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Old 06-15-2022, 09:04 PM   #1261
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Well let’s see….I remember I was in my 20s and I wanted to build my own stand for a 55g tank. I had a job working in a small Elementary School in south Phoenix as a custodian. Part of my job was to irrigate the fields with irrigation water. This particular memory, I recall getting the water flowing and sealing myself up in the wood shop. I spent the whole night building a stand for my tank. By the time daylight came I had completed it. It was my first freshwater tank and with the exception of the span between 2013 and 2022 I’ve had countless fresh and salt tanks with freshwater being my favorite as I have an issue with keeping saltwater fish. No hobby has always kept my attention and enjoyment including having countless motorcycles. There’s no comparison….

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Old 09-17-2022, 05:35 AM   #1262
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It all started with a bag of dog food lol. My wife kids and me went to a local pet store to get some food for are dog, when my 2 boys were looking around they noticed the fish section. They were around 3 and 5 years old at the time and the kept trying to get me to go look at the fish with them and asking me to get them a tank for their bedroom. They liked the looks of the tetra glofish and thought they were cool and kept begging me to get them a tank lol. Long story short within a week they had a 10 gallon tank and a few glofish in their room on the dresser. I was the one who set it up and did the maintenance on it and I started to enjoy doing the upkeep on the tank. so I went out and got a 40 gallon for the living room about a month laterand set it up and me and my wife stocked it woth what we liked. Now 4 years later the original 10 and 40 gallon are still running and I also have a 55 and a 20 as well now lol. The 10 became a betta tank the 20 is the glofish tank now and the 40 and 55 are community tanks with a lot of variety between the 2 tanks.
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Old 11-04-2022, 06:24 PM   #1263
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Well, I was meandering around Walmart and their 20 gallon kit appealed to me. Now I have ten tanks, two are 125 gallons. Most important thing I’ve learned is to seek out used tanks. I have saved the big bucks, even had a guy deliver the 110 straight to my kitchen. Great price!
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Old 01-11-2023, 05:25 PM   #1264
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As to why I have freshwater Aquarium as apposed to a saltwater one.....

I got my first real aquarium in the early 1970s
Back then, stetting up a saltwater tank was much more involved as there was no pre packaged "sea water" like there is now.
You had to add you own chemicals and keep testing it to see if it was finally safe for salt water fish,

It is of course much simpler now of course,

When I got back into having a tank again I chose a fresh water tank as that is what I am familiar with. :
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Old 01-21-2023, 12:47 PM   #1265
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Salt water tank too expensive

My mum kept many kinds of freshwater fish in multiple aquariums and raised a few different kinds. I learned from her. We only kept seahorses as saltwater fish, but even they require a lot more care. Our saltwater efforts were limited to brine shrimp.
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Old 03-29-2023, 02:02 AM   #1266
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I am so late!

It all started from my boyfriend and I at a fair and decided to play a game to save the goldfish. It was so negligent as you would throw ping pong balls into small bowls filled with goldfish and the water was dye colored. Those fish were beyond stressed. I didn’t know the first about this stuff, but my boyfriend and I won a few fish and decided to save up our fish tickets to get a free fish house and a goldfish of our choice. We named him Asa.

Yeah.. the beginning was rough. Bought a 3 gallon kit and put Asa in it, without water conditioner or anything. He lived pretty long for being a fair fish, he was a trooper. I cried hysterically when he died a month later.

It’s been a year since then and I now own 3 tanks! I learned a whole lot. I have a nano tank, a bottom feeder tank, and still trying to figure out what to do with the other tank. Love my freshwater tanks! And I find myself learning more everyday.

Rest in peace Asa, you were a real one.
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Old 04-03-2023, 11:51 AM   #1267
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Cleaned all the canister filters. What a job. Shopped for a new one, can’t decide what kind. Beginning to think all Fluval products are overpriced and I can do better.
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