No one would ever have known that on March 11th 1968 that an obsession would be born. This was my 11th birthday and I received an iron framed tank measuring 24"x12"x12" from my Uncle Jim. My Dad was none too impressed, but my Mom said what harm is there in it?
He provided the tank, the gravel, the light, the plants (Indian Fern and Cr Wendtii Bronze) glass tops, a small air pump, undergravel filter, airline and stones, over the last 49 years there have been some incredible changes in our hobby/obsession. Who could have imagined an LED light in 1968, and HOB filters were still a thing of the future.
I was without an aquarium for four years during that period, what was I thinking?
The number of tanks varied over the years and the most I ever had was 54, this was when I was breeding corries, 38 ten gallon tanks, 10 twenty gallons three 45's and three 150's. Yes, it was a lot of work but it was a labor of love. Then the local folks decided to go with Marine and the market dropped, from 5 stores down to one in a matter of 12 months. I had previously been able top get between $3 and $5 per juvenile depending of course on which fish we were talking about. No market and one store, so gradually the fish that were left were sold off, then of course breaking down the fish room
So now we are down to one 150 and a 45. The 45 is going to be my first attempt at a planted tank. A few cardinals or neons, possibly some Harlequins if they are available, of course there has to be corries and lots and lots of plants.
I still have quite a lot of bogwood left and I am selling it off to finance the purchase of a CO2 system.
For the substrate I am looking at Turface which is available locally for $19 for a 50lb sack, apparently there are two colors in stock. One is a reddish brown and the other is a very dark brown, choices to be made today on which color we go with.
Apparently lighting is a big issue, so this is something else I need to sit with one or two local experts and pick their brains as to what I need to make sure I get it right the first time.
All comments criticisms and suggestions are welcomed.
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