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Old 01-28-2009, 10:35 PM   #11
 
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heres as much as i can remember.

i got my first fish when i was about 5 years old. well fish is plural, but 1 fish "survived"
it was a common/feeder goldfish that i won at a community fair. sharky was his name as he grew about a foot long, was kept in a 75 gallon tank and lived for years and years. i never did any of the maintnance but i always saw my dad running the hose to the tank and filling it back up.
we had the goldfish until i was 10, 11 maybe even 12 years old (maybe even longer) but we also had another tank going when i was young too which was a community tank with neons and tiger barbs. it was a pretty sweet tank and the barbs actually had fry. these fish lasted awhile t oo but i remember going on vacation and coming home to a tank full of cacoons (lol, the fish were in what looked like white webs) apparently the heater malfunctioned and killed the entire tank.
ive always kept critters and creatures. before they built behind my house it used to be sand pits and i found a bunch of frogs in a puddle once, ofcourse i had to "save them" so i set up a frog tank. ive had firebelly salamanders before too.
at one point i had 2 frogs in a tank in my room and i remember one escaping, never found it. i remember playing soccer once and finding a guenie pig under bushes (with long long hair) next to a pile of food like who ever had it dumped the cage (shame on them) so ofcourse i had to "rescue him" so i had him for awhile along with another one that we got from the store, boy do those things make noise. ive kept a few small red eared sliders before for a brief time, my sister recently gave hers away that shes had for years. i once caught a box turtle that i put in my garden for awhile until it got out.
i always used to go to ponds and collect things, tadpoles, baby catfish, frogs, turtles, anything i could scoop up. we found the missing frog, behind my stove- fried to a crisp
ive kept tanks through out the years but stopped through most of my teen years due to drug addiction. i lost interest but getting clean put me right back with the tanks.
i came back into fish keeping and set up a few tanks right away. i kept a 55 with a school of neons, a tank with guppies, a tank with dwarf puffers, a tank with guppy fry, dwarf frogs and a few other things in various tanks around my room.

not long ago i found this caused major issues. my house is old and the outer walls in my room get cold, apparently the humidity that was created mixed with the cold walls allowed it to condense and create alot of moisture. recently moving things around my room i found mold growth due to this so i ended up scrubbing my walls with a warm water/mild bleach mixture, got it all off and realize the paint is chipping so i ending up scraping all the paint off the walls. now it needs to be sanded and primed and then im painting it with a moldacide paint which is holding me up from upgrading my tank.
i didnt actually get into saltwater until about a year - year and a half ago. this was my research stage and read everything and anything i could to build my tank right. i learned so much without the hands on experience. it was until about 7 or so months ago i actually got my feet wet with saltwater. i continued to read and joined a local reefing club where i learned so much more, met some great people with the same interest and have seen some great tanks.
i now currently have a fancy goldfish tank, a 75 divided with dwarf puffers/ neons and guppies (the left overs of my tanks) and a 46 gallon bowfront reef which is shortly getting upgraded to a 5 foot 90 gallon. you can find my thread here: http://www.fishforum.com/saltwater-f...rogress-17236/
sorry im all over the place but this is as my memory recalls and im sure ive kept more things then ive stated, to sum it up ive kept all sorts of critters but was really only interested in fish and as ive found saltwater fish. me and my father both like fish, im into the saltwater and hes into fresh due to the ease of keeping pretty much everything freshwater. he shows great interest in my tank (he originally went for marine bio in florida but switched majors) and i think theres a small chance he might set up a saltwater tank. we have a billion empty tanks at my house and the reason theyre not set up is because my mom says shes sick of looking at a tank in every room. shes not bad about it, infact she wants a tank in the wall for when we redo the basement but she says enough is enought. this doesnt bother me to much as i really just enjoy my one tank.
looking foward to hearing everyone elses story.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:41 AM   #12
 
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Mine's not as interesting as yours...

in 1995, age 10, we went to the old State Fair of Texas and as everyone knows, back then they had the "Win a fish" booth in every fair, but my mom wouldn't let me have a shot at it unless i did it with my own money. (i never had any) So i was forced to be an onlooker of those privlaged many that got their fish.

Well my sister wanted one and so she gave it a shot and won! Yay, a fish in the house right, well that thing only last for a few days and we got really bummed out.

One year later now 11 i had money this time , so i gave it a go. I won and took my fish home and put it into the living room, but my mom adopted the fish and maintained and all with it. Even upgraded from the little 2g we had already to a 20g hex tank. It looked really good and we started to add plants. Well situations came up in the family and we ended up having to leave the tank outside while my mom tried to get a vehicle to move everything (we got kicked out because the owners wife was really mean, to put it niecely), and when she came back, everything of ours was taken accept for the few clothes we had on our backs and in the car initially when we left

Moving forward to the attemts with gerbils (that was very successful) and turtles, those are all gone and given to good homes. It's now 2002 and i've been itching to get back into the fishing community again, but didn't know where to start or if i could even afford anything in it...

One year later 2003, almost 18, i bought my first real tank, my 25g. I spent $600 on it (it was a rip off, but i didn't know any better) and it was beautiful. I didn't know what i wanted so i saw the pretty fish in the tanks and said "i want that one!" and they go "great!" So i take my Yellow tang home (i know really smart!) and acclimate it into the water i bought from the LFS and used the live bacteria because they told me to use it, and i used a hang on filter, penguin if i'm not mistaken. I also got me a 10g tank from ebay that i spent $20 on and filled that sucker up with way too many fish!

