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Old 07-30-2009, 03:28 PM   #11
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stupid parents.
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:41 PM   #12
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go for it and fix that tank - prove yourself to your parents!
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:42 PM   #13
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Go partypalooza. If you do fix it try to take before and after pictures.
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:42 PM   #14
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fix the tank! that'll show 'em
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:07 PM   #15
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It's probably not worth messing with your mom's friend's tank. Just make sure your tank always looks better, which doesn't sound like it'll be an issue. Some people have more money than brains (how does that happen?) and they always have to be right.
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:07 AM   #16
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sadly, that is so true
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:56 AM   #17
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how old are you? im 21, living away from home, and my parents fuss about my aquariums every time i talk to them... i feel like i do a decent job with them, especially since i just started 2 months ago... they stay clean and algae free ... i would just prove to them you know what you're doing... if they are no-it-all parents like mine (my dad is a high school biology/chemistry teacher) then they will certainly know a nice well kept tank when they see one... prove them wrong... trust me, parents may be out for your best interest, but sometimes they are wrong keep it up, sounds like you really know what youre doing
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how old are you? im 21, living away from home, and my parents fuss about my aquariums every time i talk to them... i feel like i do a decent job with them, especially since i just started 2 months ago... they stay clean and algae free ... i would just prove to them you know what you're doing... if they are no-it-all parents like mine (my dad is a high school biology/chemistry teacher) then they will certainly know a nice well kept tank when they see one... prove them wrong... trust me, parents may be out for your best interest, but sometimes they are wrong keep it up, sounds like you really know what youre doing
I'm only 16 xD. Starting a SW tank isn't something normal 16 year olds do from what I understand...

I plan to give my moms friend suggestions and see what happens. I'll prove it's possible to keep a tank looking great and not have it be extremely expensive.

I may not be a total expert, but I try to learn as much as I can. If one of my friends tried to start a tank it would probably turn into a septic tank O_o.
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wow dude, more power to you... seriously, most 16yr olds have other things they would find more important than having the responsibility of keeping up an aquarium, especially saltwater... and to be doing the research you are, and with the knowledge you have, youre going to be one heck of an aquarist one day, if not already keep it up, eventually they will back off
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wow dude, more power to you... seriously, most 16yr olds have other things they would find more important than having the responsibility of keeping up an aquarium, especially saltwater... and to be doing the research you are, and with the knowledge you have, youre going to be one heck of an aquarist one day, if not already keep it up, eventually they will back off

xD Thanks! Well, (mini story here) I have always loved water. When I was like 8 I would buy PVC and make stuff out of it. I was a crazy kid. xD. Then I got my first fish, a Betta, and ever since I've loved the fish keeping hobby. I upgraded to a 10G tank, (way over stocked it.. lesson learned..) Then to a 29G where everything is doing well to this day. The betta I started with lived for two years before it finally died. (I consider that a record seeing as most only last a week..)

I decided I wanted more of a challange, so I started researching SW aquariums 2 years ago. Since then I have been pretty much obsessed with them. I still spend a few hours each day researching. As I've said before I am not an expert by any means, but I'm confident I can take on the responsibility of a SW tank.

(Edit: more stuff lol)

As for the future, I hope to someday have a fish room in my own place. I may try to get into marine biology but things can change. I really would love to someday open a LFS or an aquarium installation/service business. Getting paid to work with aquariums sounds sweet to me!
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