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    Default Hello from Byron

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    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.

    33g Apr 18-13.jpg70g Aug 23-13.jpg90g Aug 23-13.jpg115g Aug 23-13.jpg
    Last edited by Byron; 08-24-2013 at 11:17 PM.
    Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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    We are very glad to have you here
    Do as I say. Not as I do.

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    Welcome aboard. I know who to count on for all the articles.
    Think with logic and rationality more than emotion. Act with moderation and consideration. Contemplate ideals and realistic goals and weigh out possibilities and options. Temper not with personal delusions or false hope but learn to accept and move on.

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    Beautiful tanks . would you tell me what is the name of the floating plants in tank #4 ? I really like those.
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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    It looks like water sprite
    Do as I say. Not as I do.

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    Welcome back...
    You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.

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    You've already had a hugely positive impact on this forum and I continue to read your posts with interest. Wecome.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    Hello and welcome.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything Happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Rules: If you bend them long enough they turn into loopholes and you can walk right through them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eltylT View Post
    Beautiful tanks . would you tell me what is the name of the floating plants in tank #4 ? I really like those.
    William is correct, that is Ceratopteris cornuta (Water Sprite) in the fourth and also the first tanks. The second tank (70g) has Frogbit and Water Lettuce in its "dwarf" form so far [Pistia stratiotes will remain "dwarf" depending upon environmental conditions]. The floaters in the 90g are Red Tiger Lotus, Aponogeton, and a couple Water Sprite.

    Water Sprite is my favourite floating plant. I bought one back in 1997, and I have had floating plants descended from that one ever since. I normally toss out several every week at the water change, since it grows so well. It grows fast, as do most floaters, and daughter plants are readily formed on alternating leaves. I tend to pull some of these off regularly, and then toss the largest plants when it gets wider than I want and allow the smaller to grow. It is a never-ending cycle. But this is an ideal plant because not only of this, but the dangling root mass is host to a multitude of microscopic food for fry and small fish, and ideal for gourami bubblenests.

    Last edited by Byron; 08-25-2013 at 03:49 PM.
    Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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    Your tanks are beautiful :) You have already been a huge help to me so far on this forum so good to know a bit about you :)

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