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Old 01-30-2007, 12:18 AM   #1
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Hello from Columbus, OH.

Hello all,

My name is Dave. And I am an alcoholic.

No wait! Wrong AA!! Sorry!

I am a land surveyor here in Ohio and I just recently decided to take the plunge into owning and maintaining an aquarium.

At present, I only have the tank. A 55 gal (long) that I caught on sale and couldn't afford to pass up. Otherwise, I may not have gotten it for a couple more months as I am trying to learn as much as I can prior to putting fish in harms way. Trust me. Had I not decided to research it a bit, my first tank of fish wouldn't have just been in harms way. Harm would have ran em over like a mac truck. Prior to research I would probably have filled the tank and tossed em in.

Now, after reading up in books and on the web, I am starting to get a little bit better grasp on what I need to do to care for these little creatures and give them the best life possible (short of the suppliers leaving them in the wild). I know I have a great deal to learn and hope that I can pick up some of that knowledge here, from folks that have experience in the hobby/lifestyle.

I have been a member of a few other forums for a few weeks now. I have gotten some great advice from folks at those. However, this forum seems to be more active than the others. And on top of that, from the posts that I have read here, the members know how to help a person without belittling them in the process. Something that I have seen on the others.

My goal is to have a nicely stocked aquarium with plants (live, eventually) that is pleasing to the eyes as well as the ears. I have not decided on any particular type of fish yet or even what plants. I have a vision in my head what I would like it to look like, but I will not be unhappy if it doesn't turn out perfectly. I guess that is one thing that appeals to me about the hobby. If you don't like something, you can usually change it without too much trouble.

OK, I will shut up now. Thanks to everyone that makes this place seem to be one of, if not the, best forums on the web. I look forward to reading your posts and replies to my questions as well.

Regards,
Dave

PS: Don't want to give the wrong impression. It takes me about a year to consume enough alcohol to equal a 6 pack.
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Old 01-30-2007, 12:25 AM   #3
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Another Welcome!

You're absolutely right, this is the place to be. Tons of great people here that are more than willing to help you out.

Browse through the articles section, there's a ton of great information there. Of specific interest I would recommend reading up on the nitrogen cycle and fishless cycling.

Are you planning FW or SW?

Again, welcome, looking forward to seeing the image in your head come to life!!!
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Please do not cycle your tank with live animals.

I agree with the rest, this is a great site! Pssst....go for salt water! LOL!
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Old 01-30-2007, 02:21 PM   #9
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Pssst....go for salt water! LOL!

You evil salties!!! :P

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