Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 2911 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH
My contemporaries during the following months were,
Navil(lancelot),madhu_Ulysses(Madhusoodhan),Dolphy(Jennifer),Pennyilurm(Niranjan) and Suby7272(Suhaib).
Though we joined within months of each other the knowledge each of us had was varied.
During that time I met the third Aquarist. Though younger to me he was very knowledgeable and was immense help to me. I am talking about Nikhil Sood.
He thought me to ID a healthy fish in a school of fishes, Use the net in such a way as not to stress that same fish when catching it and then packing it. Once when I evinced interest in breeding fishes he kindly parted with his breeding pair of Jewel Cichlids.
Camera: Sony DSC-H5
I got these fishes in July 2005. I put them in species only tank. They spawned within 20days on a flat piece of rock. But the next day the eggs were all eaten. Disappointed I stopped watching them for the next few days. One day I saw the male near the front of the tank all battered. I immediately shifted him into a tub with the same tank water and some stress-coat. But he gave up the ghost that very night.
The female was with me for another 1.5 years before I gave her to another hobbyist.
Nikhil was also helpful in introducing me to the senior hobbyist’s and I can never thank him for the details he gave me in the form of the history of IAH.
Tomorrow, The history of IAH and its founders as told by Nikhil...
P.S: I am posting early today since I might not be able to do so in the evening.
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Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 2911 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:44 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH
Without a sense of past there is no future. So here goes,
Madan Subramanyan was the first person in India who started planted tanks in a professional way. He would get exotic plants not available in India on his journeys abroad. By the term Professional tanks I mean CO2 injection, Metal halide lights, Dosing fertilizers as per Estimative index etc. Madan was also a member of Aquatic Gardeners Association(AGA). He had his tanks exhibited in international competitions. He was the first person in India to analyse the PMDD requirement to suit Indian tanks and publish it freely on the net. The costly plants brought by him were propagated in his tanks and then freely distributed to the hobbyist's in Bangalore in order to popularise the Planted tank concept. In these sense he is the father of the concept of Planted aquariums and Aquascaping in India.
Parallely Mr Rajendra Kumar of ASK [at] yahoo [dot] com was also developing the professional planted tanks to suit Indian conditions.
Trevor being an engineer was responsible for acquiring and modifying the available components at that time for CO2 regulator, Needle valves, Tube fittings etc. Since proper CO2 regulators were not available Trevor had to machine, bore and alter Regulators to fit CO2 P.U tubings.. Those times the CO2 cylinders were all 33Kgs. It was a time of lots of experimentation.
Rufus was instrumental in developing the different type of CO2 diffusers, Bubble counters and other glass gadgets.
In Chennai a core team consisting of Ravi, Beta and Venkat were also interested in the planted tanks. In search of information, when they tried AGA threads on the Internet they found Madan's name there.
Ravi then contacted Madan about the planted tanks and made a trip to Bangalore. Here he saw Madans tanks and was impressed by the CO2 injection into planted tanks. A second trip was made by the Chennai team including Beta and Venkat to complete the knowledge gaining exercise. A friendship was struck between the Chennai team and the Bangalore team.
Ravi, anticipating the advantages of co-ordinating with the Hobbyist's of different city's, Proposed and implemented the Web site Indianaquariumhobbyist(www.iah.in). This was the very first dedicated Aquarium portal in India
Ravi is the founder of IAH and the founding Admin's being Madan, Beta and Venkat. The Founder as well as the founding admins were hobbyists only, having their own professions. IAH was a philanthropic venture with absolutely no financial interests.
This as far as I understand is the back ground of IAH, Of which we are proud members.
I have posted as much knowledge of IAH as I have, If any other members can fill in some more details please help.
Joined: Oct 28, 2004 Posts: 2450 Location: Salem, TN
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:18 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH
A very good start indeed Nayak. Ravi used to brief a few words of how it all started in Aquatikas.
Precisely, Ravi came across a thread in AGA where Madan has given tips on blooming of a rare plant, don't remember the name and that eventually led the Chennai guys to hook up with the Bangaloreans.
Ever since IAH started, so did trips. The core team was always in search of water and newer biotopes. To highlight a few, I found the first native Channa article from IAH. Starting from that, canarensis trip and the denisoni habitat study trip were almost first of their kind.
Joined: Jun 29, 2003 Posts: 4259 Location: Chennai
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:39 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH
Well from the Chennai side..
I met Venket at a LFS in Chennai probably in 1995. He was interested in Oscars at that time so he later came home to look at my Oscar collection. We later got together along with a few more hobbyists to start the now defunct Chennai Aquarium Club. Ravi lived probably 5 houses away from Venket but actually tracked him down through the net. I think he was searching for Chennai Aquarium Club. I would need Ravi to confirm to that. I met Ravi through Venket soon after.
Ravi told us about Madan's amazing planted tanks and all about Co2, Metal Halides and the works. We made a trip together to visit the Aquarium exhibition (somebody jog my memory on what it was called) at ASK, Bangalore. During the trip we met Madan, Adip, Trevor and Rufus and this started a long and wonderful friendship between the two teams which went beyond just Aquariums.
Joined: Mar 31, 2006 Posts: 356 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:42 am Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH
Great Going Nayak,
When i decided to to jump into the world of Aquariums , i was not sure what to start of... (Fish only.. or Planted ... ), thats when i met Madan , Raj , Rufus , Trevor, and was hooked into the world of Planted Tanks.. , Madan was patient enough to listen and answer all the Questions which was bouncing all over my head ... Once i saw his Tanks, i was hooked into the world of planted Tanks... he was also generous enough to give away plants to a newbie like me... who did not know even the names of those or how to plant and grow them.... ..
Execellent article to walk down the memory lane.....
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