My name is Alexander, call me AVN.
A little bit about myself
I'm only 20 years old, but have been dabbling in the aquarium hobby for all 20 of those years. I started as a child because my father used to be a Koi breeder and he would take me to his warehouse to help him. (Because he was too cheap to get me a babysitter)
At home, I loved to mess around with all the creatures that lived in the pond. My earliest (and fondest) memories involve getting mobbed by Koi when I decided to go for a dip in the show pond and getting chased around by the resident Red Sliders.
As I grew up, I found that my love for all things aquatic could not be ignored, even more so when I discovered the plethora of life that is offered for observation in this hobby.
Now I'm nearing 21, and I can't seem to control my hobby anymore. It's evolved past the point of it being a hobby and has become more like a lifestyle for me.
Now on to my experience
I have, like I said, been in the game for two decades. So I obviously should have some sort of knowledge on the matter.
You're absolutely correct in assuming such.
In order to minimize the wall of text that I've written, I will make it simple and just tell you that my set up is over 500 gallons. This total doesn't include all the sumps, overflows, breeding/isolation tanks, refugiums, or the outdoor pond.
I would say that I've kept 80% of all freshwater fish available to the hobby over my span of time.
I am an intermediate level breeder, as I've dabbled in breeding and had incredible success with the following species.
Crystal Red & Crystal Black
Tiger (Blue and Brown variants)
Florida Lobster (Light Blue)
Guppies (I had over 300 guppies)
Goldfish (I sorely regret starting this tank, it was worse than the guppy tank)
Tetras (Neon, Glowlight, Rummynose, Cardinal, Diamond, the list goes on)
Danios (Zebra, Pink)
Koi (Reg & Butterfly fin)
Southern Painted turtle (Yellow)
I won't even get into plant propagation... we all know how that goes.
Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read my long-winded introduction. I look forward to becoming a major contributor in the forums and I have an inkling you guys will love having me here.
Hint: RAOK = cost of shipping.
Will edit further.
Welcome to the AC. Great detailed intro.
Interesting. You started keeping fish when you were 1?
Hello and thanks!
Originally Posted by balt
That was an exaggeration. Of course I wasn't much use at the age of 1, I mentioned it as a device!
Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
I can't even remember exactly when I started caring for fish...
However, there are photos of a two year old me feeding fish/cleaning fish tanks; who is to say I wasn't doing that in my diapers?
Welcome to AC. If you've kept and bred shrimp I'd like to pick your brains on this. I'm about to stock my very first shrimp tank.
Welcome to AC
Please post pics of your 500 gallon aquarium.
Send me a PM and fire away!
Originally Posted by ~firefly~
It's not a 500 gallon tank, it's a collection of assorted size community/breeder/isolation/display tanks that add up.
Originally Posted by jeffs99dime
And I will get to it, I'm currently in the process of packing and welding a 12x8 shelf capable of holding rows of 10-20 gallons and a 200 gallon tank, then will have to drain and move all of it to a new location before setting it back up.
CYCLE WITHOUT FISH FOR THE LOVE OF POSEIDON
Currently in the process of moving all of my tanks, everything is down for now!