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Old 07-19-2003, 10:28 PM   #1
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What part of California are you from?

Here's a place to let you know a little about us and where abouts we are from.

We are from Southern California, about 15 mins from Disneyland, myself I've grown up here all my life and are a native Californian. My husband is from Northern California. We both met online on a BBS called PC-Link which turned into AOL.

We are new to the Saltwater, been into it since November of 2002 and found this site which has helped us a lot! Both of us grew up with Freshwater tanks and have owned freshwater for many years before becoming addicted to Saltwater. We started with just a 29 gallon and now have 2 other tanks, one 5 gallon fish only with live rock, and one new 40 gallon with black sand!

Please feel free to post here about yourself and your tanks!
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Old 07-30-2003, 03:31 PM   #2
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I'm in Ventura between LA and Santa Barbara.

My 3 year old daughter and I just started a 10 gal fw tank almost two months ago. I also just purchased a 2 gal hex for Felix the Betta in my office. What's really odd is I find myself wandering through my home and thinking "ooh, a reef tank would look great on this wall...oh, this space would be perfect for a new 55 gal...". My wife thinks I'm crazy! 8O
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Old 07-30-2003, 03:37 PM   #3
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LOL!! That's cool about the Betta tank, that was always my favorite freshwater fish, I always felt sorry for it being stuck in that small bowl, I don't care what anyone says it's creul. We bought one once and put it in a 29 gallon tank, I loved watching it swim across the tank.

Too funny about the reef tank, what I've found about saltwater is it's a fun and educational and great for the kids to see all the new life on just the rock that you put in the tank, this site is the best for helping out, our tank wouldn't have turned out so well if it hadn't been for AA. Your wife will probably love a reef tank, it's like having a garden underwater
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Old 07-30-2003, 05:26 PM   #4
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Yeah, I couldn't believe the size of the cup Felix was in when I got him! I don't think it was more than a mouthful of water, poor guy. He's quite happy now though. I really just went in to get some bloodworms when I "bumped into the betta section. The whole kit (2gal hex, pump, filter, hood w/light, gravel, fake plant and "rock" formation) plus Felix was less than $25! How could I possibly say no?

I already tried the underwater garden thing, she didn't say no but she didn't really say yes yet either. Funny thing is, she's way into gardening in our back yard, including 2 four by ten raised beds I built for her. She's just kind of surprised at how "badly" I've caught the bug. I'll keep nudging though.
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Old 07-30-2003, 05:33 PM   #5
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LOL you should show her some of the zoanthids, they look like flowers under the water, they come all sorts of colors, check out this guys site, he's in Irvine, CA and when I found his site I was blown away of the zoanthids he had in this little 7 gallon bowfront http://www.oc-creative.com/reef/Photos.asp

His pictures are beautiful and the best thing about a reef, ya never need to water it
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Old 07-31-2003, 02:39 PM   #6
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sooooo,...my wife stopped by my office to meet Felix and I just kind of said "hey check out these cool pics". She thought they were beautiful and I said "That tank is smaller than the one we have at home. That's going to be my next project." Her reply? "Cool!"

Now, if I can get her just a tiny bit involved when buying the tank maybe, just maybe, she'll consider something just a teency weency bit bigger

*fingers crossed*
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Old 07-31-2003, 02:41 PM   #7
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Whoops, in all of my blabbing I forgot to ask you where your favotite lfs is located.

I go between Tat's Tropical Paradise and PetCo (just supplies) here in Ventura. Is your place worth making the drive to for just a look around?
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Old 07-31-2003, 02:55 PM   #8
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Well the leather that I have in my tank we got from a place called Fish 2000 he had it shoved all the way in the back, they were closing and I just wanted to have a leather coral, it didn't look very good, and for a quite a few days after we got it I had the horrible feeling in my stomach that I just wasted my money, but it bounced back, it had been a dark brown the polyps were really bad looking, I did more reading up on them since they were photosynthis(sp) I also found out they like phytoplankton and that has been used to enhance their color, got some and add it a couple times a week, it has become the center piece of our 29 gallon. The zoanthids we purchased from www.thelogicalreef.com Bryan the owner was extremely helpful and has beautiful corals, he's in florida and he was actually the first coral purchase we had ever made online, we were extremely happy with what we received, he also threw in some little free ones from us that have really taken off. We have purchased some fish from Strickly fish in Garden Grove I believe which is our scooter blenny, we got our clownfish from all places Petco, very hardy, and we've also shopped for fish and supplies at Petown which is in El Toro, all are ok but I've been told there are some better places to check out and plan on checking out those soon.

I'm glad she liked that site, I will warn you the smaller the tank the higher the maitience but if you don't mind staying on top of things and water changes weekly, I just suggest a lot of reading, I am not a big reader but since getting into saltwater it has become addicting wanting to learn more. Something bigger would be your best bet Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2003, 03:08 AM   #9
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hello californians.. i am a nineteen year old boy from the city of san jose.. south bay.. we have a place called Brian's fish world here... very healthy and beautiful fishes.. very pricey, but they take care of them, rarely do you see a sick or dead fish.. the other place I go to is PetClub.. that is like PetCo, but different companies.. that's where i bought my Thornback cowfish or helmet cowfish.. it's pretty cheap over there but a lot of sick fishes... next is King's aquarium, it is the biggest of all the san jose fish store.. very nice.. sort of pricey.. i travel to a place called GREAT BAY AQUARIUM to go look at the stocks they have every now and then.. i'm a kid so 1 hour drive to see fishes is a long way for me, but i seem to think it's worth it... i live with my girlfriend and she is the main source of fundings for my fishes.. like 40 percent of my money and 60 percent of hers.. hehe.. she thinks i'm crazy for spending all that money, but when she gets an impulse buy and spend about 70 dollars in one day, it's not crazy to her...

anyway.. oh yeah, i think it's a crime to put a betta fish in a small cup like that, too.. mines was swimming in a 55g tank with 2 other betta.. they established who is stronger than who so they did not fight at all..

i started saltwater fish because i saw MTV crib and it was showing Travis's house from Blink 182.. it showed his prized fish.. forgot how it looked like, but i knew that i wanted it right away... i had a dream about it. hehe..

my first fish was a boxfish.. not knowing how to care for it, and being that it was an impulse buy and i knew nothing about saltwater, it died soon after...

after that i started to do research on SW fishes... i've checked out everybook there is to check about SW at the library... I've read so much online that my eyes are a little messed up.. hehe..

oh, last but not least i would like to speak of my future plans... i plan on building a 15000 gallon aquarium when i get a house... it's going to have one side glass or acrylic so that you can see everything from the basement... the rest is going to extend out into the backyard and it's going to be a miniature beach.. everyone thinks i'm crazy, but i've researched and it should only cost about 50,000 or less to build it.. hehe.. ONE DAY SOON!!!
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Welcome sokhamik, your dream tank sounds awesome! If you ever get it built, you could probably charge admission
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