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Old 12-19-2011, 12:24 PM   #1
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My wife and kids got me a 55G for my birthday.

I've had lots of small tanks over the years, but this is my first large tank. I [I]thought[I] I had everything under control... We had a tank kit (filter, heater, etc...), stand, gravel, and decorations. I bought artificial plants, a bubbling dragon, and a pagota. I was going for a tranquil Asian vibe. Since I'm no noob (ha!, so I thought) I filled the tank, put in the "instant water conditioner" and let it run for a day or so. I then proceded to call around and see what local stores had "high enough quality" fish/supplies for my masterpiece. After speaking to a LFS owner, I realized I was a pompas idiot. He asked me about my nitrites level, and I said "Huh?", "...And what is substrate? I didn't buy any subrate; I bought gravel."

That's when class began.

Since then, I realized just how much I didn't know, and have thrown myself into this with the excitement/obsession of a 10 year old with a new videogame. My wife thinks I've gone a bit overboard. Whatever - she started it.

That was about 6 weeks ago. I have since let my tank cycle (and I actually understand what the entails), and everything is going great. I've also discovered aquascaping, and the beauty and benifits of live plants. I've also started a secondary tank (10 gallons) for multiple purposes: I can practice aquascaping, or use it as a breeder tank. I'm going to attempt a hybrid of styles - an aquascaped community tank. People seem to gravitate towards one style or the other. Why? I'm going to try to make a highly manicured tank that provides good, healthy habitats for my fish community, but I'll save that process for a different thread...
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[QUOTE=Flei;1700137]My wife and kids got me a 55G for my birthday.

I've had lots of small tanks over the years, but this is my first large tank. I [I]thought[I] I had everything under control... We had a tank kit (filter, heater, etc...), stand, gravel, and decorations. I bought artificial plants, a bubbling dragon, and a pagota. I was going for a tranquil Asian vibe. Since I'm no noob (ha!, so I thought) I filled the tank, put in the "instant water conditioner" and let it run for a day or so. I then proceded to call around and see what local stores had "high enough quality" fish/supplies for my masterpiece. After speaking to a LFS owner, I realized I was a pompas idiot. He asked me about my nitrites level, and I said "Huh?", "...And what is substrate? I didn't buy any subrate; I bought gravel."
Ooh. Sounds like you didn't do any research. Uh-oh.
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Since then, I realized just how much I didn't know, and have thrown myself into this with the excitement/obsession of a 10 year old with a new videogame. My wife thinks I've gone a bit overboard. Whatever - she started it.
Hahahahaha. I feel ya, people who don't understand think fishkeeping is expensive and crazy. My mom and dad think I've gone nuts and will only let me keep two tanks at a tiem.
That was about 6 weeks ago. I have since let my tank cycle (and I actually understand what the entails), and everything is going great. I've also discovered aquascaping, and the beauty and benifits of live plants. I've also started a secondary tank (10 gallons) for multiple purposes: I can practice aquascaping, or use it as a breeder tank. I'm going to attempt a hybrid of styles - an aquascaped community tank. People seem to gravitate towards one style or the other. Why? I'm going to try to make a highly manicured tank that provides good, healthy habitats for my fish community, but I'll save that process for a different thread...Sounds cool. Post some pics when you can. Sounds like a fun project you have, what fish/plants are you going to breed/grow?[/QUOTE]


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Welcome. You have your wife to thank for a wonderful hobby and remind her that it is the best gift ever when she finds you sitting in front of the tank watching fish. You can grow a lot of plants in just gravel as well you might need to use fertilizers but it can be done.
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My wife and kids got me a 55G for my birthday.

I've had lots of small tanks over the years, but this is my first large tank. I thought I had everything under control... We had a tank kit (filter, heater, etc...), stand, gravel, and decorations. I bought artificial plants, a bubbling dragon, and a pagota. I was going for a tranquil Asian vibe. Since I'm no noob (ha!, so I thought) I filled the tank, put in the "instant water conditioner" and let it run for a day or so. I then proceded to call around and see what local stores had "high enough quality" fish/supplies for my masterpiece. After speaking to a LFS owner, I realized I was a pompas idiot. He asked me about my nitrites level, and I said "Huh?", "...And what is substrate? I didn't buy any subrate; I bought gravel."

That's when class began.

Since then, I realized just how much I didn't know, and have thrown myself into this with the excitement/obsession of a 10 year old with a new videogame. My wife thinks I've gone a bit overboard. Whatever - she started it.

That was about 6 weeks ago. I have since let my tank cycle (and I actually understand what the entails), and everything is going great. I've also discovered aquascaping, and the beauty and benifits of live plants. I've also started a secondary tank (10 gallons) for multiple purposes: I can practice aquascaping, or use it as a breeder tank. I'm going to attempt a hybrid of styles - an aquascaped community tank. People seem to gravitate towards one style or the other. Why? I'm going to try to make a highly manicured tank that provides good, healthy habitats for my fish community, but I'll save that process for a different thread...
Loving it!!! You must be so excited!!!!
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