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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2014, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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Brand new guy so here I go with a new hobby! Oh boy!


I am a total new comer and I'm looking forward to replacing my current boring plastic plant filled guppy tank with a new spanking planted wonderland. I have been reading my butt off and absorbing all the great information here on the forums as well as any other sites that I have come across.

I have been into Bonsai for almost 20 years and I have had a 29 gal tropical tank for longer than that. One day my wife said to me... "when are you gonna clean up that tank?". I kind of sighed and said, I will do so.... But I have become bored with the lame fish tank, so much so I haven't done any maintenance in over a year.

I have recently sold off all my bonsai due to the fact that that I have grown bored with that hobby as well. My new replacement hobby has been Astronomy for the last 4 years... Well,.. when my wife got sick of my lame tank, I for some reason stumbled upon a wonderful aquascape online and I immediately fell in love. So what is happening now..? I REALLY want to try my hand at a planted tank. I figured this would replace my desire to grow Bonsai trees, but in a convenient environment that will replace my current poop filled fish tank. Needless to say I a am extremely excited and can't wait to get started...

I have already purchased the new tank, lighting, substrate, and some driftwood.. And I am really looking forward to designing a new planted tank using my experience I have gained all those years growing Bonsai. I have the temporary tank purchased to house some of my current fish so that I can take my time creating, what I hope, will be a wonderful dive into the world of Aquascaping.

My fish tank skills have been reasonably successful and I have been pretty good at nurturing Bonsai so I think this is the natural next step. This time I can get into a wonderful new hobby while making my wife happy in taking interest in the fish tank again.

So after reading so much for the past few weeks I am ready to go. I am going to read up and plan very carefully my new tank, which I call "Tank version 2.0", so that it reflects the wonder and awe of the natural environment that I so loved while growing my former Bonsai trees. This seems to be the perfect merging of 2 hobbies. Tropical fish and Bonsai.

I look forward to talking to all of you on this forum and thank you in advance for all the future help that I know I will get from you all here.

I hope to post my progress for all of you to see and hopefully I will do you all proud. This is so exciting I can't explain it. I don't know what it is but I am so pumped for a low light no co2 (for now) tank I can hardly stand it.

Wish me luck!

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Then this link will be right up your alley.
I'm sure you will have more questions after reading it. I think you need 5 post in order to post pictures. Your profile pictures can't be seen by all unless you release them in that section. Good that you choose to start low tech. Not as oops prone that way.
A steep learning curve is ahead but worth it in results. One of my oopses I'll pass on is when the diretions say use three drops...use three drops... so you don't need to say what I said..."but I just thought that if three drops was good, them more would be better"...oops again...LOL.

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Good luck with your new journey and adventure! It sure is an addictive one but is filled with interesting things to learn and has brought me a lot of joy. Im sure this forum will help you a lot and the people here are amazing with all the help.
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Welcome and enjoy it will be fun! The search button here will be a life saver for you! Ask questions too always glad to help!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2014, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the well wishes and links... Seems like a good place to hang out!

I'll be around for sure...
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Welcome to TPT!

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