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Old 02-20-2003, 03:18 PM   #21
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I had a guy join my Delta Force gaming squad and he has 2 180 gallon reefs. I had gone as far as I could go with the Freshwater tanks over 30 years and decided to do a reef tank.
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Old 04-08-2003, 12:08 AM   #22
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What made me want a saltwater reef? I went to a local store, you may have heard of it as he is nationaly known. Ron's saltwater heaven is simply breath taking. Its worth the trip from where ever you live.

Check out his web site => http://saltwaterheaven.com
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Old 05-23-2003, 12:37 AM   #23
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I didn't start out with aquariums like most with a goldfish bowl. In fact I never had goldfish until I bought a Needle Nosed Gar (heh heh heh ) My brother got a 10 gallon from wal-mart for christmas several years ago (I'm only 13), and quickly set it up. I was enthralled by it, and after a few mishaps (a.k.a. changing water but forgetting to use dechlorinator, and several fish wondering how life was like outside the tank) he gave up. A while after. I decided to try my luck. I soon moved the 10 gallon fish into a 29 gallon tank. Not being satisfied, I set up the 10 gallon with 3 puffers and a Scat. One thing led to another, and I had a 55 gallon brackish tank. I found out that Freshwater morays enjoy the live snack every now ad then, and so mine was moved into a 20 gallon solitary confinement. Wanting to try my luck at breeding, I bout a 6 gallon, and put some guppies in my 10 gallon (now empty). I soon moved all of the guppies into the 6 gallon, and the 10 became a pauldron. Then for christmas this year, I got a 30 gallon tall tank, my first SW tank. This was brought on by the wonders of the ocean that have always fascinated me, and my next-door neighbor's 100 gallon reef. Now my 30 gallon is sitting comfortably in my family's living room, with coral and all. This is a great hobby, and the best part is that at age 13, I have a ways more3 to go in the field of fish-keeping.
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Fishstix, wonderful!! It is very nice to see younger people take an interest in the hobby and also an interest in doing it right!! 100 kudos!!
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Old 05-23-2003, 09:17 AM   #25
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My story starts out a bit like many others. As a youngster my family and I had a number of fresh water tanks. Enough that one entire wall of the family room was filled with bubbling water and rather colorful fish. As we grew up, we became more of a handful than my parents could stand (there were 5 of us kids) so they no longer had the time or money for the fish. Eventually... everyone grew up and moved out, except me. I was the youngest of the 5 and separated by age by about 6 years from the next youngest. So I go the benefits of the "only child" for a few years! (go me! hehe) One of my sisters called and said she was cleaning out some old stuff and wanted to know if anyone wanted the old 55 gallon tank. This this is ancient (I still have it, and it's still FW) The glass is almost a half an inch thick... and it is glass. It ways about 75 pounds EMPTY! anywho.. I said sure I liked the fish when we had them. I've had my FW tank since then... it's been running about 8 years now. One of my first in habitants, a pleco of course actually just recently passed... about a month ago. That is the oldest fish I've ever had. I was genuinely upset to find him upside down that morning. He was almost a foot long.... Anywho.. on to a happier note. Last summer (just about this time! my goodness.. it's been a year...) I was sitting at home, recently unemployed. I flipped through the channels on the TV and came across, "The Great TV Auction" a 20 some year tradition of a local public television station to raise money. Local stores and residents donate items, gift certificates etc that the station auctions off. They started displaying the items of a new table and what should come up... "a certificate for a 20 gallon mini reef starter kit. includes tank, lights, crushed coral, live rock, testing kit, heater, power head, salt, salinity tester and filter. Winner must pick up tank and all other items at the Store" oh and even a power strip! My eye's nearly popped out of my head. I literally whimpered... what a time to be unemployed! over the next 10 to 15 minutes they came back to that table of items and time and time again.. no opening bid. the opening bid was only $75 US!!! I shook my head and said “that's gotta go up! someone is seeing this right now and picking up the phone”... they came back to the table for the "final recap" and it had gone up.... $85! I waited a minute... I thought to myself, “unemployed or not I can NOT pass this up”... I waited another minute, picked up the phone and called... it had gone up to $100... I said "how long before it closes?", "Right now sir, if you want to bid I can put it in but you can't wait." "$120 please!"...

