Today someone called me a master at reef keeping.
Though I have only had my saltwater aquarium since 2012, much has changed throughout the years. Through the knowledge and experience gained from my successes and failures, I feel as though I have grown alongside this marine ecosystem. The constant enjoyment I feel as I absorb and practice the ancient arts of biology, chemistry, engineering,and philosophy while maintaining my tidal garden, reminds me that not everyone has a saltwater reef aquarium. Well THEY SHOULD!!
Let's return to my newly granted title of master reefkeeper.
A master I am by no means. Apprentice may be a more apt title. There are just too many lessons to learn, relationships to understand, and opportunities of harmony to realize. My friend, we'll call her Amy and I were standing looking at my tank. She had interest in starting a tank of her own. I began unloading all that I have learned throughout the years. I talked for what must have an eternity, about fish, corals, lights, sumps, chemistry, biology, ecology, mistakes I have made, goals I have, and other dreams I have. To my dismay she looked horrified. I eagerly explained that it is okay, just forget everything I said and get on Craigslist list, buy a tank and put water in it. Once that is done and you will have overcame the first of many challenges you will encounter.
I have experienced this same scenario with others on several other occasions. I have slowly realized, that perhaps I should document the reef keeping experience and share it with others. Why should I have all the fun alone. I hope to teach, learn, and be inspired right along with you along the path to that of the master reefkeeper!