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Old 09-14-2011, 04:54 AM   #1
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Hi all, started posting here a few days ago and thought I'd introduce myself.

I am an American ex-pat living in France, in the middle of nowhere, on a 100 acre horse farm with the husband. My job is creating software for a real estate advisory company. I have a sweet deal -- I get to work from home most of the time, with occasional trips to Paris, Milan, Madrid. When I am not working, I am riding /competing (show jumping). No kids, just horses and dogs (jack russell terriers!! yay!).

And soon, there will be fish....

I got my first aquarium after taking a summer-school class on the subject when I was 12. I was quite the little guppy breeder back then!

As an adult, I got back into it one day (1999) when I happened upon a pet store going out of business. Walked out of there with a MASSIVE GI-NORMOUS aquarium, really silly size (c'mon, it would be wrong to resist at 60% off!) and kept 4 goldfish rather happy there for many years. Not sure why I picked goldfish at the time, but they ended out being quite the characters.

Moved houses, gave the enormous aquarium to a neighbor kid who I knew would appreciate it. That was 2 years ago.

Just decided to get back into it. Not sure why really, but something to do with the feeling that something was missing from my home office. Broke my leg and my ankle this summer (yes, show-jumping) and had a lot of time to think about it and do research. My how things have changed in aquariums and aquarium design in the last decade!!! Inspired especially by Nature Aquariums ( Nature Aquarium Photographs | AmanoTakashi.net) , I decided to take the plunge...

Purchased the aquarium and most of the basic supplies last week, am waiting for the stand that I ordered to arrive so I can start cycling. And I am currently agonizing over what to put in there, with my top choices (in order of preference)

1) Dwarf puffers
2) German Blue Rams
3) Scarlet Badis

Et voilą, that's me! Glad to meet you!
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:13 AM   #2
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Welcome! Sounds like it is a pretty sweet set up that you have there in France! It sounds like you've done your research and even know cycling! What size is your tank?
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Welcome! Sounds like it is a pretty sweet set up that you have there in France! It sounds like you've done your research and even know cycling! What size is your tank?
It's a 64 liter (17 U.S. gallon) cube. Just wish the darn stand would arrive already!
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All that + Jack Russell terriers? You actually have time for anything else? LOL
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:12 PM   #5
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All that + Jack Russell terriers? You actually have time for anything else? LOL
What can I say, I'm a little nuts!
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Cool, I love France! Anyway, welcome to AA!
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Welcome to the forum! What are the dimensions of the footprint of the tank? That may be a bit small for gbr, but either of the other species would definitely be ok. Personally, i think the dwarf puffers look awesome and I always hear that they have wonderful personalities.
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