Quote:a friend will take you where you want, a leader will take you where you need to go.
About Yourself:i love aquariums. i am working on my first saltwater aquarium now, i have been reading and researching saltwater for around 6 months and will hopefully be posting my saltwater reef tank up in the next 6 months.
Advice:Build & design your tank over a period of a few days or weeks allowing you to think of new ideas to add to your design. Test your patience as much as you can especially when starting off. Read up & check out any rare species of fish or plants so that you can care to there needs as much as possible. Always get 2 or 3 opnions and cross reference advice given as most fish shops will tell you anything for a sale & may sound more experinced or knowledgable than they are. Try to stick to a few fish shops & build a relationship, it will get you personal advice from staff & pay off in an emergency. NEVER FISH SHOP WATER, always net your fish from the water they come in after you float your fish for a good while. For delicate fish you can acclimatise them by adding a bit of your water to theres, but still net them out and get rid of the water they came in. Make sure you bury you plants well, CO2 injection isnt nessary in most tanks. If you want your plants to grow then get bright lights and have as little water movement as possible avoiding stagnent areas and oxygen starvation. Co2 in the water and bright lights make plants grow & even a bit of iron fertiliser helps out sometimes. Net out dead fish & plant leaves etc asap. Inspect your fish for desease regular and WASH YOUR FILTER SPONGES IN TANK WATER.
Advice:Do not believe everything you hear or read in fish stores. Always go home and check the advice you are given in books and multiple online sources before you buy anything. After a while, you will learn which LFS people actually know what they are talking about and are truthful. This applies especially in terms of adult fish size and fish compatibility.
About Yourself:hello my name is miles im 17 and live in the uk i am training to be an electrician at the mo. my main hobby is fish keeping but have recently got myself a gecko. it was after seeing my cousins tank that set me off. luckly enough i managed to get hold of an aquarium for free to see what the hobby was all about. after a short period of time i decided that it was the hobby for me and managet to convince me old man to buy me a bigger tant (113 gallon) stupidly i rushed into it and being a noob that i was i never put polystyrene under the tank and my room was then a swiming pool. all turned out all right in the end.
Fish Kept:2 siamise algae eaters 2 plecs and a few guppies.
Quote:Don't sweat the petty things. Pet the sweaty things.
Fish Kept:Various tetras: Redeyes, Glowlights, Neons, Head & Tail Lights, & Serpaes. Livebearers: Swordtails & Guppies. I've also got a good cleaning crew: Otos, an SAE, & Emerald green cories.
Corals/Plants:Along the back: Amazon Swords, Red & Bronze Wendtii, & Melon Sword.
Mid-Foreground: Anubias Nana, Dwarf Hairgrass & Microsword, & Four Leaf Clover. I've also added some floating plants that I have to thin out once a month. They're a good hide out for the fry my livebearers constantly pop out!
I've used 3 pieces of driftwood. Plus, I made a cave (on the right) out of black slate.