I used to keep fish when I was a teenager. Moved away from the hobby after I moved out and could not bring my fish with me. Gave everything to a friend.
Then, one day I was at a customer's house admiring his 180 gallon tank and he says "I am planning on getting rid of this tank so I can focus more on my saltwater tank. Would you like to buy it?" I asked him how much and he threw a number at me. $175 including fish, stand, FX4 and 404 filters, heaters, lights, the works. I took down his phone number and said I would think about it.
I had been thinking about getting a tank for my new home and looked into the prices to set up something like this. SOLD! I called him that evening.
The next weekend I brought a friend who has a flatbed truck with a tommy lift. We bagged all the fish and anubias, drained the tank, packed up all the bits and pieces and (10) 5 gallon buckets of tank water. Loaded everything into the flatbed and hauled it 40 miles to my house.
When setting up, I was thinking about how plants (Anubius in this case) could live underwater. I typed in a few searches on my computer including the words "Planted Tank" and the rest is history.
I am 100% hooked now. Every other hobby has been put on the back burner (and I do have quite a few others). Had I known how much this hobby cost, I may have not gotten into it. However, in hindsight, I believe the cost is justified by the rewards.
It is also something that I can share with my 4 year old daughter. She gets bored by nitro trucks and drones because she can't control them herself (I wreck them enough myself and handing over the controls is a guaranteed expense). She loves living things of any kind, and loves seeing the growth and change that happens from week to week. Plus, hand feeding the fish is a delight to her. Just like daddy.
Last edited by AguaScape; 01-22-2019 at 04:25 AM.