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Old 02-11-2013, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anybody else into fish keeping?

I've been in the hobby since I was about 18 so about 12 years. Right now I have three tanks, two fresh and one marine... I'm hoping to get down to just one though. My favorite tank is my freshwater planted 75 gallon, it looks like total crap right now because I'm in the middle of redoing it... I pulled out a ton of overgrown plants.

But I snagged some pics of a couple of my fish... My three favorites are my clown loach(whom I've had about seven years), koi angelfish and red parrot fish. Also have a short video, hope you enjoy! And tell me about your fish if you have some.


Brutus-Red Parrot Fish by Carriesue82, on Flickr


Rio-Clown Loach by Carriesue82, on Flickr


Rio and Brutus by Carriesue82, on Flickr

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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nice pictures. i am only into "fishing".
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I had a maximum of 13 freshwater tanks when I was in HS.

All the way up to 50 gallons. Nothing larger. I had a Tinfoil Barb the size of a small frying pan in a 20 gallon tank. I had to keep him by himself, he ate everything I tried to introduce to the tank.
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We have several Koi ponds outside. My husband was the fish guy,but I recently got more into it over the past year or so.
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I have a 30 gallon freshwater tank, I've had it for 6 years and have tried a few varieties of fish. My favourites are tetras, but I've had loach, gouramis, barbs, mollies, swordtails, and a few other randoms. I even had a frog for a while, it was really cool but only lived a few weeks

Right now I just have 5 fish, three glow eye tetras and two blood fin tetras. They're all almost 18 months but still doing well

I'm waiting for these guys to pass and I think I'm going to try something new, maybe angelfish.

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We have two salt water and a fresh water. (My husband's and son's tanks.) I love all the corals. I'm glad I get to look and don't have to do anything. I have a huge garden pond with a stream and water fall. I don't keep fish in it. I just want native wildlife. Of course my son throws feeder fish in there periodically. They get big. The blue herons eat them. Back to no fish.

Wayne (P.Oliver) has some amazing setups. Maybe he will post some new pictures.
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I was into fish for about 25 yrs. I never bred fish, just had nice plants and some community. I had a pleco that lived for at least 20 yrs before I gave everything to a HS kid...nice hex tank and accessories(I wish I'd kept the diatom and other stuff!) My kids were toddlers and I was sick of the maintenance.
After my son got older the bug hit him, so once again fish. He gave everything away when he moved out last spring. Moved back home and decided he wanted a tank again, so reef is his new hobby. I am not/will not maintain it! Here are a few shots of it, smaller 20 gallon and he should have saved more to go better quality, but it isn't my deal.




I can't believe how fast the coral grows. Some of it is really encroaching already.
We also have a koi pond(my baby!) and I love the plants as much as the fish:

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We had a nice 20 gallon blackwater tank with fish actually breeding on their own and one day my young daughter (just before we left for a long weekend) decided the fish needed to be fed. I was heartbroken when we came back.

Had a few killies after that and they were fun. But aquariums are a lot of work.
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I started about two years ago with a 20 gallon with mollies, platies, gouramis, and a couple tetras. One day I went to the fish store and fell in love with the yellow gourami, so I brought it home. Well the yellow gourami kept growing and at the same time the mollies started having babies...not good for someone that had no clue about fish. So I went and bought a 55 gallon for my yellow gourami, which turned out to be a gold severum, a bala shark, sucker fish, angel fish, and a cool catfish(none of these fish belong together, but do well together). Once the mollies started dying off I stayed away from them and got a couple guppies. I started with 5 guppies and I have about 50 now in the 20 gallon and they are doing well...not sure how, because the tank is so small. I just went and looked at 210 gallon tanks for when I move, but I think I'll go with a 175 because its longer and the bala shark is getting big, the gold severum is huge, and the sucker fish is about 8-10 inches now. The guppies will get the 55 gallon and I will get rid of the 20 gallon. Yes I have learned lots about fish in the last two years
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We had a nice 20 gallon blackwater tank with fish actually breeding on their own and one day my young daughter (just before we left for a long weekend) decided the fish needed to be fed. I was heartbroken when we came back.

Had a few killies after that and they were fun. But aquariums are a lot of work.
Love killies, Discus and other brackish. Harder to keep for sure
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