Just registered. I'm a retired ex fish keeper (69 this month) and I'm starting keeping those little darlings again after about 25 years gap. I used to keep tropical fish way back then but ceased when i moved home during the early eighties. I have always been interested in fishing since my dad introduced me to the sport when i was about 10 years old. Have been a keen angler (mainly carp) ever since, so I suppose the branching off onto keeping tropical fish was inevitable really. I started off with a 2' tank with simple community fish. Soon I had three larger tanks in my living room (thanks to my understanding wife). One tank had oscars, two were community tanks.
During the seventies we owned a petrol garage. That was in the days before the big petrol companies started to expand their garage forecourts to todays standards of including mini superstores and larger forecourts! Ours was one of the last breed of small forecourts which was sited on a car lot owned by my landlord. The reason i mention the petrol station is because as the business was nearing its death throes, and as at that time i was passionate about keeping tropical fish, I decided to open an aquatic retail outlet on the premises! This I did, and was quite proud of what I created. The place was small, but I had one large show tank (160 gls) at the end of the room and fifteen 18" tanks flanking both walls. If i say so myself, I kept the tanks looking pristine at all times. Unfortunately the business was, as I said, nearing its death throes due to a changing climate regards to petrol stations. Also the landlord pulled a fast one on us and gave us an unexpected Â£12,000 debt! The business was not that viable so we were forced to cease trading and had to sell off what we could.
I like to think that i made some sort of unusual stamp in the retail market by possibly
having the only petrol station in the country with an aquatic retail outlet on its premises, even if we never had long enough to experience a success with it!
So, here I am again, starting with a 3' tank (that's all I have room for now). I'm a little rusty on the knowledge
and i am hoping to keep a diffent community tank than in the past. I am at present collecting all the info I can, hence joining this forum, and am taking my time before starting. I am about to purchase the tank next week. I wish to keep a couple of angels together with a couple of discus and a few small peaceful community fish. By what I have read, I am hoping the tank will be large enough. What do you think of my chances being successful?
I will be back with more requests for help and advice as i proceed.
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