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Thread: Hello from the Desert
12-20-2012, 04:03 AM #1
Hello from the Desert
Hello my name is Mike and I live here in the Sanoran desert just outside Tucson AZ. My wife and I have returned to having an aquarium about a yr ago. There have been aquariums in the house over the last 20yrs for the kids, but not for us. The kids are grown and now we can have fish for our own enjoyment. We have expanded very quickly and now have 4 tanks 40 to 55 gal six Betta tanks. and today we will be pick up a 45 gal bow front from a friend that is moving. And then we have 5 smaller tanks that vary in size from 3.5 to 20 gal. It seems as though we just keep growing. Three of the tanks are dedicated to cichlids 1 South American, 1 African and 1 mixed tank. The others consist of community tanks and Betta tanks.
My wife and I have been involved in Greyhound rescue for 20yrs. Our daughter has recently started a cat rescue here in Tucson and we have been fostering cats for her rescue.
When it comes to keeping fish it feels like the more I learn the less I know this is a very demanding hobby. It is very rewarding, learn a little more about filtration and see a huge increase in water quality! And so it goes. So with that I look forward to reading the threads in this forum and gaining more knowledge. Mike
12-20-2012, 04:32 AM #2
12-20-2012, 05:37 AM #3
Welcome to the community, and welcome to a whopper of a case of Multiple Tank Syndrome
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12-20-2012, 09:25 AM #4
Welcome aboard Mike.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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12-20-2012, 02:45 PM #5
welcome to the ac. sounds like you're into MTS (multiple tank syndrom) deep! and good for you on the greyhound rescue. you've picked a good forum. everyone here is great!30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
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90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
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12-21-2012, 10:30 AM #6
Welcome to the AC....
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12-24-2012, 03:49 PM #7
Ya I think that in the future I will have to reduce the # of tanks but go up in gal per tank. I keep finding fish that I think are just to nice not to have a few around the house to enjoy. And it is nice as I move from room to room in the cycle of the day, office, kitchen, dinning, Living room and bedroom there is a different set of fish to enjoy. Well that is how the madness goes. And still I find more. But to be honest I am now finding fish that will out grow the tanks and there is no way that I should even try to grow one out without a larger tank. I can now see how this becomes a life time of study. the kids tanks water fish feed pull out dead and argue about keeping clean. I now find myself studying each fish added to see if it will be compatible with the other tank mates finding if it has any special needs, it is great fun. well in closing Merry Christmas and a fishy new year.
12-23-2012, 07:04 PM #8
Welcome to the AC. Glad to see someone else here from the grand canyon state. North of Tucson?25 Gal - Tropical
Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
Fish - 6 Blackskirt Tetras, 4 Red Wag Platy's, 2 Silver Hatchet's, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, 2 assassin snails.
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Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project
12-24-2012, 03:58 PM #9
Pleasure to meet you! I am south out in the county between Vail and Greenvalley. Moved here from San Diego about 8 yrs ago we love it here and truly enjoy the beauty of the desert in fact one of our kids followed us here and lives in Tucson. Mother moved out here for about 5 yrs. the beauty of the desert just sucks you in. Are you north of Tucson? Well again pleasure to meet you. Look forward to getting to know folks here on this forum. Mike
12-24-2012, 04:04 PM #10
Thank you for such a warm welcome
To everyone that has replied to me Thank you for making me feel so welcome. I am still very new to this whole thing and look forward to such a wonderful group of folks to draw from, time to time, when I run into a problem. Thank you again for making me feel so welcome! Mike