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Old 04-09-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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It all started at a county fair

Over 2 1/2 years ago, my son won a goldfish at a county fair. After buying a 5 gallon set up, the goldfish died, so we got a couple of other fish.

Having had some success (there was failure, too), our family decided to upgrade to a 36 gallon tank. We bought it off Craigs List and it came with most of the water, a couple of fish, gravel, filter, light, etc.

We are loving it. We have had the tank for a little less than 2 months. Had to take 1 of the fish that came with the aquarium to a lfs because it was snacking on my son's neon tetras. But, otherwise, it has been going smoothly. 1 problem I will post in the appropriate forum if I can't solve, but I won't go into it here.

Well, this is what we have:
6 danios (4 glofish, 1 leopard, 1 zebra)
8 neon tetras
2 small angelfish
2 dwarf gourami
4 moons (1 male, 3 female-- 1 of which is young and about the size of a tetra)

Everyone in the family picked out some fish, aquarium decorations, and we chose a couple of plants, plastic and real.

We did our 1st partial water change today. Afterwards we saw a baby fish! It was so tiny, like a splinter with eyes. I had no idea that the moons were prego (been watching for that, but saw no signs). I assume it was a baby moon, but have no idea. I was unable to capture the little fish before it disappeared into the gravel.

Anyway, I've been checking out these forums for helpful advice and info, and I finally decided to join.
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:04 PM   #2
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Here is a picture of our aquarium. Doing this from my phone, so it might be kinda blurry.
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:11 PM   #3
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Welcome to AA! Be sure to check out the link in my sig on fishless cycling, and be sure to get a test kit. We love pictures, so go nuts!
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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Hey welcome to AA, what a beautiful tank you have there! I love all the decorations!
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:02 PM   #5
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OMGosh! I love the boat!

Welcome to AA!
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Welcome! I think you'll find your answers here. Love, love the tank btw. Very nicely done on the interior decoration... Keep up the good work! The aquarium I own has been a real unifying factor for me and my family as well.

And in my opinion, family togetherness is a beautiful thing. Well done!
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:39 AM   #8
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Thanks, all, forthe warm welcome and advice. What a treat to log on to see so many people welcome me-- and with compliments on the tank, too. Thank you.

Tayeloquin-- I showed my son that you liked the boat he picked out, he was very happy and proud.

Coyotewildfire-- I agree. Our sons are 4 and 6, and we are all enjoying the tank and taking care of it. Not only is it relaxing, but it is interesting and exciting, too. The boys are thrilled whenever fish swim through their decorations. Plus, it's fun to try and solve tank mysteries, ie- why are my plants no longer in the gravel (turned out the gourami were pulling them out and eating the roots). It is a thoroughly rewarding hobby on many levels. I can see why people begin to accumulate multiple tanks.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:58 AM   #9
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hi, i LOVE the tank! i really want one about this size, but the old folks say no so i'm stuck with a 3 gallon its fun though!

could you try and get a picture of the gouramis please? i love them!

thanks, Dan
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Hi and welcome, thanks for sharing your story. You will find lots of nice and passionate folks here.

Your tank looks great
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