Hello! I have the "itch" again for fish!
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. :roll: 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.
Hi Holly, welcome to the forum! We're glad you've got the *itch* for fish again and that you've decided to join us. :-)
P.S. I am from CA - San Diego. Love the picture of your parot!
Welcome aboard! You know it's only a matter of time before MTS set in!:lol:
Thank you, and yes, I am already having some signs of MTS even before getting my tank. I set my daughter's up, and now I feel the MTS. My husband is going to wonder why I want to get into this again. I will take it slow. I am pretty busy with other things, so I do not want it to become a monkey on my back with too much responsibility....too many tanks unless I can really handle the time it takes.
Hello and welcome to the forum.
Hey and welcome to the forum!
Thought I might post here, cause i'm in a similar situation.
Been off the fishkeeping hobby for about a year now, and thought it might be time to get back in to it, seeing as cash flow is up, and I can afford it now =)
Just thought i'd drop in and say hi, either way :-D
Welcome. Beautiful Clydesdale. I live about 10 minutes from Budweiser out here in the great Rocky Mountains where they house a bunch of the Budweiser Clydesdales. Saw them on Christmas Eve on the road behind the brewery, 2 Clydes pulling the red Bud wagon. I love those horses. They're awesome.
hello and warm welcome to you.
....funny how we all come back.
Thanks for the welcome and for the compliment on Clyde. I had just gotten him in that picture. He was shipped from OK. He was a little underweight in that pic. Actually, he looked heavier in person than the pic but still a little underweight. I have him on a special diet recommended for draft horses and he looks great! I have had him since the end of June. I lost my Percheron draft horse recently which was devatating to me and very expensive in trying to save him. He had to have surgery but even though he got through that, he did not progress and we had to put him down a few days after surgery. It was absolutely horrible. Second horse I have lost in 4 years that was very sudden and had to go to WSU in Pullman, WA. I bought Clyde shortly after losing Pete. I could not live with the empty whole for too long. I can never replace Pete and think of him often. However, I have a new draft horse friend now and it helps. I love the big boys. I have two other horses as well....Fox Trotter and Quarter horse. If money was not an issue, and we had more land then we do now (5 acres now) and more time, I would have a team of draft horses and learn to drive for sure. Clyde was a driving horse, but I do not know how to drive yet. I ride him like I did Pete who was just under 2000 pounds....big, black and beautiful and with beautiful big eyes.....bigger than Clydesdale eyes. I got some money as a gift for Christmas and I am torn between a harness for Clyde so I can learn to ground drive him at least since I cannot drive him with a wagon, etc. now. He knows how, but I do not. It can be dangerous. Riding him is great though.
That is great you are near the Budweiser Clydesdales. They are awesome horses. Also, CO is a great state. That must have been great to see them pulling the red waggon. I saw them perform at the Del Mar Fair in CA at the draft horse show. I could have watched them all day. We have a draft horse show in Sandpoint, ID which is near where we live in WA and we have been to that. The problem about going to it, it makes me want another one.....kinda like I am with fish tanks...one is not enough! :lol:
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