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Old 01-07-2018, 10:14 AM   #1221
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I vaguely remember a 10 gal freshwater tank when I was a kid. (1960s, yeah, I am OLD LoL) My mom got it for my 2 brothers and me. I remember the calmness I felt watching the fish for hours, instead of TV. Fast forward to the '90s... I was a driver for a horse and buggy company in New Hope, PA and the only bathroom was in the owner's home. The one time I had to use it, their heater was broken and I saw on the counter top a beautiful blue Betta in a flippin large glass beer stein. I told my boss that the fish was going to die from the cold, only because I knew they were basically considered "tropical" and that they would fight. And that is all I knew. So, I took him home and named him "Master Betta Max". He moved into his new 10 gallon home and that was my first personal "fish". I had always seen and been secretly in love with Angelfish, and bought a second tank... a 30 gallon tall. I bought some silver and black Angelfish that were the size of an American quarter and they grew to be HUGE! I also had Mystik Sharks in that tank with them. I got a divorce, sold the house and moved to Tennessee. Max was almost 6 when my best friend's son Christopher said that he didn't think Max would make the move, so I gave him to Christopher. He was my pet sitter for years and adored Max as much as I did. I gave my Angels and their tanks to a friend who had like 15 tanks all over his house, so I knew that they were in good hands, also. 5 years ago I got a job as a live-in companion to a lady, now friend, in Alabama who had 2 HUGE 250 gallon saltwater tanks and I took care of them for her. What a job! I loved it. But, all good things must come to an end and I took a job in Chicago, but I got attacked by my boss' pit bull, was hospitalized and now can't work anymore and am on disability. I stayed friendly with the gal in Alabama and she recently started breeding Bettas. So, now I want some again. They are my favorite fish, and I so want to learn all I can. I just bought a pair from Indonesia, and need to glean as much as I can ASAP. Hopefully before they get here so they can thrive and be happy.
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:17 PM   #1222
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I grew up with a 20 Gallon aquarium in the kitchen. I vividly remember my father cleaning the fish tank. I always thought the water smelled badly.

As I grew into adulthood I ended up with one of those peace lilys, with the Betta fish in the bottom. That led to a 20 Gallon with 3 FancyTail Goldfish. I had that tank and those fish for a long time. I then advanced to a 30 Gallon, which was very short lived, and then into a 55 Gallon. I have had my 55 Gallon for 3 years. I am now currently in the process of setting up a 75 G.
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Old 03-31-2018, 09:59 AM   #1223
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I grew up with a 20 Gallon aquarium in the kitchen. I vividly remember my father cleaning the fish tank. I always thought the water smelled badly.

As I grew into adulthood I ended up with one of those peace lilys, with the Betta fish in the bottom. That led to a 20 Gallon with 3 FancyTail Goldfish. I had that tank and those fish for a long time. I then advanced to a 30 Gallon, which was very short lived, and then into a 55 Gallon. I have had my 55 Gallon for 3 years. I am now currently in the process of setting up a 75 G.
I just wanted fish since I saw goldfish in a fish bowl in a cousin's house just past the age of just above a toddler. As I grew, my favorite fish became angle fish. As I got even older, my favorite became discus. I was just as pleased with discus beauty as anyone who tried to tell me they thought marine fish were prettier. My discus keeping days ended 15 years ago, but I still have a beautiful 55 gallon tank with 4 Angels...2 marbled, 1 striped, and 1 totally blonde. There's also a beautiful red betta and a peaceful school of redeyed tetras. I get only compliments on my aquarium. I also don't like more water parameters such as salinity levels to keep an eye on. Bless all the marine aquarium keepers, but I'll stick to my freshwater hobby.
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:27 PM   #1224
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Primarily for nostalgia purposes, as well as a rather curious, contrasting comparison with today's vastly imporoved technology from almost 30 years ago for me. Moreover, technology, and the sheer amount of technology was different in the year 1990--hence my newly peaked interest in the past year or so. We as humans are even more so adept, affuent and decisive in this day and age at providing the best care for our animals, fish or others. For example, back then we had really cheesy and kinda sad water changing devices. Nowadays we have the Python. Another example would be, LED lighting. Better filtration, and so on. So indeed, this is one of many many examples, in contrast in consideration of days past, of redeeming qualities that drew me back into fisk keeping. Back then I bred Discus and livebearers. It was tough then for Discus, but nowadays it's much more convenient and less scrutiny involved per thanks to the easily available technology. Addtionally, back then there really was no solid internet to utilize for info, opinions and help. But now, it's in over abundance for the most part. This is mostly why I got back into it. : )
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:23 PM   #1225
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What Made You Want A Freshwater Aquarium?

My husband and I had our first one about 10years ago, and a Ghost Knife fish first stole my heart. I donít see them around anymore these days. They were a very unique species.
Being military we moved too much and passed on the tank.
Due to newer filtration systems (that are easier to care for) my husband and I now have a saltwater tank, and our two kids have a freshwater each. It keeps them busy with constant questions and research, and being that we homeschool it just come natural to them to dive in and learn! One adopted an Axolotl, the other and a DoJo.
Great for the whole family, very soothing to enjoy.
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My husband and I had our first one about 10years ago, and a Ghost Knife fish first stole my heart. I donít see them around anymore these days. They were a very unique species.
Being military we moved too much and passed on the tank.
Due to newer filtration systems (that are easier to care for) my husband and I now have a saltwater tank, and our two kids have a freshwater each. It keeps them busy with constant questions and research, and being that we homeschool it just come natural to them to dive in and learn! One adopted an Axolotl, the other and a DoJo.
Great for the whole family, very soothing to enjoy.
Except for marine fish, many fish are now raised in tanks and and hatcheries. This is why you see many more color variations in Angel fish and Discus and others. Knife fish are extremely difficult to breed in these conditions and few freshwater are taken from the wild anylonger with a few exceptions. Some fish have become outlawed because they get let go in the wild by people that don't want them anylonger. There is a large pond near where I live that has been overtaken by snakeheads. The are large and eat everything. The county has considered sterilizing the pond and restocking it with native species again, but restoration would take many years. I live in Delaware and have a local pond that has been decimated by a stranger fish. Just imagine what a cesspool of tropical fish are now in Florida's Everglades. Congratulations on the new saltwater tank.
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