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post #1 of 2 Old 03-19-2017, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi from Chicago!

Hello everyone! I spent number of years in the saltwater aquarium hobby and I loved it. But after a divorce and several moves, it just got too hard to stay in it, expense-wise. I downsized to a beta tank for the past 4 years. The beta is still alive and doing well on the desk in my office, but now that I'm settled in a home, I want to set up a bigger tank. Thinking of a 55-75 gal freshwater tank this time. I joined the forum to get some ideas and advice of the best products available today. I remember products changing all the time in the saltwater hobby and I'm sure a lot has chanced since I had my last big freshwater tank. Looking forward to chatting with you all and getting some great advice!


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post #2 of 2 Old 03-20-2017, 07:32 AM
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Welcome to the group.

This hobby is always changing but not as much as the saltwater side. In the last few years lots of people have started moving toward bio/natural tanks, this is where you keep fish, and plants in a tank all from the same location. Most also have snails or shrimp and you try to build a small eco system in the tank. I have done that a little but it does tank a little more work to setup. The other big change is LED lights, you an grow plants very well but coming from the saltwater side you should already know more about lights than most of us.

The 55g and 75g have lots of options for fish. All depends on if you want big fish, lots of color, plants or lots of small fish.

You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.


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