Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:01 am Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
Hi Fish lovers,
Before I introduce myself, let me take a little of your time in telling you how it all started with me.
It all started with the concentration camp! One fine day I found that a marine aquarium was set up and running with all the fishes, anemones, stars and live rocks in it (~5ft x 2ft x 3ft). It happened to be at a place (sorry, can't disclose where), which I had to cross every morning. First 2 days it looked fantastic. And then started the inevitable. Every other day a beautiful fish paid with her life. Wonderful puffers, clowns, butterflies, etc. etc. all had to go one after the other. The aquarium maintenance was on contract and the sellers were making good money by introducing more and more fishes to the concentration camp. It became unbearable after few deaths and being a total novice in Fish keeping, I started looking for answers from all the ‘forum’s and websites dedicated to aquarists. After I gathered enough information with me, I talked to the keepers of the aquarium and made it a point that they do enough to set it back to shape. They changed the contractor and the new maintenance guys started checking on the water quality and slowly managed to somewhat restore the setup. It took more than 7-8 months to see a couple of fishes surviving and doing ok. Also the algae formation came down quite a bit. Now its been a year and a half and the aquarium is in decent shape. Now there are about 8 fishes and 3 anemones and a couple of starfishes in the aquarium and all seem to be doing fine.
This fiasco got the interest in me and I started thinking of setting up a small aquarium at home, a fresh-water one to begin with. My son Deep was nearing his second birthday and we thought of getting a small aquarium.
We got home a 18in x 9in x 12in tank from LFS and started with a couple of pairs of Mollies and a Sucker. Well I did not check on the water much but kept changing 20% of it each day for the whole month. I got a few strips of pH papers from my lab and checked the water once a while. The aquarium went on doing well and still is doing fine (though with other fishes now).
In-between, a friend gave me his aquarium and a lot of fishes before he left Bangalore! This tank is 24in x 12in x 12in. There were 3 pairs of Cichlids, a pair of Silver Dollars, a pair of Albino Skirt Tetras, a Tiger barb, a Loach, a Sucker. and a few plants and a driftwood. I had a tough time fixing this new aquarium but all seem to be ok now. A Silver Dollar died of fungal infection that she came with and the Cichlids killed the 2 Tetras. Now there are a pair of mid sized Blue Cichlids, a pair of small Yellow Cichlids, a pair of Melanochromis auratus, a Sucker, a Tiger barb a Loach and also one Silver Dollar that I managed to save from fungal infection.
I gave my Mollies and fries (after a round of spawning) and a Sucker to the LFS and got 5 pairs of Neon Tetras and a pair of Glow Lights (free with the Neons!) for the small aquarium. Both the tanks are doing ok now, though a bit overloaded and with the plants. I bought a piece of driftwood with Java moss and planted it in the small aquarium with a couple of other plants. I also installed a waterfall type filter for the small tank with Neons. The bigger tank has a normal sponge filter and a air pump as there are too many fishes. Both the tanks are fairly planted, and interestingly enough the Cichlids are going well with the plants.
Once the Cichlids grow a bit more probably I need to give them off, as it may not be good for them in their present home. Also the Silver Dollar has grown fairly big. So I need to do something about her too.
So that's my little Aqua world. About a year into this and am feeling great and growing . Apart from this, professionally I am Intellectual Property Analyst. Hail from Kolkata (Bong as you may call) and came to Bangalore about a decade ago for my PhD at IISc. and now, am working with a MNC at Whitefield. I had been a biology student all through. So my inclination towards plants and animals are kind of inbred! Well I also do take a bit of interest in any form on technology. Be it computers, gadgets, rockets, slingshot purifier, household electronics, name it I would like to know more . I am also there in Mouthshut with the ID indrajit_pande and reviewed on a few things if you care. Have lots of friends and going to add more here at IAH. So my best of regards to you all and I know I will have a great experience here and will get lot of suggestions for my tanks. I plan to build a standard size aquarium myself some day. But for this time, I have lots to think about for my 2 little aquaria.
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:18 pm Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
I am Amit and live in Pune. I am working in IT industry for last 12 years and have been fascinated by pets.
I really wanted a Puppy but my family members gave approval (Yes ... we need approvals at home also )
I have a 24"x12"x12" tank and currently having 3 Koi (almost 5-6 " long) and a cat fish.
I am looking for going in for another tank and hence joined the forum after looking at the useful posts and tons of knowledge that members give.
Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:22 am Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
This is Souvik Ray from kolkata. i am a college student.
my fish keeping started at the age of 5/6 years when my dad bought me a bowl and a betta...since then i am in love with fishes...after that i got a small 1.5 feet aquarium and it continued till i was 4th standard and we moved to another house where my dad bought me a 2 feet tank and made me a 3 feet outdoor cement tank where i used to keep gold fishes, molllies, guppys, goramies and all other regular available fishes. there is a gap in this hobby during my 10th to 12th standard....and my mom made the 2 feet tank as a showcase
again after joining the college i recovered the tank from mom and started the hobby again but this time i can call it practical fish keeping...i studied in net on various topics and articals abut aquarium and fishes, fish profiles, compatibility and plants. i met various people who are in this hobby for years, through net. i talked to them and tried to gather some knowledge. after that i tried my hand with Malawi and after that i entered into planted tank. now i have a 1.5 feet and 1 cubic feet planted tank. 1 feet hospital tank, 2 feet plant stocking tank, outdoor cement tank for growing plants and cherry shrimp breeding and a new 20 gallon marine tank with 2 yellow tail blue damsels. one 40 liter bucket for native rainbow and green shrimps.
i found this forum very resourceful so i joined this forum
Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 12:18 am Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
I'm a web designer working with HP in Chennai. I have been in this hobby for the past one year. I have a small 2x1x1 planted tank with four gold fishes: Shenbagam, Meme, Bubbles and Shorty. I also have a micro tank: 18"x7"x10". This is also a planted tank with three small black mollies in it for the time being. I want to keep a pair of dwarf puffers in this tank, any help sourcing them will be greatly appreciated.
I have been experimenting with gluteraldehyde for the past two weeks. I noticed that the snails in my micro tank move very fast as their shells have become thin and transparent! I guess a little higher dosage would eliminate them, but my riccia, grass and a few other delicate plants didn't react too well to it. So am now adding only very small doses to clear the algae and generate CO2.
Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 9:59 am Post subject: Self Introduction
I am Ratheesh From Kerala.
I am a software engineer by profession.I have keeping Aquariums for since 1992. I am interested in Cichlid variety especially OSCARS. i am also interested in Tetra varieties. Now a days i am crazy anout Discus fish because i heard from several Aqua hobbist that keeping the discus is very challenging . So I took this as a challenge to keep the discus in my Aquarium. I bought one pair of Discus on this june 15 th.
The problem i am really facing is that i cant get different variety of discus from kerala(especially from Kollam and Trivandrum district. i forgot to tell you that i am a native of Kollam district and working in Trivandrum). I have an elder brother who is also very interested in keeping the aquarium.
So i am here with you for studing your experience .
I have posted a forum please read this link Its about the discus fish
Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 11:33 am Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
This is Nilesh Engineer from Bangalore. I am originally from Mumbai. I had kept fish when I was in school. Now I have started maintaining a fish tank again.
I have one planted tank with Neon tetras and some other fish.
Its good to be in a community where you can discuss about your hobby.
Joined: May 19, 2009 Posts: 14 Location: Aminjikarai, Chennai
Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:34 pm Post subject: Self Introduction
My name is Mohamed (Moe), an Enterprise Strategy Consultant recently relocated to Chennai after 15 long years in Canada, its good to be home! Aquarium keeping has been my hobby since childhood and when I moved to Canada graduated to keeping Marine Aquariums. Got so much into it that I built a 3 sided 125 gallon into the wall of my first home in Canada.
Recently, I have been smitten by planted tanks/aquascaping (Actually thats how I ended up on this forum after a google search). This place has a wealth of knowledge and a lot of helpful people/professionals/specialists. I am looking foward to learning the intricacies of creating and keeping a planted aquarium from scratch. There is going to be a lot of reading on this forum for me to do and would appreciate any pointers to some good threads on this.
I have this bad habit of going big, so I have an empty 4'x2.5'x2' (Approx 600l) tank currently being tested for leaks and I am hoping to start a planted aquarium. I have already gone to some posts including Harshal's and a few other and it only makes me want to create a planted aquarium all the more.
Hope, I don't get divorced in the process...
Anyways, I am happy to be here, wish me luck, join me on this journey and advice is always welcome.
Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:44 pm Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
My name is Ashok. I registered over a year ago but I have not been active. Anyway, better late than never. I am a Doctor in Chennai. My main interest is in Reef Aquariums. I used to work in the Uk and I have just moved to Chennai about 7 months ago and have set up an Aquarium which is running for the last 4 months. It's good to know that the hobby is doing well in India and I am impressed with the number of members on this site.
Joined: May 14, 2009 Posts: 92 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
My name is Reynold Maben and I live in Bangalore. I work for a logistics company in Bangalore as an Asst Manager Sales. I am in this hobby not for too long, but just one year now. I currently have 2 Discus Tanks, 1 Planted Tank, 3 FlowerHorn Tanks and 1 little Killie Fish Breeding Tank.
My Intrest is towards rearing Discus and offlate developed an intrest trying to breed my killie fish (Fundulopanchax Gardneries) Been successfull in collecting a couple of eggs not very sure of the techniques of hatching them.
Have also read in couple of the old threads regarding collection trips. Would love to join these trips in the future. Look forward to meet you guys in person.
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