This will be a record of my reef tank created at 11am December 15, 2009.
The original tank was a 29 gallon long that was given to me by my good friend Kurt. This tank was originally set up with a hang on the back filter from Walmart. The tank was originally set up using a miniature resin water filter and Instant Ocean Synthetic Sea Salt and CaribSea Aragonite sand both of these purchases were less than $50 from Petsmart.
At 12:15 the same day (a little over an hour later) the tank had its first inhabitant a newly bought pajama cardinal known as Mr. Fish purchased at my local fish store (LFS) Mr. Aquarium. How Mr. Fish survived the early days of an uncycled tank with a used hang on the back filter (with very used filter pads from a fresh water aquarium) i will never know. (the first picture was taken at 12:15 pm the day the tank was set up, the second a little after.)
I also purchased the same day 18 lbs. of cured live rock from Mr. Aquarium and put it into a newly purchased 10 gallon tank with hood from Petsmart. I bought a ZooMed Powersweep powerhead rated at 160 gph for flow in the 10 gallon tank while my live rock cured.