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post #1 of 15 Old 02-07-2013, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hello to all! I got my first fish tank when I was about 9 years old (and trust me when I say I made ALL the possible mistakes with it) but really started the hobby 4 years ago when I first got a 47g tank and just a couple of months later a 55g tank. Unfortunately I had to give up the 47g last summer when I moved to a smaller place. I also gave up a lot of the other fish as I was starting my own business and did not think I had enough time to take good care of them. So for the past 7 months my 55g have been occupied only by a few catfish.
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-07-2013, 06:38 AM
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Hello to all! I got my first fish tank when I was about 9 years old (and trust me when I say I made ALL the possible mistakes with it) but really started the hobby 4 years ago when I first got a 47g tank and just a couple of months later a 55g tank. Unfortunately I had to give up the 47g last summer when I moved to a smaller place. I also gave up a lot of the other fish as I was starting my own business and did not think I had enough time to take good care of them. So for the past 7 months my 55g have been occupied only by a few catfish.
Welcome ! Glad to have you. Are you planning on getting more involved again in the near future ? What type of fish are your favorites ?

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Welcome ! Glad to have you. Are you planning on getting more involved again in the near future ? What type of fish are your favorites ?

Yes, I am planning to get more involved again. I actually did some shopping at the pet shop yesterday - will soon post more about that to the Anabantids section.
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post #5 of 15 Old 02-07-2013, 05:08 PM
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Welcome to TFK!! Hmmm... does this mean you may be interested in diving back in?

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post #6 of 15 Old 02-08-2013, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome to TFK!! Hmmm... does this mean you may be interested in diving back in?
At least I've got my feet wet again . Iíll try not to dive in head first or else, Iíll soon find fish tanks have taken over my whole apartment.
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At least I've got my feet wet again . Iíll try not to dive in head first or else, Iíll soon find fish tanks have taken over my whole apartment.

I'm guilty as charged :) Welcome to the forum

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post #8 of 15 Old 02-11-2013, 04:21 PM
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hello and welcome.

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 #9 of 15 Old 02-13-2013, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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I knew it was dangerous to get involved with this hobby again. For the past few days I have been planning how I could re-arrange my furniture to fit another tank. First I thought I would just get a small 10g, then I thought 25g and now I think I can definitely fit in a 40g tank. I’m only a week into this and it’s already getting out of hand .
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Ha ha!! You made me laugh!!
Then... take a look at the tank "footprints"... the length and width or the base/stand for the tanks. Some of the foot prints are a standard size and that way you can go taller without going longer. For example I think the 35 gallon and the 45 tall (36" x 12" I think) are the same stand/foot print. I have a 75 who's base is 48 x 18 but I know I can upgrade to the 90 which is just taller on the same stand.
Your budget might not allow the bigger tank right now but it can work to your advantage down the road. I am the only person I know who looks at a tank leak as a way to upgrade and plans for it.
If you can get to the 48' length it opens a world of fish that you can keep as many require more length of swim room than 36". The next jump after that is 72" long.
Look for 2nd hand on your local Craigslist/Kijiji/E-bay or ask around... you'd be amazed at what is sitting empty in people's basements.

Gosh I feel like a pusher...

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