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Hello everyone,

As I promised when I became a member of this forum, here's how I started in the hobby:

I wanted to have a little fish tank or bowl to decorate my room and/or house, I remember having a fish tank when I was about 5 years old, but I never thought that I would be so passionate about this hobby until I bought my first 10 gallon fish tank.

So... by October 2010, I bought my 10 G, gravel, dechlorinator, etc. Then, I cleaned the gravel and set up the tank as soon as I got home, with my girlfriend, and let it run for about 72 hours. Soon after, I found out that I almost overstocked my tank with 7 fish in a week, in an uncycled tank, so, when my tank's water started to get cloudy I freaked out, asked an expert online, and did a lot of research. The day after, I decided to go to Fish's Paradise (that was my first time going there -love that place) and trade in my fish (I didn't want the fish to die), after trading in my fish I started from scratch, it was a really hard decision but I had to do it.

I started looking for a fish tank around 30 gallons or more, initially I didn't wanted anything above 55 gallons, but it just took a few days to get excited and go for an aquarium above 100 gallons. I saw a few tanks from 75 to 180 gallons, E-mailed the sellers, and ended up buying a 110 gallon, its measurements are 61 x 18 x 23 1/2, not quite standard measurements, but whatever. The tank came with the stand, Coralife Aqualight 48" 4 x 65 watt CF fixture, overflow box, and acrylic wet/dry sump. The guy used it as a saltwater aquarium and I was planning to go with freshwater, so it took me a few weeks (I don't have a lot of free time) to clean the tank, sump, and stand, I also painted the tank's frames and stand with my dad and built the return line with PVC, I have pictures of all that that I might post later.

I had previously bought a 1056 EcoPlus Submersible pump, and got 100 pounds of dark blue gravel, a Python, and a few other maintenance accessories. By last week, I filled up the tank, siphoned the overflow's U tubes, and started the pump which is connected to a battery backup, in case of power failure (I also have the siphon hole on the return line).

Unfortunately, one and a half day after filling up the tank a leak appeared. I was lucky enough because the leak was a small one near the top, on one of the corners/edges, it took me 5 minutes to find the leak so I quickly removed about 40% of the water, dried the area and applied aquarium silicone over the leak (outside and inside of the tank) and about 3 inches below and above the leak, of course that didn't work and I had a huge leak in my living room 3 days after, the glass in the corner split apart. I tried to fix the aquarium outside my house by removing the old silicone (what I had to do in the first place) and adding new silicone but that didn't work either, I fixed it, let it dry for 24 hours, and when I filled it with water so that the silicone would finish curing under water it took 10 minutes and I had the same problem again, so I decided to get a new tank. Period.

I finally got a Perfecto 120 x High with corner-flos from my LFS and I had a professional repair the leaking tank, which will go to the storage for now.

A few months have passed and now I'm half way through my fishless cycle. I will be posting pics of my current tank and some other tanks that I have.

Well, I hope nobody felt as sleep while reading this, but this is just another thing that shows how passionate I am about the hobby, I'm sure many of you have a similar story.
 

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You are a detemined one, that's for sure, but that's good. I'm sure it'll be very rewarding for you to finally see some fish in a tank. Looking forward to seeing how it goes for you.
 

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Thanks! I think you have to really like this hobby and the animals to have a chance of being successful.

Most people who run into the problems that some or most us did will get tired of it and forget about fish keeping, which is logical. This happens, IMHO, for two reasons, first, lack of education, LFS (not to mention the big chains) don't provide beginners with the best advice and not everybody has time or is enough computer savvy as to look for information on the Internet. Second, because some people are just not passionate about it and they just thought it was like having a cat and that if a fish dies it's normal because everybody thinks that fish don't last for more than 2-3 months. If you find out that you love this hobby and care about animals you look for ways to improve their living conditions and that's when you come across fishless cycling, compatibility, water chemistry and so many things that we have to learn and continue learning. In conclusion, three things: education, love for the hobby, care about the animals, patience.

It's incredible how everyday we learn something new. I still have a lot to learn and I'm sure this is the right place to continue learning.

By the way, my LFS kept telling me that the only way to cycle is using "hardy" fish. It surprises me because they been there for more than 40 years and are good people, so I prefer to think that they are just old school.
 

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When you get the tank up and running be sure to post some pictures!

I bet once you get your new tank up you'll be pulling that old one out of storage as soon as possible :thumb:
 

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Sure, I will post pictures soon!

Lol. If it was up to me I will go right now and set up the other tank, although, I would stock it with fish from the Amazon like Silver Arowanas and I would end up with an African tank and an Amazonian tank, but if I do that my GF will not be very happy, hopefully she's the one who gets excited and want to get another tank, haha.
 

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Sure, I will post pictures soon!

Lol. If it was up to me I will go right now and set up the other tank, although, I would stock it with fish from the Amazon like Silver Arowanas and I would end up with an African tank and an Amazonian tank, but if I do that my GF will not be very happy, hopefully she's the one who gets excited and want to get another tank, haha.
lol that's what I'm trying to do. But she's good I have a 55 and a 90 in our living room. I asked if she would mind if I just switched out for 1 single 6 footer which she's cool with, now just have to find a good deal! Although when her favourite fish a tiger barb mysteriously disappeared in an African cichlid tank she was heart broken. So while she was out I ran to the pet store and got another tiger barb, I know that they wouldn't co exist well but the original barb came with my tank and lived happily for a month or 2. So I planned to say "hey I found your fish, it didn't die, but maybe we should find him a new home?" it immediately became a second tiger barb snack and my plan failed.
 

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Hahaha! Yeah, they always want fish that are not compatible, but that's the only way to get a way with more than one tank. My GF wants a Red Blood Parrot, which I don't want because it's a man made hybrid and it's not compatible with Africans. However, she's not paying attention to the tank now because it's been empty forever, will see how things go once the cycle finishes and we start stocking the tank, she probably gets excited and in love with some fish that's not compatible and that would be my chance to suggest another tank. Lol.
 
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