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Old 11-11-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hello from Chicagoland

I've been an avid aquarist for much of my life, but I got out of the hobby about 10 years ago due to a move and subsequent uncertainty. Recently got a very bad yen to get back into it and here I am. I bought a 55 gallon tank and assorted gear and am in the process of building a custom "rock" background before I start the fill/cycle/stock process. It's hard to be patient because I really want to stock TODAY but I am sure I'll be glad I waited when I get the look I want.

It's interesting to note the differences in common procedures since the last time I had a tank. Most notably the move away from undergravel filtration, which makes me happy. I'm planning a lightly planted freshwater community tank with probably a sand substrate (still undecided there but leaning heavily in that direction)

I'm looking forward to participating in the community here and to learning new things.

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Old 11-11-2011, 09:27 PM   #2
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Welcome to Aquarium Advice! I'm from the Chicago suburbs as well!
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:43 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard! fellow Illinoian here too!
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:37 PM   #7
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Thanks so much for being so welcoming! It is wonderful to have found such an active, enthusiastic community. I suppose all the Chicagoland people are familiar with Old Town Aquarium? That has been one of my favorite haunts for a very long time.

A friend just went to the Shedd and said the jellyfish exhibit is terrific. I will probably go sometime in December or early January when my daughter is in town.
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The shedd aquarium is the reason I keep saltwater fish. I went there last January, and that is when I really started reading about reef tanks. Chicago is my second favorite city of all time (Richmond is first obviously) and I try to go as much as possible. Good luck with the tank!!!
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:31 AM   #10
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I almost went salt but honestly, I just can't afford it. I know myself well enough to know I would end up spending money I had no business spending on fish :-> but I will get a ton of enjoyment out of the new tank.
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