I've been into fish for as long as I can remember, be it fishing with my Granddad on the River Barrow or keeping Tigger the Goldfish belly down.
A few years back I got my first weekend job as an 'aquatics advisor' at the local garden centre. This is where the interest became obsession!
As my interests grew so did the number of tanks!
So... I thought I would say hello with a few of my tanks as well as the present one, I'll post 1 pic of each and maybe a sentence for each, let me know if you want to see more! I've DIY'd all of the stands and hood's... and in some cases the filtration
First tank of recent history was Ted, Dougal and Jack, about 10 Gallons I think. They went onto a friends pond
New tank, 20G. I went warm and green, some cardinals a couple of oto's and some amano's, these went into the 10 gal.
I then became very interested in puffers! This is what moved into the 20G a Tetraodon Cochinchinensis. Beautiful fish but he hid all day and was as grumpy as they come. Eventually I found a colleague who wanted to take him on. I was happy to wait and see him go to a good home rather than just plop him back in the shop though.
Still loving my puffers I decided to go brackish! I brought home a gorgeous Topaz. I think he was one of the most interesting and amusing fish I have had. Unfortunately this active and fun fish was just too much for the tank. I decided he needed more room and took him back to the shop. Really hope he went to a good home.
In his place went a tiny Figure of Eight puffer along with 6 Bumble Bee gobies.
I think they caught something from some live food and caught a serious bout of ich', after a short struggle I lost them
After this I got my head in some books and got much,much poorer.
It went well and I even decided to expand onto my desk with a pico!
Then it was time for me to go off for uni. I had to sell up everything
My manager gave me a small tank to keep me happy at uni as a nice leaving present. Plants went nuts with no fish, 10wpg, DIY CO2 and laterite.
My second year I had the stupid idea of another marine tank *sigh*.
Nice 10G tank with glass partition for rear sump and top spec equipment all bought cheap second hand. Moving in with the GF for my 3rd year meant selling the livestock and breaking down the tank to keep the bills down... One day it'll be back!
... and another
This is the current low tech, low energy (ish) tank.
Clearseal 12x8x8", 50W heater on an ATC300 temp control which also times the 8W T8. There's an ehiem liberty filter and glass lid to try and get a bit more light in!
This is Gervais, HM Betta. he is a lively chap eats from peoples hands, follows you around the room and like to flare at things he is not sure about
I've attempted to grow plants in there but they all seem to fail. I think if I feel the need to try again I'll replace the gravel with laterite and maybe even repaint the back a lighter colour.
Anyway! That's the cut down version (
). Hope you like them!