I just joined this forum. I have never been in a fish forum before. I think it should be interesting.
I currently have no aquariums set up. That's right none. But, I have aquariums.
When I met my husband, 34 years ago, I had 23 aquariums set up of all sizes with several in the 40 gallon range.
I started back into fish, a few years back, and had about 30, 10 gallon aquariums and 6, 30 gallon aquariums set up. I had many, many more in storage, waiting for getting our new house completed. Complete with the "fish room" Which was a large bedroom and bathroom.
Unfortuanately, our house burned in April 2008. All the 10 gallon aquariums were destroyed without a trace of them. The 30 gallons, sort of survived, as did some 15 and 20's. But, the heat was so severe that the plastic edgings melted and ran down the glass. I am unsure whether I can salvage these or not.
I think that I will disassemble them, redo the silicone entirely, then set them up as plant aquariums and fill them very slowly to see if the glass is ruined, or not. I am not brave enough to just wash them, and fill them, stick in discus and go for it... Coward that I am.
That said, I am about to set up a simple aquaponics system to start garden seeds, it will be an ebb and flow system. And yes, I will be using a tough species of fish for my fertilizer... ha ha
I know that one fish, will trigger my passion... freshwater cichlids, particularly South and Central American ones. I won't be able to have just one fish, just one aquarium, just one rack of breeders, and on and on... I admit it... I am an addict. Even when I don't have a single aquarium set up.
I have bred several of the cichlids, and I have managed to keep discus alive for about a year... that is a good start on raising them to breeding!
I would even love to learn to breed some of the egg scatterers. I did actually raise some by accident once. I thought the cichlids had spawned, but they acted funny, so I removed them. And the babies were not cichlids at all. Surprised me! But it was fun.
I would even love to learn to breed killifishes and dry their eggs.. etc.
I have never attempted a salt water set up. But, I read about them. Sounds very complicated and expensive.
Okay, so talk fish... I am having withdrawal here, folks...