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Old 07-31-2006, 02:14 PM   #111
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Hi, I just found this board over the weekend.

My name is Chris, I'm a almost 33-year old (will be in a couple of weeks) stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of my 11-year old and 3-year old boys. I'm attending school full-time starting this fall, majoring in elementary education. My hubby and I just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, and our gift to each other was setting up our 75-gallon aquarium after 4 years of emptiness. We live in South Cackalackie (errr--Carolina); hubby's in the Air Force, and we're really hoping we don't have to move anymore (especially since we've finally gotten over our fear of setting up our tank again).

Okay, I think that's it. Oh, and I tend talk to much and half of what I say doesn't make sense ...

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Old 07-31-2006, 05:33 PM   #112
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Like everyone else... i must have overlooked this stickie too.

Anyway, my name is Jake and im addicted to my aquarium. I am 27 years old and live and work in Chicago as an Architect. I have had aquariums pretty much my whole life, and I didn't realize that I didn't know anything about them until I started frequenting this site. I live with my lovely girlfriend in a small apartment on the cities north side. I have a small 4 gallon planted tank on my desk here at work, with 2 sunburst platties in it and I have a 56 gallon planted discus tank at home. Just want to say hi to everybody, its a joy to be part of this extensive and knowledgeable group.

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Old 08-01-2006, 10:21 AM   #113
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Hello My name is Willow, but most people call me peanut. Professionally I use my middle name, because both willow and peanut sound kind of silly.

I am 30 years old, I live in Melbourne, FL. I work in IT as a programmer, primarily C# and SQL. I started my first tank 4 months ago and now I have 5 of them. I also have 3 cats (Cosmo, Beaker, and LBC) and two toads (Hatch and Sawyer) and 4 tree frogs. My favorite TV show is LOST.

I enjoy my fishtanks because I live in a condo and it allows me to do something similar to gardening. I also love animals (if you can't tell by my zoo). I am the proud auntie of 14 nieces and nephews. I am single, but dating my neighbor (most of the time anyway). I recently lost my job.

I enjoy reading, I am ex navy, I graduated from U of M (M GO BLUE). I am originally from Michigan, Lansing area.

I also love to work on cars, I have a beautiful convertible. I especially enjoy working on car stereos. I love to cook and watch movies. I am a caretaker by nature, very mothering, although i have no children of my own.

I am also a diagnosed Borderline Personality, which adds quite a bit of spice to life, lol. However, I am generally a happy person. I also enjoy house plants. I have never been married and have no plans to ever do so. My dream is to one day have a small house on 5 wooded acres near mountains and with lake access. I want a dock dog (like a springer spaniel or irish setter) a pole barn for a cattery and would like to run a pet store of my own someday.

I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, etc. I also enjoy shooting guns, but only at targets, never anything alive.

Someday I want to try a saltwater tank, but I am scared =).

I guess that covers it =).
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:50 PM   #114
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Hi! My name is Craig, and my wife is Holly. We both post under this user name, so the tone of the posts may vary a bit...anyway, we have been married going on two years this month, so yay us! We live in Appleton, WI, but both grew up near Detroit. I went to Michigan State University, so boo FishyPeanut(lol)!

I am 26, she is 27. We both enjoy animals (she more than I), so we have started our own zoo. We currently have 2 cats (Isabella and Nugget), 1 dog (Mishka - a Catahoula Leopard dog for those who want to know the breed), 3 turtles (Roxy - Central American Wood Turtle; Horacio and Little Squirt - Red Eared Sliders), and...fish. We have a 2.5 gal Betta tank and 75g FW currently housing 21 fish.

For those who have read any posts by us, we like DIY. I think that we get pets just for that reason. Our one cat wasn't getting enough exercise, so we built a 7' cat condo. We have modded 3 tanks for the turtles, and have built a stand/canopy for both the 2.5gal and 75gal. I swear, if we are not working on a project, then we are actually keeping the house clean!

In my spare time, I like to read (way too much she says). She is in to arts/crafts. We enjoy watching movies (pretty exclusively HBO). We are also training Mishka to be a Therapy Dog (He's only 1.5 years old right now, so not yet!).

Well, that seems like enough...Thanks!
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Old 08-16-2006, 10:13 PM   #115
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Hey everybody! First I want to say that this is THE best forum on the internet, hands down. My names Martin... I grew up on Long Island NY, went to college for Advertising Art & Design, have been keeping fish for years (mom gave me a 10 gallon when I was like 6, had a zebra danio that lived for a looooong time in there, way before I knew anything about water changes. Had a little corner "bubble-up" filter and glass gravel). I now love new world cichlids and am working on becoming a professional Poker Dealer here at the Hard Rock Casino Tampa Florida. I ride dual-sport and supermoto motorcycles (don't expect anyone to know what those are, but they ain't Harleys or japanese "crotch-rockets")! I love photography, painting, illustration, and working with glass and am hoping that Poker Dealing at night will open up my days so I can focus on my artwork while still making some money and paying bills... Can't wait to get a house so I can make my wife (if I can find someone who can deal with me very long) insane with my AQUARIUM ADDICTION!!! Right now my 55 gallon is dry, worked on a DIY styrofoam background and other DIY things (thanks to the GOOD PEOPLE HERE) getting it ready for some new fish soon, as I am going through serious fish withdrawls!

