Growing up, I was always interested in hobbies that were challenging, exotic and, of course, expensive. Self-employed by the age of 24, I was married, just purchased my first home and had two baby girls to support. Needless to say, the funds for hobbies did not come easily but one serendipitous Sunday I visited my local swap meet. I found an old 12 gallon Nano Cube for sale and my REEF ADDICTION began. My desire to collect corals quickly outgrew the 12 gallon tank and soon I moved onto a 24 gallon Nano Cube I purchased online.

After two years, the 24 gallon Nano Cube was packed to the brim with corals and fish. I have a tendency to go against the grain and broke pretty much every "tank stocking rule" yet still managed to keep the reef thriving. Corals were literally growing out of the water, but I still wanted more… so it was time to upgrade. I purchased a 55 gallon acrylic aquarium with the intention of doing everything myself. From drilling the tank for an overflow to building the stand, it was a complete custom job. This was 8 years ago and I still remember all of the countless hours and dollars dumped into the building of this aquarium.

Through all of my experiences in reef keeping, I have to say I find the greatest satisfaction in knowing I have one of the most complex eco-systems in the world thriving in my own living room.