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Old 03-20-2013, 11:51 AM   #106
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Your tank is looking good!
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:30 PM   #107
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you're tank rocks. Nothing like working with a lot of volume. Opens up the possibilities with gear and fish/plant variety. Are you in the Aquatic pet business or is it just a hobby?
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you're tank rocks. Nothing like working with a lot of volume. Opens up the possibilities with gear and fish/plant variety. Are you in the Aquatic pet business or is it just a hobby?
Haha, just a hobby. This is actually my first planted tank. My first fish tank was when I was in middle school/high school (clown loaches, plecos and danio's (which died very quickly). I left that tank with my Dad when I left for college and that was back in 1999-2000. Once I graduated I lived in an apartment that did not allow pets. I ended up buying a house a few years back and was ready to setup a 125g tank but had some issues with water in the basement so I had my foundation waterproofed (big money) and then had the entire basement refinished. I then got engaged and we got married (big money) last year. So once January came around and I had some extra cash my wife said go for it. Now we're expecting our first kid so I will probably be stuck with one tank for a while.

Saying all that I have read TPT, Barr report, APC, Krib, etc. for 5+ years and learned a lot without evening having an aquarium. My B.S. is in chemical engineering and masters in materials engineering. I work as a composite/polymers research engineer at a world class organization. My personality is to do the job right and I always want to know why somethings works or doesn't. For example simply saying high levels CO2 will gas fish is not enough for me. I want to know the details of the acidosis process.

Here is what's next to my office at work.

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Old 03-22-2013, 06:06 PM   #109
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cool. You're job sounds stressful. Tell your wife you need a small nano tank for the office. :-) I've kept tanks seriously since I was a kid and have worked in different shops on and off throughout my life to stay up on all the latest technology or fish. Planted tanks were and still are a very background niche even within the fish keeping hobby itself. Everyone is so enamored with the bright colors and uniqueness of the marine hobby. I'm making it my mission here in the Daytona Beach area to show people how incredible a thriving freshwater (non-african cichlid) planted system can be. The great thing for me is my friend who owns the shop I work at occasionally is very in tune to the new gear and lighting that is out there so I get to "play around" with a lot of new stuff - without having to buy it! It's what led me to add another tank to the many I have now.
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cool. You're job sounds stressful. Tell your wife you need a small nano tank for the office. :-) I've kept tanks seriously since I was a kid and have worked in different shops on and off throughout my life to stay up on all the latest technology or fish. Planted tanks were and still are a very background niche even within the fish keeping hobby itself. Everyone is so enamored with the bright colors and uniqueness of the marine hobby. I'm making it my mission here in the Daytona Beach area to show people how incredible a thriving freshwater (non-african cichlid) planted system can be. The great thing for me is my friend who owns the shop I work at occasionally is very in tune to the new gear and lighting that is out there so I get to "play around" with a lot of new stuff - without having to buy it! It's what led me to add another tank to the many I have now.
I don't think it's very stressful but then again not much stresses me out. I think all jobs have their problems and difficulties but I very much enjoy what I do.

I've thought about an office tank but we're in the middle of a multi-year move and renovation within the organization. My main office is going to move in the next year or two so no point in setting anything up...plus I don't have room TBH.

I think it would be fun to work at a LFS...learn a lot and you would be able to meet people around you in the hobby.
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can one ask what the object of fun is next to your office?
it looks like the next super human gel waiting to be manufactured in mass quanitities
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:18 PM   #112
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can one ask what the object of fun is next to your office?
it looks like the next super human gel waiting to be manufactured in mass quanitities
Figured, everyone here would recognize algae. That is one of the indoor ones and there is a new outdoor one as well. They grow different strains of algae for CO2 sequestration. They then can see what algae provide the most oils (think fuels/alternate energy). This is the press release from 2009.There are a few more press releases and pictures if you want to search around the website. There is also a video which probably explains it the best.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:53 PM   #113
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You should have stuck with the incredible Hulk gel! That's kick butt. A little innovation and a cool work environment. It's fun working at a LFS. I've worked at most of them in the area that aren't big box stores and have been part of some really cool projects and excellent hobbyist education and sharing. I build condos and houses in my other job. BORING! hehe. just kidding.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:47 PM   #114
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I ordered a total of 66 fish today....any guesses what I got?

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Old 03-25-2013, 11:49 PM   #115
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66 Neons! 66 Neons!
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:05 PM   #116
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Nope, no neons but there are some tetras. Not all 66 though.

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Old 03-26-2013, 11:59 PM   #117
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Since no one wants to play the game this is what is being delivered tomorrow...

6 Apistogramma borellii blue(2 males/4 females)
40 Cardinal Tetras
20 Oto's (yes, 20 more)

Most of the Amano shrimp I put in have died. I probably got 5-10 left out of the 20 I got in (or they hide very well). I've had one oto casualty that I know about.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:39 AM   #118
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Took some quick pictures tonight. The water is cloudy from moving plants/doing maintenance.





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Old 03-27-2013, 04:04 PM   #119
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It is hard to find the Amanos after you put them in. I bought 20 and the most I have seen is 15, they seem like they hide alot. I was moving and cleaning some of my rocks last night and one was underneath a small rock.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:31 AM   #120
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I got the fish in today and got a little trigger happy with the camera Enjoy!






























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