I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know

Oh no! I am in the first stage of learning, unconscious incompetence, and I have no idea where to start. I am in the dark, send help!!…

Well, kinda…

Hi, I’m Connor, and this is my first post on our new blog Reef Giants that I started with my buddy Brian. We’ll both be documenting our story, and timeline as we go through our own aquarium and reef adventures…

To continue on that original though, I am not quite 100% in the dark. I recently decided that I wanted to get another tank, but had not yet decided what type. I’ve had tanks in the past, but depending on what stage of life I was in at the time, I was restricted in what I could actually do, realistically, usually due to budget or living space. However, my family and I moved into what is likely our ‘forever home’ about a year ago, and I have the ability now to throw off some of those limiting factors that plagued my previous tanking adventures. This time my mind went through all the maturations – I would test my limits (and my wife’s!)…

Communication is key… LOL

Nano tank or big? Freshwater or saltwater? Gravel or sand? DIY or prefab? Casual or hardcore? Sump or filter? And the list goes on. All of these thoughts were flying around in my head, because while my brother I am grew up with freshwater tanks in the 80s and 90s, and I had my own nano reef as an adult, in 2005 for about a year, but I just always kind of winged it. I used tap water, mixed in my own priming process, salt, additives, and just hoped for the best. I killed many a fish in the process, and with my last nano reef, some unknown agents came along with my live rock that wiped out much of my other tank stock. At the time, I was not even familiar with the concept of a quarantine tank, much less how to properly employ one. I just kinda bought things, and threw them in. These days, I’d like to think that I am a bit less impulsive, more scientific in my process, and willing to do the due diligence of learning before simply diving in, especially to this hobby. Oh yeah, and I had to clarify expectations with my wife – we had somewhat different things in mind initially in terms of scale. However…

Let the show begin!

…I am excited and blessed to say that she’s been supper supportive, helped wrangle the kids while I dragged them to a few different pet shops and aquarium stores, and she even got into learning about some of the species we might have in “our” tank. Let’s see where we go with this!

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