About Yourself:Im a student at the university of houston. I will graduate in December with a degree in political science and minor in architecture. I hope to get into residential project management after school. I got into fish tanks by chance about 5 years ago. A friend of mine had a large fresh water tank so when I got my own place, i started with a 10 gallon fresh water. Like everyone else in this hobby you get hooked and before you know it you've spent thousands of dollars and killed alot of fish, but once you get it down, theres no better hobby in the world, except maybe golf. I hope to increase my tank size someday, maybe a whole wall in my house!
Fish Kept:powder blue tang, red snapper, 4 random damsels, 2 long bulb anemones, 1 coral beauty angel fish, 2 pure ocellaris clown fish, 1 pure maroon clown fish, 1 hermitt crab.
Advice:Its a major investment of time and money. talk to people who have tanks and find a knowledgable fish store near your house, not the kid who works at the pet store! You need someone who actually has experience. keeping fish is a challenge, especially saltwater. most of the fish you'll want live in very specific places on Earth, in their natural habitat. You are trying to recreate these condtitons, that only exist in a few small places, in a tank! this is no easy task! you'll learn as you go. fish will no doubt die and money will be lost. But remember it is a hobby not piece of art, that requires no work once purchased, people like when they come over. A tank requires hours per week of maintainence, even with the best equipment. Its fun and challenging. The most important thing i've learned is: you can not over filter your water! Bigger is better!
About Yourself:I am 15 years old and I started freshwater about a year ago but switched to saltwater and it just became an obsession. My dad got me into it and wished he didn't because I need so much money from him. I don't work because I just mooch off my dad. I have a twin brother and my best friend who are also obsessed.
Advice:Do water changes every 2 weeks (I do one every week). Do as much research as you can before you buy anything. consider buying a protein skimmer because when I didn't have one, my nitrates were passed 100 ppm and the next day they were around 40 ppm. This is a very expensive hobby so you better have a lot of cash. DO NOT OVERSTOCK YOUR TANK!!!!! It will just lead to disaster.
About Yourself:17 years old i live in florida i have always had fish my whole life i just got into saltwater fish everyone said not to do it but i had faith. i have bought peices of my tank one by one when i can afford it i want to get more tanks and more fish.
Fish Kept:i have a coral beauty angel, tomato clown, banded shrimp, multi color wrasse,a couple crabs and two jewel damsel. and about 50 pounds of live fiji and haiti rock.
Advice:Don't overstock your tank. Ive had my tank for about 2 years and have had to redo some things due to overstocking. If your new get a non-adjustable heater it makes maintaining the water temp. easier. Saltwater is as easy as freshwater along as you have time to maintane your tank and saltwalter is somewhat more expensive to do so than freshwater.