I am glad that I found this board. I have been a fish hobbyist on and off since I was a kid. I had to get out of it for awhile for various reasons.....remodeled our home (too many fumes going on), and had gotten back into horses which took up a lot of my time because I was in an extensive natural horsemanship program. My children were also pretty young. We relocated to the Northwest five years ago, and I am still heavily into horses. However, I am not in a training program and we have winter months up here that keep me from riding. I did not get back into fish right away when we moved because I started up a home candle business. We/I hand pour all our candles and sell them online, craft shows, and stores, etc. It has taken a tremendous amount of time to develop our candle products and to now produce them for customers. Also, I am not sure if my husband would have been too crazy about me starting fish up again.....got a little tired of my fish obsession. LOL
For Christmas this year, I got my 13 year old a 14 gallon tank to start her off. I need to see if she is going to get as into it as I did when I was a kid before she gets anything larger. I have a feeling that I will be the one taking care of it.
I received some Christmas money from my in-laws and want to get a tank for our living room. I am afraid to tell my husband. LOL He is easy going, but I know that he will think "Oh no". He was thinking that when he saw my daughter open up the tank.
Anyway, I am searching for the right fish tank. I have had all sizes and many different breeds of fish over the years. I would like to get one under 100 gallons, and I have my eye on a 36 gallon glass bow front that comes with a dark wood stand. I would like to get the 46 gallon but did not see a dark wood stand for it....only black. We have cherry wood our home -- Victorian home. I can't spend an arm and a leg for the stand. I like the new ones with the black edges (where the silicone is). I need one that is not too wide in the spot that it is going to be. I may just get the 46 gallon with the black stand.
I am not sure what type of fish I am going to get. I know that I am going to go the freshwater route. I did try a saltwater hex tank (60 gallon) one time, but I did not have a lot of luck with it and then we moved. I may try it again in the future and will cycle it without fish. I did finally get the darn thing to cycle but then we moved (not the move north), and I only brought the 100 gallon Cichlid tank with us. It was a very successful tank. I had three at the time before we moved....100 gallon, 30 gallon hex and a 60 gallon hex. I believe it was a 60 gallon.
Sorry this got long. I look forward to reading more posts and learning new things. I am sure I will have some questions and also hope to help out from time to time myself.