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Old 01-22-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Since starting in the hobby what do you think or hold as you greatest accomplishments or achievements? What do you hold as your tank or tanks prize possessions? If at all what would you do to improve or change to make things better or just to advance your tank fort he better of your fish or just a personal note of merit?

I will answer more after a few posts but to say first and foremost that I am proud to have living creatures other than my children and wife happy to see me walk in the front door.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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I am most proud of the construction that came about just ot install the tank. Having it visible form both sides and the brick and woodwork as well as the carpentry that came to fruition just making it possible. I love the fish and I know they depend on me and that gives me a sense of urgency to make sure they are well taken care of and also that they survive and hopefully live out the full life span and beyond.....
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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I guess mine would be getting a complete understanding and success in keeping 3 neon tetras alive in a 3 gallon tank since August of 2012 after going through some tough trials and tribulations. Not to mention losing 1 cory cat & 5 shrimps at different times - not all at once in same tank mind you. )
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:53 PM   #4
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Even after years in fish keeping, seems I'm always learning something new to give me a feeling of accomplishment. Currently, It's the challenge of learning the ins &outs of a live planted aquarium;like fish, each plant has something to teach me--its origin, water, light & fertilizer needs. The fish have their requirements, and the plants have their requirements. It's like having two tanks and combining them! Live plants have been both frustrating and challenging. I would have to say that raising a pair of angels from dime size to the size of dessert plates, and having them become a breeding pair was a great feeling of accomplishment, too. The improvement I would make is to one day have a really big tank, but for now, I will have to be satisfied with making my little 20 as beautiful as possible-like a smaller, yet more perfect jewel!
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4 cherrybarbs
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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Also I am proud of myself that I made a good new years resolution to actually add some real plants to my tank. This is my first tank in over 8 years and I think I lost track of what was right and wrong, I accomplished establishing a new 100gal with minor losses if it were not for Hurricane Sandy. I have managed to keep the majority of my stock alive and healthy so far I guess that is an accomplishment in itself.

I would like to hear from people with 20 days or 20 years in the hobby. I know that the longer you are in the game the bigger your goals and obstacles become so let's hear from our veteran aquarium owners too
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:15 PM   #6
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Sheesh...where to start? I've been a fishkeeper for 41 years now, so it's kinda hard to narrow it down, you see.

I'd like to preface by saying I've had a lot of regrets & failures along the way as well.

Hmmm.. you know, most of my best stuff is stuff I never even got credit for, so while they're accomplishments, they're also regrets. Even worse, the guys who took my ideas and ran with them made a bundle on them and threatened to sue me when I complained. *sigh*
I wrote a huge book on fishkeeping once. Too huge, it turned out; no publishers would touch it. They said it would cost too much to print and they feared that no one would buy it at the cover price it would have needed. Maybe someday...

I suppose the best stuff in my "win column" would be the discovery of three species and my studies of obscure native USA fish that are mostly unknown in the hobby. The crowning glory in that was my finally figuring out how to spawn the Bluenose Shiner. This is a fish that had confounded us for nearly a century since it's discovery. After formulating a wacky theory of what we were all doing wrong and what to do about it, I set up an experiment with a new method, and whammo! Instant results.
It's quite a kick to see other scientists & breeders quoting ME and referencing my work in their own papers, I must admit. You can google or otherwise look up "Pteronotropis welaka" if you'd like to see what the big deal is with this fish. You'll want some. Maybe soon you can finally get some, too.

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Old 01-23-2013, 02:58 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by TheOldSalt View Post
all of the above

One question:
Do you still enjoy the hobby?

