not to be confused with the terrible 90's "band", I just found this forum yesterday and decided to join and post today.
I've had FW
aquariums since I was about 8 (i'm 23 now) and realized after my reading yesterday that I really had no idea what I was doing. I knew basic diseases (ick, fin rot, etc) and I've treated for those every now and then, and I knew about pH, but other then that my knowledge of water quality is next to nothing. I learned all about the ammonia cycle, which I suppose I've always been fortunate with and luckly its one of those things that "fixes itself" after long enough period of time.
I currently have 3 aquariums
29 Gallon lightly planted with rocks
Flourite substrate (which is beautiful if you have 5 hours to wash it)
I want to upgrade to about 2 w/g right now I'm at about .7w/g. Just need the $$ and the OK from the wife. I'm lucky that where the aquarium is light shines into it from the windows (I can actually see the streak of light through the water) even with the blinds closed, and I made sure to plant in the "natural light" areas. The only reason my live plants are even close to alive still, and they have very slow growth.
10 Gallon lightly planted with rocks (my wifes tank)
Cheap Tetra HOB
Epoxy coated aquarium gravel
This tank also has a stock hood, 1.5w/g of light (always wondered why plants did better in this tank, I just figured it out)
5 gallon hexagon tank fake plants
"all-in-one" hood and filter preassembled unit from Petsmart
This was the QT/breeder tank until we decided we didn't like having it empty. It has a lame incandescent bulb so no heater required, that actually keeps the water pretty constant temperature around 78 degrees.
I now know that my tanks need some work, and that work requires money which I don't have to spend on tanks, so I'm in sort of a bind. I've been looking at the nano SW
"all-in-one" pod tanks and kind of drooling all over the place and that is a long term goal for me. I'd like to have a small 14gallon or so tank sitting on an end table in the living room, and SW
seems like a fun and different challenge that some day when I have the money to put into it I'm going to take on.
So that was a long post just to say Hi!