Fishtank update

Kevin made a ton of progress out in the garage over the weekend on the new systems for the new tank. First of all, the new sink is installed in its new location (against the laundry room wall instead of the back wall).

I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have the old one gone and a shiny one with nice knobs in its place. He also made major progress on the new counters/furniture that will hold the pumps, skimmer, sump, etc. Lots of cutting and gluing — a few pieces clamped and drying shown here:

The weekends keep galloping by, but there’s been good, steady progress.

Meanwhile, our current tank is still trucking along. We’ve been putting off replacing any of the live rock or sand until the new tank is ready, and have been paying for it with some very high nitrates. So, stepping up the water changes, and Monday two weeks ago, Henry and I took a trip down to the fish store right after work to buy some new live rock for the refugium. It’s a huge piece, about 20 pounds, and will hopefully help stabilize things a bit.

It came with the neatest little white thick-bodied starfish (not sure if they’re friends or foe, but there are certainly a zillion of them, and we have enough experience with how irrepressible starfish are to just shrug and enjoy watching them on the glass). And here’s a shot of the tank mid-cleaning after blowing detritus out from under the rocks.

An hour after this activity once the sponges and filters have had a chance to remove the murk, the water always looks gorgeous and so clear.

Saturday fun

Shawn and Sanna came over on Saturday so that Shawn could help Kevin reinforce the floor from the crawlspace for our new fishtank! I was so appreciative – I continue to hope I will never have to go down there. Here they are suiting up with goggles and masks:

Poor little William the cockapoo was sort of freaked by the bright white suits and had to retreat between Sanna’s legs:

(He also wasn’t such a fan of the sound of drilling beneath the floor. Poor puppy.) I definitely feel like I got the best end of the deal – got to hang out with Sanna and hear how their wedding planning is going! Meanwhile, Shawn and Kevin finished up in about three hours – pretty impressive (speed and stamina). Shawn was also remarkably cheerful about the chance to do real physical labour – talk about putting the bright spin on things.