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jandd661

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Colorado, USA
Hello all,

Was told it was OK/requested to do an introduction here so, here we go.

Been wanting an aquarium for years but never pulled the trigger till now. I got a smoking good deal on a 40gl with just about everything to get started except décor, water and fish. It is definitely bigger than what I thought would be a good starter tank would be but, I couldn't pass it up at $40. I hope I didn't bite off more than I can chew. Anyway, The filter is a Penguin Bio Wheel 200 and is very quiet.

Just today, I finally got all the décor situated (picture below) but, the tank has been running for about five days. Apparently I'm a bit of a tweeker with décor. Yes, that is SpongeBob stuff in there but, what could I do when my 5 year old comes home with mommy and says "I got you a present daddy." I think I managed to make it work. I think I kind of like it (lol). I had to experiment with the heater for a bit but the temp has settled at 76 deg/f.

I have been combing this forum and have found it EXTREEMLY helpful. I'm actually excited about preparing and maintaining the mini ecosystem I have created. So watch for future posts like "OMG my fishless cycle isn't working!" lol. Speaking of which, I plan to start that today. I have bookmarked this thread, I got my API freshwater test kit (and have read the instructions), I got a journal to record my readings and I found some pure ammonia (what a quest that was.) I found the pure ammonia in the form of "Blue Ribbon Clear Ammonia" at True Value as suggested by a different thread. It's not listed on their website but I can confirm that they do have it in the store.

Ok, this is a lengthy intro and you will need to excuse my noobie enthusiasm. I'll end with thanking everyone who has put in the time to create a such a wonderful resource as AquariumAdvice.com.

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Welcome to the hobby! I'm pretty new to the site too, though I've had the tank for about a year. Soon multi tank sydrome will take over like this. :invasion::invasion::invasion:: there'a a support group in the forum, just letting you know.
"Hi, I'm Rachel, and I have MTS. .."
 
lol @ oto. I know, wife caught me looking at nano tanks tonight! Jandd661 will be joining the ranks in no time! I wonder what way you'll go, larger or smaller.
 
LMAO. I was just eye balling a couple locations in my house that I could put a tank or two. I would not be surprised if I ended up with one main tank and a few small ones. Though I need to convince the wife that it is somehow a good thing.

Is there an 800 number for the MTS support group? :olympic:
 
It's a tricky business, you need to start small, and then move up lol. Talk her into a 5 gallon, buy her some flowers, then move up to a 6.5, then buy the chocolates.... >:) I've started with a nano tonight, soon second phase, a 10....
 
If you have a yard, you could start hinting about how a pond would look soooooo nice. :brows:
You might need a restaurant trip for this one.
 
It's a tricky business, you need to start small, and then move up lol. Talk her into a 5 gallon, buy her some flowers, then move up to a 6.5, then buy the chocolates.... >:) I've started with a nano tonight, soon second phase, a 10....

If you have a yard, you could start hinting about how a pond would look soooooo nice. :brows:
You might need a restaurant trip for this one.

I was thinking of pitching the "Homeless Fish" angle too. So that's flowers, chocolate, dinner, and poor homeless fish. I think this might work... :dance:
 
Welcome to the forum! You can always PM us if you have any questions!

Those jellyfish are so cool by the way.
 

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