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Hello fellow fish-fiends!!!
Hi everyone! My name is Leslie and I have been fish-keeping since the age of 18 (now 29). I got into it when I won a goldfish at a local fair and he died the next day. I knew I had to have more though. I went out and got another goldfish since I had already purchased a lil bowl and everything I thought I needed for his care. I then asked for a 10 gallon for my next birthday, which I received. I really, really though I knew what I was doing. When the tank would get so green I couldn't see the fish, I would take all the fish out and put them in the bowl that my goldfish had earlier called a home (he was now in the 10 gallon with some asst tropical fish) and dump all the water from the tank. I would then thoroughly clean the tank and the gravel, plus all the ornaments, which I now know, is a BIG NO-NO.. lol. I would then put fresh water in with some water conditioner and throw all the fish back in. I eventually lost all of them and gave up for a little while. Around 2 years later, I tried another 10 gallon, and some platys and a pleco. This time I did tons of research and with the success of a good tank came tons and tons of baby platys. I was overwhelmed with so many... lol... and set up another 10, and finally went out and got a nice 29. That was exciting. Eventually I had 5 up and running tanks at once. I had major success, and have learned so much since my first days as a fish-keeper. I love the hobby, and I am actually the person people come to when they are having trouble with their tanks. I am proud to say I usually know how to help without doing any research. Right now I have a 55 gallon with 3 silver dollars, 2 black fin tetras and a glass catfish. I used to have a lot more but my busy schedule prevented me from doing the maintenance I needed to and I had a HUGE loss in my tank. I hope once I get everything under control again I can get some more clown loaches. They are my fav and it also gives me a reason to get an even bigger tank eventually! I hope I can learn some things from everyone and maybe, just maybe, you can learn a thing or two from me. Looking forward to more interaction with everyone
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad to have you with us.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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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Hi Leslie, welcome to TFK. We are glad you joined us. I'm a huge loach fan and my clowns are some of my favorite fish. I hope you're able to get a big tank and get some more soon. They are so much fun to watch.
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