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Memories Of Awesomeness~~~~~~

I would like to know what are the most memorable experiences that have anything to do with aquaria.
The ups
The downs
Collection trips
Freebies
Triumphs
etc.

Anyhting that really got stuck in your brain throughout the life of this hobby.

The first time I successfully bred German Blues (as a newby) (pure luck at first) is one of my most memorable

The first take I set up for a client

ohhhh the nostalgia

please post everyone!! all of us enjoy reading these things, at least I do

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Here's a low:

REFUSING to accept that I would EVER need to purposely ADD nitrates to my water after fighting horrendously high nitrate levels in all my previous non-planted tanks.

HELLLOOOOOO BGA!

Not only that, but I thought it would go away by itself and just let it continue on for about 2 months.
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I met my first real plant geek as a teenager. He taught me how to make a DIY reactor, gave me a whole bunch of free clippings, pointed me to The Krib (Aquaria and Tropical Fish), talked with me for hours about plants and would enthusiastically buy up anything new that the store I was working at ordered. That enthusiasm was contagious, and it was what really set me off and made this hobby one of my favorite things. I didn't keep in touch with him while I was off at college, but 9 years later he and I are co-chairs of my club's Horticulture Awards Program!


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Having planted tanks is like a long marriage, exciting in the beginning, lasting and enjoyable, but after a while true breathtaking moments occur less and less.

Things that get stuck in my brain are mainly successful fish breedings. It's awesome to find little baby fish, or see mom and dad cichlid fanning a fresh batch of eggs.

Downs? Wet carpet.


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I've only just started "serious" fish keeping for a little over a year now, but have had an on again off again relationship my entire life.

My current highs are raising Atyopsis moluccenis (at least trying to), snowball shrimp, beginning to breed Betta sp. 'Mahachai', and starting a freshwater aquarium society for my area along with a few fellow fish group members.

In the past, it was getting my first "monster" tank! All 30 gallons of it! LOL Now I want a 75 or 125 gallon tank.

Successful fish breedings are always awesome!


I think the downs are yes, wet carpet, especially if it was mixed the mulm and/or Eco-Complete on beige carpet, walking into the room and your kid has put hand soap in the tanks with bettas from Thailand, and your favorite 1/2 giant betta from Thailand is crispy on the carpet dispite having covered his tank.

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Hmmm, first awesome memory was feeding live ghost shrimp to my green spotted puffers. Hours of entertainment!!!

Next coolest was watching blue rams spawn.

Least awesome was watching rams devour eggs.
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I remember bein a newb...Buck was here back then. We lived pretty close, an he worked just down the street from me. One day he showed up at my door after work bearing gifts. Alot of em!! Enough to stuff my 55G at the time. He also had alot of GW ferts to get me started. We drank a few beers, talked planted tanks etc...

Marcel also shipped me plants an ferts for nothing. I was pretty much off an running. They were there thru all my downfalls. Eventually I worked through them.

There are numerous people on this forum that always took the time to listen to my woes!! Craig(wolfenx) set me straight with the EI dosing.

Then there was Bob, Ted, Boun, Overfloater, etc...I apologize if I left anyone out!! That were always willing to send plants for shipping cost, an give great advice on how to grow em.

Then there was Steve (Scolly) also a local. Ahhhhhh the ultimate PT'er. I haven't met very many here so kind hearted an willing to share info thru his trials an tribulations good or bad. Always willing to give advice, an receive it at the same time.

People like this just make this hobby alot more enjoyable, an a pleasure to be a part of!!
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Highs:
-The first time I saw a real aquascape (which triggered my discovery and entrance into aquascaping)

-The first time I read Nature Aquarium World I

-Teaching myself photography amongst the breadth-taking scenes in Japan for the sake of inspiration for aquascaping.

-Each time I finished an Aquasketch (if you don't know what I'm talking about, just look through my stuff at deviantart through my sig banner).

-Starting "Naupaka Coast" that eventually became Hau Coast. Journal

-Finishing Hau Coast.

Lots of other great moments, though maybe not as great as these.


Lows:
-Last fall, being stuck with nothing more than a tiny nano desk tank and basically no plant choices to work with.

-This year when all the HC died.

-Sure there are some others, but . . . I don't remember negative things so well.
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When I thought a heron ate all my goldfish, but then it turned out that they were not only still alive but were also amazingly huge. I'm hoping they will spawn in the spring.
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I haven't been in the hobby that long, but so far...

High point:
Bringing near death plants back to life and growing like crazy now

Low point:
Losing 2 tiger barbs and a gourami after moving


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Highest point - happened yesterday. I moved my apisto Cac pair into my 38 SUPER planted low-tech. They have had a few batches of fry but I have made no effort to take care of them. Then as I am looking into the super dark root wood tunnel that has some stinted crypts growing in it I see a half an inch apisto baby. I WAS THRILLED. It has survived on its own and I cant wait until he comes fully out of his home to say high.

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I raise my sword in the air in the battle against clado. I have been beaten in this battle but the war is not over. As my wounds heal I amass another army, an army with many legs, an army of Amano's......

I thrust my tridant into the mass of medusa like staghorn. I am wounded but I refuse to take a knee.
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Highest point of awesomeness: PEARLING WITH EXCEL!!!

Awesomeness in general: SHRIMP EATING FROM MY HANDS! or should I say eating my hands. It's sooo fun. But the adults run away because they know what my hand does to their home but the young ones are still stupid :-D.

Not awesomeness: Discovering clado... After thinking it was roots! HOW STUPID AM I!! it was bright green!!!


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Not awesomeness: Discovering clado... After thinking it was roots! HOW STUPID AM I!! it was bright green!!!

Most awsomely unawsome experience.

Peace,
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I raise my sword in the air in the battle against clado. I have been beaten in this battle but the war is not over. As my wounds heal I amass another army, an army with many legs, an army of Amano's......

I thrust my tridant into the mass of medusa like staghorn. I am wounded but I refuse to take a knee.
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