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Howdy!

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 4:52 am
by FatLarry
I had to give up the hobby for a long time because my house was too small, but next month I'm moving into a new place that's got a lot more room so I started dusting off the old tanks and gear and geeking out over the possibilities. My tanks have almost always been freshwater though I've kept a number of brackish ones and at least one reef setup over the years, so I think I'm going to stick with just freshwater tanks to start with. The water out of the taps here is freakishly soft with a pH that hovers around 6.7 so having some amazonian tanks seems like a no-brainer. So does renewing my subscription to TFH...
I'm thinking of starting with things I've always liked; discus, pencilfish, hatchetfish and tetras will appreciate the composition of the tapwater, and little africans like brichardi and leleupi are always fun. Maybe some lionhead cichlids. Probably should get some java moss going too, and source some nice big pieces of driftwood... so much to do!
Looking forward to jumping back into the hobby with both feet, this time with the benefit of this interweb thingy. (they say it's gonna be huge)

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:12 am
by ScottFish
Welcome to the Forum. Great to have you among us; especially nice to have someone from Memphis! I wish I had your 6.7 water. How big of a tank are you thinking about?

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:34 am
by Crazygar
Sounds like you are already afflicted with MTS (More Tank Syndrome) and haven't set one up yet!

Awesome! We are enablers! Welcome to the Forum.

Gary

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 11:41 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
Great to meet you, Larry! Welcome back to the hobby and welcome to the forum.

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 3:06 pm
by Photoman
Hey Larry. Like you I had tanks when I was 11 through 16. Than you know other things take your time. I started back up 5 years ago. 40 years later. I now have 5 tanks.All Fresh. This hobby is so interesting. I learn something new everyday. keep in touch. Can't wait to see your set up. Jeff

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 4:57 pm
by FatLarry
I scoped out the new place yesterday while it's being painted and stuff and I think the first one is going to be a 55. There are several good 8-foot spots to put them end to end, and a bunch of 5 or 10 gal ones can go on a long countertop. Small reactors packed full of porous beads like bio matrix will provide filtration in the big ones and sponges will go in the little ones.
The nerd was running strong yesterday so I went around town familiarizing myself with the local fish stores again. Alas, most had been run out of business by the chains. (Full Disclosure: I worked for a chain store several decades ago. Major mea culpas all around...) Thankfully, two that concentrate mainly on ponds and marine stuff are still going strong so I can get all the high quality stuff I need, including fish. Tanganyikans with special color morphs seemed really popular. I saw some tiny brevis and similis that I liked, and some very green threadfin rainbows I've never seen before are absolutely going to come home with me as soon as possible.
Nothing left to do now but wait till moving day, I suppose. Of course, the tanks are going to be the first things set up over there. Furniture is an afterthought at this point, heh.

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 1:57 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
FatLarry wrote:The nerd was running strong yesterday


I love that line. I think I need to use that one.

FatLarry wrote:Of course, the tanks are going to be the first things set up over there. Furniture is an afterthought at this point, heh.


Never a truer word was spoken. :rofl:

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:28 am
by Crazygar
Just a small piece of advice young Padawin, I find 55GAL tanks a difficult tank to work with. They are deep, often too deep and I find them quite narrow which then limits your Aquascaping options if you ever decide to go with plants.

Most fish prefer Width X Depth as opposed to Width X Height. Research the fish you want and see their needs. Tangs, require Width X Depth as you need to build rockscapes for territory, breeding and sense of comfort.

As for "The nerd was running strong yesterday" all of us here resemble that remark. Be proud, be nerdy.

Gary

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:22 pm
by dwaink
looking forward to set up reports :)
dwain