Hello Everybody !
This is Varun !I'm from Pune nd I'm Engg. Student.Actually I'm very much interested i aquarium nd fish keeping.I know little bit bt this n hope ma knowledge will grow by having discussion wid you all !
So I'm lukin frwrd to hv discussion nd to hv word of advice frm u all !
Thnk u !
hi em rohan em an architect by profession, from mumbai
i been into this hobby since i was a kid more then 15 yrs now .
as a kid have done all possible crazy things like catching worms frm dirty ponds to feed my fishes,
to breeding goldfishes, bettas and other live bearers,
tp cutting a dead female tangerines belly to rescue the frys,
and almost being beaten up by the local LFS guy for passing his lane and not buyin fishes from him and buying it from the neighboring shop.
]been sober ever since.
most of the weekends are spent surfing for aqua articles and visiting LFS ryte from kurla shops to nautilus and utekar fisheries.
been reading IAH forum for quite some months now..finally decided to join in.
the amount of knowledge evryone has here amazes me especially shiva sir who is always ready to help.
currently have four tanks.
1) a five feeter housing my 8 your old pair of albino, tiger and bala sharks.
also houses a pair of black ghosts, pair of angels and a silver arowana.
2) a three feeter housing oscars, pacus dollars and albino corydoras.
3) 18 inches cube housing a pair of blue turquoise discus.
4) a expermental 3 feeter (seven months old) planted tank. over crowded must say with evrything from clowns.otocinclus,whiptail,half beaks,serphae,cardinals,rummynose,threadfins,rasboras,hockeysticks.yamato and cherry red shirmps. and lotsa plants.
all i can say is em addicted to this hobby.
and looking forward to interact with other fellow hobbyists.
hi my name is Ravi Teja and i have been in this hobby for 1 n half years. heard a lot about it and the information and the knowledge this provides so decided to join it. I am keeping a Silver arowana and have a 2 flowerhorns
My name is Maaz and I am from Bangalore. I have been in this hobby from 10 years but have joined IAH on the insistence of my fishy friends and because it is a very good platform to exchange ideas.
I am the cousin brother of Tabrez Sheriff (IAH name: Tabby) and we collectively have been very interested in Native Indian fishes from the past 2 years. We are particularly crazy about Snakeheads and jointly own more than 12 species of Channas and over 100 in number.
Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 2:46 pm Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
I am Vikas from garden city(Bangalore). I am an engineer by profession.
I was introduced to fish keeping 10 years ago by my father. Then we had two small tanks with
some tetra's and goldfishes, But due to various reasons we had to discontinue.
Now we have got back into the hobby with 100G tank which has few cichlids. And now we are planning to own some rare varieties. I am very exited to be a part of this community and looking forward to get to get some fish keeping knowledge from the masters
hi guys ..
this is rohan from gujarat .. i am new to this aquarium hobby .. hope i'll get some useful knowlegde about my aquarium hobby from all the fellow IAHians .. specially from all the aquarium GURUs
hope to hear from you guyz soon
Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:37 pm Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
Hi Guys ,
My name is Gurjap Singh and am currently in Chennai. My first fish tank, something my dad got, was over 15 years back. For over 5 years we kept fishes, the most common ones - Gold, angels, guppies, black/orange mollies, tigers, etc. It was something my whole family enjoyed and our black molies gave babies very often (had to get a 2nd tank specially for that).
Anyway, when i compleated my 12th(in 1998) i moved to Delhi and was unable to take my hobby with me So packed up my fish tanks, gave my fishes to a close friend who had a tank and hoped i would be able to start again sometime soon. Was there for around 8 years and moved back to Chennai end of 2007. As soon as i got back i dug up my old tanks so that i could start this hobby again, but to my dismay both had somehow cracked It took me quiet a while to get myself to go get a new tank as I was working in night shifts(was working in the BPO industry for over 4years). A friend of mine started a venture of his own and I joined him(leaving the BPO industry) and I finally got time to start my hobby again.
To start, i got myself a small 20" by 10" setup from the LFS and again got some regular fishes blue/white morphs, angels, tigers, suckers, etc. (even though Discus, Oscars, Tetras, etc are easily available) as i did not want to spend too much because I saw that alot had changed in the Aquarium industry . So i decided to start with what i knew about and do research about whats new. As i started visiting more Aquarium/fish shops i saw that Salt water fishes had really caught on and so had planted aquariums. As i researched i came accross "Aquascapeing" which i think is AMAZING. Initially I had decided that my 2nd tank would be a Salt water one but quickly gave that idea up when i saw some amazing Aquascapes. I am going to place an order for a 60" by 18" by 18" tank for a planted setup and have been doing research on which plants and where in Chennai can I get them for my setup which is when i stumbled accross IAH
I am sure my fellow chennaites will be able to guide me on where to aquire the required stuff and hopefully will be able to meet you in your monthly get togethers. So when is the next one?
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Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:53 am Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
Hello everyone. I hope I am in your correct forum. My name is Jenny, I am from Australia and your site was recommended to us by adip. My interests of course include fishkeeping and planted aquaria. I am a member/admin of the Australian ADA site www.fishforum.com.au and am thrilled to now be a part of your community. Please feel free to visit us also, and show us your tanks. It is great to find you and I am going to have a good read now, and see if I can find all your tanks
I will try to drop in from time to time. Thanks for having me.
