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Old 08-25-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Hello,i would like to introduce myself to this wonderful forum.I am 66 and have been in the hobby off and on since my early twenties.When I first started i was always interested in plant culture but as you can imagine the equipment was sorely lacking and the best lighting you could could get was those terrible light hoods with inadequate lighting and no real way to improve it.The plant selection was better than you might expect but hard to find and harder to keep alive for any amount time,Books by Axelrod and a few others were the only source of info as we waited for the web to be discovered.For the about the last ten years I have been out of the hobby as work took to much of my time and energy.I am now semi-retired so getting back into it and have been lurking on this forum for over a year and am happy to have finally joined up and looking for more info.Please don't take this as critisysm as it is not but one thing about this type of forum and I think newbies especially should understand is that their is going to be a difference from people based on their experience.This is not a bad thing as it gives a person with a question a broad view of possible answers.Just as an example I posted about a coralife light fixture and got some nice responses.One included some pm with OVT who took his time to explain his troubles with a coralfe fixture,some others said they used them and loved them.My point is a bad experience had by some may be defective equipment and not necessarily the brand itself.Because of this discussion I am researching more and considering a Catalina aq. fixture but i do have a coralife on a 40 gallon tank that i am satisfied with so there is the dilemma that makes this a fun and frustrating hobby. sorry about the length would like to say thanks to all the regulars who take time out to help people be successul in this hobby. Ed.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:25 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Ed! As you said, there are many different views based on an individuals experience, and what works for one (or many) may not necessarily work for you. Patience is definitely a virtue in this hobby as there are many different ways to get things accomplished and it's a bit of trial and error before you determine what's best (or easiest) for you.

Do you have a tank yet? Any thoughts on what fish/plants you'd like to keep?
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:24 AM   #3
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Welcome to TPT. As you have already experienced with members such as OVT there is many very nice and helpful people here that are more than happy to lend a helping hand.

I'm sure in all your years in this hobby you have seen how much it has evolved. My dad is in his 70's and is the person who got me involved in this wonderful hobby. He used to breed many different kinds of fish when I was growing up and had racks and racks of tanks that I would just sit and stare at for hours on end. When he comes and looks at my tank and sees the way the equipment and styles have changed over the years he is amazed at the evolution of this hobby over the decades. I'm really grateful that he shared his love of this hobby with me when I was as young as 5 and it has stuck with me ever since.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:02 AM   #4
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Belated welcome to TPT!

The more experiences and opinions the better, imho, as we all have our biases, misconceptions, likes and dislikes. This diversity is what makes TPT such a great community and a resource. Occasionally, thick skin does come in handy here at times and some drama provides some comic relief.

As far as that specific brand goes, I have their 48" CFL, 24" CFL, 20" CFL, 36" t5ho, and 24" t5ho. I also have 4 of their PowerStations. The 48" was purchased over 10 years ago and served me well and is still over my 75g. I have been a loyal brand customer for years.

About 2 years ago now, I purchased 2 of their fixtures, one day apart. Both were defective out of the brand new sparkling box. Both were replaced. One of them twice. Many parts were sent to me free of charge over the following 6 months or so. Some parts, including blasts and bulbs, multiple times. 4 of the 4 PowerCenters still don't work reliably. The monetary cost is one thing, the time and effort is another - I still have pages and pages of emails.

The customer service treated me well. After I placed a direct call to their CEO.

Part of TPT is for sharing our experiences. You got some of mine. You got some of my brand loyalty history. Am I biased? Of course.

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:45 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum Ed! As you said, there are many different views based on an individuals experience, and what works for one (or many) may not necessarily work for you. Patience is definitely a virtue in this hobby as there are many different ways to get things accomplished and it's a bit of trial and error before you determine what's best (or easiest) for you.

Do you have a tank yet? Any thoughts on what fish/plants you'd like to keep?
Thanks for the welcome,and yes I have a heavily planted 40 gallon tank and am in the process of putting together a 90 gallon...Will post some pics soon
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Welcome to TPT. As you have already experienced with members such as OVT there is many very nice and helpful people here that are more than happy to lend a helping hand.

I'm sure in all your years in this hobby you have seen how much it has evolved. My dad is in his 70's and is the person who got me involved in this wonderful hobby. He used to breed many different kinds of fish when I was growing up and had racks and racks of tanks that I would just sit and stare at for hours on end. When he comes and looks at my tank and sees the way the equipment and styles have changed over the years he is amazed at the evolution of this hobby over the decades. I'm really grateful that he shared his love of this hobby with me when I was as young as 5 and it has stuck with me ever since.
Thanks and yes it is amazing how much things have progressed.I can now grow plants that I could only dream about 30yrs.ago.In the process of getting a 90 gallon tank together and half the fun is searching the web and now this forum for ideas.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:53 PM   #8
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Thanks all for the welcome and get ready for some questions[some won't sound to smart]but better to ask than spend a lot of money without first doing some research.
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