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Old 09-03-2010, 02:27 PM   #241
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ive always loved aquatic animals, i had a goldfish in a 3G hex (we all did it) and won my schools science fair with an experiment i did with it (just observation, nothing more) and then a friend had a few fish he was getting rid of, so i took them, they had ich (no clue how deadly it was at the time) but they all died besides my goldfish, which i dont remember when he died.

then i had a betta in a bowl and loved him to death, then many years later i got my turtle tripod, he was in a 10G until he got too big, then it was a community tank with danios and opalines(still have them, about 3 1/2" now) and wanted to own SW so i read up and asked for a biocube 14 and have been loving ever since!

now i have 2 turtles, 2 gouramis, 3 bettas, an oscellaris clown, firefish, neon blue goby, and a blue/green chromis. i have 2 coral now but will add more later when i have money i can spend
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:57 PM   #242
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I've had FW for a while now, and I wanted to take the plunge to saltie land. Plus the colors are amazing, and who doesn't want a clownfish :P Corals are pretty fascinating too. I would have started out with SW, but I heard of how difficult and costly it was and went for FW. I was a noob back then, so it's probably a good thing.

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Old 12-02-2010, 12:06 AM   #243
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I wanted a reef cause I loved the colors and life it has you can't get that from a freshwater
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:49 AM   #244
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After watching Duce Bigelow, the idea got started. Finding Nemo and a swim at Orlando's Sea World Discovery Cove sold me on getting my first tank.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:15 PM   #245
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Got a job at Petsmart in the fish department with absolutely no experience. I was really interested by all the technical terms and the chemistry of the water so I started reading up on it. Always trying to be the intellectual I started looking up anything I didn't know online and spent many work time hours just reading fish magazines when it was slow. Eventually found some pictures by takashi amano and was immediately enticed. I thought about how having a tank like that in my room would look and had to try and replicate it. Got my first freshwater tank and spent like 5 hours aquascaping it with some lava rock. I kept on reading more for about two years and then got a job at Petco as the aquatic specialist. At this point I had freshwater down pretty well but now I was working with SW too so I once again felt like a total beginner. About 5 months later I'm starting to feel more secure and can't wait to set up a reef tank.... Already planning a 120g I'm going to set up when I graduate college lol
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:43 PM   #246
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After watching Duce Bigelow, the idea got started. Finding Nemo and a swim at Orlando's Sea World Discovery Cove sold me on getting my first tank.
i live near there and went once, man the water in the saltwater area was COLD, and the stingray pool scared me (even though i knew they didnt have stingers) but man was it a completely fun and interesting experience!
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:28 AM   #247
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Here's a good one for you. I have had a freshwater water tank for the last 7 years. Some friends went out of state to work. I started "babysitting" their 75 gal reef tank at their apartment. They decided to move across country and gave me the tank. Been learning a whole lot in a short amount of time. Still trying to get all the gizmos for the tank. Just set up a sump in the basement. The tank is on the main floor right above it in my kitchen. I have a huge kitchen and it was the perfect place since I spend a lot of time in there. Still adding corals to the tank. Love the reef tank. Very facinating creatures.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:47 AM   #248
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i don't know if i put my salt story up here a while ago or not, but i always had fresh tanks, since i was about 10. i would keep them up and running for about a year or two with some oscars or some other type of cichlid, until i got bored with it and tore it down. the last time i had a freshy tank up my wife's (now referred to as the ex btw) friends had a salt tank running. i really hated those people. anyway, i was doing my usual break down of the freshy tank and she said "why don't you try salt water?". i said, eh..it's too hard...all the different stuff you need to do". she then said "well, dom and sherry can do it". i then thought to myself " if those bozos can do it so can i". little did i know how addictive it was.
i feel i wasted a lot of time with fresh water tanks.
naturally, the reef tank shortly followed. so, it was out of spite that i got into this hobby..LOL.
true story.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:35 PM   #249
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i don't know if i put my salt story up here a while ago or not, but i always had fresh tanks, since i was about 10. i would keep them up and running for about a year or two with some oscars or some other type of cichlid, until i got bored with it and tore it down. the last time i had a freshy tank up my wife's (now referred to as the ex btw) friends had a salt tank running. i really hated those people. anyway, i was doing my usual break down of the freshy tank and she said "why don't you try salt water?". i said, eh..it's too hard...all the different stuff you need to do". she then said "well, dom and sherry can do it". i then thought to myself " if those bozos can do it so can i". little did i know how addictive it was.
i feel i wasted a lot of time with fresh water tanks.
naturally, the reef tank shortly followed. so, it was out of spite that i got into this hobby..LOL.
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great story X lol, you should direct me to any pictures of your tank, or a build thread of some sort(even if the tank no longer exists), its been a mystery to me for quite some time now lol
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:11 AM   #250
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i don't know if i put my salt story up here a while ago or not, but i always had fresh tanks, since i was about 10. i would keep them up and running for about a year or two with some oscars or some other type of cichlid, until i got bored with it and tore it down. the last time i had a freshy tank up my wife's (now referred to as the ex btw) friends had a salt tank running. i really hated those people. anyway, i was doing my usual break down of the freshy tank and she said "why don't you try salt water?". i said, eh..it's too hard...all the different stuff you need to do". she then said "well, dom and sherry can do it". i then thought to myself " if those bozos can do it so can i". little did i know how addictive it was.
i feel i wasted a lot of time with fresh water tanks.
naturally, the reef tank shortly followed. so, it was out of spite that i got into this hobby..LOL.
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lol i practicaly had the same story axcept i didnt tear down the freshwater. I still have a 72 with some oscars. They are awesome fish
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