Seven hundred dollars later ...
... but not complaining! My wife gave me two Bettas as a "stocking stuffer" for Christmas. A little stunned, I told her I thought we should rather purchase an aquarium and start a little hobby. Two aquariums later, away we go!
We have a Fluval Edge 12 and a Fluval Edge 6. Living in rural America, our fish selection is limited. I purchased some really cool plants online and we are planting them later this morning.
I had aquariums for years a long time ago but can't really say I was a responsible enthusiast. My water changes back then were limited and I never checked water quality. That has all changed now with my new tanks. I'm retired and have time to be compulsive about this.
We've started out by keeping things simple. We have a couple guppies, some tetras, a couple shark bottom feeders, a couple catfish and a pleco.
I'm learning about water quality and cycling, and will probably have lots of questions along the way. Maybe someday I'll have something to contribute to help others but right now I am a true newbie (again).
Thanks to everyone for participating in this very helpful forum!
… FishWilly from the Oregon Coast