Nice to "meet" everybody! You can see what I look like in the post on that topic...
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Old 08-18-2006, 02:56 PM   #116
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My name is Mark, and I am an aquaholic. I learned my addiction by watching my dad. He has a fish-only 20 gallon saltwater tank from the mid-70s into the early 80s (I'm 30, so I just barely remember it). When I was in preschool or so, my older brother and roommate (3 years older) got a 5 gallon tank, with the usual starter community fish and plastic shipwreck in the bottom. When I was in 4th grade, I really wanted a pet mouse, my mom bought me my own 10 gallon to try to dissuade me. I got a gerbil in 5th grade, and my mom thought it only fair that I trade aquariums with my older brother (by this time we had moved and had separate rooms), so I got the 5. By the end of 6th grade she got me another 10, which after a while I set up as my first brackish, with a figure 8 puffer, bumblebee gobies, a scat, and maybe at various other times monos and a bullrout. In the meantime, my brother had gotten the first African cichlids I had ever seen- a socolofi and an m. auratus. Then my brother got a 29 gallon and I was envious. When I was a sophomore in high school, I got a 20 gallon hi, made it my first reef tank. In college, I had 10s sophomore and junior year, until I got an apartment, then brought the 20 up, this time as a brackish or african cichlid tank junior and senior years. Switched back and forth from african cichlids to brackish every time I switched apartments through my first few years out of college, until I got a townhouse with friendsin 2003, and then bought a 55, set it up as a reef tank. I found it frustrating, so when I moved in with my fiance a year later, set it up as an African cichlid tank, and that's how its going to stay. This summer I became a homeowner, so I finally got to have the pond I've always wanted - south american cichlids and buenos aires tetras.

Man, I wrote all that and all I talked about was the history of my fish keeping. Here's a short writeup of the rest of my life. Got a BS in Biology from SMU in 1998 (how many biology majors do we have here? a lot I'll wager). Got an MS in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science from SMU in 2000. Used to be an environmental consultant, now I work for a Japanese chemical company. I'm married, 1 8yo stepson, live on the west side of Houston. My parents have had a house on Galveston Island, on a canal on the bayside next to a huge saltmarsh, and I used to spend my whole summers down there as a kid, catching fish and putting them in a little aquarium in the house, and I still get down there as much as I can, so I can go kayaking and fishing, both bay and offshore. I also love to go scuba diving, love international travel (favorite places I have been: Tanzania, Zanzibar, Barcelona, Istanbul, and of course I could go to italy every year for the rest of my life). Love to cook, read, jog, paint (watercolors).
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Old 09-10-2006, 07:19 PM   #117
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Well, im jeff and im from manchester, NH. Im 20 years old, and've been collecting aquariums for a couple of years. In the span of a year and a half to two years, my brother, steven (16) and i have created 11 fish tanks (10 fW, 1 SW just started!). My friends, even the ones with fish, think im insane. The majority of my tanks are african cichlids, but my brother and i have an arowana, several blood parrots, and 2 large oscars. im currently a sophomore studying psychology at snhu, in hopes of it leading to an M.E.D. down the road. id like to be a professor and councilor. hmmm. I've worked in a hannaford deli for 2 years. Besides collecting fish and fish tanks, I enjoy reading (Stephen King, George R. R. Martin) cooking, riflery(right now i have about 11 rifles, ranging from .22 caliber to 7.62x54) and working with my hands, like building things, yardwork, gardening, etc. I love being outdoors. I think kids are wicked cool. oh man. how could i forget! I've been playing drums for about 7 years now. Ive been in several bands, which have all been royal failures.

this is the only site i really truly visit every single day. ive become very addicted.
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Old 09-14-2006, 09:52 PM   #118
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never saw this thread before. im matt from toledo ohio (you know as katie holmes home town, actually her brother lives a neighborhood away) im 18, and just started college at owens, in hopes of being a dentist, (although being a marine biologist is tempting)

i think im kinda an animal rights activst (i dont free minks from furr coat factories or anything... yet). hobbies include aquariums and staying in shape (except for running, i hate running, thank God cross country and track are over). music preferences are rock, alternative, and mainstream metal (nothing too hard) toledo has some kick *** concert tours every so often. other pets include: the largest german shepherd you've ever seen (126 lbs as of august) as well as a chihuahua, which if you dont consider a dog, i dont blame you, shes not mine.

been keeping fish tanks for 12 years now, just picked it back up in april, after a 1 year hiatus
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Old 01-14-2007, 02:48 PM   #119
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Okay my turn.

My name is Bob and I am a Hotel Front Office Manager in New York City. I have lived in New York all my 46yrs. I can usually be found in one of 4 places .. at work, in the kitchen, at the gym or in front of my tanks. In the 5 months I've been in the hobby I've grown from your basic plastic decorations to a fully planted setup with CO2 and ferts. I am also a Culinary School grad ( French Culinary Institute same school as Bobby Flay and no I don't know him.) If anyone needs recipes just ask..I'll try to help.
My wife and I have 2 girls 16 and 6 yrs old that keep us pretty busy as well.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:13 AM   #120
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I guess I should add mine to here as well

My name is Andrea, I'm 21, 22 in March, and wil be graduating this year from Ohio Northern University with a physics/math double major and astronomy minor. I've been busy I'm applying to graduate schools right now (such a pain) for Medical Physics (masters). Now I'm just waiting to hear back from them. I've been doing the fish thing for 3 years. My first tank was 10 gallons, the next year I got a 20 gallon, and now I have a 55 gallon. I play guitar, go see a lot of live music, LOVE jazz especially. I've been coaching soccer a little bit lately, which I love. I've lived in Ohio my whole life, but was fortunate enough to spend the summer in Davis California doing research. I got a free place to live, free food, transportation costs and a $300 a week stipend on top of it I thought it was a pretty good deal, and one of the best times over! Living 30 minutes from Napa Valley kinda got me obsessed with wine though. So I guess I should add that to my list of likes, good wine

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