...actually about 15 years to be exact, since I have had an aquarium set up. When I was a kid, I had everything from a 10 gallon to a 125 gallon tanks and from Guppies (feeder fish mostly) to an
Alligator Gar, but that was back in the 70's. Since then I have only had a few tanks set up and the last one (15 years ago) was a 55 gallon with a Tiger Shovelnose cat, Tinfoil Barbs and a big Pleco.
Most of my knowlege came dirrectly for experience. Like the time I decided to have an aquarium full of live plants. My Gaint Vals were so tall they draped over at the top of my 55 Gallon tank, untill I decide that having a Clown Knife, Tinfoil Barbs, and large Black Shark
wasn't enough. So I went out and bought a Pacu. So much for my mature, well planted tank!
Live and learn and I have never forgot that one!
Right now I have a few tanks left in the garage, one of which is a 110 gallon tank and I promised my kids that we would set it up. There are a few things that I will need to work on... a new stand that fits our decor, a new filtration system, lighting, etc. Since I have been out of the hobby for such a long time, I know the technology has changed and I have alot to learn so I have come here to learn.
Now since the technology has changed so much I need get back up to speed. For instance the filtration that I have are a couple of the original Marineland Magnum 350s and a few old Diatom Filters and such. I understand the Wet/Dry Tickle Filter systems in general, but I would like to learn a little more about them and then maybe upgrade to one.
So, here is what I am looking for... a new stand that is actually more of a piece of furniture (I might have to have it custom made), a good filtration system and a new lighting system for a nicely planted tank. All of this... for a community tank for my kids... you know Congo Tetras, Hachet's, some loaches, etc.... Any direction for me on the items above would be greatly appreciated.