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Hey everyone. My name is Kyle, I am a full time student (Wildlife Ecology Major) and am hoping to get back into the hobby. I had myriads of aquariums as a teenager where I worked in a mom and pop pet store and was the designated "fish guy." I also did aquarium maintenance for a couple of years before going back to college at 23. I am also involved with biodiversity research involving parasites in the fish of Texas, here is a link to our project if you are interested in checking it out http://science.peru.edu/acanths/html/recent_activities.html

Some other things about me: I walked onto the football program here (small NAIA college) at the age of 25 and gave it up last spring in favor of doing research and avoiding concussions. I am an avid runner having ran a marathon in 2012 and still run around 25 miles a week. I hope to go on to earn a masters in Aquatic ecology (or a similar field) and eventually want to earn a doctorate and become a professor some day. My main goal is to be involved in research involving fish population or other aquatic life.

I have kept everything from SW reef and fish only to DIY CO2 injected tanks with >4WPG of light (although this seems to have come outdated in favor of PAR). Used to breed lots of different dwarf cichlids both African and S.A.

I have a soft spot for Rams and Tanganyikan shell dwellers.

It has been over 5 years since I have last had an aquarium and after a few nights of looking at Takashi Amano aquarium-porn and researching the advances in lights that have come along I think I am going to set up a small planted system. --> used to be just CF lights now they have LEDs!!

I'd really like to go with a 20 L but since I move around a lot I basically need to be able to move the aquarium with some level of ease, so maybe a 10 gallon would be better. I would like to do heavy plants with some type of nice foreground (maybe E. tennelus?), will probably do DIY CO2 and would definitely like to have a breeding pair of rams or Nanochromis transvestitus (if I could even find them). I also have an old 12g JBJ nano that was used for a reef in the past that I could use (but those LEDs have me drooling.)

Anyways...hope to be on here a decent amount and contribute to some discussions and hopefully I will make a decision on my tank soon...
 

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Welcome neighbor!
I too gave up contact sport "Bar room brawling", due to concern's bout concussion's.
Just got too old for rolling around on bar room floor's and parking lot's.
Younger crowd now day's would rather shoot ya than take an ass whippin.
Fish keeping and planted tanks are way less harmful to ones health.
 

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Welcome, Kyle. A 10 gallon is a good way to start if you expect to have to relocate the tank. Put money into a good lighting system and use the Sales and RAOK sections here to save some money on plants. Nanochromis transvestitus is one of my favorites. You're right about not being able to find them, but if you do ... man, they'd look so cool in a planted tank.
 

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Apparently they make a 15 gallon long (24x12x12) This sounds about perfect size I really feel like 10 gallons is just not enough!
 
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