It is done! My conversion of my brackish water tank to a full salt water tank was a HELL Of a lot more expensive than I first considered. I had to get new live rock/sand to replace the damage done to the old tank for being brackish and mutating all the helpful bacteria into less-than-helpful brackish stuff (an estimated $50 replacement). I also had to get a real protein skimmer ($60 for a nano-reef sized one), and my pumphead wasn't so much bubbling/pumping as it was making-noise/and sputtering ($30). I already had the marine salt and the hydrometer, and I don't remember how much it ran before but at least I didn't have to buy it again. Needed a full-saltwater test kit ($30), and a new tank hood so all these gizmos could fit ($80, with the lights).
In addition, when my tank had almost finished cycling... I found two freaking adorable Great Barrier anemone/clownfish that needed a home (Ironically... they are the cheapest thing in there -- $18 for both). Both were listed as the wrong kind of clownfish though, as Clark's Clownfish, which they most certainly aren't. I took a random guess at their correct breed, but since they aren't getting a host anemone anytime soon, it doesn't matter much.
This tank that had been freaking cheap went from hosting $12 figure-8 puffers (Mr Puffs and Crazy 88, may you rest in the bottom of the great toilet bowl, glub glub) to $250+ set up for $18 fish. You fish better be super cute :serious face: I am now fairly broke, and need to think up names for these male/female pair of clownfish. There will be NO NEMO -- I'll name them after astrophysicists before I name one Nemo.
Pictures of them to follow when the tank isn't quite so murky. Fish puns will run rampant when I do! <3
Playing: Dungeon Defenders
Eating: Mushroom Pizza
Drinking: Diet Mountain Dew