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...how much money I wasted on my last venture into fishkeeping. Specifically, an ambitious attempt to start a home clownfish hatchery after having some success breeding tiger barbs but only having dipped my toes into the saltwater, live rock and coral aquaria world. Apparently, a couple years experience, reading fish magazines and attending MACNA conferences, even with a lot of enthusiasm and your ex-mother-in-law's financial backing is not enough to turn this hobby into a profitable business! This was before I met my wife. I am back into the hobby after a 15 year hiatus. I have started with a modest Fluval Spec 15 gallon tank, planted, with five veiltail cherry barbs and some ghost and blue dream shrimp. The wife did see a surge of aquarium-related purchases on Prime Day, but so far I think she's just keeping an eye on me. She likes the addition of the tank to our bedroom, but how much the aquatic ambience is worth, we'll find out!

My tank now has supplemental mid-day lighting, UV, aeration, and the next project is some 3D-printed brackets for float switches. I am planning to make this a smart fish tank, as I happen to work for a smart home manufacturer, YoSmart/YoLink, in addition to being an electronics and coding enthusiast. I look forward to learning and sharing about electronics, lighting, and aquarium monitoring and control systems. And, of course, fishkeeping! My user account is set up as a vendor, so I can mention our products. I'm excited to see several hobbies (fishkeeping, electronics, smart home, etc.) merged into one!

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...how much money I wasted on my last venture into fishkeeping. Specifically, an ambitious attempt to start a home clownfish hatchery after having some success breeding tiger barbs but only having dipped my toes into the saltwater, live rock and coral aquaria world. Apparently, a couple years experience, reading fish magazines and attending MACNA conferences, even with a lot of enthusiasm and your ex-mother-in-law's financial backing is not enough to turn this hobby into a profitable business! This was before I met my wife. I am back into the hobby after a 15 year hiatus. I have started with a modest Fluval Spec 15 gallon tank, planted, with five veiltail cherry barbs and some ghost and blue dream shrimp. The wife did see a surge of aquarium-related purchases on Prime Day, but so far I think she's just keeping an eye on me. She likes the addition of the tank to our bedroom, but how much the aquatic ambience is worth, we'll find out!

My tank now has supplemental mid-day lighting, UV, aeration, and the next project is some 3D-printed brackets for float switches. I am planning to make this a smart fish tank, as I happen to work for a smart home manufacturer, YoSmart/YoLink, in addition to being an electronics and coding enthusiast. I look forward to learning and sharing about electronics, lighting, and aquarium monitoring and control systems. And, of course, fishkeeping! My user account is set up as a vendor, so I can mention our products. I'm excited to see several hobbies (fishkeeping, electronics, smart home, etc.) merged into one!

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Nice to meet you Eric, glad to have you aboard.
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I love the tank! It is absolutely beautiful! My only suggestion is that cherry barbs should go in a 25 gal or more just because while they look small, they do love to swim. Its just from my personal experience and research though, and yoru setup looks like its really thriving so far!
 

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I love the tank! It is absolutely beautiful! My only suggestion is that cherry barbs should go in a 25 gal or more just because while they look small, they do love to swim. Its just from my personal experience and research though, and yoru setup looks like its really thriving so far!
Thanks! They do like to dance in the pump outlet currents, which I have angled to create a little turbulent section in the front corner. In fact, I kept this corner of the tank empty, as they swim the entire height of the tank there, almost doing vertical laps! (I've only seen this behavior in pictus cats). I've been really pleased them and get a kick out of how playful they are with each other. And I don't have a problem with another excuse to add a bigger tank, if it comes to it!
 
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