Byf is my new fish. He got his name from being a Blue Yellow Fish and a suggestion from Brian. Technically he is a Yellow Belly Damsel fish and he is the first little dude in my salt water fish tank. My Wife's family has had a salt tank in their house their whole life. After getting some first hand experience, I wanted to get my own. The switch really flipped when I started to understand that it's not just a tank with fish in it but, an entire ecosystem that is contained inside this little cube, Fish, clean up crews, corals, invertebrates . I saw a used tank for sell and it was time to strike. Hopefully I can keep you guys up to date with the set up and taking care of the tank.
Here is the tank set up before any rock or water was put in. It's the Aquatop 24 gallon cube tank with a 7 gallon sump underneath. Carrying 30 gallons of salt water up stairs was not the most exciting part of the process haha.
Here I am pouring in "live sand" after setting up the rock in a placement I liked. The "live sand" contains bacteria that help break down the waste product of the tank. This process is necessary to begin the natural "filtering" of the tank and is called cycling.
The tank got super cloudy once we poured in all the water and started the pump up for the first time.
Final shot of the tank before we picked up Byf.
Let me know if any of y'all have your own tanks at home or if you have any questions about mine! Can't wait to share this little adventure with everyone.