 10 years and three kids will do!
Now I am assembling a 60 gallon reef tank a little at a time. I looked into ads in the papers and looked at a few tanks and stands but they all had problems. I needed something new because it will be displayed in the living room. So I purchased a reef ready tank and a pine stand at the LFS and have started the painting. I decided to paint it with a water based paint and give three coats of a satin finish water based polyurethane clearcoat.
Well, money seems to be what's slowing me down on my 60 gallon, so here are a few pics of my nano. I just got rid of a purple pseudochromis because he was too much of a jerk to have other fish in with him. So I just got a clown and a bicolor blenny. Both fish seem like they're going to be very entertaining. Enjoy...
Here's the base of the stand finished. I have my tank being drilled and an overflow installed and my 20 gallon sump drilled with two holes for pumps. Right now I'm debating over a retro kit for the hood or satellite style lights. T5's either way. Oh yea, my new Pygmy angel...my clown jumped the other day!