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12-09-2012 04:42 AM
HD Blazingwolf ok i'll agree real dad sounds like an awesome guy.. cave biologist.. MAN, there are sooo many awesome jobs in the world. and im stuck working with cars, too bad i screweed up my education

I could have been anything in the world, ima smart guy. Just too smart for myself so ive heard. I dont apply myself because i never have to work to learn. I become great at anything i try to do..

So yeah i missed out on lots of cool stuff.. so now i work customer service because im good at it, and i like cars.. fish arent a big trade where im at, neither are plants or id be doing that

Welp, im done sulking now. Back to fish stuff!!
12-09-2012 04:15 AM
plantbrain
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Originally Posted by HD Blazingwolf View Post
Cheesits. 8 years old? Man ur parents must have been awesome!
No, step dad sucked well digger toe. Never liked him. That ended when I left for college(Caught cheating). So I found other things to do. I ended up working at the Fish Gallery for a couple of years after school. I think I was 10-11 then, John Casey was the other kid who cleaned bird poo and fish tanks(we did everything except run the cash register). Owner (Ron Simunic) was really cool, but a playboy. My Mom was very cool though. I waited till she got home to show up.

Prices form back then: Syn. angelicus was 225$ each, P pictus had just been brought into the US market, 3.99. Black Ghost knife; 15-20$. Odd thing: prices for fish have not changed in 30 years +, come down in some cases. My real dad was very cool, he was a Cave Biologist at UK. I likely would have gotten into the hobby either way.
12-09-2012 02:47 AM
ua hua
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Originally Posted by plantbrain View Post
I started at 8 year old, so 45-8 = 37 years. Does not include creek caught stuff I kept though, then you'd move it back to about 4 years old.
That's about when I started in the hobby. People give me funny looks when I tell them I have been involved in the aquarium hobby for 25+ years and I'm 36 but my dad used to breed fish back in the 70's and 80's thus I was introduced to this hobby and a very young age and it has been the one hobby that has been constant through my life. I know it makes my dad very happy that a hobby that he loved was passed on to me and I'm seeing my 7 year old become more and more interested in this hobby himself. My dad is in awe of some of the planted tank pictures I have shown him, yours included Tom. And equally impressed by the advancement of the equipment and husbandry involved in the hobby today, considering back then undergravel filters were considered state of the art.
12-08-2012 11:46 PM
HD Blazingwolf Cheesits. 8 years old? Man ur parents must have been awesome!
12-08-2012 11:02 PM
plantbrain I started at 8 year old, so 45-8 = 37 years. Does not include creek caught stuff I kept though, then you'd move it back to about 4 years old.
12-08-2012 01:24 PM
HD Blazingwolf ill say it again, i always thought he was like a 35 year old planted tank prodigy until he started saying stuff like, i've been in this hobby for like 20 years or was it 30?

still has nice dark hair to be an old guy eh?
12-08-2012 04:45 AM
plantbrain
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Originally Posted by kalawai2000 View Post
Tom, I like the Hawaiian Shirt
You are much better looking on video than here on plantedtank. Hehe
Yes, it's a real hawaiian shirt, goes back to my skateboarding days. When I had long hair and everyone thought I was this guy: Spicoli

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9huSs0g67c
12-07-2012 10:47 PM
kalawai2000 Tom, I like the Hawaiian Shirt
You are much better looking on video than here on plantedtank. Hehe
12-07-2012 09:33 PM
plantbrain
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Originally Posted by happi View Post
Tom

you were saying something about your video in the interview, can we see that video??long as its about aquatic stuff
I think it might be the 180 Gal cardinal tank:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3VNwfNtNA0

I put it up prior to the talk.

You can see the post grow out on the right side of the tank where I hacked some Starougyne about 2 weeks ago.
The Royal Farowella's are born and raised in this tank, they have never seen any other habitat.
12-07-2012 08:05 PM
happi Tom

you were saying something about your video in the interview, can we see that video??long as its about aquatic stuff
12-07-2012 07:21 PM
plantbrain
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Originally Posted by houseofcards View Post
Also doesn't help that the guy interviewing him looks like he's 15.
Dustin is pretty cool, the acting aspect he's doing there is sort animated and funny which is why I'm looking at him sort of funny. In person he's actually much cooler. Me? Not so much, boring, would rather be in the water after aquatic plants or on a reef diving.
12-07-2012 06:04 PM
houseofcards
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Originally Posted by antbug View Post
That shirt makes you look even older
Also doesn't help that the guy interviewing him looks like he's 15.
12-07-2012 05:42 PM
Optix ...actually 4 R's total
12-07-2012 05:38 PM
plantbrain
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Originally Posted by antbug View Post
That shirt makes you look even older
Err, yea, I gave my stylist and make up artist staff in the penthouse the day off.
12-07-2012 05:35 PM
plantbrain
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Originally Posted by ChadRamsey View Post
WOW, i envisioned him to be some "Father Time" old dude. With a glowing aura about him when he spoke!

J/k

Good to put a face with the name.
A large feller at the Wash DC AGA got mad upon hearing I was Tom Barr, he was nearly 7ft tall and was honestly upset. I thought he was going to hit me. "You cannot be him, he's old with a beard and glasses. " turned out to be the nicest guy and couple in the world.

Funny how that works.

I think the more folks you meet in the hobby from the net, the better. You realize they are people and it's not a personal attack or something if you disagree and as folks mature in the hobby, they tend to agree FAR more than they disagree. I like to help folks, if I had other motivations, I'd not post much or give talks.

I've mess up plenty of tanks and walked most of the same paths, asked the same questions most any planted Hobbyist might have. Most anyone in the hobby that is active and has been in it for decade or more has.
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