I've been registered here a while and read loads and loads, so thought it was time to post a bit about me and my first/new tank.
Im Damien, im a self employed Electrician from Leeds, UK. I've always had a bit an interest in fish, sea life and the like, and have wanted an aquarium for years. Apart from owning goldfish as a child after winning one at a fair, I have never had the time, money or space for one.
A couple of months ago while shopping for things for my house with my partner we stumbled across a local aquarist in a garden centre. While there admiring the fish we managed to talk ourselves into finally buying a tank. So I ordered the Juwel Rio 125, and picked it up a week later. During that week waiting, I read and read and read loads loads more. About loads of fish, advice on choosing fish, on tank maintenance and of course on cycling. Despite the aquarist telling me I could add fish a week later I went with the fishless cycling route, following the cycling with shrimp guide. Within 3 weeks my tank was cycled.
I went to a different lfs
to buy my first fish. 10 Neon Tetra and 4 Black Tetra, starting cheap and easy. They appear to be very happy and i love watching them.
Last weekend in another lfs
I spotted a fish I just had to add to my tank. The electric blue ram, they looked awesome. So aggressive looking but yet so cheeky and sociable. I'd seen Golden Ram and German Blue Ram, but these looked so much more special. I went home and read as much as I could about them. Despite some conflicting information on how to keep them and some reports that they are difficult fish to keep, I am absolutely positive I can, and absolutely determined to keep them happy. So on monday, straight after work I called in and picked 2 young ones out. They are currently swimming around in my tank, under my DIY blue nighttime led
lights, happy as larry, looking cool.
Loving the experience so far, and i'll get some pics up soon. My phone is out of order at the min, but when its up and running i'll sort them.