Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Toronto, Ontario
ADA 180P Dream Tank Build
For years, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the aquarium hobby from multiple platforms. Nevertheless, I don’t doubt that my path to the present day has been similar to many aquarists. I began my childhood with your basic setups, stocked with different, interesting freshwater fish, and in 2007 tried my hand at saltwater tanks, graduated to larger setups with more intricate SPS displays, and finally found myself looking for the chance to enjoy my home aquarium without the intensity of managing the balance between eight different water parameters. So here I am, ready to create what I hope to be something as enjoyable as it is inspiring.
One thing constant between each experience has been my reliance on forums like this for advice and inspiration. They have made all the difference, and exploring each hobbyist’s personal experience through this 15-inch, keyboard-equipped “window” has become half of the joy of the hobby for me. Hence, I have decided to create a thread here at The Planted Tank to share my freshwater adventure with all of you, in hopes of providing the same troubleshooting tips, inspiration and forum for discussion that has been invaluable to me over the years.
As a precursor to this thread, I thought I’d share some general thoughts with you about how I have realized success in the past. My three-part philosophy is simple: (1) Copying someone else’s formula for success is nothing to be ashamed of; learn from their mistakes, avoid making the same ones, and use their achievements as a springboard to further advance the cause. (2) Stability is everything; it also affords us the opportunity to learn what effect small changes have on the overall health and performance of our closed-loop ecosystems. (3) Simplicity is just as rewarding as complexity: it’s fun to have the guts of a nuclear submarine behind those wooden doors, but simplicity will ultimately bring you peace of mind knowing that your aquarium inhabitants are self-sustainable and doing the bulk of the work that you would otherwise get a machine to do. Not to mention… you’ll save a fortune in time and money.
From here on out, I’ll attempt to post updates fairly regularly and share my opinion on the products I have chosen to use and the health/growth of the inhabitants of the tank (plant and animal). I welcome everyone’s comments, criticisms and advice, as I am always learning and know that for everything I know, there is always someone who knows ten times more.