Joined: Oct 27, 2009 Posts: 20 Location: Dwaraka, New Delhi
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:09 pm Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
hello fellow fishkeepers!
I am lucky to have stumbled across this forum since I am a newbie at fish keeping (excusing the disastrous attempts i made as a kid).
Through extensive reading over the internet i have managed to successfully maintain a fresh water aquarium for the last month and a half. I have the beginners kit consisting of 6 tiger barbs, 6 mollies, 4 angels, 2 black skirt tetra, 1 pleco, 4 dwarf rainbows. Thankfully they are living together in harmony and display no aggression towards each other.
Looking forward to gaining more experience so that i can set up a saltwater aquarium and also breed some fish!
I have just shifted to Dwaraka, New Delhi and i am completely lost here and also terribly misled by my LFS(the uneducated bugger!).
Shall keep everyone updated on how i proceed and will be constantly begging for tips.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:35 pm Post subject: Nerd with OCD enters the Aquarist Club
I am Sid from Bombay [Ghatkopar].
I am a CompSci graduate from VESIT (Bombay) and a MS in Comp Sci from Duke Univ (NC, USA). I am currently working at a boring position in Software Services Industry where my chief challenge is to not kill the retards who report to me and the retards with MBA degrees who I am reporting to.
As you can already guess, I got an aquarium to ensure the other people in my office have a long life without the risk of some guy stabbing them in the face the next time they utter something stupid.
I am a noob when it comes to "practical" fish-keeping..(and I did not know about IAH) So, I expected my LFS guy to guide me in the right direction...Intentionally or unintentionally he it up!
So, now I had a (nearly) 3ft X 1.7ft x 1.5ft tank, filled with those little stones and plastic plants and "not-so-special" fish (red-caps, black moors, sliver dollars etc).
As I started my research on this and starting collecting some half-way decent fish and gave some away to cousins, nieces and nephews.
Currently my tank holds:
1. "Common" Gold Fish: (about 3 inches): One pair.
2. Black Moor (about 3 inches): Single (Gave his friend away to my niece and nephew)
3. Ryukin (White + Gold): (about 3 inches): One pair.
4. Ranchu (Gold): (2 are 3 inches, 1 is smaller): Three
5. Pearl Gourami: (about 3.5-4 inches): One male + 2 females.
6. Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami (about 2.5 inches): One male (Lone survivor from 6 males in one tank without adequate "hiding places". Yes, I was a noob).
7. Silver Dollars (2.5 inches): 5
I now know it's a bad idea to keep tropical fish with "temperate" (cold-water) fish. So, I am still trying to decide between buying another tank or choosing between my tropical fish V. gold fish and giving one group away. I have the thermostat set at 28C, and everyone seems to be doing OK.
I expect to learn from IAH some practical knowledge (wrt Indian resources) about this hobby which I can't glean from Wikipedia etc..
Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:29 am Post subject: Re: Self Introduction
I'm Vicky. I have kept fish for two years. Started with Siamese fighters in bowls and then moved on to mollies, angels, gouramis, a loach, a swordtail and a catfish all in one tank. After that I moved on to tiger barbs, then oscars and right now it's a flowerhorn and an oscar in a recently acquired used 4' x 2' x 2'.
I have not been very successful at keeping fish. Fish have very short lifespans. The ones that I owned have had their lives shortened some more. When I set up my first fighter bowl, I read about the nitrogen cycle and other invisible aquarium related things that a responsible hobbyist must keep in mind. I didn't pay heed to a lot of these things at that time. I can trace the cause of most of my failures to this fact.
Coming to the present:
I'm planning to remodel my old tank into a planted one. The tank dimensions are 36" x 15" x 18". I'm requesting IAH members to provide guidance on the steps that I must follow. I have read a lot of threads in the forum on planted tanks but I have not been able to formulate the process that I must follow.
This what I have in mind for the first couple of months:
- Give each type of plant time to reach a respectable size before adding new plants.
- Set up all the flora before adding fish.
- Add plants that can stand difficult tank conditions: no added CO2, indirect sunlight during the day, indirect tube-light for a few hours of the evening.
- Don't use substrate. Use rocks and pieces of pottery to anchor plants.
- Add fish that can adapt to these conditions and that will not destroy the flora.
- Ramp up to the maximum number and variety of fish that the tank can sustain.
These are the questions that I have about implementing my plan for the first couple of months:
- What model of filter/pump and heater should I buy?
- What type of aquatic plants can live in the conditions that I have described?
- In what order should I start planting plants?
- What signs of disease should I watch out for after adding each type of plant?
- What is the best source for these plants in terms of price and availability?
I have the same questions about fish that I can add in the tank.
For the moment, my focus is on functionality. Aesthetic appeal can come later. The long term plan is to add DIY CO2 and a hood or canopy with in-built tube-lights. I might be able to add new types of fish by reducing the number of fish added in the first two months.
Thank you for taking the time to read all of this. Replies to my questions are very welcome!
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