and thus it began. An adventure in and of itself... I'm loving every second of it. my wallet, on the other hand... hates me for it! When i went to pick it up the store had a 55 gallon tank and hood on sale for $100 bucks... so I spent a little cash and "upgraded" what i won at the auction to a 55 gallon setup. I think I spent about $200-$250 for everything I needed to start a 55 gallon reef!
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Wow, I can't beleive I get to post here now. I have always loved fish, whether on the end of my line or behind a pane of glass. I had a tank when I was younger and got into the hobby again when I was about 13 or 14 after a fishing trip. All I wanted was a big tank for some flounder so I could learn how to catch them better. Things started moving along, I got a 10 gallon freshwater tank, then a nice while ago I got a 5.5 planted tank. Almost one month ago I got my first SW tank, and my lights are still not here!!! I am hoping to get them soon, if not Mon. I will be getting some zoos next week if I am really lucky. Just like fishstix, I am a teenager. At age 15 you get a lot of people looking at you asking if YOU take care of the SW tank, or your parents do. I hope this hobby never gets old, if it does I am out a lot of time and money.
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Old 05-31-2003, 12:13 AM   #27
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I got into SW reefs due to the jealouy caused when a friend of mine showed me the 180gal in his room
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Old 05-31-2003, 12:39 AM   #28
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I am a scuba diver who lives in Arizona! My only choice to see the fish I loved so much was to set up a salt aquarium! Seven years later I am adding a reef to the picture. After reading six books, three months of computer research, 3300.00$ later I am cycling my first reef. Cant wait! I dont even miss Florida anymore. 8)
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Old 06-06-2003, 07:20 PM   #29
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My addiction started at my LFS (no surprises there) when I still did FW. I loved cichlids. Then it started with the fish. (Many people are attracted to SW by the fish). The corals and inverts came later.
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Old 06-15-2003, 05:53 PM   #30
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Why I started a marine tank

When I was a MUCH younger man, and my now thirty-three-year-old little girl was thirty years or so younger, I worked the evening shift for the phone company. I forget now why, but I had set up a fresh water aquarium. Back then, saltwater tanks in the home were just unheard of. When I would come home from work around twelve-thirty AM, my little girl would get up and, dragging her little dolly, come into the room with the aquarium. We would pull our rocking chair in front of the fish tank. She would climb into my lap and we would just sit their rocking and watching the fish. Often, there would not be a word spoken between either of us. The closeness was beautiful, the silence was golden. She would just sit in my lap holding her doll and we would rock and watch the fish, rock and watch the fish. After a few golden minutes, still without a word, but with a kiss on my cheek, she would climb down from my lap and her and her doll would waddle back to her bed and off to sleep. I’ve loved the hobby ever since. In-so-far as to why the freshwater became a marine tank, I don’t really know, but that is not important here. Those few minutes with the love of my life are some of the most precious in my memory.
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I've been keeping freshwater for years, and constantly scoured papers for people selling old tanks. Then a guy in my apartment complex was selling his 55 gallon saltwater tank for 100 bucks including fish. He and i lowered the water and carried it over, and I found out why he was selling it, it was like the worst salt setup ever.... but I learned from it and now have a 30 gallon tank!
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Old 07-01-2003, 10:15 PM   #32
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Old 07-20-2003, 10:12 PM   #33
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last year when i was 15 my frind started workin at a pet store. well he had fish and i wanted some. at first i thought it was kinda dumb, but then i pulled the 55 outta the basement we had for years. we dd ome community sharks. liking the hobby i wanted a tank of my own. my friend at the pet store had a 29 and i wanted a bigger one. so i went out and bought a 75 gallon tank. a week later i got a job at the local fish store, and i have been working there for a year now and i learned alot, they call me the fish aisle master. well anyways, after getting my tank my friend got a 180 out of the paper for 200 dollars!!!!, he had all differnet fish , his last one was a 2 and a half foot snakehead, he recently got rid of it and is starting a 180 salt tank. well in my 75 i had 4 frontosa, a leluipi, atolamprologus compressiceps, a few malawi haps, a synodontis angelicus, and a few tropheus with some other tangynikans.... well i love africans, but i needed a change after my hobby was dying. well last week i cleared my tank and im on my way to creating a 75 gallon reef tank set-up, being knowledgable of fish already, ifeel this project will be a breeze for me.....i hope! :P
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Well I started out a little differently. My dad bought me and my little brother a FW tank when we were little, but i really had no interest in it. When i was 13 he bought a tank worth $1100 for $120 from my aunt (she was to old to take care of it). It has always been a saltwater with a wide array of fish. Well a couple of weeks ago my father gave it to me plus $150 for my b-day. The only ploy was is he wanted it completly cleaned and moved downstairs. I thought no biggy, so the next day i got to work. It took me 7 hours to clean the dang thing and by the end of the day i resented my father and the fishtank. I got it set up however with no intention of taking care of it. But then my girlfriend drug me into a pet store to look at puppy's when i seen it, a beautiful snowflake eel. I waited for the tank to cycle and as soon as i thought ready (7:30 in the morning to be exact) I drove to the fish store hoping he was still there. Thank god he was. I am very intent on keeping this eel for a long time and i hope my love for the hobby never gets old.
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Old 08-04-2003, 07:45 PM   #35
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I as well have always loved animals infact at one point I had two hamsters, two dogs, a horse and a few fresh water fish in a 20 gal used tank I had purchased. But what all started it was my beautiful betta (siamese fighting fish) named bubbles. Wow she was the prettiest thing I had ever seen so I had those for a few years and decided that there just wasn't any color in FW fish when I saw what SW fish were like I fell in love but was told that it was VERY hard to care for a SW tank you needed a tone of money, and needed degrees in things like chemistry etc... So I stayed away having no confidence in myself. Finally the want became too much and I begged my husband day and night till this Christmas he bought me my 60 tall with much of the equipment. We have only one LFS so info is harder to come by but I have managed to not have a single problem since Jan. I presently only have 4 fish and am on a new venture to breed my mated pair of bangaii. Thank you to all those who have helped me a long the way. This site is great! I have much to learn and far to go but hopefully i'll get there one day!
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Old 08-04-2003, 08:27 PM   #36
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I have always wanted to have a SW tank for the past 5yrs but never did
till now. over the last 15yrs I had two 55 gal 10 20 gal long and 2 20 high
too many 10 gal and 5gal tanks to remember.
my SW tank is another 55 gal its only in the 3rd day of the tank cycle. I still have a 30 gal FW tank up and running for about two years now.
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What made me want a reef aquarium...?

