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Old 01-04-2012, 09:03 AM   #1
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Hello from Oklahoma

Hello everyone! I'm a married mom of two. Not new to the aquarium hobby, but determined to get it right this time! My husband and I have tried keeping fish 3 times. The first two times were freshwater, the third was saltwater. I don't think I'm ever doing saltwater again, lol, the fish are so cool but it's SO much work and we just couldn't keep up.

I'm trying to do my homework this time and actually research before we start a new tank. We don't have our aquarium set up yet -- we ordered a bunch of supplies online, and we're waiting for those to come in so we can start setting up. One thing we're planning to do differently this time is use live plants. For some reason I always assumed that having live plants meant more work and less chance of success. I don't know where I got this impression. But now I'm excited to find plants to help make our aquarium beautiful and healthy.

Since we have a 29ish gallon tank that's a hexagon, we're planning to stick with tiny fish - guppies and maybe tetras, with a few corydoras and a small pleco.

We're fairly new to Oklahoma, just moved here last August, and I'm still getting to know people here. In the meantime I'm looking forward to developing my aquarium knowledge and meeting you fine folks.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:11 AM   #2
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Hi, Welcome to AA

I had to respond because I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and I miss it so much. I lived there until I was thirty, but I'm living in Illinois now. My whole family still lives there.

I'm fairly new to the aquarium thing too, so I don't have tons of info! I think the main issue with growing plants in a hex tank is that hex tanks are normally tall, and you need some pretty bright lights to get enough light to the bottom. Did you buy some extra lighting for the tank?

Guppies are beautiful and lots of fun, I have them too. If you get males and females you will have hundreds of babies very soon! If you don't want to deal with that get all males...that's what I've done!
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #3
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Hello Sisserydoo! Oh that's awesome. It's hilarious because we actually moved from Ohio so you're not far from where we used to live. It's like we swapped!

We have really, REALLY bright lighting - it's what we used for our marine aquarium, there are like 6 or 8 bulbs in the fixture and they're all super-bright, so that should fortunately not be a problem. I hadn't thought about the hexagon issue though, I was actually afraid the light might be too bright for the plants (and we'd be raising an aquarium full of algae ) so that makes me feel a little better.

We'll probably get either all males or all females for the guppies... don't know that we want to deal with all the fry, lol. And I failed to mention that we might get some of the glofish danios. My younger daughter has her heart set on a pink one.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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Definitely get all males then...usually females are pregnant when you buy them!!!

I'm glad you got the brighter lights. I have a 27hex, and the bottom is really dark. It has mollies and guppies in it.

I also have a standard 20 gallon, which happens to have some glofish in it. I think they're really cute, but some people don't like the genetically modified aspect, and think they're frankenstein fish! I've got three regular zebras, and a pink and a purple glofish. I love them, they're so cute and really active.

Good luck with your tank. You joined the right forum, there are so many really knowledgeable people here who have helped me so much!
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:41 AM   #5
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Oooh, good tip on the female guppies. Hadn't thought of the possibility that they'd be pregnant already, lol! (and I know guppies breed like rabbits, so that totally makes sense )

I suppose I should be more concerned w/the whole genetic modification thing with glofish, but they're just SO cute! The one fish we had left in our saltwater aquarium before we took it down was my younger daughter's favorite, and when it died she was so heartbroken. But you should have seen the way she lit up when she saw the pink glofish at the store. She wanted to take it home right then!

I definitely joined the right forum to be sure. I've been reading the other member introduction threads, and the folks here are so wonderfully informative. And nice. I'm looking forward to hanging out here!
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Our undergravel filter is here! Yippee. Now we're just waiting for... everything else.

I ordered our plants today, they should be here sometime next week, hopefully after the rest of our aquarium supplies have arrived.

I had to have a talk with my husband about glofish danios. He didn't like the whole genetically-altered facet of them. I did some research & found out that not only did the genetic alterations happen many generations ago, but that they were actually done in the name of environmental science. My husband is a lab assistant, so that made him feel better about the glofish. I told him that he should feel compelled to own glofish, as a member of the scientific community.

So at the moment I think we're considering 3 male guppies, 3 glofish, 3 danios of another variety, 3 cory cats, and a pleco. Not all at once, of course.

I've been spending so much time researching that my head has been spinning!

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Old 01-05-2012, 09:23 PM   #8
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Wow..It sounds great so far. Really sounds like you've done your research! I'm glad he's decided to give the glofish a second chance, I really like mine.
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Welcome to AA great place and a lot of helpful people ^.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #10
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Thanks Sisserydoo, so am I. I've fallen in love with them! I think our "other" danio variety will be Glowlights - so we're going to have glofish and glowlights. hahaha.

Thank you Fishie! This is such a cool forum.
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