GRANDFATHERS REEF GARF's Share your reef project

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It was not long until Ruthie found me and asked me what I was doing. I told her, and she asked me if I would like to see her aquariums. In her darkened living room she had several aquariums full of breeding pairs of Angelfish. Each pair had what looked like thousands of babies. This chance encounter changed my life. I wish I could say that I visited again, but I could never get up the courage to knock on her door.

As I grew up there were several times that I was able to see aquariums in our small town, but the chances were few and far between. When I was seventeen I was able to get a job in the local fish store owned by Mr. Clark. The year was 1968, and we had one of the first marine aquariums in Idaho. There were no all glass tanks then, so we used a metal framed aquarium that had extra glass above the frame. Blue damsels and several other common fish seemed so rare and exotic forty years ago.