Hello from Byron
I would like to introduce myself—my join date reads 2008, but I actually only became active here a few weeks back, so I am technically a new member. Back in 2008 when I was forum-hunting, Heiko Bleher recommended TFK to me, and that became my abode. Mis-management by the administrator assigned under the new owner, VirtualScope, led to my resignation from TFK in early July. I tested the waters on a few forums—not wanting to jump from the frying pan into the fire—before deciding on Aquatic Community, so here I am.
Like many, I had a fish tank or two back in my school days [early 1960’s], but it was not until the mid-1980’s that I took up the hobby in a serious way, and aside from a break of six years when I re-settled several times, I have been an active freshwater hobbyist ever since. In my early high school days, science (biology) was my intended career, but my life took a different path. My university days in the early 1970’s instilled in me a profound love for research, and since taking early retirement in 2007 I have made this my major focus in the hobby. I authored several articles and more than 250 freshwater fish and plant profiles for TFK.
The more I learn, the more there is to learn, and we must never stop learning. Many of my posts attest to my keen interest in the scientific side of things resulting from my realization that this is a scientific hobby because it deals with living creatures confined within an artificial environment that nonetheless is governed by natural laws. Someone’s advice that “the aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian” is very perceptive.
My primary interests are the small soft water fish species, particularly those in tropical South America, and natural (low-tech) planted tanks to house them. I have a dedicated fish room, currently with six tanks ranging from a 10g that is home to about 14 Farlowella vittata fry that are slowly growing, a 20g planted functioning as my “new fish” QT, a 33g Forest Stream Lagoon, a 70g Flooded Amazon Forest, a 90g River Habitat, and a 115g Amazonian Riverscape; most of the fish are wild-caught. A couple of empty tanks are in the planning stage. Like gardens, aquaria are really never “finished” and mine have certainly evolved over the past several years due to changing out the substrate to play sand or refocusing on different plants and fish. I have attached photos of some of these as they appear today.
I hope I will be of some value to this community; knowledge is the key to success, and for me, sharing that knowledge to help others is very rewarding. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome many of you have already shown me through your “gifts of thanks” for several of my posts. At some point I will figure out how these work and start reciprocating.
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Last edited by Byron; 08-24-2013 at 11:17 PM.