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post #1 of 12 Old 11-20-2010, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone!

I am new to fish keeping (under 6 months) and am COMPLETELY ADDICTED!!! How did this happen? Why is it soooo interesting?

It all started with a 100 Gallon Tank that my boyfriend gave me, added a 40 Gallon off of craigslist (because we had fry - so OF COURSE, we HAD to get another tank for them, to "save them"). Followed by two 20 Gallons - another CL score from a breeder that was done with his hobby and picking up a 55 Gallon tomorrow (thanks CL!)!

Should I be worried? Is this "hobby" becoming an "illness"? I just love it. I cannot wait to check every tank in the AM and rush home at night to see everyone too!

Currently I have the following:

100 Gallon:
1 Male Red Empress
4 Female Red Empress
2 Pleco
1 Cory
1 Oto Cat
3 Harlequin Rasbora
1 Glow light Tetra
1 Giraffe Cichlid (Small and deformed - but he was so sweet, I HAD to take him home...)
1 Electric Blue Crayfish (small and currently molting a ton!)
1 Celebese Rainbow
5 Assorted Small Danios
3 Giant Danios
3 Paradise Fish
And yes, I know this is an unusual mix, but everyone is holding their own...

40 Gallon:
35 -3/4" Red Empress Fry
12 - 1/2" Red Empress Fry
2 - Reticulated Butterfly Loaches
3 - YOUNG Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlids (Im super excited about these because these were what I REALLY wanted when I started the tank and just FINALLY found them!!!)
4 - Green Swordtails.

20 Gallon:
1 Large Female Electric Blue Crayfish - I think my small one in the 100 Gallon is a Male and I ran across her, so I thought... Hmmmm, wonder what "baby" crayfish would be like LOL! (my male is way too small to introduce them, so we are waiting...)

20 Gallon:
1 - Male Red Empress
2 - "REJECT" Albino Strawberry Peacock Cichlid Females "Reject because they have dark eyes" - I took these from someone that gave me a tank and I thought it would be interesting to see what happened if I put a Male Red Empress in there with these two females. A batch is "brewing".... So time will tell!

I am happy to be here and cannot wait to meet friends on this forum!
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-20-2010, 07:05 PM
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You are not alone lol

I need more tanks too and I am fairly new back into the hobby, but of course there is always fry to save and always a new species that you just have to have lol.

but hey if you are going to do something might as well do it all the way right.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-20-2010, 07:10 PM
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Boy and I thought I was bad with 3 tanks, :D I think this is a very healthy hobby for most people and quiet an interesting ones too. I think the key to keeping this hobby healthy is to set a hard number of tanks you are allowed to keep at 1 time, for me and my space and time I think this number will stay at 3.

This of course doesn't mean I cant upgrade my 10 gallon to a 55 gallon, it just means I need to put the 10 in storage or sell it so I stay at my limit.

So set a number and stick with it, and concentrate on those and making them better.

BTW welcome to TFK, enjoy your stay and obsession!
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-20-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Boy and I thought I was bad with 3 tanks, :D I think this is a very healthy hobby for most people and quiet an interesting ones too. I think the key to keeping this hobby healthy is to set a hard number of tanks you are allowed to keep at 1 time, for me and my space and time I think this number will stay at 3.

This of course doesn't mean I cant upgrade my 10 gallon to a 55 gallon, it just means I need to put the 10 in storage or sell it so I stay at my limit.

So set a number and stick with it, and concentrate on those and making them better.

BTW welcome to TFK, enjoy your stay and obsession!
Lol, I guess that means that I can put as many tanks as I can fit in my "non-useful" dining room"? Or maybe when my boyfriend tells me "that's enough"?

I do think the one I am picking up tomorrow, will be the last for a while. I should have enough tanks then to keep everyone separate and raise the various groups of fry.
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post #5 of 12 Old 11-20-2010, 08:17 PM
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Welcome to TFK, Fiesty. You are NOT alone, lol. I'm at five and holding. We're glad you joined us!

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post #6 of 12 Old 11-20-2010, 10:03 PM
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Hi Feisty,

Welcome to the addiction. I'm at 8 and holding (until we build the family room - then my 45 gal. hex gets set up again).

Nice to meet you

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post #7 of 12 Old 11-22-2010, 04:39 PM
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hello and welcome.
two tanks here,and a vivarium. :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-22-2010, 07:54 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad to have you join us.

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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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post #9 of 12 Old 11-25-2010, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everybody!
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-25-2010, 03:18 PM
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Good for you!!! Enjoy the hobby!!

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