Hi All! For many years I have been welcomed by the TCMAS family as a friend and admirer of the reef keeping world, as I watched my pal (@ChristopherKriens) devote so much time into caring for his beautiful ecosystems. I’ve been in awe with the patience and dedication that he and so many others put into this hobby, and it’s because of him that I finally have the courage to start my own reef adventure. And honestly, I am quite nervous. The animal lover side of me is conflicted knowing that there are many ups/downs with fish care. I have this gut feeling that when I do experience my first loss, I will want to call it quits. But I also feel comfort knowing that I will have a supportive community and my hobbyist-in-crime to help when needed. So here it is, my very own first nano! I’m starting out fairly simple with a 20-gallon high tank. As far as the build, it’s a little like Frankenstein’s monster at this point.. Tank: Some cheap thing that came from PetCo and was previously used for quarantine Lights: A029 Acquaknight by HIPARGERO Heater: Cobalt 50W Powerhead: Sicce Voyager Nano Stream Filter: No plans, open to suggestions or may just end up doing weekly water changes Misc: DIY screen top (BRS) and shelf rocks from Reef Collective Currently, almost three weeks in the cycle and patiently waiting for my tested ammonia levels to zero out. Almost there. Plans are to keep fish to a minimum, add macro algae (once I get my hands on some) and hopefully keep a few softies. It will be interesting to see what my limitations are with the budget light as far as coral growth. From what I have heard from others with this same light, is that it should decently suit my needs for now. Here’s a few pictures, hopefully I’ll have more updates to share over the next couple weeks. Looking forward to finally being an active club member!