Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Many of you know (and some of you may not) that I've been wanting my own saltwater aquarium for as long as I can remember. I've always been fascinated with watching fish in aquariums and the unique relationships they have with one another... and sometimes even with the people that care for them. Back in March 2001, I found this 140 gallon aquarium on eBay and knew it was meant to be. It was affordable and the seller was within driving distance. I paid almost as much as it cost to buy it to have it moved, but the guys at Little Guys Movers did a great job and it was worth every penny. The aquarium came with about 100lbs of live rock, salt water and 3 fish. Yeah, just 3 fish... but some great ones... 2 mated clowns and 1 hawkfish. I never thought about how heavy salt water is until I had to schlep it in buckets all day. Salt water weighs (depending on salinity level, of course) about 11lbs. With the weight of the stand, the glass tank, lid and lights combined with the water, the aquarium weighs almost 3,000lbs!