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post #11 of 44 Old 11-18-2010, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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If you are set up to get email notification when there is a new post on threads you are subscribed to, you get email notification. When you log on to check new responses, click "User CP" (top left). The threads you are subscribed to that have new responses are listed there.

It's probably not a good idea to post your email address on here because all of the spammers may get it and you'll be inundated with junk mail, but I don't know that it is against the rules or anything.
Tanker, thanks very much. Can I go in and edit that email addy out?
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post #12 of 44 Old 11-18-2010, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Tanker, thanks very much. Can I go in and edit that email addy out?
I just did it. Appreciate it tanker.
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post #13 of 44 Old 11-18-2010, 11:33 AM
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to check new responses, click "User CP" (top left). The threads you are subscribed to that have new responses are listed there.
I personally never found that to work like it should,
I use the Search tab then hit "Advanced Search" and just type my name under "User name" and hit search now.
Highlighted is responses, until I started doing that I missed alot of threads I had previously responded into.
They just never showed up in the "User CP section" and I found waiting on E-mail notifications sometimes can be drastically delayed. You just might notice a big difference as I did.

Oh and Welcome to the forum and the return to the wonderful hobby of fish keeping!

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post #14 of 44 Old 11-18-2010, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Chicklet,
I really appreciate your help. I am struggling to find my way in the sea of new technology.
I'm starting my research to prepare for actually buying tanks and eventually constructing a very large aquarium. Would you know anyone in the forum who had a tank >500 gals?
Appreciate it,
Paul

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I personally never found that to work like it should,
I use the Search tab then hit "Advanced Search" and just type my name under "User name" and hit search now.
Highlighted is responses, until I started doing that I missed alot of threads I had previously responded into.
They just never showed up in the "User CP section" and I found waiting on E-mail notifications sometimes can be drastically delayed. You just might notice a big difference as I did.

Oh and Welcome to the forum and the return to the wonderful hobby of fish keeping!
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post #15 of 44 Old 11-18-2010, 04:27 PM
oh wow, your planning a >500g tank? I dont think anyone here has a freshwater tank that big... at least not that ive heard about since joining.

As for messages, i never had a problem getting notifications or my usercp giving me any issues.

Although technology has advanced in the hobby in the last 30 years, the basics, i would imagine, are still the same. Good water conditions = happy fish. Technology just helps make it easier to do.

LED = Light emitting diode. Its a ulta-low wattage bulb with a really long life-span. However, its tiny. Each bulb consumes ~1 watt of power, but its light penetration ability is not as good unless its focused via reflectors.

The new "high-tech" standard is the t5 bulbs if im not mistaken, its the same as your usual fluorescent light except thinner and brighter.

What are you planning to have in a 500g tank?

Welcome to the forums!
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post #16 of 44 Old 11-18-2010, 09:11 PM
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welcome back to the fish world.. I too am back after a several decade absence. The people here have been very helpful to me and I know they will be to you as well. Just the shear volume of experience and information available now is staggering.

Boy, when you get back into a hobby you don't mess around do you? I've started back in slowly, with a 20 gallon tank.. (I must admit I have a great deal of envy going on with what you are planning) and I find myself thinking.. wow... I could get so many cory cats in something that big!

Anyway, enjoy getting back into something you loved to do, and especially for having the ability to take a tragic event and turning it into something positive.

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post #17 of 44 Old 11-19-2010, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Gina,
Thanks for your kind words. I'm excited about getting back into fish and tanks. I at one time had a dozen tanks, breeding angel fish, and I was as happy as a clam. Then, life intervened and my priorities changed. Now, I can see that the serenity that results from having a working aquarium is worth the effort. I guess I need to think smaller to start with. The huge tank idea has been my fantasy for decades. My family teases me; "Here we go again with that giant aquarium."
We don't have good fish stores around these parts (NE Tennessee) so I know I'll have to go to the internet. Any idea?
And you breed cory cats? How neat!!
Paul
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post #18 of 44 Old 11-19-2010, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Do you go by your first or last name? LOL
I appreciate your thoughts. The lighting thing deserves to be done right at the git go so I'm putting some real thought into it. I will greatly appreciate your ideas and thoughts too. Unclear as to where the good prices are for that sort of thing. I do assume that a place like Lowes that sells industrial level lighting would have better prices but I wonder if those type hardware stores carry aquarium-suitable products.
The other big question I have is gravel. For a big tank, I'd need a truck load and that might not be so cheap either. My wife will keep me to a modest budget based on my limited allowance.
Paul
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post #19 of 44 Old 11-19-2010, 01:15 PM
Sand is cheaper than gravel if you want to try that, 40-50lbs is 5 bucks at homedepot or lowes. Playsand is aquarium safe, just rinse it.
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Sand is cheaper than gravel if you want to try that, 40-50lbs is 5 bucks at homedepot or lowes. Playsand is aquarium safe, just rinse it.
Thanks SinCrisis,
Can you get dark colored sand like that?
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