My story is in April 2011, I wanted to buy an Ecotech Marine MP40 for my first saltwater aquarium. I grew up living on a dairy farm with a stream, it was amazing. We spent years playing in the stream, fishing and falling in love with fish. I grew up always having an aquarium at home, angelfish, catfish, sunfish, large mouth bass, crayfish, you name it. My first aquarium associated with actually selling equipment online was an Oceanic 42 hexagon that I still have today. The pump was like $400 and that was WAY over my budget. I thought my better half would have killed me if I spent that much on a pump. So I called up Ecotech an opened a wholesale account. Back then not very many people were selling MP40’s and there were a lot less restrictions. They were nice enough to give me a shot, so I bought 3 pumps. I put one on my tank and dropped the other 2 on eBay to make a quick buck. I had sold golf clubs and some other collectibles on eBay so I knew that pretty well. Little did I know what would happen next would change my life forever.
I went to work the next morning as normal. 9-5 in a 6’ by 6’ cubicle. I spent 15 years of my life in that cubicle in the end. It was a great job but I inside all day on my butt. That morning I got a popup from eBay, “Ship your Products Now” and I was like what? Then I remembered, the pumps. So I rushed home at lunch packed them up and shipped them out.
Later that day I was sitting in that cube thinking, man that was easy so I bought 6 more pumps from Ecotech. Long story short, they sold over a weekend and I was hooked. Not only was I selling stuff I loved, it was fun and I was making a few bucks. From there I found the domain name saltwateraquarium.com up for auction and I won the bid. After a few years of running saltwater, I said to myself, I already have all this gear that will work perfectly fine on a freshwater tank, why not sell it? And boom FreshwaterAquarium.com was born.