Many poor fish later i find out that there's a cycle, but only after i got me a new Maroon clown fish. I see the maroon playing in an anemone and said throw it into the bag too, then they asked "what kind of light do you have" i told them the one that comes with the tank, and they said "you need this bulb" and gave me a Marine glo, normal output litght... humm... It's ok though because before i could kill the anemone with poor lighting ( i was feeding it brineshrimp and silversides too TYVM) my tank broke out in ich and killed my Maroon and a False Percula i added (another bad idea).

So then several months later, i am 18 now, my mom was in the LFS and saw a porcupine puffer that she couldn't resist and brought it home. I was still treating the tank for ich, but the LFS said, put the puffer into the tank while the treatment was going on. Fortunately(unfortunate i should say) the puffer survived. Yay! right?

So with the cycle behind me and ich behind me, i'm much better at keeping fish right? i buy clowns, damsels, an angel fish and a royal gramma. It turns out the Porcupin will eat anything smaller then it's mouth. It was a 25g with 4inch puffer...

It lived for a year and i'm now 19 and discouraged. I bought mushrooms for the tank and snails and sea stars and they were all killed by my puffer. my LFS said, "feed him more and meatier foods" i said ok and still didn't matter. Finally, i said, my LFS doesn't know what they are talking about and i jumped online and started reaserching all the fish i could get pics of, had ever owned, or wanted to own. I was finally learning so much about the hobby. I still didn't join a forum because i had never heard of a forum before. my porcupine was doing poorly as my hope began to dwindle.

He died later and my spirit was lifted (horrible i know)
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:45 AM   #13
 
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sharky was his name as he grew about a foot long,
LOL, reminds me of the show they had breifly on TV about Lewi Anderson and his huge fish with a small bowl that talked to him. Did he eat cheese burgers too? Rack of lamb or some mutton!
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:07 AM   #14
 
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Ok, after my Puffer(spike) died, it was time to try with different fish again. Remember all that reaserch i did? Yeah, it was pointless, i went out and got me a Yellow Tang and a Sailfin tang in the little 25g tank and i also got a Tomato clown fish and a blue damsel that survived Spike. The fish were doing well. I was happy finally, doing normal water changes and what not... i read or heard, can't really remember, somewhere that a SW tank should be kept at 89F... so i was like OMG, let me raise the temp really really quick. So i cranked up my thermometer and killed all the life in the tank and i had nothing again. My mom never liked the tank to be empty so she bought me a tomato clown. I put it into a 55g that i later got.

It's now 2005, and i'm 20. I have a 55g tank with 1 LR that's 7lbs that i've had since the beginning and some sand. It was sad, ,but the clown was doing well as was the anemone i got. Someone i knew was a part of the local club that i had never heard of and grabbed me about 120lbs of LR and i threw it into my tank. it was from a reefer that said he had too much and needed to get rid of it for corals.

05 and 06 were spent moving a lot and i brok the 55g down and put all the LR into the 25g. then at the end of 07 i got good lighting finally and the only thing living in the tank was the tomato clown. He died in the last move. My sister got me a tomato after i was already given 2 false percs. I had read and studied and made everything stick into my noggin as much as possible and realized this was doomed. I couldn't find another place to put the tomato and it aggro'd my false percs too much and caused the female to jump (she looked really close to laying eggs too)

I went to my first club gathering in 2008 close to the beginning of the year and that's where i got my first frags or Zoanthids and a Birdsnest. I got engaged and was getting a little worried. I joined the club's message board and the club al together. Started listening to a couple of Podcasts about Reefkeeping. Did a lot of reaserch again and again and then i began to get worred even more-so...

So i posted a thread in my local clubs open forum and heard good and bad, but this is what scared me...


I finally had a tank that was starting to come together and i was getting ready to sell. Well, i decided to get me a BTA and let the clowns play in it... She loved it and said we are keeping it end of story! YES!

2009 i'm almost 24 and i have a 55g and a 2.5g. I've now moved into SPS corals and almost completely skipped the softies thing and i never kept any LPS. The tank is almost 8mo and everything is starting to look very promising. I've had many ups and downs and i'm continously learning as time progresses and questions come up. You can check my tank out here and you can see my Picotope here.

Thanks for following and happy Reefing!
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:28 AM   #15
 
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if thats your wife your one lucky man
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:27 AM   #16
 
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me and my father both like fish, im into the saltwater and hes into fresh due to the ease of keeping pretty much everything freshwater. he shows great interest in my tank (he originally went for marine bio in florida but switched majors) and i think theres a small chance he might set up a saltwater tank. we have a billion empty tanks at my house and the reason theyre not set up is because my mom says shes sick of looking at a tank in every room. shes not bad about it, infact she wants a tank in the wall for when we redo the basement but she says enough is enought. this doesnt bother me to much as i really just enjoy my one tank.
looking foward to hearing everyone elses story.
Its funny, but I had similar feelings about my existing 38 gallon reef. Being the "only" tank that I have currently, it has been one of the most enjoyable tanks i've ever owned. I also think taking a few years away from the hobby greatly increased my passion. (Naturally, because i wasn't very passionate when I only had 48 tanks.)
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I finally had a tank that was starting to come together and i was getting ready to sell. Well, i decided to get me a BTA and let the clowns play in it... She loved it and said we are keeping it end of story! YES!
You are lucky! My ex wife was a passionate scuba diver! Clearly, i expected her to love my hobby.
Not so much.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:16 AM   #18
 
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if thats your wife your one lucky man
Not my wife, but it was an actual picture from a club member and his wedding

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You are lucky! My ex wife was a passionate scuba diver! Clearly, i expected her to love my hobby.
Not so much.
Oh, i know it!
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