It was a natural progression, I love nature and most of the creatures that are out there... My dad had fresh and saltwater fish the whole time I was growing up and when I moved out and was busy running around in life I sat down one day and realized how much I miss having fish around.

I got back into it with a 10 gallon tetra tank, then I started a 30 gallon fish only aquarium, then I started another 30 galloon reef tank.

I am new to maintaining saltwater on my own so I figured I would start small, I love my reef tank and corals, the colors, the excitment, the entertainment...

Whenever I am stressed out I just sit in front of the tanks for an hour and I feel right as rain.
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Old 08-22-2003, 11:08 PM   #38
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My husband got me into it. It has been 15 years since he had a s/w tank and 15 yrs ago his was tiny and fish only. I had goldfish as a little girl (in a tank not a bowl).

Now we have a 55 gal reef tank and are addicted to getting it perfect. We will one day have a super reef tank, but for now we are learning.

I love seahorses and we have 2. Did anyone else see the seahorse exhibit at the Boston Aquarium last year - hundreds of varieties!!!

I have a snake and we have 2 Italian Greyhound puppies also!

We both love animals!!!!
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What made me want a Reef tank?

I had my first encounter with a marine aquarium when I was around 15 and thought it was so cool listening to my friends Niger Trigger eat a gold fish or watching a lionfish suck one down. I had played around with sub 20 gal tanks doing freshwater but never could afford to go into salt.

I wanted one for the next 17 years. Then about a month and a half ago I had an epiphany 8O , I own my own house now so I wont be moving for a while and I am making ok money now so I can afford it! I started shopping around and bought a complete 55 gal setup that used to be fresh water. I set that up, filled it with salt water and let it run for about 3 days. Then I added a few damsels to start the cycle.

I then sat back and read anything I could get my hands on about Marine fish. By the time I completed my reading, I knew that while I would always enjoy my Marine tank a Reef tank would be sooooo much cooler!

I figured it would be a while before I set up Reef tank Since if I was going to do it I was going to do it big!

I then made a very good deal on a complete 120 gallon system for $250 bucks. It was too good to pass up so I jumped on it.

Its now sitting in my dining room in the process of being cleaned. Its not a reef tank yet but it will be soon with the help of all the terrific people here at Aquarium Advice!
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