Enjoying this journey!
I have said for a long time know I have wanted to get an aquarium. Six weeks ago I came home from a week long trip and my wife had bought me a 55g tank and it had fish in it; she had set this up over the course of two days. She, nor I, had any idea about what we were doing. It had 4 big goldfish and several other tropical fish. She had used untreated tap water, stocked some fish that were poor choices for beginners, and pretty much did all the wrong things. In a week it was a mess; foul water and fish were dying. I turned to this forum for help. I have followed advice of the general consensus of long-term fish keepers, have spent around a $1000 on test kits, canister filter, another 55g for goldfish, books, etc., and have performed massive amounts of water changes. Finally it is straightened out and under control. I have really enjoyed doing this and have found a new hobby in the process. For years my hobby was nature photography; but over the last few years the thrill was gone. Now I am looking forward to integrating that body of knowledge into this new undertaking.
So thank you all for your help and sharing your experience.
"The manner with which we walk through life is each man's most important responsibility, and we should remember this with every new sunrise."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
Glad to here things are improving for you
The fun part is the learning and all the new stuff never stops coming. That what keeps me in the hobby
If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
"Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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It sounds as though you really had an uphill climb but can out at the very top. Good for you. And yes, it's a very intriguing hobby
30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies, mystery & assassin snails
15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, mystery & assassin snails
90 g FW planted:congos, rainbows, roseline sharks, kribs, male ABNP, peppered cories, assassin snailss
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I too have enjoyed the whole process. Kudos to you for sticking with a very difficult situation and turning it around.
75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Pearl Gourami, Wild Caught BNP, Mystery Snail
Dual 29 gals - Diamond Tetras. Harlequin Rasboras, Bloodfin Tetras, Peacock Gudgeon
10 Gal - Mr. Betta's Fishy Paradise
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"
Great to hear you stuck at it! Your story is all to familiar but more often than not people lose the will to keep up the hard work and maintenance. Fish keeping is never static, new methods, thoughts, equipment and opinions are always appearing.
My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
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