Hi there all, new here and only spoken to a few of you guys thus far but as suggested here is the opening post of my "Slow Build" thread
Why "Slow Build"? Well, as my wife would tell you everything I do takes forever, we've spent the best part of our time together living in "a project" rather than a house. Think of it like living in your garage whilst gradually turning it into a man-cave over the years and you've got a good idea
So yes, despite all that I've decided to finally start my quest to get salty again, however if there is one thing I've learned from past experience it's that patience is 'the' best virtue when starting a new system.
Now this is even more so the case here as this isn't just a buy-plug-play aquarium job, there will and already has been a fair chunk of DIY to it's design and build, both in husbandry theory and visual appeal. Both of those aspects have an equal chance of success and failure so it should make for a half decent soap opera if nothing else
Now I read something the other day on here, in one of the member's threads that I respected greatly, he spoke of his own mental health journey
I am applauding him as I tread my own, now I've not brought this up for any recognition of a similar kind, more that it might explain a lot if you decide to read along on my build thread
It also means that I can just blame my OCD or perfectionism or introverted side or the black dog if ever I come across as pedantic or extreme or anti-social or disappear for weeks at a time
I joke about it, that's just my way and this is my way of saying you're welcome to too, no need to tippy toe around me
Really hope everyone gets my sense of humour
Anyway back to salty matters
I'm going to try to keep things running along on here in a fairly chronological order and it will hopefully contain pictures (we all love pictures
) but also plenty of theory behind the various design aspects as we go along.
However this is a live process soooooo please chirp in with any theories, experience, advice, ideas even criticism
it's all not only welcome but makes for great discussion and learning for everyone.
Many of my theories are just that, my own, many are very well scientifically backed up theories from other sources that I respect. The hobby is far from a one size fits all approach as most of you will know but you'll soon realise I'm quite a disciple of "the reef tank" forum and much of this build will be an experiment in keeping things as simple as possible.
I joined this UK based forum as I'm tired of reading in US gallons
I'm just joking obviously but in another way I'm not.
US reefing issues and solutions are often just that, US issues and solutions.
Obviously it's UK issues and solutions I'm more likely to encounter so it made sense to join up and start a thread here.
End of chapter one...