I picked up the hobby less than two years ago. I entered it with an artistic mind and tried my best to apply that midset to the hobby. I quickly found planted aquariums and then I discovered the 'Show' planted aquarium. I did my best to assemble what funds I had and purchase what I could. I became very clear early on that my dream tank was out of my financial reach. During this whole process I had been bringing my trimmings into the local shop and donating them, and it did not take long for the owner to notice. I started offering my time as trade for aquarium goods and livestock. As time progressed and plant sales increased I was given more leeway to open accounts and contact vendors. This all led to me eventually opening an account with ADA and making arrangements for the first pallet of ADA products up to AK. It consisted of 30 bags of substrate, 6 tanks, fertilizers, and so on. All of this allowed me to achieve my dream in the hobby. I took home one of those tanks and filled it with all of the goodies. Since then I have continued to promote planted aquariums in AK. What is next?

We all think that at the end of this next project or purchase we will reach completion. There is no completion in this hobby. There will always be something new...

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plants, plants, plants and some fish. Some freaking cool plants and fish!

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:26 AM   #8
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Well, with only being in this hobby for two years, I don't have much to show for it . I only have one tank, but who wouldn't think about getting another tank?

I guess my greatest accomplishment is completely revamping my 20 gallon from a cheap beginners setup into a wonderful planted biotope. And I have you guys to thank for that. As for my biggest failure, probably never cleaning the ugly blue gravel that I had before the revamp. It was disgusting after I stirred it up while draining it.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:46 AM   #9

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I always regret when a fish dies and feel accomplished when fry grow large and healthy.

TOS, you should e-pub. Size is no object for downloads and costs are really low now. You won't get rich, but if you start getting a few bucks here and there over time it will add up.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:18 AM   #10
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I would probably buy your book, ToS.

I've only been in the hobby for 2 yrs 6 months and 16 days, not tht u guys really care. My greatest accomplishment in the hobby was when i took a falling apart 55 gallon tank, cleaned it up, reseamed it and set up a mbuna tank, i have not had any deaths, almost 6 months in the making.
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many cherry shrimp and dwarf rasboras
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2 nirite snails
1 bolivian ram
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2 synodontis catfish (one nigriventris and one nigrita)
5 yellow labs
1 jewel cichlid
3 johanni(one is electric blue)
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:39 AM   #11

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I had a pair of veil-tail angels in a 55 raise about 50 fry from eggs to adults with perfect fins in the same tank in about a year. They did all the work, but I was so proud.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:13 PM   #12
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I'm probably the most proud of learning from my mistakes. I've gone from my first tank, a ten gallon where two of the six original fish made it past the first few weeks, to twelve properly cared for tanks with goodness knows how many fish in them.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:22 PM   #13
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I'm proud of our loach tank. It has almost all real plants, including some growing off the decor, and the fish are so happy in it, which is all you can ask for.

65 community - Giant Danios, Pearl Gourami, Turquoise Rainbowfish, Silvertip Tetras, Neon Tetras, Spotted Corydoras, one teeny tiny Kribensis fry
40 breeder - tons of Loaches, Siamese Algae Eaters, Pearl Gouramis, Silvertip Tetras, Otocinclus, Scissortail Rasboras
10 community - Feeder Guppies, Cherry Shrimp, Pond snails, Lots of Java Moss
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #14
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i would buy anything that TOS put out..

i have been fortunate enough to learn a little bit about something i love...this hobby has been a very pleasurable experience for me for the past 40 years..what i am proud of it that i have actually been able to help a few people succeed in the hobby along the way..
the satisfaction that i have been able to get a few fish to breed through the years...
many was said...every failure is a regret..
i have made some great friends as a result of being in this well as finding my wonderful mate...
when the time comes for me to go ; i want it to be while watching a tank full of fish...

if we ignore nature;maybe it will go away

10 gallon..nothing but air

10 gallon...just more air

10 gallon...stale air

just don't ask about the rest
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:40 PM   #15
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Wow after six years, starting from a newbie 6 year old, where should I start? I guess my greatest is having my 46 gallon up and running since i got it for my 6th birthday. I've also learned from all mistakes. I feel it's really cool to have the amount of fish I have right now in one tank (38 fish 3 snails in the 46 gallon).

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2 Bala Sharks
5 Lemon Tetras
6 Serpae Tetras
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2 Pictus Catfish
3 Tiger Barbs
3 Iridescent Sharks
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